Janet Barnett, Synergy Home Care; Imagine Artwear


Janet Barnett serves as Community Relations Manager at Synergy Home Care, an agency which provides           caregivers to those older adults who wish to age in place, serving Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, and Falls Church.  She also is a sales  consultant at Imagine Artwear.

Janet Barnett retired in June 2013 as the Executive Director of Senior Services of Alexandria (a non-profit organization serving the needs of older Alexandrians).  She joined the nonprofit in November, 2007.  Prior to that Janet was with the Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities, an agency of the City government.  She spent 32 years there and served in a number of capacities including the first director of the Chinquapin Park Recreation Center and Division Chief of the Enterprise and Marketing Division  Prior to her retirement, she served  as Deputy Director of the Department from 1996-2007.

Janet is not a stranger to the Old Town Business and Professional Association.  In her capacity with the City, she worked on numerous projects with OTBPA, including tree lights, the Jamestown Celebration, Supper Under the Stars and many special events. She is a life-long Alexandrian.

Gale Curcio, Curcio Communications


Curcio Communications provides marketing and public relations expertise to local Alexandria-based organizations who are interested in acquiring, retaining and increasing their customer base, and who appreciate the value of developing and promoting the brand and profile that reflect their organizational vision and mission.

Curcio Communications evolved from founder Gale Curio’s 30 years of experience as a communications, event management and development professional, in addition to her responsibilities as an editor and reporter for local news publications. Gale Curcio enhances Curcio Communications’ depth of community knowledge through her concurrent role as a journalist for regional publications including the Connection Newspapers, LocalKicks, Examiner, Patch and Washington Women’s Weekly.

Based on the concept that 'everybody has a story,’ Curcio Communications determines what makes each client  unique and how to most effectively disseminate that information to the marketplace via newsletters, editorial services, local publications, events, social media and networking.

Curcio Communications' preferred connections to the nonprofit, business, government and social communities are critical to the success of our clients' marketing efforts, by placing her at the confluence of local thought leaders. Gale Curcio continues to expand those connections through her active participation in the Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce (past board member), The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, Washington Women in PR, and various business organizations.

Carol Supplee, Imagine Artwear



Carol Supplee has owned and operated Imagine Artwear in Alexandria since 1992.  Prior to that, she spent fifteen years working as a bank marketing specialist.  She feels fortunate to have worked for some of the best ad agencies around. 

Imagine Artwear specializes in presenting a collection of American made handcrafts, including clothing, jewelry, accessories and home furnishings. 

Carol has a Master of Arts Degree in Museology and Art History from George Washington University.  Early experience included working in a small Georgetown print gallery, as editor of “Galleries Guide”, and on The American Freedom Train Foundation, a bicentennial exhibit that toured the US.

Being a small business owner in Alexandria, Carol feels strongly about the responsibilities that come with that job.  Those include representing her suppliers in the best possible way, offering the highest quality product to her customers and, finally, helping her fellow businesses by adding as much as possible to the vitality and viability of the city.

Roger Parks, American Advertising


American Advertising Distributors of Northern Virginia was founded by Roger Parks in 1981 and soon will be celebrating 30 years as a full-service direct mail marketing agency to the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. area, providing graphic design, list brokering, printing and mail shop services. 

Roger served on the Board of Directors of the original OTBA for over 20 years as well as the King Street Metro Enterprise Team (KSMET), serving as chairman for two years, and has served on the Board of Directors of the OTBPA since its inception.

Having lived in Old Town for over 35 years, Roger is highly involved in other business and local community groups including the Chamber of Commerce, having served on the Board of Directors as Vice Chairman of Membership Division, Vice Chairman of Communications Division, and for 10 years, Chairman of the Golf Committee; Chairman, the City of Alexandria Marketing Fund (founding member); Alexandria Board of Advisors for the Virginia Commerce Bank; Board of Directors of the Alexandria Symphony; Board of Directors of the Alexandria Heart Association; and numerous committees of the above.

Roger is proud to serve OTBPA by coordinating and producing the highly successful fall retail and winter restaurant marketing campaign booklets.

