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Dec
23
Leadership PW

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Aaron Tolson, Class of ’18

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Aaron Tolson, LPW Class of 2018

Development Director at ACTS


Tell us a little about what you do:

Development Director-responsible for marketing, social media, website development, fundraising, grants, program support, business partnerships, and program director for Prince William Food Rescue.

 

What’s new since you graduated from LPW? 

Since graduating, I started working at ACTS, launched the Prince William Food Rescue program, and am re-launching the Greater Prince William Food Council (started by LPW alumni Pam Ryan), and moved back to Manassas from Warrenton.

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What is your favorite LPW memory?

Lots of good memories, but I really enjoyed being up on the mountain – so many great moments unique to our class (#cloggers)!

 

How has LPW helped you get to where you are today? 

Halfway through the class I found myself applying for new jobs, but my focus shifted following the Health and Human Services day.  The groundwork for bringing the Food Rescue program here and joining the team at ACTS was a direct result of that one class and its impact on me personally.

 

What does leadership mean to you?

Leadership is multifaceted – sometimes it looks like taking risks while others follow, and at other times it looks like simply supporting and empowering others to be the best version of themselves.

 

Any final thoughts?

So many great relationships exist through LPW – from my class to other classes.  LPW Alumni are truly making a tremendous impact in our community, and it is awesome!

 

Dec
11
Leadership PW

Big Winners at Gourmet Guys Give Back 2019

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Press Release

For Immediate Release            

Date:  December 11, 2019

 

Contact: Andrea Money, Executive Director, Leadership Prince William

andrea@leadershipprincewilliam.org //  571-765-7568

 

The Big Winners at Gourmet Guys Give Back

 Photos by Don Flory available on our Facebook page. 

Manassas, VA- On Sunday, December 8 Leadership Prince William and the Prince William Chamber of Commerce hosted their 4th Annual Gourmet Guys Give Back amateur cooking competition at Linton Hall School in Bristow, Virginia.  Over 200 adults and children came through the doors, including Santa Claus himself!

Guests sampled dishes and voted for their favorites to identify the Peoples’ Choice winners. Judges’ Awards were given by professionals in the food service industry: Eric Pollard, Executive Chef at Novant Health UVA Health System Prince William Medical Center; Charles Gilliam, Owner of Okra’s Cajun Creole; Gina Michak, Owner of “From Gina’s Kitchen;” Kumar Iyer, Owner of Rangoli Restaurant and Shawn Terry of Smokin’ Shawn’s BBQ. Gourmet Guys Give Back featured a visit from Santa Claus, children’s activities by ImagiNation Learning Centers, and live music by local singer-songwriter Greg Dodson.

And the winners are….

  • Judges’ Awards:
    • BEST APPETIZER: Larb Sliders by Xiao-Yin Byrom, Owner of Tang’s Alterations, Bridal & Bespoke;
    • BEST SOUP/CHILI (and winner of the Judges’ Top Prize): Thai Fusion Soup by Xiao-Yin Byrom;
    • BEST SALAD/SIDE DISH: Minted Cucumber Salad by Xiao-Yin Byrom;
    • BEST MAIN DISH: The Royal Masala by Shan Lateef, a student in Prince William County Public Schools and a past graduate of the Leadership Prince William Summer Youth Academy;
    • BEST GRILL ITEM: Smoked Beef Brisket by Brian Sipes of the Prince William County Service Authority; a member of the Leadership Prince William Class of 2020;
    • BEST DESSERT: Chocolate Éclair Cake by Aaron Tolson, Development Director at ACTS and a 2018 graduate of Leadership Prince William.

      LPW Chair-Elect Tina Laguna (L) and Chairwoman Jackie Krick (at right in Santa hat) present the Fan Favorite Trophy to Brian Sipes and his son Brandon for their Smoked Beef Brisket.

  • People’s Choice Awards:
    • BEST APPETIZER: Triangles of Heaven (samosas) by Shan Lateef;
    • BEST SOUP/CHILI: Papa D’s Lobster Bisque by Dave Merli;
    • BEST SALAD/SIDE DISH: Minted Cucumber Salad by Xiao-Yin Byrom;
    • BEST MAIN DISH: The Royal Masala by Shan Lateef;
    • BEST DESSERT: Chocolate Éclair Cake by Aaron Tolson.
    • FAN FAVORITE: Smoked Beef Brisket by Brian Sipes of the Prince William County Service Authority. Brian’s brisket received 94 total votes, making it a run-away for the top prize.

Sponsors for Gourmet Guys Give Back included Employment Enterprises, Inc; Novant Health UVA Health System; Linton Hall School; The Benedictine Sisters of Virginia; ImagiNation Early Childhood Learning Center; Prince William Living, What’s Up Prince William; Mike Garcia Construction; Tang’s Bridal, Alterations & Bespoke; FVCbank; Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center; the Prince William Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and FreshySites.

Proceeds from Gourmet Guys Give Back benefit the programs and activities of Leadership Prince William and the Prince William Chamber of Commerce; two community organizations nurturing local leadership, and supporting the business and not-for-profit communities of greater Prince William County and Manassas. 

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About the Prince William Chamber of Commerce:
The Prince William Chamber of Commerce is the strongest voice for the business community in the Washington, DC Metropolitan region. Together with our diverse membership, representing over 70,000 employees we work to create an environment where business and people thrive. To accomplish this, we focus our efforts in the key areas of business growth, economic development, advocacy, education and community outreach. In this way, we are building a solid foundation for the success of our business members and our community. For more information, visit our website at www.pwchamber.org or call the Prince William Chamber at 703-368-6600.

