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Competition is hot among region’s best technology companies

The Northern Virginia Technology Council named seven technology hotshots as winners of its 13th Annual NVTC Hot Ticket Awards during a June 24 party at Ashburn’s Redskins Park that honored the region’s best and brightest entrepreneurial technology companies.

Nominations were collected for seven categories: Hottest Bootstrap, Hottest Company Culture, Hottest Exit, Hottest Friend of the Entrepreneur, Hottest Government Contractor, Hottest Startup and Hottest Venture Capital Deal.

Here are the winners and finalists in each category:

Hottest Bootstrap: Cyber Squared Inc. (winner), Inc., SameGrain Inc. and Windpact.

Hottest Company Culture: iCore Networks (winner), ActioNet Inc., Octo Consulting Group and Weddingwire.

Hottest Exit: Mandiant (winner), AirWatch by VMware, Cvent Inc. and Vocus.

Hottest Friend of the Entrepreneur: Jonathan Aberman (winner), Dan Mindus, Kristina Tanasichuk, Wyly Wade and Tien Wong.

Hottest Government Contractor: Infosys Public Services Inc. (winner), NGA.NET U.S. Public Sector, Probity LLC and Qlarion.

Hottest Startup: Kit Check (winner), DataRPM, Distil Networks and FiscalNote Inc.

Hottest VC Deal: Optoro (winner), FoundationDB and LiveSafe Inc.

Mark Andersen of BDO and Carl Grant of Cooley emceed the program. Judges included Mike Daniels of LMI; Mary Dridi, Ron Kaiser, Nick Lantuh and Jim Russo of Potomac Consultants; Dendy Young of McLean Capital LLC; and April Young of Hercules Technologies.

McLean church welcomes new minister

The Hunger Church, Charles Wesley United Methodist, in McLean welcomes the Rev. Livingstone Dore to the pulpit June 29.

Rev. Dore comes to McLean from the Richmond area, where he has been serving since 2003. From 1993 to 2003, he served churches in the Central Pennsylvania Conference.

Born on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts, Rev. Dore holds a bachelor’s degree from Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania and a Master of Divinity from Drew University in New Jersey. He was ordained an elder in the Central Pennsylvania Conference.

Rev. Dore’s passion for ministry focuses on preaching and teaching as well as on mission and outreach.

His wife, Michele Dore, works as a tax manager for Ernst & Young.

Realtor dances to help girl with cancer

Dale Strawser, a RE/MAX Premier Realtor in Fairfax, and his wife, Anita Huffman-Strawser, raised $3,200 at their fourth annual MidAtlantic Dance Classic fundraiser to help a local family whose daughter has cancer.

The family has incurred more than $1 million in medical expenses since Daisy, 13, was diagnosed.

Daisy is undergoing treatment at Children’s National Medical Center in D.C., one of the Children’s Miracle Network hospitals to which Dale Strawser’s office has donated half a million dollars. With every home sale, Strawser gives part of his commission to Children’s and makes a donation in both the seller’s and the buyer’s names.

“Daisy’s family has an unbelievable amount of unreimbursed medical expenses and they wonder each day how they will keep going with Daisy’s treatments,” Strawser said. “Her heart has become enlarged due to the chemotherapy, and the treatments, pumps, intensive doctor visits and hospital stays continue to rack up costs.”

The MidAtlantic Dance Classic office at 12712 Melville Lane in Fairfax is selling “I dance for Daisy” wristbands, with proceeds also going to her family. Visit

Strawser, a staple in the dance world and a lifelong county resident, is a full-service agent with more than nine years of experience in the real estate industry.

The Strawsers also raise money for Alzheimer’s research by teaching group dance classes at Colvin Run Community Hall, 10201 Colvin Run Road in Great Falls. Visit

Finalists chosen in Herndon calendar contest

ArtSpace Herndon and the Council for the Arts of Herndon have chosen the works of 25 professional and amateur photographers as finalists in the fourth annual Herndon Town Calendar Photography Competition.

In all, 29 photographers submitted more than 100 entries to the competition. Photographs were taken within the corporate limits of the Town of Herndon. Local professional photographers Peter Toth and Lee Love chose 50 photographs for the exhibit.

The finalists are Jason Baranowski, Sarah Miller Beebee, Katy Betti, J. Colwell, Luis Contreras, Kathleen de la Paz, Ryan Dunn, Anne Emerson, Barbara Glakas, Beth Goldstein, Sheila Grooms, David Harnett, Charlie Kemp, Mike Madigan, Chuck Mauro, Traci J. Medlock, Keith Naquin, Michele Reyzer, Andrew W Rhodes, Melissa Romano, Jim Schlett, Bob Shoemaker, Fatimah Siraj-Miah, Anita Stowe and Charles E. Walker.

The finalists’ photographs will exhibit July 1-27 at ArtSpace Herndon. Visitors to the gallery are invited to vote for their favorite photograph.

Winners of the competition and the People’s Choice Award will be announced during a July 26 gallery reception, which is free and open to the public. The winning photographs and People’s Choice will be published in the 2015 Herndon Calendar and Town Services Guide.

Governor announces appointees

Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) has appointed the following individuals to his administration.

Board of Social Work: Maria Eugenia del Villar of Fairfax, administrator and counselor, Arlington Public Schools, and therapist, Multicultural Clinical Center; and Dolores Sweeny Paulson of McLean, director, The Ashford Center for Psychiatry and Mental Health.

Commission for the Arts: Jay Dick of Alexandria, senior director, State and Local Government Affairs, Americans for the Arts; Jo Hodgin of Annandale, past director, Planning and Initiatives, Wolftrap Foundation for the Performing Arts; and The Hon. Grace Han Wolf of Herndon, member, Herndon Town Council, and immediate past president, Council for the Arts of Herndon.

Veteran Services Foundation: Matice Wright of Dunn Loring, independent consultant.

Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority: Kay Sears of Vienna, president INTELSAT General Corp.

Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy: Binh Nguyen of McLean, assistant professor of Radiology, USUHS/Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Community center group honors two

Friends of the McLean Community Center has named McLean residents Carol Conrad and Carole Herrick as recipients of its 2014 “Friend in Deed” award. Conrad and Herrick are the 2lst and 22nd persons to receive this recognition “with gratitude for outstanding leadership and support of the McLean Community Center.”

The two women received plaques at the Friends’ monthly meeting June 9. FMCC President Glenn Yarborough saluted the accomplishments of both winners.

Conrad has served as the secretary of the Friends Board for the last four years. Trained as an attorney, she has added stability and growth to the board and overseen a tremendous growth in the activities of Friends.

Herrick, a well-known local historian, previously served as president of the Friends organization. In conjunction with the McLean Historical Society, she has presented local history lectures at MCC over the last year.