Jay Palermino, Tyler Business Services

Jay Palermino serves Tyler Business Services in business development for integrated printing communications, mailing and specialty promotional and advertising products reach. Jay leads client marketing campaigns within community industry sectors for new market share enrichment and overall business fulfillment. Prior to joining Team Tyler, Mr. Palermino enjoyed a decade’s involvement with the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, while in part, serving as Director of Development for Membership and Sponsorship Investments for a number of years. Jay’s responsibilities ranged from member-to-member engagement, annual event production and to working with the thirty-three seat board of directors in capturing new opportunities to fiscally grow the Chamber’s annual budget.

Historically, Jay led annual resource campaigns within key industry sectors for new membership and sponsorship gains as an Alexandria Chamber of Commerce board member and top-producing small business philanthropist. Mr. Palermino founded Best Solutions Consulting, LLC (BSC) in 2007, an Alexandria, VA-based, boutique public relations/marketing communications firm. Jay has counseled small business owners and entrepreneurs in increasing their brand identity and market share. Outcome-oriented and geared towards the savviest of marketing initiatives, Jay serves as an accomplished devotee to small business development while contributing marketing efforts in two area concerns: Patricia Palermino Studio and Hollin Hall Pastry Company & Shop, which he is vested.

During non-work hours, Jay enjoys the outdoors and activities involving his appreciation for boating and horticulture. More professional information may be found by visiting https://www.linkedin.com/in/jaypalermino1101.

Ann Dorman, Meetings and Events of Distinction


Ann M. Dorman, CMP, a 30-year veteran of the association and telecommunications industries formed Meetings and Events of Distinction, LLC, a provider of full-service site selection, contract negotiation and management services, in March 2000. 

Ann has experience managing local, regional and national meetings and events, full service operations management, and has had particular success in developing creative and unique programs. 

Ann M. Dorman is credited with reviving First Night Alexandria, a community celebration of the New Year after a one year hiatus and near bankruptcy.  She continues in her role as executive director of the independent, non-profit organization.  She created a new event for the Alexandria Police Foundation in 2005.

Dorman was a member of the inaugural class of Leadership Alexandria (2004) and has served on the steering committee of the organization.  She also served on the board of the Alexandria Police Foundation, the Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association, Torpedo Factory Art Center and Old Town Business & Professional Association.  Since 2001 Dorman has produced First Night Alexandria and also manages the logistics for the Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend.

David Martin, Goldworks USA


David Martin grew up in Delaware and went to college at University of Rochester and earned his Associates Degree in Art from Miami Dade Jr College before joining the Air Force.  He first came to Alexandria in 1968 when he was stationed at Andrews Air Force Base serving as a Clinical Laboratory Technologist.  After many exciting adventures that included building a sail boat and then sailing it in the Florida Keys he returned to Alexandria in 1980. 

Now, an artist, with training in copper and bronze sculpture, he continued his art studies at the Corcoran Art School, the Alexandria Art League and Montgomery College Art department  where he assisted renowned Korean jewelry designer, Komilia Okim.  She taught design and metal casting as well as forming in silver and gold. He became a member of the Washington Guild of Goldsmiths and then apprenticed with the foreman of Dickomey’s, the premier repair center of the entire Washington, D.C. Area.  There he gained experience handling the micro work he does to repair fine gold and platinum chain.  More study included the Gemological Institute of America and other fine jewelry courses.  During this time he also did repairs and custom designs for several jewelry stores in and around Northern Virginia. 

In November 1989 he opened Gold Works at 1400 King Street in Old Town, Alexandria. He continues to learn and expand his expertise and has become proficient in Computer Assisted Design.  He runs continual computer slide shows in the windows of his store of his most current work.

David has been quite active in the City of Alexandria. In 2003 he became a staff member in the Mankind Project of the Washington Metropolitan Area that provides support to men and teaches young men to grow into mature men. He was a graduate of Leadership Alexandria in 2005 and became President of The Old Town Business and Professional Association (OTBPA) in 2008. Also in 2008, he designed the Mayor’s city seal pendant to act as the Golden Fleece to wear at international meetings. The mayor called it his “bling.”  Mr. Martin roused the City into installing the Old Town Banners just in time for the opening of National Harbor and has been very active in other Alexandria Chamber of Commerce functions such as the Government Relations Committee. 

