In high school, while friends were going to the beach and playing football, C. Neal Fleming Jr. started his summer vacations working "in the field" for a local construction company.

Now the newly appointed president and chief operating officer of the Alexandria firm Development Resources Inc. says the work paid off.

Fleming replaced former president and chief executive officer Greg Fazakerley, who became chairman of the board. Fazakerley will pursue development opportunities, and Fleming will be responsible for daily operations. Fleming oversees construction, sales and leasing, property management and development.

Candice C. Fazakerley, the wife of Fazakerley, moved from vice president of marketing to chief executive officer.

Fleming joined DRI in 1984 with 15 years of construction experience. After college, he joined George Hyman Construction Co. as an assistant superintendent. He worked for George Hyman for seven years on local projects, including the construction of nine Metro stations.

In 1977, Fleming joined Omni Construction Inc. as a vice president and contract manager. He left Omni seven years later "to get more involved in the development aspect of the business."

DRI, founded in 1964, is a small-scale development and construction company that does most of its work in Alexandria. The company employs 75 people and reported $49.6 million in annual revenue for 1985. The company's subsidiaries, DRI Realty Co. and DRI Construction Corp., provide real estate brokerage and construction services.

"DRI caters to smaller businesses; tenants looking to occupy between 5,000 square feet and 10,000 square feet but who don't want the space down the corridor and across the hall from the water fountain," Fleming said. "We aim to provide smaller buildings that give clients presence."

DRI has found plenty of businesses that fit this submarket. In the past 10 years, the company has built more than 60 corporate and association headquarters in Alexandria. DRI projects include Duke Street Metro Center, Duke Street Square and Dalton Wharf Office Center.

The $45 million Madison Place at 801 N. St. Asaph St. in northern Alexandria is DRI's latest project. The complex, which will include a 248-room Embassy Suites hotel and an eight-story office building, ran into a problem last month with the Alexandria Board of Zoning and Appeals over a parking variance. The board gave DRI permission to provide 466 parking spaces instead of the 665 spaces DRI had sought.

DRI will provide shuttle buses to the Metro center to compensate for fewer parking spots.

"I'm not saying DRI won't venture into other regions of the suburban market, but for now, Alexandria is the niche we know," Fleming said.

BANKING, FINANCIAL SERVICES

The National Bank of Washington named Dennis C. Tristani senior vice president of metropolitan banking and Roger C. Schultz, previously with First National Bank of Chicago, senior vice president of the risk management department.

First American Bank of Maryland promoted Thomas P. Gallup to senior corporate banking officer, Douglas A. Tornese to assistant vice president of funds management and Joan E. Walenta to assistant vice president of branch administration. Robert R. Patterson was elected assistant vice president of asset management services, and Thomas H. C. Patterson was named mortgage loan officer of real estate.

Comptroller of the Currency Robert L. Clarke named three deputy comptrollers: Clifton A. Poole Jr., southeastern district; Robert R. Klinzing, midwestern district; and Peter C. Kraft, southwestern district.

K. Donald Menefee, chief executive officer of the Madison National Bank, was elected by member banks of the Fifth Federal Reserve District to a three-year term as a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. The district encompasses the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Oxford Mortgage & Investment Corp., a subsidiary of Oxford Development Corp., named Peter H. Lunt senior vice president. Lunt will oversee the institutional markets group that develops programs to finance Oxford projects. Lunt joined the company in 1985 as vice president for debt placement.

COMMUNICATIONS

Figgie International Inc. appointed Cory Shields manager of public relations for all divisions and subsidiaries. Shields worked as weekend news anchor and reporter for WXEX-TV in Richmond.

Communications Satellite Corp. named IBM Corp. veteran Robert J. Perry vice president and chief financial officer. During Perry's 20 years at IBM, he held various finance and management positions. At COMSAT, he will oversee financial planning and direction.

Paul Driskell, former aide to House Majority Leader James Wright (D-Tex.), left Congress to open Paul Driskell Associates, a lobbying consulting firm affiliated with Fleishman-Hillard Inc. The firm will operate out of the Fleishman-Hillard offices on Connecticut Avenue.

