FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 26, 2019
MEDIA: Scott Pedowitz
Government Affairs Manager
spedowitz@arlingtonchamber.org
703-525-2400 x205
*PRE-EVENT PRESS RELEASE*
CHAMBER TO HONOR LOCAL BUSINESSES AT 33rd ANNUAL BEST BUSINESS AWARDS
Winners announced, Hall of Fame inductee recognized at awards ceremony on May 22
ARLINGTON, Va. - The Arlington Chamber of Commerce will hold the 33rd Annual Best Business Awards on Wednesday, May 22, where this year's award winners will be announced and the Hall of Fame inductees will be recognized before an audience of more than 200 of the area's leading professionals. These prestigious awards are presented to area businesses that consistently deliver exceptional quality of service to their customers, are industry leaders or offer a unique approach to delivery of goods or services, achieve significant growth or stability over the lifetime of their business, and display an interest and concern for the success of the Arlington community. 


WHEN:  Wednesday, May 22 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. 

WHO: The 2019 award winners will be announced, out of the following finalists:
WHERE: Key Bridge Marriott Hotel located at 1401 Lee Highway, Arlington, VA 22209. The event will begin with a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and the program from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Register online no later than Friday, May 17 by 5:00 p.m. Tickets for members are $125 each and $150 each for nonmembers.

The Chamber will also recognize Giuseppe Cecchi of The IDI Group Companies and real estate mogul and philanthropist, Robert H. Smith (1928-2009) posthumously. These two important members of the Arlington community will be inducted into the Arlington Business Hall of Fame which honors men and women who have demonstrated a long record of successful management, expertise and business skills, along with notable achievements and exceptional civic and community involvement.

Giuseppe Cecchi is a visionary developer and philanthropist whose impact on the Washington D.C. area and beyond has been extraordinary. Since 1975, Mr. Cecchi has been president of the Arlington-based IDI Group Companies (IDI), which under his leadership is responsible for developing 30 residential communities comprising more than 12,000 condominiums in Virginia, Maryland, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico. He first made his mark on this area prior to forming IDI, with the famous Watergate project on the Potomac. Giuseppe Cecchi's impact on the greater Washington area has been and will continue to be significant for generations to come.
 
Robert H. Smith (1928-2009)  created the government and commercial center of Crystal City in Arlington and built his family's company into the single largest property owner in the Washington, D.C. region. Together with his brother-in-law, Robert P. Kogod, Smith transformed the Charles E. Smith Companies into a multifaceted real estate empire. In the early 2000s, the company's residential component merged with Archstone and later sold to Equity Residential and Avalon Bay. In 2017, the commercial division merged with New York's Vornado Realty Trust and became part of JBG SMITH. Having amassed a fortune, Smith devoted his attention to philanthropy, giving hundreds of millions of dollars to universities, museums, and historic landmarks. 

Read more about Giuseppe Cecchi and Robert H. Smith in their full  biographies available here.

MEDIA: Media is invited to attend, but RSVP is required. C ontact Scott Pedowitz at (703) 525-2400 extension 205 or advocacy@arlingtonchamber.org to confirm your attendance or learn more.

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