• Chairman's Message

  • January 2020 January 2020


    Is it 2020 already? I don't know about you, but it feels as though 2019 flew right by and the new year is upon us. As I begin my year as Chairman of the Board, I would like to review our results from last year and share with you my thoughts on what I hope to accomplish in the coming year.

    First, I'd like to thank Sonja Caison (The Cleaning Authority) for her leadership during the past year. Our Chamber of Commerce is financially sound and membership has increased over previous years. We will miss Sonja's commitment in supporting the community and our membership at-large. The Executive Committee says farewell to our Treasurer, Chris Reddick (The National Capital Bank). During his tenure, Chris introduced a structured approach to budgeting and planning for the future. We will miss Chris' counsel, but welcome our new treasurer Ken Board (M&T Bank) who is excited about his new role in helping steer the Chamber financially in the coming years. Finally, our Secretary, Phyllis Sintay (McEnearney Associates Realtors) has agreed to stay on for another year. Phyllis is the unsung hero, keeping things orderly and providing a record of all meetings.

    Second, 2019 was a great year for chamber events. We had a number of exciting and varied breakfast and after-work Drinks and Deals networking events. More importantly was our 21st Annual Chamber Golf Classic. An energized Golf Committee brought in new sponsors and new contests resulting in a $17,000 contribution to the Education Scholarship Fund to be distributed to deserving students in the Mount Vernon and Lee districts in 2020. The Economic Summit continues to be successful, as is the Police and Fire Fighter Tribute. Our newest signature program, Leadership Mount Vernon-Lee launched in 2019 with 17 class members and we are looking to increase the class size in 2020.

    Third, it is said that the only thing that is constant is change, and this is true for us in the Chamber. Change in the Virginia Legislature, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, and the Fairfax Economic Development Authority will provide challenge and opportunity for our membership. We do not live in a vacuum and realize that success requires partnership between business, community, and government. We will seek out and expand these partnerships to help our community grow.

    Please know that we are committed to advocate on behalf of your interests because we know that your success is also a success for our community.

    I and the Board look forward to serving you this year and are always open to hear from you and are committed to listening to your concerns, recommendations, and ideas.


    Stanley Koussis

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  • Stanley Koussis

    Chairman Chairman 2020

    Andrews Federal Credit Union