BELTWAY BIZ

Ro and Ray: Lovebirds Rosemary Piepenhagen and Ray Pelletier of transportation consulting and the Northern Virginia Technology Council, respectively, have sent out a stunning invitation to the first fund raiser to benefit the Women's Center Learning for Life program. The pre-nuptial celebration is tagged at $125 per guest. Dress at the 5:30 p.m. Tower Club event is "Black Tie Requested."


Rooms With a View: Panoramic views to match their sweeping coverage of the emerging electronic transaction industry were the draw for Friedman, Billings, Ramsey & Co.'s newly expanded Rosslyn offices overlooking Washington.

Deal mavens included Ken Hautman of Hogan & Hartson, Tom Hicks of Shaw Pittman, and Gary Hevey of Peat Marwick. On display were a new set of reports from Ulric Weil and Gary Craft, who will soon add Lisa Young to their growing team of analysts. Partner Russ Ramsey greeted guests in his shirt sleeves, while Manny Friedman modestly fended off praise for his acquisition of the endangered Banneker collection.

Surf's Up: Already making waves at the American Electronics Association is former Fairfax Chamber president Lorraine Lavet, who plans a hard-hitting Oct. 18 executive briefing for Netplex corporate types on California's Proposition 211, a trial lawyers' securities litigation initiative.

Summit Summoning: Wednesday, Nov. 6, is the date for the first Virginia Technology Summit, a project of the Center for Innovative Technology, the Virginia Technology Council and the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. CIT's Bob Templin and Pat Woolsey, the Council's George Newstrom, N.V. Roundtable members Til Hazel, Earle Williams and Dan Bannister, and Biz's colleague Esther Smith barnstormed last month in Norfolk, Richmond and Roanoke, Va., to launch the two-stage summit.

Netpreneur? That's the buzzword for the new entrepreneurship center supporting netcentric businesses that the Morino Institute, the Potomac KnowledgeWay and the CIT are launching.

Who's a netpreneur? Content companies, as well as tech-enablers, will qualify. Megapreneur Mario Morino has lined up commitments from a powerful group of Netplex successes to advise the next net generation.


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