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[Congressional Record: February 12, 2003 (Extensions)]
[Page E191]
From the Congressional Record Online via GPO Access []

[[Page E191]]


                             HON. TOM DAVIS

                              of virginia

                           HON. FRANK R. WOLF

                              of virginia

                          HON. JAMES P. MORAN

                              of virginia

                    in the house of representatives

                       Tuesday, February 11, 2003

  Mr. TOM DAVIS of Virginia. Mr. Speaker, we rise today to recognize 
and honor Mr. Gerald T. Halpin for his years of service in his 
workplace and community. Mr. Halpin currently serves as President and 
Chief Executive Officer of WEST*GROUP MANAGEMENT LLC, a corporation he 
founded in 1962.
  As President of WEST*GROUP, Mr. Halpin has been responsible for the 
development, redevelopment, and construction of over 13 million square 
feet of office, retail, residential, and industrial space. With his co-
founders, WEST*GROUP initiated the development of the area known as 
Tysons Corner, Virginia, upon the purchase of a 125-acre farm in 1962. 
Since this initial development, Mr. Halpin has since opened four 
beautifully landscaped office parks located near major transportation 
arteries in Northern Virginia and suburban Maryland.
  Having served as Chairman of Alexandria Management Corporation, Mr. 
Halpin has also acquired extensive experience in the development of 
hotels and resorts. He was an owner and key developer of the luxury 
resort The Cottonwoods, as well as two other hotels in Scottsdale, 
Arizona. In residential real estate, Mr. Halpin has also achieved a 
high level of expertise. Mr. Halpin has plans to construct four high-
rise condominium towers in Tysons Comer, Virginia.
  In addition to his professional achievements, Gerry Halpin has given 
back to his community. He served for more than eight years as a member 
of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority and its 
predecessors. Mr. Halpin was also appointed to the Governor's Advisory 
Board on Industrial Development, and has served on the Board under 
three governors. Currently, Mr. Halpin serves as Chairman of the 
Washington Monument Visitor Education Fund. In addition, he also chairs 
the Grand Teton National Park Foundation, an organization that he 
founded. Mr. Halpin has also served as a Trustee of the American Museum 
of Immigration, the National Parks and Recreation Association, and the 
Wolf Trap Foundation.
  Mr. Halpin has been honored for his many accomplishments throughout 
the years. Most recently, he was recognized as the Ernst & Young 
Greater Washington ``2002 Master Entrepreneur of the Year.'' Also in 
2002, he was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humanities from 
Shenandoah University. Other significant awards include the Fairfax 
County Citizen of the Year Award, the prestigious Ellie Doyle Service 
Award from the Fairfax County Park Authority, as well as a Virginia 
Senate proclamation honoring Mr. Halpin as an ``Outstanding Virginian 
for a Lifetime of Dedication to Fairfax County.''
  Mr. Speaker, in closing, it is with great pleasure that we extend 
this recognition to Mr. Gerald Halpin. His dedication to his business 
and community deserves to be commended. We call upon all of our 
colleagues in joining us to applaud Mr. Halpin for all of his