The Georgetown Business Association held its Annual Meeting and Holiday Soiree at Dumbarton House Dec. 12, affirming its 2013 officers and board and honoring individuals and businesses. The 2013 GBA officers are Riyad Said, president (Wells Fargo); Janine Schoonover, vice president ( JSW Group); Karen Ohri, treasurer (Georgetown Floorcovers); Molly Quigley, secretary (Clyde’s Restaurant Group).
Proud to be thanking the crowd was one of the communitarians of the year, Terry Bell of Salon Ilo, whose latest charitable effort was a Dec. 5 Kitty Kelley booksigning, a fundraiser for the D.C. Public Library Foundation and Friends of the Georgetown Public Library. Business person of the year Zubair Popal, whose Malmaison at 34th and K Streets will open in January, recalled his journey from Afghanistan to the D.C. area and noted that his children went to Georgetown University and George Washington University. Popal assured that his new restaurant would exude “traditional Afghan hospitality.” Said called Linda Greenan’s lifetime achievement award a “half-life award,” as he expected she had a lot more to do beyond her retirement from Georgetown University and her last GBA board meeting.