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WNG Member News - WNG Members on the Move - Winter 2011-2012

Omar Franco is now Managing Director of Becker & Poliakoff, a diverse commercial law firm with more than 125 attorneys in 13 Florida offices, New York City, New Jersey, Nassau (Bahamas) and Prague. The firm's new Washington, D.C. office assists clients working with the U.S. Congress and Executive Branch agencies.  Since the firm's inception in 1973, Becker & Poliakoff has maintained a strong Government Law & Lobbying Practice, which now includes two dozen professionals with diverse legal and legislative backgrounds engaged in local and state, and Federal Government work.  The Becker & Poliakoff Government Law & Lobbying Group represents businesses, trade and professional associations, local governments and advocacy groups.  Omar is former Chief of Staff to U.S. Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida, and he joins Becker & Poliakoff from Franco Government Relations, a firm he founded in 2010, which served as the lead government relations representative for Florida Gulf Coast University, Secure Wrap, Inc., Medica HealthCare Plans, and the Florida municipalities of Hialeah, Miami Lakes and North Bay Village.  During his four-year tenure as Chief of Staff for Congressman Diaz-Balart, Omar was responsible  for managing the Congressman's Washington, D.C. and District operations and focused on areas of expertise that included Federal appropriations, healthcare, higher education and issues dealing with the State of Florida.

Ferris Kaplan, who is Marketing Director at McKinley Marketing, is giving a one-hour free seminar on "Being a Better Consumer" at 7:30pm on Wednesday, January 18 . Ferris was invited to speak by the Alexandria Library (5005 Duke Street). He will talk about marketing and how to be smarter about what to buy, where to get it, and who to contact for satisfaction.

Rafael Bosquez recently joined the Québec Government Office in Washington as Economic Attaché, and he shared with us a wonderful testimonial: "After a very long period of unsuccessful job search, I decided to become a WNG member. My idea was to keep myself in touch with the professional world, participate and learn from those WNG activities I was interested in. Once a member, I realize that WNG is a great place to mingle and network. I met new people, and most important, I gained my confidence back which helped me to double my job search efforts. I was invited to three job interviews. The three interviews came from three available positions I learned about after visiting WNG's job announcement section. Finally and after almost a year and a half of searching, I landed on a new job that meet my expectations and where I feel my expertise is needed to achieve expected results. After six weeks in my new position of procurement specialist I could not be happier. This is a great way to start 2012."

Jason Levergood (WNG Advisory Board member & WNG International Roundtable steering committee member), Global Public Sector Advisory Service Line Senior Manager for Grant Thornton International led the development of a global survey on behalf of the International Consortium on Governmental Financial Management (ICGFM) titled Global Financial Management Leaders Survey: Public Financial Management Responses to an Economically Challenging World. The Grant Thornton and ICGFM survey report findings (co-authored by Jason and Grant Thornton colleagues David Nummy and Richard Hudson) were recently published by the AGA (Association of Government Accountants) in their Fall 2011 Journal of Government Financial Management - International Governmental Financial Management issue. Additionally, the survey report was recently cited in the Financial Times Special Report on November 17, 2011 in the article titled  Working in the International Public Sector: Recipients are Turning Into Donors. A summary of the survey report is also soon to be published in the Federal Times. The survey examines both the impact and responses to the economic upheavals of the last several years from a public financial management perspective, providing insight into the choices made by government financial leaders and the tools employed to respond to the challenges that have arisen. For a complete version of the survey report, please click here, or contact Jason via email.

Retired Army Colonel Rudy Burwell recently joined Hellerman Baretz Communications (HBC) in their Washington, DC office as Executive Vice President, offering HBC's clients a comprehensive range of crisis-related services, including executive-level crisis communications and litigation public relations counsel, pre-crisis communications audits, and post-crisis analysis modeled on the U.S. Army's renowned "after-action" review process. Hellerman Baretz Communications helps clients turn their expertise into new business through public relations, research, training, and litigation PR support. With offices and personnel in New York, Washington DC, Houston, Raleigh-Durham, and Richmond HBC counts many of the world's leading law firms, financial services companies, and consultancies as clients.

E. Renee Ingram, President & CEO of Diversified Enterprises Group in Washington, DC, is a small woman owned business that specializes in information technology management & consulting and provides green energy products.  Last month, Diversified Enterprises Group became an authorized reseller for HiSAVER, which is an energy saving surge protector that reduces up to 60% of power consumption with sophisticated motion sensor technology. HiSAVER eliminates costly standby power for PC equipment, entertainment components, and other electronic devices that are used in commercial and residential sectors. HiSAVER, an international award winning innovative technology product, is a patented and is also TAA Compliant.

Mitch Bell recently joined Huthwaite, creators of the SPIN Selling Program as Director of Enablement Technologies. Huthwaite is an 30 year-old international firm. Mitch's focus is working with companies to improve their revenue.  SPIN and Huthwaite's enablement technologies help to take average sales people, teams and organizations to "Best in Class". Huthwaite provides free research and insights to help, as well. For more information, contact Mitch via email.

Graham Munday, Head of Marketing & Communications at WSP Environment & Energy, reports that environmental consultants WSP Group with offices in Reston, Virginia, has agreed a joint venture under the U.S. Small Business Administration's Mentor-Protege Program with A-Zone Environmental Services LLC. The JV, called A-Zone WSP Environmental, will provide private businesses and federal agencies with access to expert environmental services with a particular focus on site clean-up, ground engineering for site development, land remediation and a range of energy management and sustainability services.

