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WNG Member News - Winter 2016-2017

WNG Member News
Winter 2016-2017

Mark F. Bryant, formerly with Resonate, who began his career as a political fundraiser in DC, has launched Agency Advisors, a consulting firm "dedicated to driving the growth of digital, data, and analytics firms seeking to do business with candidates and causes."

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WNG Member News - Autumn 2016

WNG Member News
Autumn 2016

Jake McGuire has produced a new gift-sized book titled Washington D.C. A Little Square Picture Book that has just been featured in a flattering article online. Local area associations and businesses purchase the book as a welcome gift for DC meetings and conventions. McGuire published the charming 6x6 inch square book specifically as an easy-to-take-home gift for DC's hospitality industry. When the book was first released, the DC Convention Bureau told McGuire, "If you can put our logo on it we'll take 400 copies!" He did and the book took off. Recently, Jake expanded his target audience by personally delivering a sample to more than 100 area hotels as a possible Inauguration Week gift. As of December 1st, more than a dozen area hotels have already purchased them or expressed interest in the gift book, pending room sales for that week. Well done Jake!

Jeff Walyus has started in a new role as Financial Analyst for The Prospective Group. Previously, he was Senior OMB Financial Analyst at the North Star Group, LLC.

Marty Williams is now Government Relations Manager at American Public Works Association, where he is responsible for advancing the association's public policy priorities in the area of cyber-security, emergency management and response. Previously, he was Special Assistant to Congresswoman Brenda L. Lawrence.

Michael McCallum has a new position at SHRM - The Society for Human Resource Management, where he is Director, Global Business Development. Michael drives SHRM’s internationalization strategy and global business development. He is responsible for identifying, creating, and sustaining partnerships abroad in order to grow SHRM’s international delivery network. Regional accountability includes Brazil, Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, while providing services to nearly 10,000 SHRM members outside the U.S.

Christian Moritz shared research that, among Washington Insiders, LinkedIn is the most popular, most credible and has the fastest growth rate of any social media channel. His article gained significant social media engagement and sharing.

Jim Stockmal, President of the Association for Strategic Planning, will travel to Honduras to present a keynote address on "Trends and Drivers: What Everyone Should be Aware of in their Planning" and teach a master class at the Latin America & Caribbean World Strategy on November 17th, 2016. Additionally, Jim will also a holiday party for the National Capital Area chapter of ASP at BlackFinn on November 30, 2016.

Geoffrey Goodale has joined the law firm of FisherBroyles as partner. Geoff possesses over 15 years of experience assisting clients on matters concerning export controls, economic sanctions, import compliance, trade litigation, international intellectual property rights protection, foreign direct investment, cybersecurity, and compliance counseling to government contractors. Prior to joining FisherBroyles, Geoff served in the International Trade practice groups at Foley & Lardner and Pillsbury in Washington, D.C.

Jeffrey Lord is now a Senior Manager at EY Global Trade at Ernst & Young LLP, a global provider of international trade consulting services, focusing on export controls and trade sanctions.

Ruth Schimel, Ph.D., Career & Life Management Consultant offers you the Choose Courage Series completed this August and available on Amazon. Explore and benefit from Choose Courage: Step Into the Life You Want and Related Handbooks on success and relationships. For more information, email Ruth.

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WNG Member News - Summer 2016

WNG Member News
Summer 2016

Brian Dougherty is now Director Associate Service at The Conference Board; Previously, he was Government Practice Account Director at J.D. Power - McGraw Hill Financial.

Liz Caselli-Mechael is now Corporate Communications Manager at Nestlé USA, in their Washington, D.C. office.

Jeanne Jennings (JeanneJennings.com), recognized industry expert in email marketing strategy, has joined CohereOne, a full-service digital and direct marketing agency, as Partner and Practice Lead for Email Marketing. With her home base in Washington, DC, she will be expanding the agency’s presence to the East Coast.

Nnake Nweke has been named by the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) as the first-ever Director of its newly created Office of Internet Freedom. Dr. Nweke is a WNG Board of Advisors member and recently chaired our WNG Technology Roundtable. Congratulations Nnake!

Franck Goron has moved to Microsoft, where he is Senior Director for Enterprise Strategy and Digital Advisor at Microsoft. Franck is based in Paris, France. Prior to joining Microsoft, He was Insight Program Director, Public Sector, at Oracle, where he led strategic engagements with executive-level customers. Franck is a member of the WNG International Council.

