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Gloria Bohan, President and Founder of Omega World Travel, Honored as 2011 Washington Business Hall of Fame Laureate


CEO, Gloria Bohan, was inducted into the Washington Business Hall of Fame at the Hall of Fame dinner and awards ceremony on November 29, 2011, in Washington, DC. This award is particularly meaningful to Ms. Bohan as it comes as she and her company celebrate 40 years in business.

The Washington Business Hall of Fame Dinner, founded in 1988 by Junior Achievement, the Greater Washington Board of Trade, and The Washingtonian, with presenting sponsorship from Capital One, is an inspiring recognition of the achievement and leadership of the honorees and raising important resources for Junior Achievement.

This program brings together over 1,100 of the area's top executives, educators and community leaders for an evening once called the "Academy Awards of business" by the Washington Post. Junior Achievement President and founding partner of the event, Ed Grenier explained, "This event has grown to represent the spirit of the Washington DC business community. It's a great opportunity to celebrate the influence of the honorees on the business and philanthropic landscape of our region."

Gloria Bohan is one of five outstanding business leaders inducted as 2011 Laureates.
  • Gloria Bohan, President and CEO, Omega World Travel
  • Alan Meltzer, Founder and CEO, The Meltzer Group
  • Joseph E. Robert, Jr., Founder and Executive Chairman, JER Partners
  • Robert J. Stevens, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Lockheed Martin
  • Warren M. Thompson, Founder and President, Thompson Hospitality

These executives join an impressive group of influential business and civic leaders, dedicated to the increase of financial literacy among the youth of Greater Washington. They serve to provide guidance and support to the mission of JA in this market and to helping the next generation become financially fit for life.

2011 Laureate Bohan grew her business from a one person office in 1972 to a global company with sales in excess of $1 billion, more than 600 employees and offices worldwide. Omega World Travel is an active member of the Washington business community and other communities where the company has a presence and is also a proud sponsor of Junior Achievement and its mission.

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About Omega World Travel
Omega World Travel is a woman-owned, diversity supplier, and one of the largest travel management companies in the US. With worldwide headquarters in Fairfax, VA, Omega serves corporate, government, meeting, and leisure clients throughout the US., Europe, and the Middle East. Omega World Travel also owns Cruise.com, one of the largest sellers of cruises on the Internet, and TravTech, a software development company and Omega Meetings and Conference services.


About Junior Achievement
Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating youth about financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship through experiential, hands-on programs. In academic year 2010-2011, Junior Achievement reached 10 million youth in 123 countries. Since 1919, JA has been the recognized leader in developing and delivering age-appropriate curriculum to help youth develop life skills and gain an understanding of business and economics. Our programs reinforce and directly correlate with state standards, providing a fresh perspective to classroom learning that generates excitement, facilitates learning, and engages all types of students. Junior Achievement Greater Washington will reach over 50,000 students in academic year 2011-12 through in-classroom and after-school programs.

About the Greater Washington Board of Trade
As the leading regional business organization, the Greater Washington Board of Trade addresses business concerns that span geographic boundaries. Pro-business and bipartisan, the Board of Trade convenes business, civic and government leaders to collaborate on important issues throughout the District of Columbia, Suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia. Organizations join the Greater Washington Board of Trade – a founding partner of the Washington Business Hall of Fame – to grow their businesses and help build a better community.

About The Washingtonian
The Washingtonian magazine aims to help readers better understand this complicated city, to help them live better, and to make this a better city. Now in its 47th year, The Washingtonian focuses on the men and women who improve the economic, political, cultural, and social fabric of our community. It is “The Magazine Washington Lives By.”

About Capital One
Capital One Financial Corporation, headquartered in McLean, Virginia, is a Fortune 500 company with approximately 1,000 branch locations primarily in New York, New Jersey, Texas, Louisiana, Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Its subsidiaries, Capital One, N.A. and Capital One Bank (USA), N. A., offer a broad spectrum of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. We apply the same principles of innovation, collaboration and empowerment in our commitment to our communities across the country that we do in our business. We recognize that helping to build strong and healthy communities -good places to work, good places to do business and good places to raise families -benefits us all and we are proud to support this and other community initiatives.
 

 
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