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Anita Bonds, Ed Solomon, Janine Schoonover, Riyad Said, Muriel Bowser, Jack Evans, Bill Starrels
Anita Bonds, Ed Solomon, Janine Schoonover, Riyad Said, Muriel Bowser, Jack Evans, Bill Starrels

Councilmember Bowser presents the award to Ron Swarthout (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Councilmember Bowser presents the award to Ron Swarthout

Three members of the DC City Council joined business and community leaders and Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners to honor one of Georgetown’s oldest and most respected businesses.  The occasion was the Georgetown Business Association's annual leadership luncheon with the GBA lifetime achievement award going to Georgetown Floorcoverings, the six-decade-old, still family-owned area leader for all kinds of floor coverings.

MPD 2nd District Commander Michael Reese (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) MPD 2nd District Commander Michael Reese

The presentation was made by Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser, who was introduced by Riyad Said, GBA president.  She is the recent winner of the Democratic primary for mayor of the District.  Pointing to the very healthy city economy and the prospect of a new soccer stadium and even the Olympics in 2024, Bowser praised Ron Swarthout, whose father, George, founded the business and who still serves as consultant for the present owner, his daughter, Karen Swarthout Ohri.

In his remarks, Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans from Georgetown mentioned how impressed Wall Street is with the District’s economic prospects, including a lowered sales tax and one of the best municipal finances of any city or county in the nation.

Members of Ron Swarthout family, Nicholas Ohri, Judy Swarthout, Marci Patchett and Judy Swarthout, the current owner (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Members of Ron Swarthout family, Nicholas Ohri, Judy Swarthout, Marci Patchett and Judy Swarthout, the current owner

Also at the luncheon, held at Tony and Joe’s were At-large Councilmember Anita Bonds and ANC Commissioners Ed Solomon and Bill Starrels as well as members of Hexagon (the non-profit satirical-comedy club that is returning to the Ellington High School in March, 2015) along with the Georgetown BID, the Citizens Association of Georgetown, The Georgetowner, Georgetown EXXON and Shell, MPD and presenting sponsor, Long & Foster.

 

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Margaret Byrne Heimbold

The Georgetown Business Association and Long and Foster are proud to honor Ron Swarthout and his family. We are fortunate to have the benefit of a homegrown business right here in Georgetown for the last 60 years. Margaret Heimbold