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April 19, 2017 – Record numbers came out to learn about NEWH DC action at Sam Miller’s Restaurant on April 19, 2017 Heather McCarty, HM Marketing Kristen Holden, National Wallcovering Joan Simmons, Dreamline Victor Lopez, Dreamline Audrey Voda, Price Studios Kate Valder, Design Lines Kim Swanson, K. D. Swanson and Associates *Morgan Easterly, VCU Gary Inman, Baskervill David Weisbrot, Standard Textiles Carrie Vagnoni, Multi-line Sales Kilby McCurley, Standard Textiles *Nami Khurelchuluum, VCU Lynda Welte, Blueprints for Green Design May 17, 2017 is the next NEWH DC Networking Luncheon to be held in Richmond with hostesses Heather McCarty and Lynda Welte

 

March 16, 2017 – Crowds came out in numbers for the first 2017 program created by Jennifer Farris, Director of Programming. (you nailed it Jennifer – great job). With a great team of volunteers that included the Hospitality Committee, she wow’d the attendees with distinguished creations distilled right there in sunny, Washington DC. Griz Dwight, Founding Principal of GrizForm Design Architects was not only responsible for the development of District Brewing Company but also shared his insights and details of the project, of which his firm designed. Top sponsors donated major funding to underwrite the event and also raffled off special door prizes. (Thanks NEWH for providing an opportunity for sponsors to showcase themselves! ) Garrett Leather – donated sheepskin throw KravetContract – Jonathan Adler decorator throw pillows Platinum Sponsor – Shaw Hospitality Diamond Sponsor – Renaissance Contract Lighting & Furnishings PI Fine Arts – donated artwork Thank you to District Distillery! Thank you for fine programming at NEWH Washington DC Chapter. Programming drives quality membership! Jennifer Farris, Director of Programming NEWH, Inc., Washington DC Chapter 2017, Verve Collaborative Programming Committee 2017 Patrice Adore, Patrice Adore Designs, Barbara Azzinaro, Cohen Azzinaro Associates, LLC, Colleen Cabrey, Shaw Industries, Valerie Coleman, Marriott International, Gillian Cunningham, P3 Design Collective, Laura Ann Francis, LPC Associates, LLC, Carol Ranno, Mimosa Cove Design Resources, Brittney Weis, Hilton Worldwide, Lynda Welte, Blueprints for GREEN Design Hospitality Committee 2017 Leslie Anderson, Manufacturer’s Representative Sarah Elena Cuellar, P3 Design Collective Thanks to our Corporate Partners Thanks for photos Lynda Welte Ailene Werner

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 The Atrium at Meadowlark Botanical Garden, Vienna, VA With guests from near and far, we celebrated two years of leadership by president, Valerie Coleman Woodall, more members than ever before and fine programming from Jennie Carman, Director of Programming. A warm welcome and promises for an exciting 2017 included Valerie’s announcement of 2017 NEWH Top ID Firms. Winners of the prestigious award are 3877, Washington, DC, SR/A Interior Architecture + Design, Chevy Chase, MD, Cauhaus Design, Frederick, MD. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU, DURKAN, FOR YOUR GENEROUS SPONSORSHIP * Catering provided by Blue Heron Catering http://blueheroncatering.com/ * DJ provided by DJ Rico Smooth, Smooth Entertainment https://www.facebook.com/DjRsMrInternational * Photography provided by Kelsey Weaver Photography http://www.kelseyweaverphotography.com/ * NEWH Washington DC Holiday Gala 2016 event committee volunteers

 

June 21, 2016 – At the final installment of NEWH DC Metro’s Experience Your City series, event attendees had a wonderful evening networking and learning about Union Kitchen’s role as a local DC-area food business incubator. The evening included a Q+A with Jonas Singer, Union Kitchen co-founder, tours of the kitchen facilities and tastings from Union Kitchen members. A big thank you to Union Kitchen for hosting our group and the following Union Kitchen members for providing the delicious food: Sweetdele’s Sweet Treats, Broodjes + Bier, Dirty South Deli and The Cookie Jar DC.

