With the proposed PortAmerica complex in Prince George's County near approval, the Washington World Trade Center Association has begun to market its proposed trademark tower worldwide as the symbol for the area's international trade center.
Since its incorporation in 1981, the staff of the nonprofit association has been quietly anticipating moving out of its seven-story building in Alexandria and into the 52-story tower planned for the Potomac waterfront.
"I had hair when this project started," joked the group's executive director, Michael J. Runde, who added that the Washington world trade center "concept" was in need of a body.
Construction of the $175 million world trade tower and surrounding complex, which will be the tallest building between New York and Atlanta, was agreed to unanimously by the Prince George's County Planning Board in early May.
Project PortAmerica was first introduced in 1980 as the Bay of Americas and has since gone through several developers and zoning boards.
The project is awaiting final approval by the county council.
With construction prospects bright for this fall, the association has launched a worldwide campaign touting its trademark tower as the "window onto the world you need to access; the Washington world of decision makers and policy makers."
Plans for the Washington association include a program to introduce visiting businessmen to senators and congressman, the cosponsoring with Georgetown University of a two-day seminar on international trade and numerous cultural exhibits that should attract many foreign visitors to the area, said Runde.
The Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Association has responded to what it sees as an increased interest in state governmental affairs among its members as well as a need to improve communications within the industry itself, by reorganizing its office and promoting three people, according to President Gerald Mossinghoff. Robert Allnut, the group's senior vice president who came to the PMA a year ago from Communications Satellite Corp., has become executive vice president to oversee the policy, analysis, finance, administration and communication divisions. Woodrow M. Allen, a director of state government affairs, will become the vice president of the same division. And the former public affairs division will now be called the communications division and be headed by Jeffery C. Warren.
The three-person search committee set up by the National Business Aircraft Association in December of 1985 has found its replacement for current president John H. Winant, who will retire in December of this year. Jonathan Howe, a Federal Aviation Administration career executive since 1963, has been appointed to fill the vacancy. Howe, who most recently served as director of the FAA's southern region, has held several positions with the FAA over the years in Seattle, Atlanta and here.
The Aluminum Association has announced that it will be moving its headquarters to the Presidential Plaza, which is currently under construction at 900 19th St. NW. Association phone numbers will stay the same after its June 9th move.
Robert A. Roland, president of the Chemical Manufacturers Association has announced that Charles W. Van Vleck has become vice president and secretary of the group. Van Vleck first came to CMA in 1981 as the manager of state issues.
The Industrial Fuel Cell Association has elected its new president and executive director. Patrick Brown, of Foote Minerals Co., will take over as president of the Washington association, and Martin Gutstein, who has held several managerial positions with the Department of Energy, has become executive director.
The Banker's Association for Foreign Trade, the country's leading spokesman for the international banking community, has selected William R. Rhodes of Citibank as its president. Anthony L. Furr, the executive vice president of the international banking group of Wachovia Bank & Trust Co. in Winston-Salem, N.C., was selected vice president.
The Mortgage Bankers Association of Metropolitan Washington recently elected Richard K. Juergens Jr. president. Juergens is also president of the Bethesda firm of S. Phillips Mortgage Corporation. Other elected officers include: Joseph W. Rogers Jr., senior vice president of First Washington Mortgage Co., first vice president; John F. Elder, executive vice president of Perpetual American Mortgage Co., second vice president; James V. Whipp III, senior vice president of Paine Webber Mortgage Finance, secretary treasurer.
The Greater Washington Chapter of the Chartered Life Underwriters elected Carol C. Groom as its president. Her one-year term will begin in July.