Lindsey Wolko’s Center for Pet Safety in Reston just nailed a big “get” from Subaru of America.
The automaker, a subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries in Japan, partnered with Wolko’s nonprofit to test car safety restraints for pets.
The partnership, which could include a road show and a highly visible media campaign, comes with a six-figure budget, courtesy of the automaker.
“We could not be happier,” said Wolko, 49. “They are a car manufacturer that completely understands the pet owner and the importance of road safety for all auto passengers.”
Wolko said her center hopes to create an industry standard for pet safety harnesses that her organization can then use to certify auto restraints on the market.
Wolko helped establish the center after her English Cocker Spaniel, Maggie, was severly injured during an abrupt stop on Interstate 66 in Virginia a decade ago.
Maggie got tangled in her harness when Wolko slammed on the brakes, and flew into the back of the front seat.
“It was awful,” said Wolko, who in 2003 started Canine Commuter as a for-profit company designed to help pet owners identify workable pet auto safety products. The company eventually evolved into the Center for Pet Safety in 2011.
“She is a healthy 9-year-old.”
The Buzz knew Carlyle Group co-founder David M. Rubenstein was on the road a lot.
Last week, we learned just how much, courtesy of a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Rubenstein, who is on the road 250 days a year courting investors from Abu Dhabi to Hong Kong to Paris, was reimbursed a total of $5.3 million for using his personal jet to conduct company business, according to the SEC filing.
“In 2012, he traveled extensively outside of Washington, visiting 24 countries and 31 non-U.S. cities, many of which he visited on multiple occasions,” according to the SEC filing.
All three co-founders travel in style, flying their own state-of-the-art Gulfstreams.
Fellow co-chief executive, and the group’s investment guru, William E. Conway Jr., billed the firm $1.3 million for his private jet.
Lastly, firm Chairman Daniel A. D’Aniello received $1.1 million from the company.
Anthony Lanier’s Georgetown-based Eastbanc Technologies spun off a 15-employee start-up called Apiphany to help manage mobile software applications. The minority owner is McLean-based Ravensdale Capital, whose managing partner is George G. Moore. Moore also founded TargusInfo.
“We got a garage and modernized the garage right here in Georgetown,” said Wolf Ruzicka, chief executive of EastBanc Technologies and president of the spinoff. “So it’s really a start-up.”
“We incubated for more than two years before we spun it out officially,” Ruzicka said. “There’s more than 10 customers on the platform. It’s all live, making money. It’s really a neat little story.”
Hogo, the upscale 7th Street NW rum bar owned by Paul Ruppert and Tom Brown, will host local chef Ed Hardy, who will be cooking up some Swedish food at the restaurant March 19 through March 30. Hogo, which opened in December at the former location of Ruppert’s, is next to the Warehouse Theater.
“Our kitchen is a rotating pop-up where chefs can try out menus before opening places of their own,” Hogo said. Last week, Hogo hosted chef Aaron Silverman, who is opening a restaurant called Rose’s Luxury on Barracks Row this spring.
Dallas-based Mi Cocina opens in May at the Collection at Chevy Chase, where it will serve Tex-Mex.
Northwestern Mutual’s D.C. office is looking to lease 10,000 to 15,000 square feet of additional office space over the next two years to accommodate expansion.
The firm plans to add up to 40 financial types in the near future in its various local offices. The company just moved its regional headquarters from McLean to its downtown offices at 1801 K St. NW.
20,400 baseballs; 1,100 bats; 200 batting helmets; 20 cases of bubble gum; 60 cases of sunflower seeds. That’s what the Kane Co. subsidiary Kane Home Moving & Storage moved to Viera, Fla., this winter for the Washington Nationals’ spring training. Kane, which recently took over as the team’s official mover, signed a three-year sponsorship agreement that includes game-day scoreboard ads, radio ads and live ballpark gift giveaways.