BB&T names new members to Washington, D.C., advisory board

Mar 07, 2011, 16:59 ET from BB&T Corporation

WASHINGTON, March 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- BB&T today said it has named five new members to its Washington, D.C., advisory board.

The new members are:

  • Maureen Dwyer, director of the law firm Goulston & Storrs
  • Alan Feltoon, vice president and managing principal of Leo A. Daly, an international architecture, planning, engineering, interior design and program management firm
  • Neil Horikoshi, president and executive director of the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF)
  • Anthony Pierce, partner at the law firm Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld
  • Johnny Yataco, publisher of Washington Hispanic

Dwyer earned her bachelor's degree in urban studies from Smith College and a juris doctorate from Catholic University of America. She specialized in zoning and municipal law and has been called "one of the top zoning attorneys in the city" by Chambers USA and "one of Washington's best real estate lawyers" by the Washingtonian. Dwyer is a member and former president of Commercial Real Estate Women and a former adjunct professor at American University. She is a past chairman of the Eugene and Agnes Meyer Foundation, an advisory council member for the Girl Scout Council of D.C., and a member of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, Urban Land Institute, the D.C. Chamber of Commerce, and D.C. Building Industry Association. Dwyer is also a member and former chairman of The Salvation Army Advisory Board and a member of the Economic Club.

Feltoon earned his bachelor's degree in architecture from the Pratt Institute and master's degrees in architecture, and city planning and urban design from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects the American Planning Association, and the American Institute of Certified Planners. He is an adjunct professor for the interior design program at the Pratt Institute. Feltoon's background also includes entrepreneurial ventures including founding the technology company Home Nexus. His work has earned him the Illumination Design Award from the American Institute of Architects, Contract Magazine and Interiors and Sources magazine.

Horikoshi earned his bachelors degree in business administration from the University of Hawaii and a juris doctorate and master's degree in business administration from the University of Southern California. Prior to joining the APIASF, he had a 30-year career with IBM, serving in a variety of local and executive management roles. He serves as chairman of the board of the Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation, is an advisory council member for both the Asian American Justice Center and the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies and is a Board of Governors member for the "Go for Broke" National Education Center.

Pierce earned his bachelor's degree in public administration from George Mason University and his juris doctorate from Georgetown University, where he served as the case and notes editor of the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal. The Washington Business Journal selected Pierce from nearly 500 nominations as the 2008 Top Washington Lawyer in the corporate litigation category. He is past president and a member of the board of trustees for the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia and serves on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia's Advisory Committee on Pro Se Litigation. He also is a board member of the Great Washington Board of Trade and a member Leadership Washington's Class of 2002.

Yataco, a native of Lima, Peru, studied photography at Foto Interamericana del Peru, an Eastman Kodak company, and worked for several daily newspapers in Peru before serving for two years in the Office of Communications of the Presidency of Peru. He immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 21, and settled in the Adams Morgan area of Washington, D.C. He worked in marketing and sales at a local newspaper for a few years before founding Today Washington Hispanic, which now has a staff of 28 full-time employees and more than 30 freelance writers and photographers. The publication has been nationally recognized by the National Association of Hispanic Publications and ranked No. 54 among the fastest growing Hispanic companies in the U.S. in 1999. Yataco has received numerous awards, including the 2008 Businessman of the Year by the Peruvian American Chamber of Commerce and the 1998 Small Business of the Year award by the Ibero American Chamber of Commerce.

"We're proud to welcome Maureen, Alan, Neil, Anthony and Johnny to the D.C. advisory board," said Luis Lobo, Washington, D.C., Regional president. "They have strong ties to our community and will provide valuable knowledge, insight and direction as we work to help our clients achieve economic success and grow BB&T's business."

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