In October, Bill Stokes spoke to WITA-the Washington International Trade Association on the topic "Networking - Old Style and New Style." The event was convened by WITA's International Trade Career Roundtable.


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WNG Member News - WNG Members on the Move - Fall 2010

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Omar Franco reports that Prometrix Consulting, a leading OSHA and safety issues management consulting firm, has retained the full service federal government relations firm Franco Government Relations to help clients navigate the dynamic and complex regulatory landscape for risk mitigation of OSHA and Department of Labor issues.

Lorelei Harloe of Ascend Communication, LLC has been elected Co-Vice President, Sponsorships for IABC/DC Metro's 2011 board of directors sharing the role with Monique Hanis, director of communications for the Solar Energy Industries Association. Additionally, Ascend Communication provided media relations for the Focused Ultrasound Surgery Foundation's (FUSF) 2nd International Symposium on MR-guided Focused Ultrasound.

Gaea L. Honeycutt of G.L. Honeycutt Consulting, LLC has been elected Chairwoman of the Northern Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce (NVBCC).

Guy Timberlake of The American Small Business Coalition (The ASBC) is proud to announce the success of their 2010 Holiday Charity Bash on December 1 in Falls Church, Virginia. This festive social fundraiser featured guest bartenders from government and industry, a raffle and silent auction, and exceeded its goal by raising $7700 to support Wounded Warriors and Military Families!

Timothy Taylor has joined the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency as Public Affairs Officer.

Charles Poole has just published his second book, I Am My Own Cause, Too: Hope & Recovery, and it is available online with Amazon and Barnes and Noble in softcover, hardcover, and e-book format.

With over 30 years of experience in a variety of industries, under the auspice of her new venture, the Transglobal Business Council, President and CEO Gale Altman seeks to advance international trade development.  Globalization has changed the way we conduct business.  With emerging markets growing faster than businesses can keep pace, the Transglobal Business Council was founded to support a community of multinational organizations, entrepreneurs, and established businesses that desire entry or growth opportunities in international markets.  Through collaboration, C-level executives, a wide range of experts, and advisory committees, the Council promotes programs and activities that help all member companies achieve success and prosperity.

Sipa Sikaulu of Arpin Group, a worldwide service provider of corporate employee moving services, recently became Co-Chair of the International Human Resources Special Interest Group (IHR SIG) of the Northern Virginia Chapter of SHRM.  The IHR SIG of NoVA SHRM meets monthly to discuss a wide array of international-related HR issues e.g. healthcare, tax, security, relocation, etc. for expatriates.  Members include HR staff at multinational corporations and nonprofit organizations.  Sipa also sits on the WNG International Roundtable steering committee.  For more information on the IHR SIG of NoVA SHRM, contact Sipa via email.


Philippe Kuperman, Partner at the MAPA Group, is pleased to announce the launch of his new venture proAXIS, LLC, which distributes Enterprise Software and Technology Solutions through a network of local distributors in Ibero America.  This region includes Spain and Portugal (Ibero) and Latin America - Mexico, Central America, The Caribbean and South America (America); In Spanish and Portuguese the name for this region is "Iberoamerica".  proAXIS currently has exclusive distribution agreements with two Greater Washington DC area software companies and is finalizing other agreements with a Spanish technology company, and other contracts in the US are under negotiation.  Philippe is interested to talk with US-based software companies that seeking to outsource their "Iberoamerican" sales deployment and management.

Jim Stockmal, Vice President of the National Capital Chapter of the Association of Strategic Planning, is hosting a monthly chapter meeting featuring speaker Dan Chenok from IBM's Center on the Business of Government, on the topic: "Setting the Right Strategy, Delivering the Strategy the Right Way". The event takes place on December 8 in Washington, DC. All are welcome.

Longtime WNG-fan Tom Killiam has joined the McLean headquarters of the national firm Bookkeeping Express to help introduce the high-tech low-cost service to DC-area small businesses and organizations.  Bookkeeping Express provides web-based, out-sourced accounting service with flexible billing and permanent off-site record keeping, to minimize the time it take for owners and managers to keep their desks clear of paperwork and their minds on growing and managing their main business. Tom can be reached at: 703-766-5757.

Larry Ross, President of Ross Financial Services, Inc (RFS), and a nationally recognized leader in the field of private investigations, has been elected to the board of the Council of International Investigators (CII). CII is a worldwide association of elite private investigators, many of whom have held senior level government positions in intelligence and fraud investigations. RFS is a private investigative firm serving the legal and business communities. RFS uncovers and analyzes the critical, time-sensitive intelligence needed to resolve business disputes and to reduce risk in business transactions.

Sindy Yeh has joined the WNG Board of Advisors. Sindy is Manager for Business Development at Arlington Economic Development, and has been a WNG Member for 10 years.

Art Stewart has joined the WNG International Roundtable steering committee, and is now chair of the WNG Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability SIG, which launched in November 2010. Art is President/Chief Strategy Officer of Stewart Strategies Group, LLC.

Maria Velez de Berliner is now chair of the WNG Latin America SIG, which launched in October 2010. Maria is President of the Latin Intelligence Corporation.

Matteo Recanatini is now chair of the WNG Marketing SIG, which launched in September 2010. Matteo is Executive Director of Fulcra Solutions.


