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March 3, 2008


Big shout-out to great new sponsor Uniwest Commercial Realty.  Check out their featured property on the right: Fort Evans Plaza II in Leesburg, delivering this Spring. Welcome to our new friends!


The tech people were just an excuse at the home of McLean Capital founder Dendy Young (right) the other night; real guests of honor were former 2941 executive chef Jonathan Krinn, center, and his former sous-chef Jon Mathieson, left.  They agreed to make the dinner for a great old patron but are busy planning a new restaurant to open later this year that they hope will be somewhere in between white tablecloth and bistro (sorry, we can't tell you where). With them, former 20-year Arthur Andersen partner and current GTSI board Barry Reisig, second from right, and FreightDesk CEO Rob Quartel. Barry's been doing a lot of golfing lately—no, too cold for his normal Lowe's Island action here, but fortunately he gets out a lot to PGA West in Palm Desert. As for Rob, his company's announcing tomorrow (aren't we ahead of the curve!) a 10-year $30 million port truck management and security deal in Jordan. Just in case you think those visits Bobbie Kilberg arranges are merely ceremonial, the initial connection was made during King Abdullah's visit to the NVTC almost three years ago.


Also on hand, our old friends Harley-riding SI International CEO Brad Antle and onetime Discovery consumer products president Michela English.  In 2006 Michela became CEO of Fight for Children, which not only runs Joe Robert's Fight Night but is preparing to bring back the famous School Night that's been on hiatus five years.  Mark your calendars: Thursday, April 24, www.FightForChildren.org. They'll be giving out four $100k and four $25k grants to DC public, charter, and Catholic Schools.  


Two of the go-to lawyers for government IT firms, Pillsbury's Craig Chason for M&A and colleague Jon Jensen for regulatory, the other day in their offices in Tysons. (That's our new friend Alicia at the desk.) Virginia has emerged as the fourth largest office of the far-flung national firm, with one-tenth of its 800 attorneys. 35 do IP, representing the likes of Stanley Tools and Medtronic, 15 do corporate M&A like Steve Meltzer representing Object Video and Craig representing NCI Information Systems and Macquarie Securities, and 10 do government contracts like Jon (who also heads the office). Last year Craig represented QSS, RSIS, and Dimensions International in some of the most successful recent exits in the sector, whereas Jon does things like bid protests, claims work against the government, investigations, debarment, compliance, set-aside graduations, foreign investment proxy board work, and things too secret for us to tell you about.


This is what passes for lawyers letting their hair down:  removing their coats, as we dined at Wildfire in Tysons II (we think—we get those Tysons malls confused)



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