In 1986, “Top Gun” flew right into the danger zone, Halley’s Comet streaked our solar system, and “DA Bears” won the Super Bowl.

Which makes 2016 the year we celebrated a Tomcat dogfight, a celestial bright light, awesome gridiron might and DATA’s 30th Anniversary night!

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DATA President John Martin (left) and Executive Director Jim Larsen congratulate 2016 Founder’s Award winner Dave Gehr (center). (c) 2016 David Galen.

DATA President John Martin and Executive Director Jim Larsen welcomed elected officials, business leaders, and transportation professionals to the Dulles Area Transportation Association 30th Anniversary Celebration and Awards Ceremony, held April 28 at the Hilton Washington Dulles Airport Hotel.  Joining DATA’s keynote speaker J. Douglas Koelemay (Director of Virginia Office of Public-Private Partnerships) in addressing attendees was popular Washington Post columnist Robert Thomson, “Dr. Gridlock.”

David R. Gehr, Senior Vice President, Highway Market Leader/Virginia Business Manager, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, was recognized as the fourteenth recipient
of the Dr. Sidney Steel Founder’s Award for Transportation Leadership.

The Metropolitan Wash-ington Airports Authority’s State and Local Government Affairs Manager Michael Cooper received the President’s Award for Career Achievement.

The evening culminated with the presentation of the DATAs, the Dulles Area Transportation Association’s version of the Oscars, to Business Partner Bill Keech, Jr., President of the Westfields Business Owner Association and Trans-portation Professional Tom Biesiadny, Director of the Fairfax County Department of Transportation.