COMPUTERS

COMNET Corp. of Washington promoted Robert J. Gac to vice president of sales and marketing for the Computer Network Division, which provides marketing and facility management services. He had served as director of the division.

Christine H. Bernstein, formerly with Xerox Corp., joined Businessland Inc. as general manager for the new federal government marketing division.

MANUFACTURING

Eastmet Corp., the Baltimore manufacturer of steel products, named Richard E. Gray chairman of the board of directors, filling the vacancy created by the resignation of George R. Walsh in January. Gray, a New York lawyer and investor, is an Eastmet director and the company's largest shareholder. Gray was elected to the board in February after he dropped a lawsuit against the company. He had alleged that Eastmet canceled an agreement to sell its profitable industrial products group to Chariot Holdings Ltd., his company. Eastmet said a company controlled by Gray recently purchased an additional 100,000 shares of Eastmet Common, bringing his stake in the company to 7 percent. Gray also has been appointed to chairman of the finance committee, which will coordinate efforts to secure alternative financing for the company.

The board of directors of Atlantic Research Corp. promoted Carlyle C. Ring from corporate counsel and director of contracts to vice president and general counsel. James N. Hufford, president and chief executive officer of Systematics General, became a vice president of the corporation.

INSURANCE

Consolidated Healthcare Inc., the management company for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia, appointed James D. Isbister senior vice president for the Government Program Group. Isbister served as the senior government business representative for Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

The Equitable Life Insurance Co. of McLean promoted Fred M. Gregg Jr. to vice chairman of the board and assistant to the president; Gerald P. Murphy to executive vice president of marketing; and Charles P. Armstrong to senior vice president and controller.

NONPROFIT

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute, a private biomedical research organization in Bethesda, named former judge of the Supreme Court of Delaware William T. Quillen as vice president and general counsel.

Elizabeth Strong Ussery, vice president of USA Telecommunications Inc. of Alexandria, was named acting chairman of the U.S. Small Business Administration's National Advisory Council. Ussery succeeds James H. Carrrington.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

R. Ian Kingham joined Greenhorne & O'Mara Inc. as manager of transportation planning and research. He will oversee transportation and traffic impact studies.

The residential development company, Milton Co., promoted Stuart H. Terl from assistant vice president to vice president and division manager to oversee contracts and project managers.

Congressional Information Service Inc., a commercial indexer and micropublisher in Bethesda, promoted William Smith to vice president of manufacturing. Smith joined the company in 1975.

The engineering firm of Baldwin & Gregg Ltd. of Norfolk, Va., named Jesse G. Hite Jr. president. Hite had served as chief engineer and vice president since 1980. Baldwin & Gregg has offices in Norfolk, Richmond and Washington.

The consulting firm Versar Inc. of Springfield, Va., promoted Kenneth Z. Crumrine Jr. to vice president in charge of technical operations. Crumrine will oversee the environmental engineering and hazard abatement divisions.

RETAIL, WHOLESALE TRADE

Hechinger Co., a chain of do-it-yourself stores based in Landover, Md., announced promotions of 13 employes. The following employes were promoted to senior vice president: Sally A. Courtney, general merchandise manager; Joan S. England, marketing; S. Ross Hechinger, distribution; W. Clark McClelland, finance and treasurer; Richard L. Ponton, director of stores; and Catherine A. Russell, human resources. The following employes were promoted to vice president: Joanne M. Barrett, divisional merchandise manager; Gerald W. Brase, divisional merchandise manager; Robert G. DeMarco, management information services; George L. Kelly, divisional merchandise manager; John R. McGarth, regional manager; and Lennie H. Zallar, controller. Pamela D. McMillan was promoted to corporate secretary.

UTILITIES

Sharon Pratt Dixon was promoted from vice president of consumer affairs to vice president of public policy for Potomac Electric Power Co. Dixon continues to head Pepco's consumer affairs office and will direct government relations activities.