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Profile: Angela Franco
Angela Franco, GWHCC's President and CEO,
was featured in the Washington Business Journal on November 3, 2010.
We are very proud that this prestigious publication highlighted Angela's
accomplishments for the Hispanic business community.
Background: Franco moved
from Colombia to the Washington area nine years ago. A businesswoman at
heart, Franco owns a consulting business bearing her name. She worked for
20 years in the insurance, pension fund and banking fields. Since taking
over the chamber last November, the 40-year-old Rockville resident has
doubled corporate revenue and tripled membership.
Education: Bachelor’s in
business administration, CESA University, Colombia; master’s in finance,
EAFIT University, Colombia; BB&T Banking School, Wake Forest
University; life coaching degree, Newfield
used to make Christmas cards and sell them to my family members.
Family: Married to Brent
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Margarita Dilone – Crystal Insurance Group Inc
Jose Biceno – Bixal Solutions Inc
Jennifer Lehman – Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington
Singer – Arlington Promotional Products, LLC
Carrillo – Multicultural Community Service
Watts – Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School
Gutierrez – Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School
Linda Erickson – Washington Convention Center and Sports Authority
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on Retail Reports
opened with tentative gains Monday morning after the Commerce Department
issued a positive report on the nation's retail sector. Commerce said U.S.
retail rose 1.2 percent in October compared to September and gained 7.3
percent compared to October a year ago. Click here to continue reading
Day: Honoring America's Heroes
are your loved ones, your friends, your grandparents and your neighbors.
Perhaps you know they selflessly served their nation; perhaps they go
quietly about their daily routines without mentioning their service. Click here to continue reading
Candidates Gain Ground in Election
candidates fared well during the midterm elections, with Hispanic Democrats
doing exceptionally well in the House of Representatives and Hispanic
Republicans taking one U.S. Senate seat and two governorships. Click here to continue reading
Past Battles Won't be Waged
President Barack Obama on Wednesday suggested he was unwilling to reopen
discussions of key pieces of legislation passed in his first two years in
office, despite a landslide congressional election victory for Republicans.
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Spending Raises Sightly
construction outlays rose 0.5 percent in September with gains in spending
on residential projects, the U.S. Commerce Department said Monday. Click here to continue reading
Opportunities with State Farm
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Opportunities at YaSabe.com
is a dynamic, funded company run by a successful, experienced team and
focused on bringing users to local businesses via a bilingual local search
engine and online directory to the fastest growing Internet Segment; the US
Hispanic market. The market segment is growing at 3x's the rate of all
other Internet users in the US and provides an incredible experience to
help businesses reach this fast growing set of users and YaSabe a
tremendous opportunity to provide the content and engaging web and mobile
consumer experience to help these consumers find and connect with local
looking for a smart and experienced, entrepreneurial product
management/marketing professional to serve as Product Manager to drive the
online and mobile consumer experience and product. This position is all
about understanding users / the online consumer experience and helping
businesses communicate to reach them. This is done by leading the
definition, design, development and implementation of core site
functionalities, content offerings, and marketing programs that engage
business owners, drive new users, engage existing users, build the brand, and
spread the word virally.
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Opportunities with New York Life
with Washington Gas
for assisting the Construction Manager or Supervisor in the construction
planning and management of construction related activities in a
cost-effective manner in compliance with federal, state and local code,
other legal, and contractual requirements, consistent with Corporate goals,
objectives and policies. Works independently and or in conjunction with a
Manager or Supervisor as directed or required. Responsible for
attending training provided by or through the Company and completing
self-help portions of an appropriate Learning Plan(s) such that the
employee is candidate-ready for progression opportunities as they present.
the Construction Manager or Supervisor in all aspects of the construction
process to meet or exceed Corporate, Business Unit and Project Team goals
-Safe and reliable expansion and replacement construction of the piping
-Sound implementation of Engineering, Marketing and Construction policies
-Compliance with budgetary limitations.
-Full compliance by contractors and Company personnel with existing and
future governmental codes and regulations.
-Full compliance by contractors and Company personnel with other statutory
-Full compliance by contractors and Company personnel with contractual
-Projects are completed within budget and cost variances are justified.
-Maximum satisfaction of both new and existing customers and their
activities include but are not limited to:
within the Engineering, Marketing and Construction Team in order to design,
plan, construct and install projects in a cost-effective manner in compliance
with federal, state and local codes, other legal and contractual
requirements, consistent with Corporate and Business Unit goals,
objectives, policies and procedures.
-Serving on Project Teams and other work teams to assist in project
development and delivery.