Most recently David was nominated by the Chamber of Commerce for a Business Award in 2010 and he is also an elected member of the Alexandria City Commission for the Arts.  He chairs the Alexandria city gallery art management committee.   In September, he chaired OTBPA’s  very successful  “ Jazz Supper Under the Stars, “  and one of his sculptures  has  been on exhibit  in the  Alexandria City Hall from  June  thru  September 2010.

You can find David at his shop at the corner of 1400 King and West Streets. He is Alexandria’s jeweler and designer, an active community member and humorist.  He especially enjoys making wedding bands and engagement rings and fancies himself a couple’s counselor.

Fred Parker, Hard Times


Fred Parker spent the 1950s growing up in Northern Virginia. Studied graphic design at the University of Arizona. 1964 returned to Washington DC where he worked as a designer and art director for various associations. Mid 1970s worked for Design & Production Inc. as graphic consultant for traveling trade shows. In 1978 was hired by the National Gallery of Art for the exhibition design staff and created silk screen department for new east wing.

Founded the Hard Times Café in 1980. Left the Feds in 1982. Licensed a company to franchise the Hard Times concept in 1990.

Currently he is a semi-retired chili mogul.

Personal: Wife Carol works as a painting conservator at the National Gallery of Art.

Son Jonathan graduated Oberlin Music Conservatory, resides in Shanghai where he makes a living as a jazz musician.

Son Ned is a senior at Lynchburg College majoring in Psychics.

Hector Hernandez


Kristina Robertson, Barkley Square Pets Grooming 

Kristina Robertson founded her first business, Karing By Kristina (“KBK”), in 1991. As an early member of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS), Karing By Kristina was one of the first pet sitting businesses in the metropolitan Washington, D.C., area. Kristina served on the Board of Directors for 8 years.

Kristina is certified by NAPPS Professional Pet Sitters and is currently taking the association’s next level of certification. As the company has grown, and is now called Barkley Square Pets, it is also affiliated with Pet Sitters International (PSI). Barkley Square Pets now has over 1200 active clients in the Washington, DC metropolitan region.  Kristina was elected in 2009 and served for 3 years as a Board Member of the Del Ray Business Association, an association that strives for growth, visibility and success of its members. The DRBA serves as an advocate, representative, and educator for businesses within the community of Del Ray in Alexandria, Virginia. Since 2003 Kristina has been an active member of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, Alexandria City Visitors Association (ACVA), and is currently a Board member of the Old Town Business Development Association (OTBDA), through which she works to enhance the pet friendly atmosphere of the community.  Kristina was honored to be selected in 2009 to be one of the Virginia Tourism Board’s Portraits of Passion. 

A Passion for Pet Adoption

During the 1990’s, Kristina also served on the Princes Georges County, MD Animal Commission, as a pet advocate, and provided services to the Prince Georges County Animal Shelter and Allbreed Pet Rescue where she facilitated numerous pet adoptions of animals abandoned to her pet sitting service. Kristina works with the Alexandria Animal Welfare Society and the Washington Humane Society to help educate the public about adoption as well as helping to raise funds for the shelters. One of the largest fundraisers in the Washington DC area put on by the Washington Humane Society, is the Bark Ball.  This event raises money for homeless animals, and each year Barkley Square Pets is requested to host the one and only Bark Bar and Hydrant Bar offering gourmet treats and designer waters to the celebrated pups.

Barkley Square Pets Gourmet Dog Bakery

While the bakery is on our website (www.barkleysquare.com) and Etsy, it offers high end  gourmet treats, cookies, brownies, pawtifours, cakes, pupcakes to name a few.  Barkley Square Pets also creates and makes custom couture outfits and bling jewels. 

Birthday Pawties, Yappy Hours, and Special Events. Barkley caters to the fun side of the pet owner as well as the wellbeing and enhancement of a dog’s life.  While incorporating our gourmet bakery options, Barkley Square Pets sure knows how to put on a ‘pawty’!

Barkley Square Pets Grooming

Kristina had a vision in 2013 to add grooming to the company. With both mobile grooming and a grooming store front located in Falls Church, VA, in less than 4 months she already has a client base of 300.  The Grooming Spa’s provide pets and their owners the latest innovative accoutrements, while pampering the pets with the ultimate ‘Spa experience’.

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