 

 

May 18, 2016 – At the second installment in NEWH DC Metro’s Experience Your City series, event attendees enjoyed a private tour of Maryland Live! Casino by Doug Shipley, General Manager, and Kevin Wills, Director of Food + Beverage. Attendees had a great time exploring the casino and learning about the gaming industry in the region. A special thank you to our event sponsors: Swavelle Hospitality, Howard Elliott, InLight International and Alarwool Carpets.

 

April 2016 – NEWH/Washington DC Metro had a private group tour of Nationals Park – the first LEED certified major stadium. Attendees enjoyed a private tasting and networking at the Blue Jacket Brewery following the tour. click image to right for pictures

 

 

March 18, 2016 – NEWH DC Metro enjoyed a networking lunch at Kitchen on Cary in Richmond, VA. click image to the right for pictures

 

 

 

 

March 9, 2016 – NEWH DC Metro enjoyed a networking lunch at Ten Ten American Bistro in Baltimore, MD. click image to the right for pictures

 

 

 

 

On February 25, 2016, over 35 students joined NEWH Washington DC Metro board members, Marriott emerging designers and senior leaders for an energizing evening of exploration and networking. The event kicked-off in the Marriott Innovation Lab (dubbed “The Underground”). The Lab is top secret, typically off limits to the public, therefore, attendees received an exclusive, private peek at how the brand tests new concepts and designs. Next, the group of passionate hospitality industry students received invaluable tips on forging their career path followed by a casual networking roundtable organized by hotel development, hotel operations and hospitality interior design areas of interest. The roundtable was followed by the opportunity to explore the Marriott sample rooms, which contained inspiring, innovative designs that shape the following brands: AC Hotels, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites (in collaboration with West Elm), Fairfield Inn & Suites, TownPlace Suites (in collaboration with The Container Store), Marriott and Renaissance. A special thank you to Marriott International for hosting and sponsoring this one-of-a-kind event and warmly welcoming area hospitality students to share this special experience. click image to right for more pictures

Networking Roundtable Keynote Speakers:
Hotel Development
Adam Sherer; Vice President Franchise Services, Select Services & Extended Stay Brands, Marriott

Hotel Operations
Aaron Wright; Director of Operations, Marriott Bethesda (Pooks Hill)

Hospitality Interior Design
Dionne Jefferson; Senior Manager of Interior Design, Global Design Americas, Marriott

Sample Room Guides from Marriott’s design team:
Margaret Crimmins
Sharmin Davoodian
Taylor Fidel
Joan Kaufman
Sadie Makarechi
Monica Meade

February, 2016 – NEWH DC Metro enjoyed a networking lunch at Not Your Average Joe’s in Bethesda, MD. click image to the right for pictures

 

 

 

 

December 10, 2015 – Members gathered at Marriott International Headquarters Design Resource Library to wrap gifts benefiting St. Ann’s Center for children, youth and families.

 

 

 

 

December 3, 2015 – To kick-off the holiday season, our chapter hosted a Masquerade Holiday Gathering and Hotel Tour to recognize hospitality design excellence in the greater Washington DC region. Over 80 masked guests toured the newly renovated Bethesda Marriott, led by Laurie Woliung, Director of Design for Marriott International and her team: Morriah Mryzuk, Pooja Mishra, Cheryl Richardson, and Hannah Yon. The Marriott International team is a Washington DC Metropolitan Top ID firm for 2015 and 2016. click here for full slideshow and detailed event information

The NEWH Top ID 2015 award recognizing design excellence in the DC region was presented to the following companies:

Cauhaus Design – R. D. Jones and Associates – Marriott International

The NEWH Top ID 2016 award recognizing design excellence in the DC region was presented to the following companies:

R. D. Jones and Associates – Marriott International – P3 Design Collective

The prestigious Joyce L. Johnson Award of Excellence was presented to the following members. This award is given to an NEWH members in recognition of dedicated service to the affairs of the NEWH, Inc. and the pride demonstrated by exemplary contribution that benefits all members in the organization.

