The Georgetown Business Association held its annual meeting and holiday reception Dec. 11 at Dumbarton House — along with remarks by business leaders and politicians and its awards presentation.
Karen Daly of Dumbarton House welcomed the overflow crowd, as Joel Bennett and Janine Schoonover of the GBA summed up the year’s accomplishments. Ward 2 council member Jack Evans spoke of the economic health and dynamism of Washington, D.C., and Georgetown. At-large council members Vincent Orange and David Grosso also addressed the crowd, and another council member, Muriel Bowser, was on hand.
As for the awards: Tom Russo of Chadwick’s was named business person and Cannon’s Fish Market business of the year. Metropolitan Police Department officers Robert Anderson III and Jonathan Geer earned the Joe Pozell Public Safety Award, while the Georgetown Business Improvement District’s John Wiebenson and the BID Clean Team received the Art Schultz Communitarian Award.
Later, during the reception, Mayor Vincent Gray arrived to give the crowd a hearty welcome. Also in attendance were members of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2E, which represents Georgetown, Burleith and Hillandale: Ron Lewis, Ed Solomon and Bill Starrels. The GBA’s top officials were re-elected: Riyad Said, president; Janine Schoonover, vice president; Karen Ohri, treasurer; Molly Quigley, secretary.