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2023 Award Honorees
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Known as the "best networking in the Region before 10AM," this members-only event is a who's who of Regional leadership, making it a key business connection opportunity not to be missed! This meeting is where our Region’s leadership connects, celebrates our collective achievements, and we pass the torch to a new Board Chairman.

TIME: November 9th, 8-9:30 AM

LOCATION: Army Navy Country Club, 1700 Army Navy Drive Arlington, VA 22202

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2022 Distinguished Service Award Finalists & Winners

Veteran Employee of the Year

  • John Quackenbush, JHNA - winner
  • Steven Slay, PingWind, Inc.
  • Tyler Sweatt, SecondFront - winner
  • Stacey Tyson, B3 Solutions, LLC
  • Ed Weinberg, Optum Serve

Veteran Service Organization of the Year

  • Boulder Crest Foundation
  • National Veteran Small Business Coalition (NVSBC)
  • George Washington Chapter AUSA
  • Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund - winner
  • NOVA Veterans
  • Veterans Moving Forward, Inc.

Veteran-Owned Business of the Year > Emerging Business (Less than 5 Years in Business)

  • Coforma - winner
  • Phalanx
  • The Critical Mass, LLC
  • Virginia Technical Academy
  • Xenith Solutions
  • ZeroMils

Veteran-Owned Business of the Year > Maturing (5-10 Years in Business)

  • Commander's Concepts Commissioning LLC
  • Encompass Supply
  • IronArch Technology
  • PingWind, Inc. - winner
  • Qmulos

Veteran-Owned Business of the Year > Established (More than 10 Years in Business)

  • David T Scott & Associates, LLC (DTS)
  • Government Tactical Solutions
  • HigherEchelon, Inc.
  • Intelligent Waves
  • Prescient Edge Corporation - winner

2023 Lifetime Achievement Awards Honorees

Senator Richard L. Saslaw, Senate Majority Leader – 35th District

Senator Richard L. Saslaw is the longest serving member of the Senate of VA and currently is the Senate Majority Leader. He represents the 35th District, which includes the City of Falls Church, parts of Fairfax County and parts of the City of Alexandria. Senator Saslaw chairs the Senate Commerce and Labor committee, and is a senior-ranking member of the following committees: Senate Education and Health, Senate Judiciary, Senate Rules, and Senate Finance and Appropriations. He also serves as the chair of the Senate Finance and Appropriations Subcommittee on K-12 Education. Additionally, Leader Saslaw serves on numerous commissions, including the Governor's Advisory Council on Revenue Estimates, the Committee on District Courts, the Joint Subcommittee on Early Childhood Care and Education, the Commission on Electric Utility Regulation, the Commission on Employee Retirement Security and Pension Reform, the Health Insurance Reform Commission, the Joint Subcommittee on the Future Competitiveness of Virginia: Higher Education, the Virginia Commission on Joint Rules: Intergovernmental Cooperation, the Joint Subcommittee on Local Government Fiscal Stress, the MEI Project Approval Commission, and the Joint Subcommittee to Evaluate Tax Preferences.

Senator Janet Howell, 32nd District

Janet Howell has been Virginia's State Senator since 1992 and is one of the Commonwealth’s most influential leaders.  She is second in seniority and the longest serving female Virginia Senator. She is also the first woman to chair the powerful Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee, and serves on the Courts of Justice, Education and Health, Privileges and Elections, and Rules Committees, and is a Senate budget conferee. 

Senator Howell is credited with major legal reforms. She headed the overhaul of Virginia’s family violence laws.  She led efforts to protect children from sexual predators. Virginia has genetic information privacy legislation due to her efforts.  She spearheaded the mental health law reform in the Senate following the Virginia Tech tragedy. Education, children, and families have always been the Senator's top priorities.

Her work has been widely praised and honored.  The American Academy of Pediatrics named her their National Child Advocate of the Year.  The Virginia Sheriffs have repeatedly called her Senator of the Year.  Numerous human services organizations, including the Virginia Interfaith Center, have also given her awards.



  • Aptive Resources - Winner
  • Building Momentum
  • David T Scott & Associates, LLC (DTS)
  • GCubed Enterprises, Inc.
  • Government Tactical Solutions


  • Intelligent Waves LLC - Winner
  • IT Veterans, LLC
  • ManTech International
  • Precise Systems, Inc.
  • Wendroff & Associates, CPA

2023 Impact Awards

Impact Award for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: The 2022 Chamber DEI Task Force

Nathan Carter, Laila Salguero, Stephanie Turner and Dawnita Wilson have been selected to receive the Chamber’s 2023 Impact Award for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. As inaugural members of the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce DEI Task Force,  these leaders have been selected for this award to celebrate their contributions advising the Chamber on its inaugural Champions for Diversity research initiative. 

Nathan Carter, PhD, Chief Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Officer, Northern Virginia Community College



Laila Salguero, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, Peraton

Stephanie Turner, Vice President, Diversity and Chief Sustainability Officer, MITRE

Dawnita J. Wilson, Chief Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Officer, WETA

Impact Award for Regional Leadership: Tim Gillis, KPMG

Tim Gillis, Managing Partner, KPMG

Tim is the managing partner of KPMG in the Greater Washington, DC Metro Area and oversees the Chesapeake market hub of Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC. In this role, Tim is responsible for leading market strategy, developing and inspiring over 2,700 team members, delivering outstanding client care, and growing KPMG’s brand and relationships in the market.

Tim has been selected for this award to acknowledge and celebrate his regional leadership and many charitable efforts that have made a positive impact.

Impact Award for Workforce Innovation: Bryan Slater, Commonwealth of Virginia

Bryan Slater, Secretary of Labor, Commonwealth of Virginia

Secretary Slater sets the bar, for political perseverance, willingness to listen and find common ground and determination to do what is right for all Virginians. In the words of House Minority Leader Don Scott during the 2023 General Assembly Session, “Secretary Slater earned that victory, he was here walking the halls every day, listening to people’s concerns.” According to NOVABIZPAC Chairman, Scott McGeary, “no Secretary has walked these halls like Secretary Slater did since Delegate Vivian Watts was Secretary of Transportation in the 1980’s.” 

It is a tremendous honor for the Chamber to award Secretary Slater with this year's Impact Award for his ability to achieve something that 8 prior Governor’s Administration couldn’t accomplish: a consolidation of Virginia’s workforce programs.


  • Charles Miles, PenFed Credit Union - Winner
  • Tim Bayliss, Government Tactical Solutions - Winner

Thank You To Our Annual Partners

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Business Partners

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When/where will the awards be presented?
A: The Distinguished Service Awards will be presented on at the Army Navy Country Club, September 12th, from 8-10:30AM
Q: Can I get a free / discounted ticket to attend the event?
A: Members of the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce (and their employees) may register at the member rate.
Q. Can we nominate our own company/organization?
A: Absolutely! Use this link to submit your application by June 23rd.