John Lawson has become Executive Director of the AWARN Alliance, a new coalition of television broadcasters and allied technology companies that is developing an advanced emergency alerting system for the U.S. The Advanced Warning and Response Network (AWARN) is enabled by Next Generation Television (also known as ATSC 3.0) which will be the world’s first all-IP digital broadcasting system and is on-track for a 2017 launch in South Korea and the U.S. John is also a principal at Convergence Services, Inc, an Alexandria, Virginia-based strategic consulting firm.

Tom McInerney, Founder and Director of the Treaty Effectiveness Initiative (TEI) in Rome, Italy, has joined the WNG International Council. Tom will be speaking to the WNG in September on the topic of "Responsible Agriculture."

Jake McGuire, the very talented DC photographer who actively supports our WNG receptions, has a new gift-sized coffee table book on our Nation's Capital designed for DC meetings and events. The stately 64 page soft bound book, titled Washington, D.C., A Little Square Picture Book, was specifically produced as an easy-to-take-home memento for associations, hotels, agencies, and incentive travel groups to give in quantity to attendees, conference speakers, committees, boards, and at upcoming Inaugural events.

Rob Coulson, Principal at V3 in Washington, D.C., has recently begun a one-year executive program at Harvard's Graduate School of Design. The Advanced Management Diploma Program targets the continued development of senior-level global real estate executives. In other news, Rob is launching the beta-version of his real estate business intelligence software, Smartfolio. He is inviting owners and managers of real estate portfolios to test the platform and receive discounted pricing for the full release.

Eric Hermann defended and completed his Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Maryland (College Park)! He is currently accepting new clients for his writing editing business, Editing for ESL. Congratulations!

Patrick King, who is CEO of full-service marketing firm Imagine, reports the company has been recognized with the "Best of Prince William" award for graphic design! Congratulations!

Melanie Padgett Powers, owner of MelEdits, wrote a personal essay about growing up in Indiana with the Indianapolis 500 looming large throughout her childhood. The essay was published online by espnW.

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WNG Member News - Spring 2016

WNG Member News
Spring 2016

Joe Brinker has accepted the position of senior democracy, governance, peace and security advisor in the Middle East Bureau at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Joe will cover 11 countries in the Middle East in this role and will be based in Washington, DC. We are proud to have Joe as a WNG Advisory Board member.

Tim Young, President of Young Marketing Consulting, has joined the WNG Entrepreneur Roundtable steering committee. Learn more about Tim at: YoungMarketingConsulting.com and @YoungMktg. Please join us in welcoming Tim to the steering committee!

Meghan Dotter, Principal and Founder of Portico PR, has joined the WNG Board of Advisors. In January, Meghan led a session on "Help for the Reluctant Presenter" convened by the WNG Communications Roundtable. Learn more at: PorticoPR.us, @PorticoPR, @MeghanDotter. Please join us in welcoming Meghan to the Board!

Nino Kader, CEO of Spark Digital, recently appeared on Aljazeera TV to discuss whether Apple's iPhone has peaked. Based in Doha, Qatar, Nino is a WNG International Council member and WNG Communications Roundtable steering committee member.

Pamela Peseux, president of Cimperium International LCC, an international trade promotion and advisory firm, led the technical program development for two USTDA-sponsored reverse trade missions from East Africa’s port and airport sectors. Ms. Peseux developed the 11-day itineraries which included meetings and site visits with U.S. port and airport stakeholders. Peseux traveled with both the port and airport delegations to three cities in March and April. Ms. Peseux also traveled to India in March as a member of the USTDA India Smart City Technical Advisory Team to participate in a needs assessment workshop with Ajmer city stakeholders. Ms. Peseux organized a technology roundtable which brought U.S. company representatives together with the city officials. For more information about Cimperium and these projects, visit www.Cimperium.com

Bill Stokes is working with ExecCareers DC, an executive search firm headquartered in the greater Washington DC region. Bill can be reached via email. Additionally, he continues as chairman of the Washington Network Group.

Robert Grupp is chairing the 7th National Summit on Strategic Communications during April 26-27 in Arlington, Virginia. The Summit shares best practices at the intersection of corporate communications, military public affairs and government relations. Among 25+ speakers: Army PA Chief Gen. Frost, DHS’s George Selim, and State’s John Kirby. When registering, WNG Members use promo code "C786WNG" for 15% discount.

Eric Staal has joined the WNG International Council. A long-time WNG Member, Eric is based in London, where he leads business development for Lex Mundi's top-tier law firms throughout the Americas, EMEA and APAC.