-Collaborating with Construction and Construction Support Services,
Engineering, Marketing, Field Operations, Operations Compliance, Gas Supply
Operations, Pipeline Integrity, Tie In, Fabrication & Welding Shops,
Customer Measurement, Meter Reading, Transportation, Facilities,
Procurement and the Hauling areas in order to achieve Corporate, Business
Unit and Project Team goals.
-Shadowing of Construction Supervisors in order to gain exposure to field
situations in a controlled environment.
-Working independently and or in conjunction with a Construction Supervisor
to assist with project estimates, designs, plans and the pre-approval of
-Working independently and or in conjunction with a Construction Supervisor
to assist in the oversight of contractors and Company personnel during all
phases of construction including but not limited to: job site mobilization
and traffic control, excavation and shoring, pipeline padding and capping,
plastic fusion and welding, coating and holiday detection, pipeline
installation, pressure testing, pigging, tie ins, purging, backfilling and
restoration, and job site demobilization.
-Assisting the Construction Supervisor with obtaining the necessary
information to approve field changes and authorize/approve all contractor
-Interacting with contractors and Company personnel to immediately
correct/address an unsafe condition.
-Extracting and researching of data in order to develop and deliver
reports, and maintain records.
-Utilizing the Work Management Information System (WMIS) and other
Washington Gas systems and records to access, enter, evaluate and audit
data, and extract information and reports.
-Reporting of results to internal and external customers.
-Communicating information and opportunities for reduction of risk or cost
to the Company by collecting and tracking data.
-Delivering presentations to internal and external customers.
-Assisting in the development, creation and implementation of new or
revised policies and procedures.
requires the employee to:
valid driver’s license and other certifications as required.
-Possess reliable transportation that is able to carry various tools and
equipment for business use as required
state and local regulatory agencies and officials(field contacts)
utilities and their engineering and construction personnel
Company business and support units and personnel
emergency response personnel
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
School education or GED plus 2 years of work experience or equivalent in an
underground infrastructure construction management, project management, or
team lead position. Demonstrated leadership ability is required;
understanding of natural gas pipeline construction, operations and related
federal, state and local regulatory requirements is strongly preferred. A
general knowledge and understanding of project management and the project
management concept is desirable. Requires the ability to perform basic math
with percentages and decimals; the ability to write in a logical and
concise manner; the ability to interpret plans/blueprints, understand
contracts and working arrangements with business partners; and the ability
to listen and orally communicate ideas and information effectively. Must be
able to operate proficiently a variety of computer software to research,
share and retrieve business information and data. Must be able to
research and interpret related resource information from the Operating
& Maintenance procedures, Design & Construction standards, the
Emergency Manual, and other regulatory documents. Good interpersonal
skills. Valid driver’s license required.
Responsible for providing general support with the daily
activities of the Field Operations section. Assist Station Manager and
Supervisors with various tasks and projects that will contribute to the
development of this position and assist this person in this role in
preparing for future responsibilities and advancement. Responsible
for attending training provided by or through the Company and completing a
defined Learning Plan such that the employee is candidate-ready for
progression opportunities as they become available. Position has 24
hours on call responsibility over emergency response and control.
Provides support with the daily work activities of Field Operations
employees to ensure safe and reliable delivery of natural gas service
in a quality manner. Responsible for the coordination of emergency
response field operations to ensure customer, public and employee
safety. Establishes guidelines and practices to ensure that
company facilities are maintained in compliance with Federal, state and
local codes and regulations. Oversees the operation, maintenance,
tie-in of gas mains and/or emergency response for a specific region on WG’s
transmission and distribution pipeline system
Provides support for the daily work activities of planned maintenance and
leak repair. Coordinates overflow
immediate/emergency response activities and oversees the assignment and
distribution of work among crews.
Audits field activities of contractors in the area of safety compliance,
new technologies, customer services and monitors contractor adherence
to established codes and standards
Performs duties of the Supervisor Field Operations and Specialist
Maintenance Planner as needed.
of People Supervised:
Unit Personnel (indirectly)
emergency response agencies
state and local regulatory agencies
business and support units
Skills and Abilities
High school diploma or GED plus 4 years related work
experience. Demonstrated leadership ability to work with people,
reconciling conflicting goals and priorities and leading projects to
completion. Working knowledge of pipeline construction, replacement,
operations, maintenance and emergency response procedures and practices,
federal, state and local codes and procedures. Mechanical aptitude.
Planning and scheduling skills. Ability to use a computer/software to
input, retrieve and report data. Ability to analyze and solve
business problems. Ability to write and present diverse ideas in a
logical and concise manner.