Leaders across industries, broadly connected, and focused on growth. Meet our members.

WEA President, Executive Vice President, Ascend Planning & Consulting, LLC, Falls Church, VA

Mark Dolfis, CFP®, AIF®

As a member of both AXA Advisors’ Sterling Group and Business Strategies Group, Mr. Dolfis works with affluent individual clients and successful business owners to help them achieve their financial objectives. Mr. Dolfis is dedicated to guiding clients through the process of defining their goals, devising a strategy to achieve those goals, and assisting in the execution and management of that strategy over time. Working as part of a multi-disciplined team, Mr. Dolfis provides comprehensive private wealth management services to business owners, corporate executives, individuals, and families. Mr. Dolfis moved to Northern Virginia upon graduating from Vanderbilt University in 1994. Maintaining strong ties to his community is extremely important to Mark. He lives in Fairfax County with his wife and two daughters. He is the president of his homeowners association and a proud member of the following local organizations: Shelter House – Board of Directors, Washington Executives Association, Accelerated Business Connection of Tyson’s Corner, and Vanderbilt University Alumni Association.

For more information, please visit:
The work Mark does for business owners: www.bsgma.com
AXA’s Sterling Group: www.ascendplanning.com
Shelter House: www.shelterhouse.org

Steve Scholl WEA
WEA Vice President, Project Leader, Owner, BOWA, McLean, VA

Stephen Scholl

With more than 30 years as an industry leader in the DC Metro Area, Steve brings a wealth of knowledge and abundance of resources to his BOWA colleagues and clients. The industry of high-end remodeling plays to his strengths as an enthusiastic team builder and decision maker who loves planning complex projects and meeting demanding timelines. His commitment to continued education provides his clients with the latest in technology and construction methodology. Steve holds three industry designations of Certified Remodeler, Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodeler, and Universal Design Certified Professional through the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). He has also completed a certification in advanced negotiation from Harvard University. A sought-after speaker, Steve enjoys giving back to the community that has provided him so many opportunities. He has lived in Northern Virginia with his family since 1989, volunteering with local charities such as the Young Hearts Foundation for leukemia and lymphoma research and Shelter House which supports families experiencing challenges in their lives.
WEA Board Member, Partner, Foundation Insurance Group, Falls Church, VA

Joe Potthast

Joe Potthast is a partner and senior account executive at Foundation Insurance Group, an independent Property & Casualty insurance agency with offices in Falls Church, VA and Louisville, KY. Joe graduated with a degree in Business Administration & Marketing from Old Dominion University in 2009 and in 2015 was designated by Business Insurance America as one of the industry’s top performers under 40. Joe lives in Falls Church with his wife & newborn daughter and enjoys travel, time with family/friends and golf.
Senior Certified Mergers and Acquisitions Professional, Transworld Business Advisors, Falls Church, VA

Erika Baez-Grimes

Erika Baez-Grimes is a senior Certified Mergers and Acquisitions Professional with Transworld Business Advisors. Erika helps business owners and C-Level executives buy and sell companies, create strategic exit plans, uncover M&A opportunities, and explore franchising options. Ultimately doing “Good Deals for Good People.”

With over 15 years of experience and a documented track record of success working with the C-suite, Erika has become a trusted business intermediary for clients across various industries i.e.: GovCon, Construction, Retail, Moving and more. She has received awards from numerous fortune 100 organizations for delivering exceptional results across sales channels including: Fintech, Payments, Retail, Real-Estate, SaaS-based architectures, and modernizing technologies. Her work in the lower-middle market space has helped her gain professional experience in negotiating complex contracts, capital raises for start-ups, business consulting, & franchise development. Erika takes pride in delivering solutions that create value for buyers, sellers, and executives nationwide.

Erika’s experience in business lead her to her own venture in 2016 when she founded of The BPH Group, Inc., a Women Owned Small Business that helps owners overcome 3 of their toughest challenges; high risk card processing, building commercial credit, and protecting key persons. Erika’s Florida based company has served dozens of businesses since inception and has enabled her clients to process over 86 million dollars in card revenue nationally.

Outside of her professional life, Erika is proud to be a 1st generation Latin-American Citizen who resides in central Virginia with her husband and blended family.

Erika serves as a council member for Latinas in Cyber, a 501c3 that provides education, community, and resources to Latinas pursuing careers in cybersecurity. Erika is also a proud tenured member of CREW Richmond, WICRE and the 1st 2024 member of Washington Executives Association.

For more information visit:
Listings: www.ErikaTheBroker.Com
Organizations and Affiliations: www.latinasincyber.com www.crewnetwork.org

President, Architessa, Rockville, MD

David Benson

At the age of 15 I began working part time for Architectural Ceramics, Inc. (ACI) Yes it is a family business. Whether it was delivering tile, taking out the trash, or filing papers in accounting the experiences that I have had provide the backbone of who I am and what I know today. I am grateful to all our customers over the years who helped not only me, but my family survive. I was taught that in order to succeed I must work hard and aim high in whatever I do while trusting in God alone.