 

About Leadership Prince William:
Leadership Prince William is a 501c3 non-profit organization focused on engaging individuals, organizations and alumni to enrich the community through collaborative leadership. Our 350 plus alumni and stakeholders have been engaged in every aspect of community evolution for over 10 years!

 

 

Nov
12
Leadership PW

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Al Alborn, Class of 2012

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Alan P. (“Al”) Alborn, LPW Class of 2012

Freelance writer, photographer, and media consultant
{Watch his Alumni Spotlight Video here}

Al Alborn, Freelance Writer, Photographer, and Media Consultant

 

Tell us a little about what you do:

I write and take photographs for a bi-weekly column for InsideNoVA titled “Around Prince William.”  My bi-weekly column focuses on political, social, human interest and other subjects which occur in Prince William County.  Member of the Virginia Press Association, the Outdoor Writers Association of America, and the Virginia Outdoor Writer’s Association.

 

What’s new since you graduated from LPW? 

Leadership Prince William gave me a greater appreciation of the many dimensions of Prince William County.  This knowledge armed me well to explore issues I write about in greater depth.  It has also made me more active as a political and social activist.

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What is your favorite LPW memory?

Breaking the rules for all of the exercises.  I was surprised to be elected to the Class Representative to the Board of Regents since I didn’t actually run for the position.  Fellow classmate and team member John Frisch nominated me.

 

What does leadership mean to you?

Real leadership is decided by others.  You are only a leader if there are people following you voluntarily, or if you are influencing processes and decisions you care about.

 

Any final thoughts?

I hope you read my column!

 

Nov
6
Leadership PW

Local Leaders to Compete with Home-Cooked Favorites at 4th Annual Contest

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Press Release  

Date:  November 6, 2019

 

Contact: Andrea Money, Executive Director, Leadership Prince William // andrea@leadershipprincewilliam.org //  571-765-7568

 

Get Out the Stretchy Pants: Local Leaders to Compete with Home-Cooked Favorites at 4th Annual Contest

 

Manassas, VA- Come hungry! Leadership Prince William and the Prince William Chamber of Commerce will host their 4th Annual Gourmet Guys Give Back event from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 8, at Linton Hall School in Bristow, Virginia.  This family-friendly event is open to the public and will feature up to 20 local amateur chefs who will compete for People’s Choice and Judges’ Awards for their tastiest dishes. Tickets are available online at www.GourmetGuysGiveBack.com . Adult tickets are $25; children ages 6 to 13 are $10; children under 6 are free.

 

Guests will be able to sample all of the dishes—appetizers, soups, side dishes and entrees—and vote for their favorites to identify the Peoples’ Choice winners. Local professional chefs will select the Judges’ Award winners. Gourmet Guys Give Back also features a visit from Santa Claus, children’s activities by Imagination Learning Centers, raffle prizes, and live music by Greg Dodson.

 

Jacqueline Krick, Chairman of the Board for Leadership Prince William and owner of ECU Communications, encouraged families to attend. “Gourmet Guys Give Back has proven to be an excellent family-oriented event for Leadership Prince William. It truly has something for everyone and is worth attending. The food is incredible. It seems to get better each year as the chefs try to outdo themselves and each other. There is no need to be affiliated with either partner organization to participate!”

 

Another facet of this year’s event: anyone can sponsor a pack of fifteen tickets to be given to the local police or fire and rescue department of their choice for just $300. The package is called “Give Back to the Good Guys” and can be purchased on the website, www.gourmetguysgiveback.com.

 

“As we move into our fourth year with this event, we hope to continue to build additional support from the community,” says Prince William Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Debbie Jones. “Many of the chefs are visible members of the community—elected officials, business leaders, even some not-for-profit executives—but at Gourmet Guys they lay it all on the line to compete for your votes: as the best amateur chef in our community.” She went on to note that the Chamber is pleased to be partnering with Leadership Prince William for another year.

 

For a full list of the participating “Gourmet Guys” and a schedule of events, visit www.GourmetGuysGiveBack.com. Interested chefs can still sign up this month.

 

Sponsors to date for Gourmet Guys Give Back include Employment Enterprises, Inc; Linton Hall School; The Benedictine Sisters of Virginia; ImagiNation Early Childhood Learning Center; Prince William Living, What’s Up Prince William; Mike Garcia Construction; Tang’s Bridal & Alterations; FVC Bank; Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center; the Prince William Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and FreshySites. Anyone interested in sponsoring the event should call Debbie Jones at 571-765-1877.

 

Proceeds from Gourmet Guys Give Back benefit the programs and activities of Leadership Prince William and the Prince William Chamber of Commerce. These community organizations nurture local leadership, support the business and not-for-profit communities, provide scholarships for educational activities and more.

 

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About the Prince William Chamber of Commerce:
The Prince William Chamber of Commerce is the strongest voice for the business community in the Washington, DC Metropolitan region. Together with our diverse membership, representing over 70,000 employees we work to create an environment where business and people thrive. To accomplish this, we focus our efforts in the key areas of business growth, economic development, advocacy, education and community outreach. In this way, we are building a solid foundation for the success of our business members and our community. For more information, visit our website at www.pwchamber.org or call the Prince William Chamber at 703-368-6600.

 

About Leadership Prince William:
Leadership Prince William is a 501c3 non-profit organization focused on engaging individuals, organizations and alumni to enrich the community through collaborative leadership. Our 350 plus alumni and stakeholders have been engaged in every aspect of community evolution for over 10 years!