Mary Gotschall, is now Director of Marketing at LinkedIn.Qnexis Inc,, an award-winning digital communications, information technology and management solutions firm based in Reston, Virginia.

Tasleem Kassum, a native Washingtonian, has recently relocated to Washington from New York and is Principal of Kassum Communications. With nearly twenty years of global strategic communications, HR communications, marketing, executive coaching and strategy experience working in agency, management consulting and client side environments, her firm focuses on communications advisory work and executive coaching. Tasleem can be reached via email or via LinkedIn.

Jim Stockmal will be speaking at the Association for Strategic Planning annual conference in San Francisco during March 16-18, 2016. Jim will also be a judge at the inaugural "Start-up Experience" as part of St. Johns' College High School's new Leadership and Entrepreneurial Development program on March 5.

Laura M. Labovich, CEO of The Career Strategy Group, has been selected to author a chapter of the new book coming out from Association of Talent Development (ATD) on Effective Networking. She's busy working on that chapter now and eager to see it hit bookshelves in the fall!

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WNG Member News - Fall 2015

James Wilkinson CAE will take the reins as Executive Director of the Society for Vascular Ultrasound (SVU) in Lanham, Maryland. SVU is the leading professional society for sonographers and vascular surgeons who rely on ultrasound for medical imaging and diagnosis. SVU has 13 chapters nationwide and over 5400 individual members. Wilkinson joins the SVU from the National Foreign Trade Council, where he was Vice President for Strategy and Growth.

Laura M. Labovich, Chief Executive Officer of The Career Strategy Group, recently created HIRED!, a unique job search course designed for today's job seekers. You won't find antiquated, stale, or generic job search advice in here. HIRED! offers concrete guidance in the form of seven modules for those trying to get in the game in today's challenging job environment. Published in partnership with Pearson Workforce Education, the course contains 40+ hours of expert job search content, including resume writing strategies, cold-calling tips and advice for nailing the interview. For motivated job seekers, this course can help you land a job in half the time of the national average! To learn more, click here.

Additionally, Laura Labovich is proud to announce her partnership with the Forbes Coaches Council, an invitation-only community for top business and career coaches. Membership is exclusive: "each council has its own criteria for acceptance, including annual revenue, in addition to an application review process to ensure that only the highest caliber professionals are accepted" - Perhaps 10 percent of all applications received. Laura is eager to share her content on Forbes.com soon!

Mitch Bell has been promoted to Director of New England Accounts for NAVEX Global. NAVEX supplies ethics and compliance solutions such as online training, consulting services, whistleblower hotlines, and policy management software to 96 of the F100 and 80% of the Global 5000 companies. For more information, Mitch can be reached via email.

James Gordon, CEO of CULTIVA Solutions, recently was awarded the opportunity to manage the student recruitment for University of Mary Washington for China. The company is excited to partner with this outstanding university with an excellent legacy of education.

James Stockmal speaks at the World Strategy Summit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, over November 17-18, 2015. In addition to representing the Association for Strategic Planning, Jim will be speaking on strategy and transformation in the government based on his 10+ years helping US Federal agencies in formulating and executing strategy.

Bill Stokes has joined the Science and Technology Policy Center for Development (STPCD) Board of Directors. STPCD provides guidance and assistance to developing nations on crafting and implementing robust science and technology policies.

Ruth Schimel's Choose Courage series now includes three new handbooks titled Choose Courage: Step Into the Success You Want: Sparking Your Powers, Choose Courage: Step Into the Success You Want: Building Bridges to Achievement and Choose Courage In Your Relationships: Empower Yourself First. Forthcoming in the Relationships series: Thrive Together and Profit from Problems. See Ruth's blog as well for professional and personal progress.

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WNG Member News - Spring 2015

Art Stewart has re-joined the WNG after four years away in Boston teaching and serving as Vice President of Corporate Development for a global management consulting firm. His former firm Stewart Strategies Group, which he operated for 19 years (including 8 of those years out of Alexandria, Virginia), has been reconstituted into a new entity, Strategic Impact Partners. Art has recruited a senior-level management and delivery team of former colleagues. The firm is focused on helping clients craft and accelerate their growth strategies, develop markets, commercialize their unique assets and transform their organizations to achieve differentiated leadership. While the firm has a North American and global focus, it is also concentrating on new clients in the DC region.