I went on to graduate from The George Washington University starting in Electrical Engineering and ending in Pre-Health Professionalism. I am proud of my experiences in college joining the GWU Cheerleading team and finish Top 5 in the country. Upon graduation I started full time to work at Architectural Ceramics, Inc. doing outside and inside sales. This taught me how to work on my own as well as how to be apart of a team to help the company grow.

Over the years I have managed showrooms and many employees. I have gained invaluable experience from business groups like EO and Vistage. Since 2019 I have been President of now re-branded ACI to Architessa. Expanding our commercial group across the country over the next 5 years, continuing to grow our Southeast presence, and increase Hardscape division. I am confident with the tightening of our process and system we will get there.

Senior Manager, Andersen's Commercial Practice, McLean, VA

Helen Castro

Helen Castro works as a Senior Manager in Andersen’s Commercial Practice in McLean, Virginia. She specializes in working with businesses structured as pass-through entities (partnerships and S corporations) with a focus on industries including private-equity/investment, real estate, professional services, technology and a variety of owner-operated businesses. Helen has over 14 years of experience in tax, audit, compilation, review, accounting, and small-business consulting. She graduated with a Master of Taxation degree from Villanova University and received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from George Mason University. Helen started her career as an auditor with Arthur Andersen and has worked in both small and mid-sized accounting firms throughout Northern Virginia which has enabled her to gain extensive, firsthand experience working with businesses and their owners. Helen is a native to Northern Virginia and her hobbies include photography, biking, running, and enjoying the great outdoors.
Senior Vice President, Commercial Lending, Virginia Partners Bank, Herndon, VA

Andrew Kalin

Andrew Kalin is Senior Vice President of Commercial Lending at Virginia Partners Bank. Acting in that capacity, he oversees the bank’s loan and deposit production. Mr. Kalin attributes the bank's portfolio growth to the seniority and experience of his departmental staff and their ability to structure sound loans and provide cash management services that respond to customers’ needs. Mr. Kalin is a graduate of George Mason University and holds an MBA degree. In addition to his membership and former role as WEA’s Treasurer, Mr. Kalin is a member of the Loudon County Chamber Board.
ASID, Founder and Creative Director of Peltier Interiors, Vienna, VA & San Marino, CA

Amy Peltier

Amy Peltier is the founder and Creative Director of Peltier Interiors, an award-winning, full-service interior design firm. Born and raised in Michigan, her creative journey began with a stunningly curated childhood home, igniting a lifelong passion for design. Amy obtained her interior design degree from Michigan State University and started her bi-coastal design firm on the West Coast over a decade ago.

Supported by an ever-expanding, diversely talented team, Her firm guides projects from Southern California to Northern Virginia and everywhere in between. Peltier Interiors brings an effortlessly unique blend of preppy style, California casual, and a touch of midwestern charm to each project. They pride themselves on curating perfect pieces that blend seamlessly into your home, honoring both functionality and aesthetic appeal. From furnishing refreshes to extensive remodels, additions, and new construction, Peltier Interiors manages the complexities leaving clients free to enjoy the excitement of the creative process.

President/Chief Executive Officer, Metropolitan Delivery Corporation, Washington, DC

Jeff Wingrove

Jeff Wingrove has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Metropolitan Delivery Corporation since 1995. Metro Delivery is the oldest courier service in the Washington, DC area and employs more than 100 individuals. Mr. Wingrove joined the company as General Manager in 1990. He was soon after named Director of Sales and Marketing, and Vice-President prior to being appointed President and CEO. In these roles, his duties include General Manager of Sales, Operations and Client Relations, Vice-President of Sales, CFO and Director of Marketing. He also directs the continuing diversification and implementation of Metropolitan’s new service lines. Since 1995, Mr. Wingrove has overseen the acquisition of Metro Delivery and led the organization through its transition from document delivery and conventional courier service to the full scale delivery of freight, cargo, office furnishings, trade show exhibits, warehousing and logistical services, and transfer of international mail. A leader in sustainability and green initiatives, Mr. Wingrove launched Metropolitan’s eWaste Disposal Program, Paper Shredding & Computer Recycling Services. Mr. Wingrove attributes the continuing success of his company to several key factors: the tenure and experience of his staff, some of whom have been with Metropolitan for more than 3 decades; the early development and implementation of proprietary software that heavily contributes to Metro’s successful operation; and marketing resources that assist his clients in the growth of their enterprise. Past President of the WEA, Mr. Wingrove also serves on the Board of Directors for iCommunity and is Chairman of the Board for Metro Delivery Corp. His other affiliations include the Board of Trade, NAIOP, CREW, ABA, Tip Club USA, DCBIA, iCommunity, DC Chamber of Commerce, IJSBA, AWA, ASW, WBJ, Capital Cabal, MCAA, Ethos International, Global Resorts, and Gold Crown.