Iraq War Hero Honored at Annual Georgetown Business Meeting
The Georgetown Business Association’s annual meeting and party had an unusual turn on Wednesday. In addition to the routine installation of new officers for 2013, followed by dancing and festivities, the crowd recognized and honored one of the country’s war veterans and heroes, Major David Alexander.
Major Alexander, awarded a Bronze Star for disarming roadside bombs in Iraq, is deeply connected to the District and Georgetown. In particular, his family was the owner of the house on P Street that JFK rented as a bachelor. The major, introduced by GBA board member Ed Solomon, was joined by his father, Dr. Sam Alexander.
Others recognized for their service to the community were MPD Officers Antonio Atkins and Kathryn Fitzgerald, recipients of the Joe Pozell public safety award, Terry Bell and David Abrams, recognized with the Art Schultz communitarian award, The George Town Club and Zubair Popal as the business and businessperson of the year, respectively, and Linda Greenan for lifetime achievement.
The new GBA officers are Riyad Said of Wells Fargo Advisors, president, Janine Schoonover from the JSW Group, vp, Molly Quigley of Clyde’s Restaurant Group, secretary, and Karen Swarthout Ohri of Georgetown Floorcovers, treasurer.
Short remarks by City Councilmembers Jack Evans and Vincent Orange closed the meeting held in the basement of Dumbarton House on Q Street.