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American University Receives Gift of Airlie - 09.14.2016
American University is delighted to announce the generous gift of the Airlie Center by the Airlie Board of Directors. Airlie, located in Warrenton, Virginia, is a magnificent property that includes the historic Airlie House and village of guest rooms and meeting facilities set on more than 300 acres of verdant Virginia landscape featuring pastoral, lake, and wildlife views.
For over half a century, Airlie has been welcoming global leaders, heads of state, and diplomats who have convened at the storied Virginia estate, an hour from Washington DC, for conferences and programs dedicated to social progress, education, environmental research, and public health. Airlie succeeded in becoming a world-renowned meeting and conference destination, a place LIFE magazine heralded as "an island of thought."
Airlie was one of the first conference facilities of its kind in the country, a center where individuals and organizations could meet in a distraction free and neutral environment to candidly exchange ideas on issues, ignite thought and inspire collective action around shared interests, purpose and values. Early conversations among participants in the Civil Rights Movement established Airlie as a supportive venue for dialogue.
"The University is honored to have been selected for this wonderful gift. It is our intent to carry on the very impressive and important legacy of Airlie, while leveraging this marvelous facility for American University’s academic initiatives," said Neil Kerwin, president of American University.
“We are delighted that the pioneering vision of Airlie’s founder, Dr. Murdock Head, will live on under American University’s stewardship. AU’s commitment to Airlie’s founding ideals of the open exchange of ideas that can effect positive change and to responsible land stewardship through conservation and sustainable practices, will ensure a bright and exciting future for this historic place,” said Suzanne Hayden, president of the of Airlie Board of Directors.
From the Center’s inception, Airlie has focused on advancing positive social change and environmental leadership as core priorities. Airlie was the venue for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund’s first annual conference in 1962; the place where, in 1969, Senator Gaylord Nelson made public his concept of Earth Day; the site of significant gatherings aimed at peace in both Northern Ireland and the former Republic of Yugoslavia, and the home of ground-breaking ultralight-led migration studies with Trumpeter swans and Canada geese that resulted in restoration programs for endangered whooping cranes and other species.
American University is a leader in global education, enrolling a diverse student body from throughout the United States and nearly 140 countries. Located in Washington, D.C., the university provides opportunities for academic excellence, public service, and internships in the nation’s capital and around the world.
Meredith Rizzo Joins Airlie as National Sales Manager - 04.28.2016
Warrenton (VA) Carol Smith, Director of Sales and Marketing for Airlie, is pleased to announce the appointment of Meredith Rizzo as National Sales Manager for the property.
Rizzo joins Airlie most recently from The Westin & Sheraton Baltimore Washington Airport as a Sales Manager and has an extremely strong history in hospitality sales. In her new role, she will be working with corporate and government organizations in the Washington D.C. region.
Previous positions include Rocky Gap Lodge, the Westin Convention Center, Pittsburg, and Hilton Alexandria Mark Center in Alexandria, Virginia. She is an active member of SGMP, MPI and VSAE. Rizzo is a Radford University graduate.
“We are thrilled to welcome Ms. Rizzo to the team. She has a strong understanding of the meeting planning community and with her connections and creative ideas we look forward to many successful new meetings at Airlie," said Smith.
Airlie awarded Virginia Green Travel Star Award - 03.22.2016
Warrenton (VA) – Airlie is proud to announce that they are the recipient of the Virginia Green Travel Star Award from the Virginia Green program in recognition of outstanding commitments to green tourism practices at the third annual Virginia Green Travel Conference and Travel Star Awards Celebration in Arlington, VA.
Airlie was recognized as the Green Conference Center of the Year for its exceptional efforts to reduce the environmental impacts of its operation. Members of the Airlie Green Team received the award from Virginia’s First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe.
“We are extremely honored to be recognized with the Virginia Green Travel Star Award,” said Managing Director Kevin Carter. “Since the beginning, Airlie set the course of sustainability for the property as well as being good stewards to the Earth, which ultimately led to the first celebration of Earth Day and green practices.”
Airlie boasts a 4-acre organic garden with seasonal hoop house, composting area, recycling program as well linen reuse guestroom program, LEED certification, fuel-efficient fleet, and on-site car charging stations.
The Virginia Green program is run through a partnership of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, The Virginia Tourism Corporation, the Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association, and the Virginia Green Travel Alliance. The program encourages green practices throughout Virginia’s tourism industry, and nearly 1,700 tourism operations have self-certified their green commitments through the program. The Virginia Green program helps its partners reduce environmental impacts and save money, while hopefully becoming more profitable through the support of green-minded consumers.
Courtney Roane Announced as New Director of Operations - 10.26.2015
Warrenton (VA) Kevin Carter, Managing Director of Airlie is pleased to announce the appointment of Courtney Roane as Director of Operations for the property.
Roane joins Airlie most recently from The Boar’s Head in Charlottesville, VA where she was the Director of Food and Beverage leading an award winning team for the past 5 years. She has an impressive hospitality background providing excellent guest service at hotels and resorts in Virginia and beyond including Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center, Old Edwards Inn and Spa and Wyndham Baltimore Hotel.
“We are thrilled to welcome Ms. Roane to the team and look forward to her leadership and excellent organizational skills to further guide the Airlie team to success in creating wonderful experiences for our guests, said Carter.
Roane brings a strong knowledge of wine and wine pairings, food preparation and menu development to her new position and will be integral in team member in highlighting the sustainable nature of the culinary program. In her new role she will oversee food and beverage, engineering, housekeeping as well as the front desk.
“My philosophy has always been to treat everyone as if they are a guest in my own home,” said Roane. “I’m thrilled to be a team member at the beautiful and historic Airlie and look forward to welcoming guests to this special property.”
Airlie to Host Old Bust Head for Signature Dinner Series - 06.12.2015
Airlie to host Early Mountain Vineyards For Signature Dinner Series Event - 03.23.2015
THE GLOBE AND MAIL, January 21, 2012, “Airlie Center, a historic farmhouse turned conference centre an hour’s drive from Washington, in rural Virginia. Billed as an “island of thought,” Airlie is a sylvan retreat for American progressives.”
EXPERT BRIDAL CONSULTANT AIMEE HARDENBERGH OF TRUE WEDDING EVENTS, FOR CBS DC – “There are multiple location combinations to choose from to create your perfect wedding scene at Airlie. Airlie has it all: a lovely outdoor garden setting, new glass pavilion and multiple indoor ballrooms. If Mother Nature decides not to cooperate on your big day, Airlie offers peace of mind by providing indoor backup space if you decide to hold your ceremony and cocktail hour outside. Airlie also has cottages and sleeping accommodations on the property, making it perfect for keeping all of your guests in one spot and not having to provide transportation to the wedding.”