  • Deaderia Morris, Director of Design, Kimball International and Director of Programming 2014-2015
  • Carol Ranno, Principal of Mimosa Cove Design Resources and Ways and Means Director 2014-2015, Past President 2009-2010
  • Lynda Welte, President of Blueprints for GREEN Design, Historian 2014-15, Past President 1999

 

November 7, 2015 – Team NEWH DC Metro participated in the 2015 Heart Walk in our nation’s capital to support the American Heart Association in fighting cardiovascular diseases – America’s number one cause of death. Our team, led by our captain and Executive with Heart Barbara Azzinaro, are excited to report that we exceeded our 2015 fundraising goal and raised over $10,000 for AHA! click image to right for more pictures

 

 

 

October 27, 2015– Our chapter’s annual NEWH DC Metro Scholarship & Awards Event and Membership Drive honored nine talented and deserving students with a passion for the hospitality industry at AMP in Bethesda, MD.  We were excited to award a total of $37,000 in scholarship funds to these remarkable students, bringing our grand total of scholarships awarded since 1999 to $285,300.

This year the NEWH DC Metro chapter welcomed guest speaker Kia Weatherspoon, Allied ASID and President, Determined by Design who “got candid” with students and professionals about the bridging the gap between baby boomers and millennials. Her dynamic presentation inspired both students and professionals to find common ground when navigating the generational divide. Students and industry professional comingled and were officially confirmed as new NEWH members as they networked over appetizers and a desert reception. click here for full slideshow and detailed event information

2015 NEWH DC Metro Scholarship Recipients
September Banks, Virginia Commonwealth University
Faezeh Behzadnejad, The George Washington University
Adnan Chaudhry, University of Maryland Eastern Eastern Shore
Dane Macan, The Culinary Institute of Virginia
Khadijah Nimrod, The George Washington University
Timi Mustapha, Montgomery College
Jodi Radebaugh, Morgan State University
Amber Summerour, Catholic University of America
Anna Shkarupa, University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Sponsors who made the event possible (in order of contribution value) are: Kimball Hospitality; Studio Twist; Blueprints for GREEN Design, Lynda Welte; Clearpoint Design Consultants, LLC, Malinda Zimmerman; VBC Interior Design, LLC, Valerie Coleman Woodall

 

October 21, 2015 – NEWH DC held a happy hour supporting St. Ann’s Center for Children, Youth and Families. Attendees started planning for the annual St. Ann’s holiday party.

 

 

 

 

September 21, 2015 – NEWH DC Metro held its annual Golf Tournament & Silent Auction Fundraiser at Lakewood Country Club. Over $50,000 was raised toward NEWH’s mission of scholarships and education. Valerie B. Coleman, President NEWH Washington DC Chapter and President of VBC Interior Design, LLC. Monika Sibert, P3 Design Collective – Fundraising Director 2015. Event Planning Committee: Jenny Aboudou, Hilton Worldwide; Paula Benesch – P3 Design Collective; Theresa Carroll, Design Portfolio; Kate Kenwell – National Wallcovering; Heather McCarty – HM Marketing; Ashley Michaels – P3 Design Collective; Timi Mustapha – SR/A; Tiphanie Purkat, P3 Design Collective; Mary Ricucci, Marietta Draperies; Lynda Welte, Blueprints for GREEN Design.

