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    Loudoun Chamber of Commerce honors businesses at annual awards

    Four Loudoun business owners were honored with awards by the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce at the 2015 Community Leadership Awards Jan. 29.

    The four winners was granted $1000 each for donation to one Loudoun nonprofit of each winner’s choice.

    Melanie Schmidt, public relations director with Nova Medical and Urgent Care Inc., won in the Young Professionals category.

    The Executive Leader award went to Tom Toth, owner of Toth Financial Advisory Corporation.

    In the Large Business category for businesses with 100 or more employees, Falcon’s Landing Military Retirement Community took the prize.

    A company with less than 100 employees, Susan McCormick’s The Wellness Connection nabbed the Small Business category.

    “Loudoun County is truly privileged to have so many outstanding leaders and organizations that are investing their time, talents and treasure to serve their community,” said Chamber President and CEO Tony Howard in a statement. “We are privileged to honor these great Community Leaders for their valuable contributions toward making this the finest community in our nation to live, work, raise a family and grow a business.”

    Here were the runners up for each of the four award categories:

    Young Professional
    Kevin Arbogast, Toth Financial Advisory Corporation
    Browning Herbert, Middleburg Bank
    Dr. Rishita Jaju, Ashburn Children’s Dentistry

    Executive Leader
    Tina Johnson, JP Events and Consulting
    Kristina Bouweiri, Reston Limousine

    Small Organization
    Mary Ann Gleuckert, Girls in Technology

    Large Organization
    Nova Medical Group

    Chairman Scott Hamberger, co-president and CEO of Fortessa Tableware Solutions headquartered in Sterling, gave the Chairman’s Awards to individuals who exhibited outstanding performance and dedication to the Chamber. The honorees were Mindy Carlin of Access Point Public Affairs; Georgia Graves of Bridgman Communications, Inc.; and Mitch Sproul of Toth Financial Advisory Corporation.

    The Chamber instated its chairman for the year 2015, Chris Charron, at the event as well, which served as both the awards ceremony and the annual Chamber meeting.

    Charron, co-owner of 868 Estate Vineyard and Grandale Restaurant, replaces Hamberger, who acted as chairman in 2014.

    Hamberger presented Charron with the Chairman’s gavel at the event.

    “My first public act as Chairman is to kick off the revitalized UNITE LOUDOUN campaign to remind our members and inform the community of the value of being part of the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce and the great things we do, and will continue to do, for Loudoun’s businesses and the Loudoun community as a whole,” Charron said in a statement.

    The annual meeting and awards ceremony may have looked a bit different this year. The Chamber is launching its #UniteLoudoun campaign to promote its local business members.

    According to the Chamber’s website, the campaign asks members to take a photo of themselves with the #UniteLoudoun sign and their business and post it to social media with the hashtag. The Chamber will then share the photo, and a winner from among the photos will be announced on the first of each month.

    For March 1, the #UniteLoudoun prize is a 868 Vineyard Prize Package.

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