Sidney Dewberry, Russell Hitt and the late Ashton Jones will be inducted into the Arlington Business Hall of Fame during the annual Arlington Best Business Awards ceremony, to be held on Tuesday, May 19 at 8 a.m. at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel.
The event is sponsored by the Arlington Chamber of Commerce.
Dewberry in 1956 co-founded the development firm that bears his name, and continues to be actively involved as chairman emeritus. He also has been an advocate for the engineering program at George Mason University.
Hitt is the chairman of HITT Contracting, with his career in construction spanning nearly his entire life. He also has been an active member of the community, and booster of both local and national organizations.
Jones, who died in 1989, was a partner in the Geo. H. Rucker Co. for nearly 50 years, and was actively engaged in development across Northern Virginia during the postwar era. He also served as president of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, and was active in the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and with local and regional real-estate and mortgage-banking organizations.
The three new names bring to 19 the total number of inductees into the Arlington Business Hall of Fame, which was established in 2009. Previous inductees include Fred Burroughs, Preston Caruthers, Joel Broyhill, Herb Morgan, Elizabeth Campbell, Dr. Jack London, Neal Nichols, Henry Lampe, David Guernsey, Bob Peck, Mort Zetlin, Joseph Wholey, Dr. Kenneth Haggerty, Sydney Albrittain, James Cole and Jonathan Kinney.
In addition to the hall-of-fame inductions and the Best Business Awards, Ann Bisson of the Arlington Commissioner of Revenue’s office will be presented as the 2015 Friend of Small Business at the May 19 event. Bisson will be saluted for her efforts connecting business owners to the right departments within the county government.
Tickets for the awards ceremony are $45 for Chamber members, $55 for others, with sponsorship packages available. The registration deadline is May 12.
For information, call (703) 525-2400 or see the Web site at www.arlingtonchamber.org.