CEO - Alejo Media
Current Role - Vice PresidentAnna Davalos is a storyteller. It’s what drew her to journalism. Now she and the Alejo video team have turned their passion into a mission to learn your company’s story and craft a unique video that fits you. As owner of Alejo Media she works to make your vision become a reality.
Insurance Agent - New York Life
DirectorAfter 41 years as a New York Life Insurance agent, using Life Insurance, Investments, Retirement Products, and Long Term Care Insurance, we help provide financial security and peace of mind for individuals, their families, business owners, and their employees.
CEO - Intelligent Evolution
Past PresidentAs president and CEO of Intelligent Evolution, Inc., a full-service information technology company in Alexandria, Virginia, George Valenzuela oversees all aspects of the company’s marketing, sales, management and operations. Intelligent Evolution specializes on the areas of design and development of websites, search engine optimization, custom software solutions, database management, VOIP services and social media. Intelligent Evolution’s clientele ranges from trade and professional associations, the federal government, and private businesses.
AVP/ Branch Manager - Sandy Spring Bank
TreasurerIris Lopez has been in the banking industry for 19 years, the last seven of which have been with Sandy Spring Bank. She is responsible for the management and growth of the Alexandria Branch in Old Town. Her skills include Commercial ending, Customer Service, Banking, Commercial Banking, and Loans.
Executive Director - Alive!
DirectorJennifer Ayers oversees the day-to-day operations of ALIVE!, a 501c3 organization dedicated to improving the lives of Alexandrian’s in need. This includes working with 45 congregations, city agencies, nonprofits, and other community-based organizations, supervising program functions and staff. Jennifer has two kids and a dog and has resided in Alexandria for nearly 20 years. She Volunteer for many activities including the PTA, Church, and the Alexandria Small Business Development Center.
CEO - ECCA Payroll Services
DirectorJoel Bernstein is a long-time resident of Alexandria’s West End. He serves the local and extended community as President and operator of ECCA Payroll company. He has substantial business knowledge and is involved in many networking opportunities.
Mary Ann Burstein
Realtor - Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc./Christie’s International Real Estate
ParliamentarianMary Ann Burstein has been a resident of the City of Alexandria for over 24 years. She is a passionate advocate for all Alexandria has to offer. Mary Ann serves Northern Virginia as a local volunteer and an active REALTOR®.
Executive Director - Safer Country
DirectorPaul Friedman is the Director of Sales and Marketing for Alexandria’s Zebra newspaper. At the same time, he’s developing a non-profit called Safer Country that will work to ensure that all prohibited persons, including an estimated hundreds of thousands of convicted criminals, are entered into the national background check system for gun purchases.
Business Service Specialist - City of Alexandria
DirectorRalph has over 21 years of combined work experience within Higher Education and state/local government. As a nationally certified business services professional, he is an expert at providing workforce development solutions to business community. He enjoys providing consultation services that help businesses train and grow their workforce. In addition, he enjoys providing career advisement and training services to adult job seekers, increasing their marketability to employers. Ralph possess a master’s in human resource management, a master’s in communications training & Development and a bachelor’s degree in communications.
Founder - Allegra Marketing Print Mail
Anna Kaviani is the President/Owner of Allegra Marking Print Mail in Springfield, VA, Since 2004. She is actively involved with local Chambers and nonprofits in Springfield, Alexandria, and Arlington communities. She is a member Rotary Club of Alexandria Central. Anna has also volunteered with FCPS’s Career Transition program since 2017, training high school students in Graphics Design, layout, print processes, and production. Anna holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Stony Brook University. She started her career at Allegis Group in 1986 as a staff engineer by 2002, and she held a variety of positions from Sales to Director of Operations and V.P of scientific group.
Promotional Products & Apparel Consultant - FRC Marketing
New CandidateAnn brings real world experience to the promotional product industry as demonstrated by her 30+ years of living and breathing all facets of marketing. Her beginnings as an award-winning graphic designer for United Way of America provided the foundation for her creativity today. Ann’s unique leadership skills are the reason for her success as the manager of a print shop consisting of 5 male union employees where her insights were published in In-plant Magazine. Years later, she was awarded an Addy for her contribution to an ad campaign for Washington Gas. While at CACI, she won a Wing Award for proposal designs which generated over $200 million in revenue. In a twist of fate, she is credited with starting CACI’s company store. Perhaps you might say that Ann is in sales. But if she hears you, she will tell you that she is not an order taker, nor has she ever made a cold call. And she owes that to networking as much as possible and building long-lasting relationships. Ann was honored to serve on our the BNI Executive Team for 8 years. She is an award-winning member of a local Toastmasters club, a member of WEBA (West End Business Association), Arlington Chamber of Commerce, BNI Cameron Breakfast and Women on Course. Ann loves the beach, gardening, reading, entertaining friends, and spending time with husband Ron (now cancer-free for 7 years) and playing with their 2-year old pup, Punkin.
Cynthia Coy Blackwell
CEO - Uncaged Solutions, LLC
New CandidateDr. Cynthia Coy-Blackwell, Founder and CEO of Uncaged Solutions, LLC, believes that everyone has purpose and untapped potential. The key lies in understanding how the way you think. Your thoughts have the power to keep you caged in the self-limiting beliefs about who you are and where you are in the different areas of your life. We help entrepreneurs break free from the cage of self-limiting beliefs to catapult their success. Cynthia loves to add value and teach leaders how to lead better by transforming the way they think. John C. Maxwell says, "know yourself to grow yourself" and this perfectly sums up the ultimate accomplishment for each person she serves.