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October 17, 2018

Biz Buzz: McDaniel promoted to Airlie GM

Christine McDaniel moves up to general manager at Airlie.
Tripp Butler joins UVA Community Credit Union as senior commercial loan officer.
Trevor Rollison joins UVA Community Credit Union as a mortgage loan officer.
Airlie, the conference and hospitality center just north of Warrenton, has promoted Christine McDaniel to general manager, Executive Director Chuck Smith announced.

Ms. McDaniel joined Airlie in 2017 as director of operations. She has a wealth of knowledge from her tenure in the hospitality industry.

“Since her arrival, Christine has done a tremendous job elevating organizational excellence at Airlie, and I am excited to see her continue to lead the property in this new role,” Mr. Smith said.

As general manager, Ms. McDaniel “will oversee daily hotel operations with a special focus on cultivating a positive team culture, and community outreach,” he added.

Ms. McDaniel’s 20 years of previous hospitality management experience included positions with Harrah’s Metropolis Casino & Hotel in Metropolis, Ill., the Greenbelt Marriott Hotel in Maryland, the Bethesda Marriott Suites and the Georgetown University Conference Center hotel in Washington, D.C.

At Airlie, she heads an organization of 160 employees on the 300-acre property. Airlie hosts about 650 events — including an average of 75 weddings — a year. In 2017, the center posted record revenue.

American University, which took ownership of Airlie in 2016, has made major investments in expanding the organic/humane farm operation and in building Harry’s restaurant. The organization also plans renovations of the property’s 150 guest rooms.

“I’m thrilled to continue my career at Airlie, and help the property exceed in every way as it continues to grow,” Ms. McDaniel said.

Warrenton couple buys Pizzarama

Longtime Warrenton residents Roy and Ellen Samlall have purchased the local Pizzarama restaurant.

Basem Saleh, who had operated the Warrenton Pizzarama for 25 years, decided to sell his business and retire.

“Our family has loved the recipes for as long as I can remember, and we wouldn’t dream of changing them,” said Mr. Samlall, who has extensive experience in the food service industry. “We will keep serving really great pizza. People can expect family-friendly service and quality food that has kept people coming in for years. That is not going to change.”

But, the Samlalls plan to update the Warrenton Village Shopping Center restaurant’s interior “to have more of a Brooklyn-pizzeria feel,” he said.

The changes will include a chalkboard menu by a local artist, as well as fresh paint and new bar tables in the lobby.

The menu includes pizza, gyros, steak and cheese subs and calzones.

Mr. Saleh’s family founded Pizzarama restaurant group in 1972. They had restaurants in Chantilly, Great Falls and Haymarket, along with Warrenton.

The restaurant at 252 W. Lee Highway operates seven days a week.

Tri-County Feeds celebrates 40th anniversary

Tri-County Feeds, Fashions, Finds near Marshall will host its first Family Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 20, to celebrate its 40th anniversary.

The event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. will feature local businesses and organizations, including the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit, musical performances and complimentary food and wine tastings from local vendors.

Bill Jackson in 1978 started Tri-County Feeds Inc. in a Middleburg garage. With his wife Jeri, Mr. Jackson over the decades expanded Tri-County to include a range of products and services. The business a decade ago built its three-story, 12,000-square-foot warehouse and moved east on Route 55 from downtown Marshall.

“Whether you have been a customer for 40 years or for four minutes, we want to express our thanks and appreciation of your business,” Mr. Jackson said. “Tri-County wouldn’t be successful today if it weren’t for caring customers, community and friends who helped to pave the way

“The people involved in the daily operations — from the truck driver, bookkeeping, inventory control people to the sales floor and the cashiers — everybody who puts time and effort into the feed store experience has a hand in its success.”

Butler, Rollison join UVA Community Credit

Two veteran loan officers recently joined UVA Community Credit Union to work with customers in Fauquier.

Senior Commercial Loan Officer William T. “Tripp” Butler III will be responsible for building business relationships in Culpeper, Fauquier,
Orange and Rappahannock counties.

Mortgage Loan Officer Trevor Rollison will work with homebuyers and refinance clients in the Warrenton and Culpeper branches.

Mr. Butler has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, including 13 years in commercial lending. He earned a bachelor’s degree at Hampden-Sydney College and completed the American Bankers Association program at the Stonier Graduate School of Banking. He most recently worked as vice president for commercial banking at Virginia Community Bank.

A longtime Culpeper resident, he chairs the county Economic Development Authority, represents the town on the Culpeper Economic Development Advisory Commission and serves as treasurer of both Culpeper Wellness Foundation Inc. and Career Partners Inc. Mr. Butler also volunteers as an assistant football coach at Eastern View High School.

Mr. Rollison has worked in the financial services industry since 2001. Most recently, the Brandy Station resident served as production coordinator at Union Mortgage Group in Warrenton. A native of Harpers Ferry, Mr. Rollison served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves before starting his career in banking.

UVA Community Credit Union is a not-for-profit, member-owned cooperative that provides a range of financial services.

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