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WNG Member News - WNG Members on the Move - Spring-Summer 2010

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Art Stewart MPM, president and chief strategy officer of Stewart Strategies Group, has been writing and speaking on his strategic analytical framework - the 'New Responsibility Paradigm'. 2010 speaking engagements include the annual conference of the World Future Society in Boston, The Maryland CPA Summit in Baltimore, the Ragan-Cisco Social Media Summit in San Jose, and the Next-Gen Expo in Miami, among others. The latest edition of his quarterly E-Letter, "The Strategic Perspective", is now available on line. Early in 2011 Art will begin teaching a graduate course he designed on corporate and social responsibility at Emerson College in Boston.

Helen Mitternight has been named senior account supervisor at Vanguard Communications. She will serve as Vanguard's deputy project director on the Children's Mental Health Initiative for the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. The national initiative fights stigma and promotes mental health for children and youth.

Mollie Katz, Senior Marketing & Communications Associate at JSSA (Jewish Social Service Agency), received a JSSA staff achievement award for outstanding teamwork within her department and across the agency. JSSA is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian agency serving children, families and seniors in Maryland, DC and Virginia.

Tanesha Boldin was the Keynote Speaker for the Dream and Flourish closing event in May. This is a program sponsored by Procter & Gamble and the United Way of Central Maryland in which they mentor middle school girls during the school year. She will also be a Panelist later this month speaking on leadership at a Baltimore Volunteers Unlimited reception.

Ufuoma Otu reports that her firm Media & Communications Strategies, LLC has won the prestigious Bull Dog Award for 'Best Response to Breaking News'.

Matteo Recanatini has joined the WNG Communications Roundtable steering committee.

WNG Chairman Bill Stokes spoke to Hope Fellows of the National Albanian American Council (NAAC) about "Networking in Washington, D.C."

Anne Darconte has joined the National Petrochemical and Refiners Association as Director of Outreach. Anne looks forward to applying her 20-plus years of federal, state, and local government relations and public affairs experience to this organization and its members. She brings to the job 10 years of experience running grassroots and political involvement programs for BASF Corporation and the American Chemistry Council.

Washington D.C. speechwriter Jeff Porro of Porro Associates LLC has won a 2010 Cicero Award for Best Written Commencement Speech. Porro won for his work on a speech delivered by Anne Lynam Goddard, President & CEO, Christian Children's Fund to Assumption College, her Alma Mater in, June 2009. The Cicero Awards are presented by Vital Speeches of the Day, the nation's leading professional speechwriting publication. See also Jeff's blog Tough Talk for Hard Times.

Tugba Kalafatoglu of Tugba Kalafatoglu and Associates has received the prestigious 2010 Gold Pollie Award for launching VOTE Women in Politics. The Gold Pollie is considered the 'Oscars of Political Advertising' in the field of the political campaign and public affairs industry.

Business Alliance Executive Director Judy Costello reports that the organization's members recently voted to expand its focus to include a broader range of industries, academic research/partnership relationships, and geographic locations, and is rebranding as the Business Alliance for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to emphasize its mission going forward - supporting early stage and growing companies through networking, education, collaboration and research. The organization has calendared dates for its signature programs - including the Business Alliance Grubstake Breakfast, annual Bootcamp for Growing Companies and Entrepreneurs, and Mid-Atlantic Innovation Showcase, and also will begin hosting seminars and peer networking opportunities for entrepreneurs later this year.

Karen Seeh, a Senior Associate at EnDyna - an 8(a) environmental and emergency management consulting company - is happy to see that her EPA client's website finally went live after a year of work.

Guy Timberlake of The American Small Business Coalition announces the following additions to The ASBC Board of Advisors: Bridget Bean, U.S. Small Business Administration; Chuck Corjay, CACI; Mike Osredker, Tercon, Inc; David Simon, Mission Essential Personnel; Dick Stieglitz, Busch Change Solutions; and Kendra Turner, U.S. General Services Administration.


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WNG Member News - WNG Members on the Move - Winter 2009-2010

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Nicholas Kosar has accepted the "Best Legal PR Blog" award with colleague Tracy Davis for their Energy Legal Blog, at the PR News annual awards at the National Press Club.  Nick is the Business Development Manager at Bracewell & Giuliani LLP in their Washington, D.C. office.

WNG Board member Kate Heffley was featured in a WashingtonPost.com article titled "Visualize a Career Change Several Steps Ahead" - offering great career development advice!

WNG Chairman Bill Stokes spoke about "Networking and Job Seeking in the Policy World" to the Washington International Trade Association's (WITA) at their February professional development seminar.

The Selling Well has launched a new blog covering the digital marketing sector.  According to The Selling Well's Managing Partner, Plato Hieronimus, "Digital marketing is much more similar to traditional marketing than many marketing 'gurus' would have us believe. Just like effective traditional marketing, effective digital marketing depends upon sound strategy and a complimentary integration with all a firm's marketing and business objectives."

Dr. Maria Velez de Berliner, president of Latin Intelligence Corporation, will deliver a full day seminar on Risk Awareness Intelligence at the Intelligence & Security Academy in Reston, Virginia, on April 15, 2010.  This is a hands-on seminar in which participants will learn how to identify and manage the unknown political, economic, social, cultural, security, and military risks likely to derail corporate strategies in the USA and abroad.

Art Stewart, president and chief strategy officer of Alexandria-based Stewart Strategies Group LLC, will speak on the "New Responsibility Paradigm: Impacts and Implications for Strategic Competitiveness" at two international conferences this July: The annual gathering of the World Future Society in Boston and Common Ground’s 10th Conference on Knowledge, Culture and Change in Organizations in Montreal.