TOURNAMENT WINNERS of the coveted “Green Bathrobe”; Jonathan Fetscko, American Resort Development Association (ARDA), Jonathan Nehmer and Sam Forman, Jonathan Nehmer and Associates, played for team, SEM FIM (NEWH corporate partner). Thank you to event sponsors – event proceeds support NEWH’s mission of Education and Scholarship. Marriott International – TITLE SPONSOR; Lexmark + Northwest Hospitality Carpets – FLAG SPONSOR; Durkan – GRAND PRIZE SPONSOR; Host Hotels & Resorts – DINNER SPONSOR; JACK NICHOLAS SPONSORS – Fairmont Designs, Global Allies, Fairmont Designs, KB Contract, Kimball Hospitality, SEM FIM, Studio 3877, Triple Crown Design & Construction; BEVERAGE CART SPONSORS – Aqua Hospitality, Couristan; WATERING HOLE – Appian Textiles, Continental Contractors; BAR SPONSOR – KravetContract; PHOTOGRAPHER – Eykon Design Resources; LONGEST DRIVE OFF THE PATIO – Hitt Construction; LUNCH SPONSOR – Masland Hospitality; PUTTING CONTEST – COFFEE & DONUT BREAKFAST – The Stroud Group; SILVER SPOON SPONSORS – Architectural Ceramics, Brintons Carpets, Clayton Miller Hospitality, HMG – Hospitality Media Group, Hallmark Lighting, Koroseal Interior Products, Symmons, Trinity Lighting; LONGEST DRIVE SPONSOR – Samelson Chatelane; 50/50 RAFFLE SPONSOR – Architectural Ceramics; CLOSEST TO THE PIN SPONSOR – BSF – Brand Standard Furnishings; TABLE DECOR SPONSORS – Cohen Azzinaro Associates, LLC; DeYoung & Associates, LPC Associates LLC, RD Jones & Associates, Renaissance Contract Lighting & Furnishings, Seabrook Wallcovering, VBC Interior Design, The Weber Team. Donors to Silent Auction 2015 – Creighton Farms, Crowne Plaza Tysons Corner – Jim Walent, B.F. Saul Hospitality, Larry Easa, JACLO, Kevin Barry Fine Art, Lightfoot Restaurant, Mandarin Oriental, Lynda Welte, Blueprints for Green Design, Marriott Tysons Corner, Masland Hospitality, RH Hospitality, Simmons Mattress Company, Westfields Golf Club, Westin Wilmington, DE – Greg Miller, PMHS, Hitt Construction. LUNCH SPONSOR – Masland Hospitality. click here to see full slideshow

 

July 23, 2015 – NEWH/ Washington DC Chapter – Tour at Marriott Baltimore Waterfront Hotel – The Great Room and Guest Rooms.  NEWH Washington DC Metropolitan Chapter presented a tour led by Morriah Mryszuk, Senior Interior Designer, Marriott International on Thursday, July 23, 2015 at the Marriott Baltimore Waterfront Hotel. Introductions and welcome were made by chapter president, Valerie Coleman, VBC Interior Design and Programming Director, Deaderia Morris, Kimball Hospitality. Most wonderful raffle prizes were presented to pleased attendees and guests. A GREAT turnout! Speaker: Morriah Mryszuk, Senior Interior Designer, Marriott International. Supporting Speakers and Tour Guides: Bill Woodford, Project Manager, PDSI and Lorena Val, Project Coordinator, PDSI. click here for slideshow and more event information

 

June 24, 2015 – Networking and “noshing” were part of the action on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at Hilton McLean Tysons Corner. A regular monthly event, members and other industry folks come out to to “be in the know”! * Crediting photos to Valerie Coleman, President, NEWH Washington DC Metropolitan Chapter.

 

 

 

June 22, 2015 – Montgomery County Human Society is the beneficiary of the many donations of pet food, toys, leashes, colors, cleaning supplies and more. With great community volunteers on hand, we learn more about this incredible agency. This is a “no-kill” shelter! We learned that the pets that they adopt come from other area pet shelters. They will take back any pet adopted, at anytime. NEWH Washington DC Community Service is headed up under the leadership of Ailene Werner who is employed by Jamie Stern Design. This coming winter, she will be launching the efforts for St. Ann’s Center for children, youth and families. Great job NEWH Washington DC Chapter. You did GOOD! For those who could not attend, we ask for your generous support! click thumbnail to right for more pictures

