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January 30, 2008
 
 
 

NETWORKING BLINDFOLDED!

 

News Flash: Tom Davis makes it official, he'll retire at end of the year.   Story here


 

We knew the NVTC crowd was pretty good at schmooze, but today they got the true test:  They can actually do it in the dark!  It happened this morning, when high winds knocked out power at the McLean Hilton, as 500 techies rolled in for the first NVTC Titans event of the year.  Happily, lights went on after an hour and a half, at 8:30, and the theme of keynoter Sudhakar Kesavan, CEO of 2500 employee consulting behemoth ICF International, was none other than business and the environment!

 

Well, technically Sudhakar, left, here with NVTC Chairman John Lee, spoke about the benefits of business going green.  He said his company will soon joined the ranks of Google, HSBC, and World Bank when all of ICF's 23 global offices become carbon neutral.  He urged other listeners to adopt the same green philosophy not only to fatten their bottom lines, but to be ahead of the curve when it comes to inevitable regulatory change.  ICF has already adopted CFL bulbs and Energy Star appliances, but to reduce its carbon footprint to zero, it also has purchased carbon offsets in the form of wind mills in India and China.  

 

Actually, the NVTC should plan blackouts at all future events:  It gave the dining a very classy sort of restaurant atmosphere, although perhaps a bit too romantic for so early in the morning.Also on the positive side, NVTC prez Bobbie Kilberg, left, noted the blackout gave a useful warning what might happen "if we don't pay attention to climate change."  She tells us NVTC has set up a Green Technology and Energy Task Force to address environmental best practices for members.  GlobalLogic CEO Peter Harrison, center, and Ernst & Young's Tony Maull also care:  Peter says his firm's been offsetting its carbon footprint by planting trees in India, while Tony tells us he spoke yesterday at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce about biofuels and the viability of using 35B gallons of ethanol by 2017.

 
Jefferson Wells' Andrew Maclean, Logic Systems' Henry Jennings, JW's Ken Ott, and Deloitte managing partner Gary Tabach had no idea they were talking to each other until our camera flash went off and enlightened them.
 

Greater Washington Board of Trade prez Jim Dinegar, Dulles Corridor Rail Association prez Patty Nicoson, and BoT's Bob Grow.  When it comes to the Dulles Metro controversy, Patty firmly tells, us, "It's not over 'til it's over!"  Though she's still hoping Feds will help foot the bill, she says she's confident the rail will happen.  After work, to relieve her Metro-induced stress, you'll find her doing yoga or aerobics at the Fitness Equation in Reston.

 

Reznick Group's Kumar Singla, and BB&T Windsor Group's Greg Woodford and Jason Kaufman. Jason told us the Capital Markets Windsor Group closed 18 deals last year totaling over $1B.  After such a good year, Jason's looking forward to heading to Charlottesville when the weather warms up for some fly fishing.

 

 

 
 
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