Advertising copywriter Barb Jump has new contact information, found at her web site barbjump.com.

Mary Gotschall is now working with the Washington, DC-based boutique investment bank Blue Heron Capital, as Strategic Marketing Consultant.  Blue Heron Capital connects managed funds and select operating companies around the world.  Its greatest value consists in introducing investors to less well-known emerging managers who meet performance expectations.  Mary Gotschall also heads The Athena Group, a strategic communications company serving clients in business, government and the non-profit sectors, both in the U.S. and globally.

Jeff Porro, speechwriter and principal at Words that Move Audiences, recently had an article in The Washington Post guest section "On Leadership" titled "SOTU for CEOs: More like Jobs, less like Obama".

WNG Board member Joseph Brinker has returned Washington DC and joined USAID, where he is a Democracy & Governance Advisor.  Previously, Joe was Head of the Office of Political Affairs at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) office in Kosovo.

Steve Norton is now Communications Director at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a think tank dedicated to promoting high tech solutions across a broad array of policy areas.  Steve served as communications advisor at the international trade law firm of Stewart and Stewart for the last two years.  Previously, he had been a speechwriter for US Trade Representatives Rob Portman and Susan Schwab, and worked as a journalist and congressional aide.

John Stovall, founder and CEO of the Legion Group - a rising political risk analysis company - is happy to announce the recent launch of the firm's new Web site.

Equity Corps Founder, Steve Ely reports that Maryland-based A&T Systems has hired Equity Corps' Rick Hundley as COO to execute the company's growth strategy.  A&T, a 25 year old Government Telecommunications & IT Services contractor, chose Equity Corps as an alternative to using an executive search firm.  "I am really looking forward to working with Rick to grow our business," says A&T Founder & CEO Ashok Thareja.  "Equity Corps delivered a higher quality slate of candidates faster than either the big name retained search firm or the contingency recruiters we have previously used.  They put skin in the game and are continuing to work with us in support of our business mission.  I am confident that in hiring Rick, I have the best possible #2 at A&T."  Equity Corps - an alternative to executive search - helps independent companies acquire exceptional executives and achieve outstanding financial results together.

Debra Orbacz reports that the Orbacz Strategy Group, LLC (OSG) recently announced plans to expand the firm's offerings to include supply chain and logistics services to the federal government and commercial clients.  These services are added to the firm's core offerings which focus on leadership development and coaching for executives and organizations.  Orbacz Strategy Group has significant expertise and industry credentials in supply chain and logistics and these additional services will further enhance the firm's value to both existing and new clients.

Robert Clark, Deputy Director (U.S.) of the GermanAmericanBusinessForum (GABF) in Washington, D.C. reports that the GABF has convened Dialogue Sessions in Washington, D.C. and Düsseldorf, Germany, on the topic "Germany in Change? - U.S. in Change? Outlook 2010: Where are the Transatlantic Business Potentials".  The GABF in Washington, D.C. is a non-profit organization whose mission is to strengthen the bridge supporting U.S.-German business relations.

Charles K. Poole has written a book titled I Am My Own Cause: A Blog-View of Life As I See It.  This compilation features his thought provoking, inspiring, and humorous blog posts over a period of a year, offering a philosophical approach to life that readers may relate to and embrace.  "The way I see it, the more you're present for yourself in your own life, the more present you can be in the lives of those for whom you care and love," Poole says.  "That's what this work is about, appreciating our common human journey and honestly accepting ourselves for the unique human beings we are, lumps and all."  Poole's blog, I Am My Own Cause, began as personal journal, but soon became a way to deal with personal and professional challenges.

Montee Frazee reports that Noventri digital signage corporation has launched their affordable Eco Series hardware, and Noventri's software (Designer and Network Manager) is now downloadable, free with no licensing fees, and operates on personal computers.  The Eco Series player box is required for advanced usage.

In December 2009, Neil Dziemian completed a Masters degree in Public Relations and Corporate Communications from Georgetown University and a Certificate program in Investor Relations from the University of California-Irvine.  Later this year Neil will complete a 20-year career in the military, and is seeking a new communications-related opportunity.

Ambassador Charles A. Ford, retired:  After a 28 year career with the US and Foreign Commercial Service at the Commerce Department that included tours at the State and Defense Departments, Charles A. "Chuck" Ford retired on December 1.  He is now working on several project proposals for clients in Europe and Latin America. In addition, in December he was elected the Chairperson of the Defense Department's Board of Visitors Advisory Committee to the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC), a two year appointment.

Matthew Roberts recently joined Long & Foster Real Estate in its Woodley Park sales office. Matthew has been a Realtor for four years, is a graduate of the prestigious Real Estate Institute, and is licensed in Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia. "I transferred to Long & Foster because it combines the best qualities of both a large and a boutique brokerage. Its size and longevity present incredible opportunities to grow a business in a challenging market, yet the extraordinary qualities of teamwork and collaboration in the service of our customers and our colleagues are more typical of a smaller brokerage," says Matthew. "Long & Foster offers distinct benefits and features to our clients. For example, advertising campaigns are implemented in ways that increase our sellers' market exposure, and programs such as Home Service Connections provide access to qualified vendors who can help clients tackle a multitude of needs related to buying and/or selling a home."


