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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Reston's Vibrant Economy Part 30: As relevant as today's headlines

If you don't think Reston businesses aren't ready for the brave new challenges of the upcoming great so-so depression, think again.

Corporate Risk International, a firm that specializes in negotiating with kidnappers, is looking to capitalize on the surge in pirate attacks in the Gulf of Aden and elsewhere.

James J. McWeeney, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Reston-based company, said the firm has begun offering its negotiating services to ships concerned about a vessel being seized.

The company charges about $2,000 a day for each one of its negotiators deployed to an incident, McWeeney said, though the price can vary depending on a situation.
Sweet! Sounds like there's more job security there than at your typical D.C.-area gig. Double points, too, for prospective employees with DRB experience.

And if you're not lucky enough to be attached in some way to the new brigand-based economy, don't count on that awesome Christmas party this year.
With today’s teetering economy, many companies are eschewing elaborate galas for more low-key gatherings and rediscovering the true meaning of the holiday office party.

“For the last eight years we’ve had a great holiday party,” says Paul Villella, chief executive officer of HireStrategy Inc. in Reston. “But this year our business is off ever so slightly. It’s like we’re a bit flat, so we’re being cautious and conservative to be in the best condition for our employees.”

Last year Hire Strategy hosted a casino party at a local country club, complete with televisions and cash prizes. This year Villella plans to host his staff at his home.
And who doesn't want to go to their bosses' house for holiday cheer and shrinkwrapped cocktail weenie platters from Cosco?


  1. Mcweeney's the Chief Judge of the Fairfax Circuit Court. What's he doing at this party?


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