Northern Virginia Building Industry Association 2021 Industry Impact Report

PRESIDENT’S BALL 2021: A BREATH OF FRESH AIR WHAT? THE PRESIDENT’S BALL in October? After a year fraught with COVID concerns, NVBIA 2021 President Soledad Portilla chose October 1 to enjoy her ball.With a “Breath of Fresh Air” theme, the event was held outside on a beautiful early fall night under a festively decorated tent.With both elected officials and a good contingent of members in attendance, the night provided a good environment for networking and enjoying a program with emcee Debbie Rosenstein. Past President Gene Frogale gave his farewell speech, which Soledad reiterated through her NVBIA platform of diversity and inclusion. She thanked the 2021 Board and staff for suppor ting her throughout the year, and we applauded Soledad’s year as president. An informal atmosphere, all the way from dress through to the evening program, set the stage for a night of casual dining and networking. Gene also announced the 2020 Presidential AwardWinners: Builder of theYear Drees Homes Doug Fahl Associate of theYear Doug Smith, Soil Consultants Engineering Custom Builder of theYear Ali Khazai, Capital City Builders Women in the Building Industry Award Melissa Farrar, Washington Gas Bill Berry President’s Award: Howard Katz, Toll Brothers Emil Keene Award* Jerry Berman * This coveted honor is not awarded every year. It signifies a person’s lifetime of service to the association. To top the evening off, NVBIA selected the winner of our 50/50 Scholarship raffle to benefit George Mason University and the Arlington Scholarship Fund. NVBIA Events COVID protocols required some changes big and small to NVBIA’s biggest events, but it didn’t stop the association from hosting a glittering President’s Ball under the big tent in October! A large crowd enjoyed each other’s company, an open bar, and the joys of face-to-face networking at NVBIA’s outdoor President’s Ball in October. 14 | The Nor thern Virginia Building Industry Association 2021 Industry Impact Repor t