Jim Rives has joined FTI Consulting's Bank Regulatory and Governance practice in the Forensic & Litigation Consulting segment. Mr. Rives is a financial services professional with more than 30 years of experience in consumer finance, commercial banking and financial institution supervision and resolution in the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America. Jim focuses his practice in credit risk management services providing clients with assistance on a wide range of issues from a practitioner and regulatory perspective, including credit risk assessment, loan portfolio management, credit/loan review, loss mitigation and matters surrounding credit loss reserves. In addition to assisting clients resolve issues with regulatory agencies, Jim performs due diligence on loan portfolios and independently analyses bank lending operations and credit administration functions.

Gerhard Schwandt has taken over 30 years of research into the area of Efficiency and reduced it down to its essentials, i.e. Fundamentals; The result is a White Paper titled "The Fundamentals of Efficiency," which he is willing to share with selected members of WNG for the purpose of review and feedback before he publishes the final paper. If you are interested, please contact Gerhard via email.

Adeyinka Oyesile Ogunlegan, who is Vice President, Public Policy & Outreach at Chesapeake Public Strategies, recently was named to the Daily Record's 2015 VIP List. The Daily Record created the VIP List (Very Important Professionals List) to recognize 40 winners, 40 years of age and younger, who have been successful in Maryland. Winners are selected on the basis of professional accomplishments and commitment to inspiring change in their community. Congratulations Adeyinka!

Ramsay Tanham has joined iHorse Technologies as Vice President for Business Development. The WNG was very pleased to have iHorse sponsor our WNG Summer Networking Reception on June 10! To learn more about iHorse services, contact Ramsay via email.

Ruth Ravitz Smith, a veteran of GE and other major corporations, has recently launched RRSmith Global Solutions, to provide consulting services to companies and organizations on how to maximize external affairs, government relations, and stakeholder engagement to achieve business objectives around the globe.

Juliet Okafor, Global Director of Business Development and Marketing at TruShield Security Solutions, Inc., recently closed a substantial deal for managed security services with the largest bank in Zambia. Her team launched the relationship this past winter.

Regina Luffey, Business Coach & Mentor, announces her new website businessbreakthroughs.today.

Abigail Wurf was featured in The Washington Post, and in February published her book titled Forget Perfect: How to Succeed in Your Profession and Personal Life Even if You Have ADHD.

Nancy Wigal has re-branded her training company to be Invenio SEO. Formerly, the company was known as Search Engine Academy Washington DC.

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WNG Member News - Fall/Winter 2014

Jeff Walyus, PMP, recently published a blog post on "How a Well-Formulated OMB Exhibit 55 (E300) Can Help Your Program" - This post appears on the web site for The North Star Group.

Adrienne Shoch launched The Neuro-Centric Leadership Consulting Group, an innovative leadership and organizational development consulting firm focused on redefining talent, performance and change management based on positive leadership, somatics and neuroscience.

Mitch Bell has a new job! He joined NAVEX Global, providers of ethics and compliance automation and solutions for large and small companies. He will be focused on mid-market companies, 1500-7500 employees in New England and Canada. New email.

Aimee Stern, formerly of Stern Communications, launched The Bounce Group, an agency growth accelerator. With partners in Boston and NYC we strategically applying public relations to new business development with great results.Currently working with advertising, research and design agencies in NY, Boston and Virginia. Check us out at thebouncegroup.com and follow us on Twitter @thebouncegroup.

Melanie Padgett Powers, owner of MelEdits, is a new board member of the Association for Women in Communications DC Chapter. She is the VP of Communications, managing the chapter's social media activities and promoting programs.

Meghan Dotter, founder and principal of Portico PR, signed three new clients as a direct result of her WNG Communication Roundtable session, "Life is too short for bad PPT." She is working with a Fortune 50 financial services company, government regulator, and a NY Times bestselling author to help them present better.

Ruth M. Schimel has just published Step Into the Success You Want: Sparking Your Powers, which is available on Amazon.com. Earlier this year, Ruth led a WNG Chairman's Forum on a related topic.

Shana Glickfield, Partner and "Queen Bee" at the Beekeeper Group, has been named to PRWeek's 40 Under 40! The award highlights 40 individuals under the age of 40 who were nominated by their colleagues and peers. They are individuals who demonstrate what it means to be "an influential leader, innovator, and pioneer in PR." Shana is a member of the WNG Communications Roundtable steering committee.