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WNG Member News - WNG Members on the Move - Fall 2009

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Peter H. Dehnen, transatlantic business specialist and international tax attorney of DEHNEN.Lawyers, announces the launch of the German American Business Forum (GABF).  The GABF is a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. whose mission is to strengthen the transatlantic business bridge between Germany and the United States.  The GABF improves the ability of its membership to engage in quality business partnerships by providing relationship building through peer-to-peer interactions.  The GABF is beginning a series of monthly meetings in October 2009 to discuss topics of interest to German and American businesses.

Diane Fuchs of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC has been elected President of the American Bar Association (ABA) Retirement Funds.  In this capacity, she will lead the organization which oversees a retirement fund program that serves more than 4,000 law firms with more than 40,000 participants and $3 billion in assets.  Diane has nearly three decades of experience as an employee benefits attorney, including extensive experience advising clients on executive compensation, retirement plan and employee benefits matters.  She has consistently been ranked by Woodward/White Inc. as one of The Best Lawyers in America and has been recognized by Corporate Counsel magazine as one of The Top Lawyers in Washington, D.C. In 2003, Fuchs was honored by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund with the Founder's Award for Pro Bono Services.

Jordan Berliner and two partners have formed Intelligent Decision Partners, LLC, which specializes in producing critical intelligence clients can use to make the right decisions and develop comprehensive risk management strategies.  This applies to a range of activities such as investment, market penetration, technology and product development, policy formulation, and improvement in operations.  The firm uses innovative and time honored techniques to collect information from a range of human and secondary open sources worldwide, to provide decision-makers with unbiased insights, knowledge, and recommendations they need to seize opportunities and avoid threats.  Jordan works closely with clients; deliverables are always customized to meet their requirements.  The firm can easily access key decision makers, influencers, and information sources tied tightly into government and industry.  Additionally, the firm has formed alliances with specialized organizations and subject matter experts in the US and overseas, providing access to intelligence from sources often unavailable to others.

Dave Driscoll, Allegiant Group partner, just launched the marketing campaign for the Beyond the Line DVD/Web program.  The program illustrates how businesses everywhere are turning the risks of climate & environmental change into compelling business opportunities.  Companies moving beyond the line, and featured in the film, include General Electric, Marks & Spencer, Ikea, and Marriott International as well as SMEs like Ecoigo, Green Clean and Terracycle.  The program also includes experts from Carbon Disclosure Project, Environmental Defense Fund, Forum for the Future, and World Resources institute. The marketing campaign will include direct mail/email to select business lists in U.S., U.K. and Sweden, with PR and direct marketing to select green blogs and websites.

Art Stewart, President/Chief Strategy Officer of Alexandria-based Stewart Strategies Group, LLC has been busy writing and speaking on the 'new responsibility paradigm' - the emerging focus of SSG's strategy consulting services.  In June, he spoke on the subject at the monthly dinner meeting of the Institute of Management Consultants in Washington.  Art also contributed an article, "Evolving Notions of Corporate Responsibility; Seizing the Next Horizon," for the annual Guidebook to Best Practices in Corporate Social Responsibility, published by Access Intelligence/PR News.  In January, Art had an article published in Political Communications Report - the online newsletter of the Political Communication Division of the American Political Science Association - focused on communicating 'change' as strategic positioning in the 2008 presidential election campaign. 2010 presentations on the 'new responsibility paradigm' include Common Ground's 10th International Conference on Knowledge, Culture and Change in Organizations next July in Montreal.

For her extraordinary work in the field of politics, Tugba Kalafatoglu was named a 2009 JCI Outstanding Young Person of the World (JCI TOYP) recipient in the category of political, legal and/or governmental affairs.  With diverse experience ranging from international business and political consulting to campaign management and training for CEOs and CFOs, Kalafatoglu believes in using politics to build a better future for the next generation.  Earlier, she founded Vote Women in Politics, an NGO dedicated to helping women run for office and be elected around the world.  The organization provides resources, trains young aspiring politicians and creates a network for politically active women around the world.  Currently, Ms. Kalafatoglu is the president of ACA - American Communication Association.  She is also the president of Tugba Kalafatoglu and Associates, a global management and public affairs consulting firm providing strategic public relations, government relations, communication, marketing and lobbying services.  At age 29, Tugba was the youngest person ever to sit as Vice Chairman of a major Turkish party.  She holds masters degrees in international affairs, law and business from Georgetown University.

Matteo Recanatini, Executive Director of Fulcra Solutions, reports positive growth in spite of a sagging economy. The Alexandria, Virginia-based consulting firm specializing in branding and marketing strategies, reported steady and sustained growth throughout fiscal year 2009.  Securing additional clients that span from the health care industry, to the pet industry, to "Human Brands", a specialty of the firm, Fulcra has managed to substantially grow, and to help its client base become stronger, more competitive, and more embedded in their relevant sectors.  Fulcra Solutions offers branding and marketing services to a host of clients located Coast to Coast.  Their "Result Driven Management" approach has become a mantra to its customers, who have embraced this system as a method that enhances focus, efficiencies, and powerful results.

Dr. Maria Velez de Berliner, President of Latin Intelligence Corporation, was keynote speaker at the "Risk Evaluation in International Business" conference at EAFIT University in Medellin, Colombia, on August 6.  She will lecture on economic security at Universidad Nacional/Leticia, Colombia, on March 2010.

Driven Forward announces that Vistage International, the world's leading chief executive organization, has asked Glen Hellman, Principal of Driven Forward to chair a new Washington D.C. area Vistage Advisory Board Group for CEOs and business owners.  More than 300 executives are currently involved in Vistage groups in the D.C. area.  During the next few months Mr. Hellman will be holding qualifying interviews in order to build a selective group of high-performing executives.

