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Rockville IT firm Optimal Networks received the Tech Council of Maryland’s first-time “Outstanding Place to Work” award. The company was chosen from among 40 nominations.

Heinan Landa is Optimal Networks’ CEO. The company has Friday morning breakfasts, and twice a year holds “Spirit Days” to do something fun like build structures out of chocolate.

Rockville IT company Portal Solutions and Bethesda high-tech firm DMI were runners-up.



Silver Spring-based Radio One hired Christopher Wegmann as president of the radio division. He has worked with Radio One for four years and has been a major market manager for the past 13 years.



Bethesda enriched uranium fuel supplier USEC expanded its board from nine to eleven members, electing Michael Diament and Mikel H. Williams as directors.

Diament is a director of Magellan Health Services, a publicly traded health care company, and privately held manufacturing firm Dayco. He has been an executive for investment management firms Sandell Asset Management and Havens Advisors.

Williams is CEO of JPS Industries, a manufacturer of urethane film, sheet and tubing and other products. He also is on the boards of Iteris and Tellabs.



Silver Spring mobile security company MobileSpaces hired Dan Dearing as vice president of marketing. He previously was vice president of marketing at Enterproid, a provider of enterprise mobility solutions based in New York City.

Angus Watson joined the company as vice president of sales. Previously, he worked at McAfee, where he was responsible for large enterprise accounts.

Additionally, Meredith Friedman joined as strategic account manager after being a territory account manager of mobile security for BoxTone.

MobileSpaces recently moved into new corporate headquarters at 962 Wayne Ave.



Bethesda law firm Paley Rothman hired Ryan S. Spiegel as a principal and member of the litigation, commercial transactions and government contracts practice groups. He spent the past decade in the Washington, D.C., office of Winston & Strawn.



Katherine D. Savage, who recently retired as a Montgomery County Circuit Court judge, joined Rockville-based Creative Dispute Resolutions LLC, a mediation and arbitration group of attorneys and retired judges. She serves as a mediator and arbitrator for a variety of family law and civil disputes.



Gaithersburg-based Noble Life Sciences, a provider of preclinical research services to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, received full accreditation for its animal facility by the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care.

In addition, Noble is licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture and meets the assurance requirements of the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare. Alain Cappeluti is president of Noble Life Sciences.



ZenGo Cycle, an indoor cycling exercise studio in Bethesda, plans to expand to a Washington, D.C., location in December, according to owner Marc Caputo. There are no annual or monthly membership fees; clients purchase credits and reserve bikes for classes through an online reservation system.