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WNG Member News - Summer 2014

Katherine Metres closed new business for her writing services company, Your Edge for Success (YES). YES is now the exclusive editor for the manuals of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) and the grant services provider for Reach Out Community Center (Chicago), Musalaha/Reconciliation Ministries (Jerusalem, Palestine/Tacoma, Washington), Diyar Consortium/Bright Stars of Bethlehem (Bethlehem, Palestine/Mount Morris, Illinois), and Mar Elias Educational Institutions/Pilgrims of Ibillin (Ibillin, Israel/Madison, Wisconsin). Katherine also edited the forthcoming leadership book The Brink by Mark Hunter, saw the publication of the book Success she ghost wrote, conducted four resume writing workshops, and helped over 15 people get a better job this year.

Allison Shapira, President of Global Public Speaking LLC, is thrilled to announce that in spring 2015 she will be teaching a graduate course in communication at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Allison will continue to live and work in Washington, DC and will fly weekly to Cambridge, Massachusetts in what you could call a "reverse congressman" commute. If you're interested in learning more about her Harvard course, click here. Additionally, Allison presented a WNG Women's Leadership Forum workshop this past April.

Nancy Mitchell reports that Protocol Partners-Washington Center for Protocol was selected to create and deliver the inaugural protocol training module for the new Diplomatic Academy, The University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago. The one-week course, "Protocol and Diplomatic Law: Rules and Procedures", was delivered twice in June 2014 in Port of Spain, Trinidad, to over 100 students.

Ramsay Tanham, co-founder of Mobile Wine Deals, had their mobile App featured on the Daily App Show: See it here. The WNG is proud to have had Mobile Wine Deals as an event sponsor, as well.

Laura Palmer of Bridgenosis launched a unique online mind-shifting program for entrepreneur and C-Suite innovators in May, and the results the innovators are having are greater than expected. They are all seeing a direct correlation between their mind-shifts and business results. She's inspired to fill more groups in the Fall and play a bigger role in accelerating innovation. Watch the WNG event calendar for our upcoming session led by Laura!

Melanie Padgett Powers, owner of MelEdits, was one of four presenters at a four-hour, interactive, social media pre-conference, "Turn It Up: Increase the Power of Social Media," before the Annual Meeting of Association Media & Publishing in Washington, DC, in May.

Chris Foss has established a new Ironistic presence in Chicago to provide website development services beyond just the Beltway. This is the second expansion for Ironistic outside of their headquarters office in Alexandria offices, and their Milwaukee office.

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WNG Member News - Spring 2014

Uli Finkenbusch is now Office and Protocol Manager at the new headquarter of Lockheed Martin International in Reston. The division's purpose is to grow the company's international business. Uli will be working with international clients and Lockheed Martin staff from the US and abroad.

Guy Milhalter recently rejoined the North Carolina-based law firm Anderson Jones, PLLC where he previously worked for several years in Raleigh. Guy will lead Anderson Jones’ newly established Washington, DC office. Guy focuses his practice on assisting small and medium size companies with their business legal needs as well as advising the firm’s clients on government contracting and government relations matters.

Paul T. Kelly, Principal with The Federal Group, Inc. and WNG member since 2013, moderated a "congressional issues panel" focusing on health care policies under consideration in the U.S. Congress on March 28th.  The panel, sponsored by the Association of Government Relations Professionals (AGRP), included presentations from a bipartisan mix of senior congressional staff members from the House Ways & Means and Energy & Commerce Committees as well as the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee.  The event was attended by a range of government relations professionals from the trade association, corporate, legal and lobbying communities.  In addition to his full time work with The Federal Group, Paul volunteers his time on the AGRP Board of Directors, where he serves on the Executive Committee as 2nd Vice President.  For more information contact Paul via email.

Chris Foss has opened a new Ironistic office in Milwaukee to provide website development services beyond just the beltway.  This is the first expansion for Ironistic outside of their Alexandria offices.

Having gone "upriver" on the Amazon, Elizabeth Avery recently launched several short videos on green travel/ecotourism: Get a quick glimpse of the Rainforest at Solo Trekker 4 U.

Bill Stokes is now associated with the firm Bernuth & Williamson, which works closely with nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations, including a stellar list of clients such as The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the United States Institute for Peace (USIP) and InterAction, among others. Bill works with think tanks, foundations and other nonprofits on stakeholder and leadership evaluations, strategic planning, change management, and communications.

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WNG Member News - Winter 2013-2014

Nancy Bayerle has joined The McCormick Group as a Principal Recruiter specializing in Mobility and Cyber, including TS SCI FSP; Previously, she was founder and CEO of Mile 20 Recruiting, LLC.