 

February 25, 2015 – February’s Wines-Day Wednesday brought a great crowd for our annual NEWH WASHINGTON DC CHAPTER Membership Drive. Our successful event was chaired by Deaderia Morris, Director of Programming with Jackie Pappas, Director of Membership with a great team of volunteers. We now have NEW MEMBERS who will go through the application process and be announced soon. So THRILLED you signed up on the spot! We ask that attendees of last night’s event please share your photos along with your names and companies. click thumbnail to the right for more photos

 

 

 

 

December 11, 2014 – NEWH/ Washington DC held its holiday event at The Mansion on O Street, Washington’s MOST UNIQUE HOTEL – Tour and … Holiday revelry and education in the most unique hotel in Washington captured our interest at The Mansion at O Street. Deaderia Morris, Director of Programming, welcomed NEWH members and guests in addition of recognizing the volunteer efforts of the programming committee.

VERY SPECIAL THANKS TO EVENT SPONSOR: Joe Rogers and Associates. Adam Horsley attended and accepted well wishes and appreciation. THANK YOU Adam Horsley, Joey Rogers and Joe Rogers for supporting NEWH Washington DC Metropolitan Chapter. Thanks to Barbara Azzinaro, Paula Benesch and Lynda Welte for sharing photos – click thumbnail to the right for more photos

 

 

November 18, 2014 – The State of the Hospitality Industry 2014 was held at The Hyatt Regency, Bethesda, MD from 5:00 – 9:30PM.  The chapter presented a panel discussion with top executive hospitality leaders speaking on what’s to be expected in our future.

Moderator: Michelle Finn, Senior Vice President, Boutique Design. Panelists included: Theo Bell, Principal Broker & Managing Partner at EPIC Consulting Firm, LLC; Mark Carrier, President, B.F. Saul Company, Hospitality Group; Leeny Oberg, Chief Financial Officer, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC; Adam Sherer, Select Service, Extended Stay & AC Hotels Franchising Team Lead and Vice President, SpringHill Suites Franchising, Marriott International; Gary Steffen, Vice President, Brand Management for Lifestyle, Hilton Worldwide; and Alfred Young, Chief Operating Officer, LaSalle Hotel Properties. click here for full slideshow

October 29, 2014 – Winesday Wednesday – an evening of networking! click thumbnail to the right for more photos

 

 

 

 

 

October 6, 2014. The NEWH/Washington DC Metro chapter held its annual Golf Tournament at the Lakewood Country Club in Rockville, MD. Attendees experienced the perfect combination of fun and fundraising, as the highly anticipated event offered a full day of golfing, prizes, gifts and beverages. Proceeds from the tournament allow NEWH, Inc. to continue to award scholarships to students pursuing careers in the hospitality industry. This year, the Washington DC Metro Chapter awarded $20,000 in scholarship funds to area students interested in pursuing careers in the hospitality industry. Thank you to all of our sponsors, in particular our Title Sponsor, Marriott International, who teamed up with NEWH Washington DC Metro Chapter to bring you this incredible networking fundraising event. click here for full slideshow

 

The NEWH Washington DC Chapter held its Annual Scholarship and Awards Event on October 16, 2014 at The Washington Design Center. Special tours were conducted at featured showrooms. Scholarship funds to pursue degrees in the hospitality industry were presented by Nancy Evans, Director of Scholarships and also professor at The George Washington University to:

  • Mindy Adams, The George Washington University, Degree in Hospitality Management
  • Jenae Clawson, The George Washington University, Degree in Hospitality Management
  • Aimee Dizon, The George Washington University, Degree in Hospitality Management
  • Zahra Keihani, Montgomery College, Degree in Interior Design
  • Lionel Olfus, Stratford University/Baltimore Campus, Degree Culinary Management
  • Tonisha Patterson, Morgan State University, Degree, Hospitality Management
  • Mary Temple, Marymount University, Degree in Interior Design

