Who knows how his star will rise or fall over the next 12 months, but as of this morning it shone brightly in NVTC-land. Over 700 poured into the Reston Hyatt Regency to hear former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani pronounce on illegal immigration, the power of technology, and the world’s misconception of America. He said we’re perceived as war-loving when in reality our first love is business. He said Americans would love to turn our enemies into customers. Hmm, sure that wasn’t Mitt Romney up there?
Rudy practices magic acts with his napkin that he’ll need to get the nomination. But it’s already a winning act here: He came and left to standing ovations.
The AOLers! Glad to see they’re still with us in Virginia. Kyle Ragsdale, Kami Ragsdale, Doug Miller, Katherine Wychulis, Mark Hileman, Will Castleberry, Chuck Curran, and Susan Quinn. Kami ran the Boston Marathon in the spring, and Katherine hiked the Cliffs of Mohr in Ireland this summer. Makes us feel guilty we haven’t gone to the health club in two weeks.
The Base Technologies Gang: John Varca, Elizabeth Lassiter, Tom Hartney, Maureen Shea, and Maryann Lesnick.
Microsoft’s Anne Gavin, Virginia Delegate Chris Saxman, Micron’s Todd House, and NVTC’s Josh Levi. Chris may be the next Crocodile Hunter: He went to New Orleans this summer for an alligator catching trip and captured his first 3.5 lb gator. Don’t call PETA—they let all the scaly guys go unharmed. (Note to purists: We know we’re mixing up gators and crocs.)
Such an electric atmosphere, the Consumer Electronics Association folks must’ve thought they were in Vegas: Shawn DuBravac, Meghan Henning, David Grossman, and Joe Bates.
Doesn’t everybody need a coffee fix at 8 AM? Evidently not Jefferson Wells’ Myron Vansickel, right, who nonetheless fraternizes with collegues Jeff Harrison and Beth Crawford and Tatum’s Ashley Steadman, who hold their Starbucks tightly.
Even though he hadn’t had his morning cup of joe, Armfield, Harrison & Thomas’ David Schaefer, center, was alert enough to chat with us about an upcoming art gala for Leadership Initiatives. With him: Prospect Waterproofing’s James Stamer, and American Systems’ Mark Danisewicz.