Jeff White recently became Director of Strategic Communications at The Hitachi Foundation; Previously he was with Environics Communications in Washington DC.

Susan Sadigova of United States-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce has successfully completed a three-day Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) Trade Mission from United States to Azerbaijan with the participation of 13 leading American tech companies, Oracle, Lockheed Martin, Hughes and many others among them. The trade mission measured another exceptional success for boosting U.S.-Azerbaijan trade relations in the ICT field. Another round of trade mission is planned to take place in May, 2014.

Robert Gemmill joins the WNG and its Government Roundtable steering committee from LEVICK, a leading strategic communications and public relations firm. Robert specializes in litigation communications, data breaches, and crisis work across many different practice areas. Before joining LEVICK, Robert was a civil litigation attorney for a law firm in Alexandria, Virginia.

Allison Shapira of Global Public Speaking recently returned from her first trip to East Africa, where she taught public speaking to 50 women from 25 countries through the DC-based nonprofit Vital Voices. It was an incredible opportunity to help women leaders who are engaged in inspiring and often dangerous work advocating for human rights and education for women and girls worldwide. For more information, see: vitalvoices.org.

Daniel Haney has taken a new role as Federal Account Manager for Federal Civilian accounts for Sun Management Inc, based in Arlington, Virginia. Sun Management is a Value Add Reseller that architects advanced security and network solutions for the federal and commercial industries. Sun Management has enjoyed much success with agencies such as DOE, DISA & DHS engineering security solutions around firms such as Palo Alto, Infoblox, CrowdStrike and Arista. Dan is a member of the WNG Board of Advisors.

Melanie Padgett Powers started her own business, MelEdits, in October after 14 years as a managing editor and writer at DC-area health associations. A former newspaper reporter and editor, she provides her clients writing, editing and social media strategy and management. Learn more at MelEdits.com and follow her on Twitter, @MelEdits.

Ashley Korner has been promoted to Vice President, Sales & Operations at Carr Workplaces.

Evelyn Yang Garland has been elected to the American Translators Association's (ATA) Board of Directors. Evelyn is President of Acta Chinese Language Services, LLC, a translation company specializing in Chinese translation for business, legal, and government clients. She is an ATA-certified English into Chinese translator and Maryland court-certified Mandarin interpreter, and has been granted "expert member" status by the Translators Association of China for her professional achievement and leadership roles in the translation industry.

James Wilkinson was named Vice President for Strategy and Growth at the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC).  Prior to this, he had been Executive Director of the Washington International Trade Association (WITA) since 2003.

Chris Leahy becomes Vice President of Federal Government Relations and Policy for Bayer Corporation after seven years with Peabody Energy. Chris is a member of the WNG Board of Advisors.

Uli Finkenbusch, former foreign policy adviser to the FDP caucus in the German parliament, recently relocated from Berlin to the Washington, DC area. Now here, he works as a consultant and is busy exploring the DC political landscape. One issue of particular interest to him are negotiations for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) which were kicked off earlier this year.

Elizabeth Avery founded Solo Trekker 4 U to provide small businesses, entrepreneurs and individual travelers with a free connection to well-priced 4-5 star hotels, top tours, airline upgrades and car services. They are expanding their business sector and planning deeper non-published price discounts via a 2014 subscription service. More subscribers mean better pricing through enhanced negotiating power. If you are interested in travel savings, contact Elizabeth via the website at www.SoloTrekker4U.com.

Larry Checco, of Checco Communications, is currently serving on a Government Accountability Office (GAO) task force seeking to set auditing and accountability standards for pubic private partnerships. He's also been asked to be a regular contributor to an on-line radio talk show (www.danahey.com). In addition, this winter Larry will be speaking to several groups in the DC area on a number of communications and fundraising-related topics. For more information, contact Larry through www.checcocomm.net.

Tom Davis has been asked to pull together a sustainability summit for The Conference Board in which leaders will look at financial drivers for sustainability and analyze the water/energy nexus. Limited attendance for the two day event in New York City, May 13-14, 2014. Additional information available from Tom at tsdllcdc@yahoo.com.

Bill Stokes spoke to visiting Kosovar participants in the Hope Fellowship Program about networking norms in the Nation's Capital. The fellows were hosted by the National Albanian American Council (NAAC) on a USAID-funded program to strengthen the role of women in policy and decision-making in the Balkans.

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