Plato Hieronimus, Managing Partner of The Selling Well, is proud to introduce The Selling Well's new Venture Marketing service.  Venture Marketing is a customized marketing program designed specifically for VC's and investors seeking strong growth for their portfolio companies.

Equity Corps Founder, Steve Ely reports that Maryland-based QuTech has hired Equity Corps' Drew Cramer as CEO to execute QuTech's growth strategy.  QuTech, an established Government IT Services contractor, was looking for a "been there - done that" CEO and turned to Equity Corps six months into their CEO search.  "Equity Corps really helped expedite our CEO search.  They presented a strong candidate slate within 45 days and helped us through a rigorous executive search and selection process," said QuTech Founder & Chairman Renee Parker.  Cramer brings over 30 years of federal IT contracting and executive leadership experience to QuTech, including senior leadership positions at Maximus Corporation, Unisys, Xerox, NCR, and AT&T.  Equity Corps offers independent companies an alternative to conventional executive search, and specializes in durable founder succession, and CEO search.


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"WNG Members on the Move - Winter/Spring 2009"

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Karen Seeh recently accepted a new position as Senior Associate with EnDyna, Inc in McLean, Virginia.  Founded in 1999, EnDyna, Inc. is a strategic consulting firm working at the intersection of policy, science, and technology.  It is an is an 8(a) certified, minority, woman-owned small business and has worked with a range of public and private-sector clients.  The firm specializes in regulatory/policy support, environmental management, development of learning solutions, and information technology services.  For more information, contact Karen Seeh via email.

Dr. Maria Velez de Berliner, President of Latin Intelligence Corp, in Alexandria, Virginia, will lecture on "Latin America 2009: Opportunities and Challenges," at Canning House (London, UK) on January 27th.  She will also lecture on Latin America's Transnational Terrorist Organizations (TTOs) at the U.S. Department of Defense in January.

Ed Barks was a contributing author for the PR News Media Training Guidebook Vol. 2. Barks wrote two articles, "How to Tell the Boss He Needs Media Training" and "The Value of a Videographer: A Smoother Media Training Ride." In addition, his article "War of the words: Can we talk off the record?" was published in Public Relations Tactics, the flagship publication of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). That article is based on his recently issued report, "Can We Talk Off the Record? Resolving Disagreements, Increasing Understanding Between Reporters and Public Relations Practitioners."

As of December, David Augenblick was elected to serve as the 2009 Vice President of Communications for the NOVA SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) chapter's volunteer Board of Directors. Since being chartered in 1979 with just 14 members, the chapter has grown to nearly 700 members today. The chapter is an affiliate of The Society for Human Resource Management, the premier HR professional organization representing over 200,000 members worldwide. NOVA SHRM is a 100% chapter, which means that they limit their membership to those HR professionals who are members of SHRM. David also manages HR for The Motley Fool.

Jeff Porro's article, 'We can take this hill': CEO-talk for hard times (How corporate leaders can use communications to rebound during an economic downturn), will be published in the Winter issue of Directors and Boards magazine. Jeff has also helped organize the Debate Consortium, a major initiative to revive the proud legacy of debate at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The Consortium kicks off on the eve of the inauguration, January 19 2009, when six college teams take part in the first Inauguration Debate Series, sponsored by the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Tom Scurlock has been promoted from Sales Manager to Managing Director of Sales, National Journal Group, Washington D.C.

Matteo Recanatini reports that his firm Fulcra Solutions has added the talent of photographer Ira Wexler to its roster. Mr. Wexler brings to Fulcra a wealth of knowledge, adding world-class photography to the services offered by the consulting firm. Fulcra is a DC Area-based firm specializing in brand development and business process engineering for the nonprofit, outdoors, and government vendor segments.

Elizabeth Murray Beimers has been promoted to Senior Associate at Cassidy & Associates in Washington, DC. Elizabeth is a member of the WNG Government Roundtable Steering Committee.

Tugba Kalafatoglu, president of Tugba Kalafatoglu and Associates, was named an "Outstanding Young Person" of Turkey in the political, legal and/or governmental affairs category through the Outstanding Young Persons of the World (TOYP) program. TOYP formally recognizes people who excel in their chosen fields. The Junior Chamber International (JCI) sponsors the program. Kalafatoglu will represent Turkey in the category in next year's Outstanding Young Persons of the World program. She also was included in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World, 2009 editions.

Greg Simpson recently joined the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) as a Program Officer in the Middle East and North Africa division.

Art Stewart has completed a mid-career graduate degree in Public Policy Management from Georgetown University's Public Policy Institute. Stewart is President and Chief Strategy Officer of Stewart Strategies Group, LLC (SSG) of Alexandria, Virginia, a consulting firm he founded in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1993. SSG serves clients representing the range of organization profiles - from innovative technology based start-ups and early stage ventures to mature bricks and mortar leaders as well as venerable non-profit and cause related institutions. SSG services include organization growth and transformation strategy development; brand integrity, transformation and positioning; marketplace and executive thought leadership programs; issues analysis and management; green/sustainability alignment and positioning strategy; innovation marketing; corporate and social responsibility. Stewart has 25 years across the spectrum of his profession including earlier posts in public relations, corporate communications, television/film production, and radio station management and broadcast journalism. He is an award-winning documentary and investigative reports producer. He earned an undergraduate degree in communications from Emerson College and also holds a post-graduate certificate in Senior Executive Leadership from Georgetown.

