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November 20, 2017

Biz Buzz: Marianne Clyde “Business Person of Year”

The Fauquier Chamber named Marianne Clyde the “Business Person of the Year.”
Chamber presents annual awards

The Fauquier Chamber of Commerce has named Warrenton psychotherapist Marianne Clyde as its “Business Person of the Year.”

The business organization also presented three other annual awards during its annual gala Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Stoneridge Events Center near Warrenton:

• Non-Profit of the Year — the Boys & Girls Club of Fauquier.

• Small Business of the Year — the Warrenton law firm of Mark B. Williams & Associates.

• Large Business of the YearSummit Community Bank.

A licensed marriage and family therapist, Ms. Clyde has practiced for more than 27 years. The author of three books, she has expertise in relationships and workplace mental health in the workplace.

She established the Marianne Clyde Center for Holistic Psychotherapy in Warrenton seven years ago.


Small Business Saturday in Warrenton

Old Town Warrenton merchants will participate in the nationwide “Small Business Saturday” promotion Nov. 25.

Main Street shops and the Law Office of Marie Washington will host a welcome station in front of the post office with free coffee and hot chocolate from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Merchants also will offer gifts and discounts on the first weekend of the holiday shopping season.


Fauquier Bankshares dividend declared

The Fauquier Bankshares Inc. board of directors recently announced a quarterly dividend of 12 cents per share.

This dividend will be payable Jan. 2 to shareholders of record as of the close of business Dec. 15.

It represents a dividend of 48 cents per share on an annualized basis.
Fauquier Bankshares Inc. and its principal subsidiary, The Fauquier Bank, had combined assets of $631.7 million and total shareholder equity of $57.2 million as of Sept. 30, 2017.

The independent, Warrenton-based bank has 11 branches in Fauquier and Prince William counties.


Old Town Athletic to open third building

Old Town Athletic Club projects the grand opening of its new building for Monday, Dec. 18.

The three-story, 34,000-square-foot structure stands along Walker Drive, with Old Town’s two other buildings.

Kim and Mike Forsten founded the business as “Tone Zone” two decades ago. OTAC opened on Keith Street in 1996 and moved to the Walker Drive property a decade later. The Forstens opened their second building, OTAC II, in 2012.

Their business has continued to expand and to offer more specialized programs. Each of the three OTAC buildings has other business tenants, who own their spaces under condominium arrangements. The PATH Foundation has a contract to purchase approximately 20,000 square feet of the new building for about $4 million.

“The goal is to improve our members’ experience with a more focused approach to health,” Mrs. Forsten said of the expansion.

Mr. Forsten called the growing OTAC campus “my family’s dream.”

The couple’s sons, Cole and Chris Forsten, manage different aspects of the business.


Amy Totten chosen for “Best Lawyers”

Her peers have chosen Amy E. Totten, a partner and family law attorney with Walker Jones PC in Warrenton, as one of the Best Lawyers in America 2017.

Determined solely by fellow lawyers, the designation recognizes Ms. Totten as one of the top 5 percent of private practice attorneys nationwide. More than 7.4 million confidential evaluations produce the annual selections.

Ms. Totten has 20 years of legal experience. She serves as the president of the Fauquier County Bar Association. A graduate of Loyola University of Chicago, she received her law degree from The Catholic University of America.

Walker Jones also has an office in Washington, Va.
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Marianne Clyde · November 22, 2017 at 11:34 am
Thanks @Jim Griffin, how nice of you.
Jim Griffin · November 21, 2017 at 8:21 am
Marianne Clyde is a fine choice for this honor. She is a very good person and we are all fortunate to have her business in our community. She exemplifies giving and caring. It is proof your endeavor needn't be large to have a big impact.
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