 

Opening remarks and welcome by past president and programming committee member, Kristin Smith, Marriott International. Welcome and chapter business announcements by David Tracz, NEWH DC President and Partner, Studio3877. Guest Speaker was Valerie Coleman, NEWH Chapter VP of Administration who will become chapter president in 2015. Valerie is a past scholarship recipient and principal of her own company, VBC Interior Design, LLC. Catering provided by Champagne Taste Catering. Appreciation and recognition for tours and hospitality provided by the following showrooms: Duralee Fabrics; Fabricut/S. Harris at J. Lambeth Showroom; Kravet and Lee Jofa; Robert Allen and Beacon Hill. Special thank you for sole sponsor, Northwest Carpets, Inc. for their extremely generous donation for program support. click here for a recap of the event  click here for full slideshow

 

August 21, 2014. A creative and fun evening held at the VisArts Center, Rockville, MD. ViaArts at Rockville is a dynamic, no-profit arts center dedicated to engaging the community in the arts and providing opportunities for artistic expression, education and participation. www.VisArtsCenter.org. Each attendee at this SOLD OUT event was able to paint in acrylics under the guidance of Kim Wollins, artist/presenter and sales director for VisArts. Program Production: Deaderia Morris, Program Director 2014; Malinda Zimmerman, Hospitality Chair 2014. Programming Committee Members – Leslie Anderson, Jennifer Gigliotti, Heather McCarty, Yvonne Nicholson, Kristin Smith, Lynda Welte, Ailene Werner. click here for full slideshow

Thank you to our sponsors for bringing this great program to NEWH Washington DC Chapter members and guests. Accent Art and Frame, Artline Group, JVA Art Group.
Catering provided by Cava Mezze and SUGO.
Perrier provided by Jamie Stern / Texstyle.
Proseco provided by Kimball Hospitality.
Photos courtesy of Lynda Welte, Ailene Werner and Mary Ann O’Neil.

 

April 24, 2014. The NEWH/Washington DC chapter hosted “The Secrets of Sustainability: Hotel Tour & Sustainability Panel” at The Hotel at Arundel Preserve (a LEED Silver Hotel). A captivating panel discussion with hospitality industry leaders on responsible materials and furnishings sourcing. The Process: DESIGN, PROCUREMENT, REPORTING and COMMUNICATION. Moderator: David Tracz, Partner, Studio 3877 and NEWH Washington DC Chapter President 2013-2014 Panelist: Dina Belon-Sayre, Director, Hospitality Strategic Alliance & Development, MindClick Global; Laurie Woliung, Director of Design, Marriott International; Sharon Ann Flynn, Director, Prototype Design, Wyndham Worldwide; and Dave Lippert, Vice President of Procurement, Marriott International. click here for full slideshow

 

March 6, 2014. The NEWH Bethesda Regional Tradeshow was held at the Bethesda North Marriott Conference Center & Hotel! click here for full slideshow

 

 

 

 

March 5, 2014. The NEWH/Washington DC Metro chapter held a Black & White Soiree to kickoff the 2014 Bethesda Regional Tradeshow. click here for full slideshow

 

 

 

 

October 2013. With 144 golfers and 240 dinner guests – a SOLD OUT event – the chapter braved thunderstorms and tornado warnings to enjoy a day of golf and networking! The Title Sponsor for the Fundraiser was Marriot International along with Grand Prize Sponsor Durkan Hospitality and Ben Hogan Dinner Sponsor Host Hotels & Resorts. Grand Prize Winning Foursome: Tom Tulloch, Marriott International, James Chamblin of Ryman Hospitality, Dave Lippert, Marriott International, Pashchal O’Dwyer, D.F. Chase Construction.

 

June 13, 2014. NEWH/Washington DC Metro celebrated its 20th Anniversary aboard the Odyssey Cruise Ship. Guests enjoyed a celebration of dinner, dancing, cocktails, and live band. click here for full slideshow