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Berwick Drews, director of finance at Greenspring retirement community in Springfield, is a finalist for the 2013 CFO of the Year Awards presented by the Washington Business Journal, in the Health and Biotech category.

Winners will be announced July 18 at the CFO of the Year Awards ceremony. The awards recognize financial professionals in the Greater Washington, D.C., area for outstanding performance as corporate financial stewards.

Drews has been finance director at Greenspring since 2006. During his tenure the community has seen considerable growth; in 2012 Greenspring’s credit rating was upgraded to an “A.” In 2013 that rating was affirmed, solidifying Greenspring’s position as one of the strongest and most financially stable continuing care retirement communities in the industry.

A Marine Corps veteran, Drews has more than 20 years of finance and operations experience. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from George Mason University. He also serves on the board of directors for the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce.

Greenspring, one of 16 not-for-profit retirement communities developed and managed by Erickson Living, is home to nearly 2,000 residents, many of whom reside in the 1,404 independent living apartment homes on campus.

Fairfax law firm honored for pro bono work

Blankingship & Keith P.C., with law offices in Fairfax and Prince William counties, has been named the Pro Bono Firm of the Year by Legal Services of Northern Virginia.

The award recognizes B&K’s broad commitment to pro bono efforts, by representing clients unable to pay for legal counsel.

“Blankingship & Keith P.C.’s dedication to pro bono work on behalf of indigent clients serves as a model to law firms across the Northern Virginia,” said Jim Ferguson, LSNV executive director. “We are grateful for their commitment to access to justice for all individuals.”

In the past year, members of the firm participated in LSNV’s Attorney of the Day program, representing victims of domestic violence and obtaining dozens of protective orders for abused family members. B&K has handled contested custody cases on behalf of indigent clients, and several of its attorneys have participated in LSNV’s housing clinic and uncontested divorce clinics.

The firm played an integral role in supporting the Pro Bono Hotline for Northern Virginia and the Ask-A-Lawyer program, joint ventures between legal aid organizations and the Young Lawyers Division of the Virginia Bar Association.

Blankingship & Keith, founded in 1979, has 19 partners and 28 lawyers overall handling commercial litigation, personal injury, real estate, family law, education law, business law, trusts and estates, and tax law.

Morgan Stanley cleans up in McLean

The McLean branch of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management hosted its annual volunteer effort in McLean on June 22. The group, led by financial adviser Frank Vorndran, cleaned up the roadside along Dolley Madison Boulevard from downtown McLean to Potomac School Road.

“As an avid local kayaker, I’m always appalled at the litter in the Potomac and amongst the local streambeds,” Vorndran said. “The more we keep off the road, the less that will end up in our waterways, and doing so beautifies our neighborhood. We’re pleased to give back in our community, where many of our clients and employees live and work.”

The local branch also is leading an effort to write cards to military service members stationed overseas. The cards will go into care packages to show support for the troops.

Morgan Stanley employees put in more than 176,000 hours of community service around the world in June as a part of the firm’s Global Volunteer Month.

Workplace kudos

Hala Adra of Long & Foster Real Estate Inc. in McLean recently joined an elite group of luxury real estate specialists from Christie’s International Real Estate at a regional conference in New York City. The invitation-only seminar at Christie’s North American headquarters in Rockefeller Center attracted more than 200 professionals. The conference offered industry leaders the opportunity to collect and share new insights about the marketing of luxury properties, explore innovative strategies to reach high-net-worth individuals and network with global colleagues.

Mahfuz Ahmed, founder and CEO of Digital Intelligence Systems LLC, has been selected as the winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 Award for the greater Washington, D.C., region. The award distinguishes high-growth entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success. Under Mahfuz’s leadership, DISYS, headquartered in McLean, has maintained an annual growth rate of 30 percent and now serves more than 300 clients, including many Fortune 500 companies.

James Dyke Jr. has been elected treasurer of the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education, the supporting arm for the Virginia Community College System. He serves as senior adviser for Virginia State Government Relations with McGuireWoods Consulting LLC in Tysons Corner. He has been a longtime advocate for the Commonwealth’s 23 community colleges since serving in state-appointed positions under former Govs. Gerald Baliles and Douglas Wilder.

Stanley Idiculla of Family Foot and Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia has been elected president of the Northern Virginia Podiatric Medical Association. Idiculla is board certified in foot and ankle surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. He serves on the staff of Reston Hospital Center, Inova Fairfax Hospital and Virginia Hospital Center.

Dine on in Herndon

The Town of Herndon has launched a new consumer website — — designed to promote its coffee and ice cream shops, bakeries and ethnic eateries, family-owned casual establishments, fine dining restaurants and everything in between. offers consumers a user-friendly site through which to explore the town’s 120 culinary choices. Users can browse through a multitude of options on a computer or a mobile device, searching by restaurant name, restaurant category, type of cuisine, location, delivery, price range and more. The site also provides details about restaurants and useful links.

The site’s URL and tagline are derived from the town’s brand logo, designed to emphasize the “on” in Herndon, and strengthens Herndon’s new brand identity as a “Next Generation Small Town.”

Help equip kids for school

Fairfax-based charity Our Daily Bread is asking residents to donate funds, backpacks and calculators to outfit needy children as they return to school this fall.

Through its 2013 Collect for Kids Back to School Program, ODB hopes to provide supplies for 2,000 schoolchildren in the Fairfax High School and J.E.B. Stuart High School pyramids. Through a partnership with Fairfax County’s Collect for Kids Program, ODB can purchase the necessary supplies for $15 or less per student.

Financial donations may be made at Backpacks and calculators may be delivered to ODB’s offices at 4080 Chain Bridge Road, second floor, Fairfax. Deliveries will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday until Aug. 12.

For more, call 703-273-8829 or email