A recently released report from WNG Communications Roundtable Steering Committee member Ed Barks of Barks Communications puts forth 10 best practice recommendations for reporters and public relations practitioners to follow regarding "off the record" interviews. The research examined attitudes of veteran journalists and public relations experts toward the use of off the record interviews. The resulting report, "Can We Talk Off the Record? Resolving Disagreements, Increasing Understanding Between Reporters and Public Relations Practitioners," is designed to help achieve two goals: First, to help shed light and, to the extent possible, begin to resolve disagreements between and among journalists and public relations practitioners. Second, to increase understanding between those two professions.  Among the key recommendations, Barks explains, "Reporters and public relations practitioners alike need to develop a set of definitions for such techniques as off the record, on background, and not for attribution. The research found much confusion about the meaning of those terms." The report provides suggested definitions. Contact Ed Barks via email or at 540-955-0600 for a copy of the report's executive summary.

Sheila Khatri, President of Moti International, was interviewed for the Sources Revealed section of the September 1, 2008 issue of the Washington Business Journal.  The interview focused on her consulting and training services helping companies do business in India.


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WNG Members on the Move - Summer 2008


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Mary Bennett has recently transitioned to the Electronic Transactions Association where she is Director of Government and Industry Relations. Previously, she was at the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.

Satellite News interviewed Dr. Maria Velez de Berliner, President of Latin Intelligence Corporation, on the future of the Satellite Imaging Market in Brazil.  Her forecasts appear in "Brazil's Satellite Imaging Market Sees Potential," published by Access Intelligence.  Dr. Velez de Berliner will present "Innovation and Structural Change in Brazil" at the October meeting of the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida in Miami.

Helen Levandovsky has moved from General Manager at Comfort Keepers of Fairfax to become an Independent Healthcare Consultant.

Jason Levergood, WNG Advisory Board Member, was recently promoted to Senior Manager of the Grant Thornton LLP, Global Public Sector international business development team, strategically located in the greater Washington, D.C. area.  Jason is chiefly responsible for marketing and member firm relations and developing and implementing internal infrastructure strengthening projects as well as assisting with the leadership of all aspects of business planning, business development and engagement management.  His role involves significant communication and managing of relationships with Grant Thornton International member firm Partners in as many as 110 countries.

Kimberly Weir, a new member of WNG, has recently completed her transition from the public sector to the private sector.  After 7 rewarding years in the International Division of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP), she has taken on the exciting and challenging role of VP, Marketing & Business Development for ROI Research on Investment.  ROI was founded in 2004, with a research team of 40+ professionals is based in Montreal, Canada with offices around the world.  Most recently, ROI established its 2nd US office in Alexandria, Virginia.  ROI is a primary market research firm which provides customized business development accelerating research to identify target companies for our clients - in the public sector, we work with economic developers seeking prospects for new investment and expansion; for the private sector, we assist companies in identifying new customers, partners and distributors.  Kim looks forward to introducing ROI as resource to the WNG membership over the months ahead.

The July 14, 2008, issue of PRWeek features guidance for senior public relations agency officers on improving their client pitching abilities from Barks Communications President Ed Barks.  The "Toolbox" column, noting the intense competition among PR agencies, cites Barks' advice of avoiding sleep inducing pitches that center on how wonderful the agency is.  "Prospective clients tune these out," he said in the article.  In an additional, and somewhat controversial, remark, he told PRWeek, "This sounds like heresy to many agencies, but if you use a one-size-fits-all slide presentation, scrap it," and instead speak to the prospect's concerns.

Michael Mermelstein has launched a new company - G2 & Associates LLC - a full service opinion and market research firm specializing in qualitative research and quantitative research. G2 & Associates provides enhanced value to clients by working in a consultative way.  A leader in the opinion and market research profession with a wide range of experience, the firm strives to provide each client with unique insights as well as direction on how to translate those insights into actionable solutions.

David Giebink, President of Inscite Inc., reports that Inscite and Georgetown Discoveries LLC have teamed to provide U.S. companies access to global IT and other high-tech development outsourcing resources and developing markets through our global network of trusted partners.  Inscite's resources simplify the process of identifying qualified outsourcing providers and entering the lower-cost global marketplace - significantly reducing the time required to begin work overseas.  The company's business networks of trusted partners are their window to the world - a world of R&D professionals and high-end technology companies ranging from IT solutions to back-office service providers in China (ITO/BPO) to the emerging world's technology leaders in Russia.

Kevin Lancaster, Managing Partner of The Winvale Group, reports that the company has made a several huge leaps forward placing it at the forefront of government contracts consulting industry.  As one of the leading government contracts consultancies, Winvale has helped several hundred companies in establishing their GSA Schedule contracts in order to sell direct to federal, state and local government agencies.  This past year, Winvale officially launched its subsidiary Network Federal to help companies sell indirect as well as to help capture immediate opportunities while waiting on their GSA schedule awards.  As a result, Winvale is now one of both the fastest growing resellers and government contract consultancies in the marketplace.  For more information, please visit our website.  Additionally, Winvale was just recognized by SmartCeo magazine as one of the "five on fire" and will be honored by Inc Magazine this fall for its growth!


