Best of Reston Awards Gala

700 guests gathered at the Hyatt Regency Reston for the 24th Annual Best of Reston Community Service Awards Gala to honor seven individuals, organizations, businesses and partnerships that have made distinctive differences in the lives of others.  In addition, Lynn Lilienthal—a prior Best of Reston nominee—was presented with the special Robert E. Simon Lifetime Achievement Award.

The 2015 Best of Reston Award Recipients include (click below to read their inspiring bios):

These honorees were chosen through a competitive selection process by a group of community leaders and prior winners, led by its chair, Judy Redpath of VISTA Wealth Strategies, LLC.  For more information about the outstanding contributions they have made to the greater Reston community, view their bios.

Pete Otteni of Boston Properties, Maggie Parker of Comstock Partners, LLP, and Matt Valentini of The JBG Companies joined together to serve as chairs of the event. Competitors in business but sharing a commitment to community, these three companies have each demonstrated a sustained responsibility for fostering beauty, both structural and natural, providing a range of housing to meet a variety of income levels and a respect for what makes Reston unique and special.

Thanks to their efforts, Cornerstones was presented with a $540,000 check to support its comprehensive programs and services to help neighbors in need. Funds were raised by many generous partners and sponsors.

The 2015 Best of Reston Honorees:


Civic/Community Organization: His Hidden Treasures (Troy and Lois Hughes)
Small Business Leader: Maid Bright (Maria Fedick, Yusuf and Zeynep Mehmetoglu)
Corporate Business Leader: Leidos (Mike Coogan, Director, Corporate Responsibility)
Corporate Business Leader: MAXIMUS (Susan Boren, Mark Andrekovich, Tom Romeo)
Individual Community Leader: Francis C. Steinbauer
Vade Bolton-Ann Rodriguez Legacy Award: Casey Veatch
Individual Community Leader: Larry Butler

About Best of Reston
A special partnership began more than two decades ago when the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce joined forces with Cornerstones in a signature annual business and social event that raises funds and showcases community involvement and corporate philanthropy and engagement at its best. Established in 1990, the Best of Reston Community Service Awards Gala honors individuals, organizations, businesses and partnerships in the greater Reston/Dulles community that make distinctive differences in the lives of others.

This event highlights individuals, organizations and businesses that make our community the unique and marvelous place it is, while raising funds to support the mission of Cornerstones to provide affordable housing and help families and individuals build more stable lives. 2014 marked the 50th anniversary of Reston’s founding and in that special year, the Best of Reston proceeds from a two-year fundraising campaign raised over $1 million that enabled Cornerstones to preserve—and secure as affordable forever—50 homes located in one of Reston’s village centers just minutes away from the Metro Silver Line and public transit access!

This partnership between the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce and Cornerstones is just one example of how we are investing to build a vibrant, thriving and connected community, and to model Reston founder Robert E. Simon’s vision of a community where all may “live, work, play and serve.”

Click here to view the list of Best of Reston Honorees 1992-Present.