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June 30, 2017

Biz briefs: Airlie adds three experienced executives

Airlie Director of Operations Christine McDaniel, Food and Beverage Director Chris Ferrier and National Sales Manaher Tricia DeVine.
Resonance LLC Marketing Manager Madison Lemelin.
Airlie this week announced the appointment of Christine McDaniel as director of operations, Chris Ferrier as food and beverage director and Tricia DeVine as national sales manager.

“We are excited about the growth of this beautiful destination property and adding seasoned hospitality managers will support our mission to convey our special message to the local and regional community,” Airlie Executive Director Chuck Smith said.

Mr. Smith has managed the 300-acre conference center and resort since American University received Airlie as a gift in September. He has overseen major investment and improvements, including expansion of Airlie’s farm-to-table garden to 20 acres.

Ms. McDaniel joins Airlie with more than 15 years of experience in hospitality management. She previously worked with SP Plus, where she managed the transportation operations for the opening of the MGM National Harbor. Her experience includes positions with Harrah’s Metropolis Casino & Hotel in Illinois, the Marriott Hotel in Greenbelt, Md., the Bethesda Marriott Suites and the Georgetown University Conference Center hotel in Washington, D.C.

“I’m thrilled to be part of the exciting change happening at Airlie,” Ms. McDaniel said. “Sharing my operations knowledge and joining a team of visionary hospitality leaders will help to strengthen and grow Airlie to a world class experience.”

Mr. Ferrier most recently worked as executive chef at The National Conference Center. With more than 28 years of food and beverage expertise, Ferrier has worked at the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort & Spa, The Lodge at Pebble Beach, The Boar’s Head Inn and Grand Hyatt Washington. He has a combination of culinary management experience coupled with creative menu planning and background in off premise, corporate, sports and social events.

“I am excited to join Airlie at a time when sustainable practices and local sourcing are a huge part of the food conversation,” Mr. Ferrier said. “This is a very special place and I’m honored to be able to be part of the growing team that will put it on the map.”

Ms. DeVine has more than 20 years of hospitality sales experience, most recently with IHG in Reston.

“She has an excellent working knowledge of the D.C. marketplace and a new level of excitement the property is ready for,” Mr. Smith said. “ Tricia will lead the effort to expand market share in the D.C. sector.


Lemelin joins Resonance as marketing manager

Resonance LLC, a community and government relations firm, has hired Madison Lemelin as its marketing manager.

Ms. Lemelin in May graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a bachelor’s degree in English and linguistics.

During her time as a college student, she worked as a communications intern with a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit organization that focuses on working with students to develop their reading and writing skills, where she gained experience in website and social media management as well as in public relations. This spring, she worked as a marketing intern at a Fredericksburg-based translation firm, where she gained international experience.

Resonance, founded in 2015 by Jennifer E. Goldman, focuses on strategic communications and planning as well as other management consulting services.

“I am really looking forward to working with Jennifer and taking on a new challenge within Resonance,” Ms. Lemelin said. “I am very fortunate to be joining such a motivated and innovative team.”

Ms. Goldman called her “bright and enthusiastic. Her addition to the team means we’ll be able to expand our client base, but I’m also excited about her insight into new techniques and technology.”


Walker Jones lawyers honored

A national rating service has named Julia S. Savage and Susan F. Pierce, of the Walker Jones firm in Warrenton, as “Super Lawyers 2017.”

Ms. Savage focuses on divorce, child custody, parenting time, property division and wills and trusts. 

Ms. Pierce’s practice areas include personal injury, wrongful death, medical and nursing home negligence and general litigation.
Super Lawyers rates attorneys, nominated by their peers, in 70 practice areas.  The rating agency uses third-party research across 12 key categories and reviews by a highly-credentialed panel of attorneys to make its selections. 
In addition, readers of Northern Virginia Magazine chose four of Walker Jones partners as 2016 Top Lawyers in their practice areas:

• Robert deT. Lawrence IV in trusts & estates and wills & probate.
• Powell Lawson Duggan in real estate law.
• Julia S. Savage in child custody and divorce.
• Susan F. Pierce in personal injury plaintiff

Walker Jones has offices in Warrenton and Washington, Va.


Business discussion group marks anniversary

Ignite Fauquier, an open business discussion group for entrepreneurs, will mark its first anniversary with a special meeting Wednesday, July 12.

Past presenters will discuss their challenges and how they addressed them with help from the group.

The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. in the Warrenton-Fauquier Visitor Center at 33 N. Calhoun St. Breakfast from Savory Fare will start 30 minutes earlier.

For more information, contact Renee Younes at 540-216-7100 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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