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WNG Members on the Move - Spring 2008


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Tom Willson, longtime Branch Manager for Future Media Concepts, has recently been promoted to FMC Regional Manager. FMC is in the process of expanding its state-of-the-art Washington DC training facilities. Tom will be supervising FMC's expansion and continued quality training. Future Media Concepts is the nation's premier digital media training center, offering manufacturer-authorized training in all areas of digital media including digital video and film editing, web design and development, sound design, DVD authoring, 3D animation, motion graphics, desktop publishing and Mac IT.

Nancy R. Mitchell, owner of The Etiquette Advocate, a training and consulting firm in Washington, D.C., was included in the May 2, 2008 broadcast of "Nightline" on the ABC network.  She was interviewed as part of the recurring feature, "Sign of the Times," and was asked to comment, from the perspective of established etiquette guidelines, on the current phenomenon of young professionals openly sharing salary information and other intimate details of the lives.

Elizabeth (Biz) Fawkes is now Senior Associate at Korn/Ferry Futurestep.

Brian Marshall is currently serving with the Department of State as Senior Advisor for Elections in Kirkuk Province, Iraq.

Annapolis Government Relations firm Greenwill Consulting Group welcomes their newest associate David Boschert. Greenwill's President Ivan Lanier notes that David Boschert is a former Anne Arundel County Council Chairman and retired Maryland State Delegate; He will focus on economic development and corporate tax issues.

Andres Jordan received an exclusive and highly desired invitation, to participate in the Milken's Institute Global Conference in Los Angeles this past April as a speaker and panelist in the subject of Innovation Management. This is a continuation of Andres's passion for making companies more innovative and growth-focused via specific innovation best practices and theories. Prior to that, Andres was approached by Frost and Sullivan to give keynote address this past February to their competitive intelligence conference on the subject of: Reading the Future and Spotting Emerging Trends.

Thomas Juli founded Thomas Juli Empowerment Partners (TJEP), a professional service organization for innovative empowerment, consulting and interim management in the areas of governance, leadership, project and operational management.  TJEP's clients include T-Mobile International and Telefonica o2 Germany.

Corey Griffin, Director of International Development Aid at Microsoft, has been appointed by Henrietta Fore, Administrator for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the US Foreign Assistance Director, to serve a two year term on the Advisory Committee Foreign Voluntary Aid (ACFVA).

Maria Velez de Berliner, President of Latin Intelligence Corporation, received a Doctorate Honoris Causa in Law and Political Science at Lake Forest College.  Maria was honored for her academic achievements and for her contributions to the fields of international security and intelligence.

Leslie Keating joined Q-Industries as Marketing Manager, where she is responsible for the design and launch of marketing initiatives that generate awareness of the interactive firm's capabilities.

Peter Justen's company - MyBizHomepage.com - has been asked by the SBA to be a sponsor of Small Business Week. Additionally, Peter was also asked to join a small group of business leaders to attend a briefing recently in the East Room of the White House with President Bush to hear and discuss his remarks on Small Business. The WNG is proud to count Peter among our leadership in the WNG Entrepreneur Roundtable steering committee.

Chloe Feinberg has been accepted as  FINCA Client Assessment Research Fellow and will be working in Azerbaijan this summer for five weeks. As a Client Assessment Fellow she will monitor and evaluate the current microfinance projects currently taking place in Azerbaijan with FINCA International and their partners. The data collected during this time will be used in FINCA's annual report.

Arnold Grothues, former Vice President, Industry & Government Affairs, RadioShack Corporation has transitioned to J.C. Penney Corporation as Senior Counsel in the Operations & Government Relations group, located in Plano, Texas.

Acadia Secure Networks, LLC a Mid-Atlantic region information technology solutions provider and Microsoft partner, founded by WNG member John Holmblad, has expanded its range of consulting service to include Microsoft's recently launched  Office Live Small Business, Exchange Hosted Services, and Dynamics Live Customer Relationship Management (CRM) service offerings. These service offerings are delivered by Microsoft from its data centers directly on the Internet and they are based on the proven software technologies that Microsoft has supplied worldwide to its enterprise customers.

Robert Smith recently changed jobs moving from Booz Allen Hamilton where he was an Associate, to Savantage Solutions of Rockville, Maryland, where he will be a Vice President.  Rob's duties will include government relations, Hill advocacy, outreach to industry associations, business development, among other duties.  Savantage Solutions is a woman-owned small business working the public sector market.  Savantage is a provider of financial management solutions: systems integration, program and project management, consulting services, or any other financial management related performance gaps.

Guy Timberlake announces that Arthur Medici has joined The American Small Business Coalition as Chief Action Officer. Art was the founding investor in Internet Commerce Corporation (ICC) and has served ICC as CEO, COO and was a member of the Board of Directors in its current form as EasyLink Services International until January 2008. Previously, he served as senior vice president of Marketing for Cable & Wireless North America and began his career at IBM, where he spent twelve years in various sales and marketing management positions.

Tonya Fitzpatrick, Esq., is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education.  She is also the CEO of Travel'n On Media Productions, the parent company of the Travel'n On Radio Show, a newly syndicated travel talk radio program that she produces and co-hosts with her husband, Ian Fitzpatrick, Esq.

Ed Barks, president of Barks Communications, received one of the National Press Club's prized Vivian Awards for his volunteer contributions. As vice chair of the club's Communications and Marketing Committee, he provided public speaking and media training counsel. Barks was also quoted extensively in the January issue of Associations Now, the flagship publication of the American Society of Association Executives. He offered insights into becoming a better communicator in the article, "Communication Gap."


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