Early Briefing: Meet the CEO of Gaylord


Gaylord Entertainment CEO Colin Reed is greeted by Susan Servin at the Gaylord Texan resort. Reed hopes efforts to build customer loyalty will help sustain the National Harbor project, set to open four months from now. (By William Snyder for The Washington Post)

*This week, Washington Business takes a road trip to Texas to meet Colin V. Reed, chief executive of Gaylord Entertainment, the hospitality company that is scheduled to open a 2,000-room convention center hotel later this year at National Harbor. For Gaylord, the project along the banks of the Potomac River is key to expanding the geographic diversity of its holdings, and a big part of its sucess will be whether it can devlier the service for which the brand is known. See story and photo slideshow.

*Women's business groups across the country say newly proposed Small Business Administration rules threaten to curtail their eligibility for contracts reserved for disadvantaged companies. See story.

*A Reston startup called Squareloop is set to announce today a partnership with Sprint Nextel to bring location-based emergency messaging to a community in California. If the venture proves successful, Squareloop hopes to bring its technology to other localities and wireless carriers. See story.

*On Friday, President Bush signed an executive order setting pay increases for the federal workforce. Federal Diary columnist Stephen Barr looks at what's in it for government employees in the Washington region. See column.

*After 16 years of work on stem-cell derived remedies for severe inflammatory diseases, a Columbia biotech firm called Osiris may finally get a shot at bringing those treatments to market thanks to a contract with the Defense Department announced last week. See story.

*Maryland's new tax on computer services threatens the economic health of many businesses and may drive some companies to move their operations to other states, according to Tom Loveland, chief executive of Mind Over Machines and the co-founder of a new industry group organized to fight the levy. See commentary.

*Peter H. Bresnan, a former Securities Exchange Commission enforcement lawyer who led successful regulatory actions against WorldCom and other companies, has joined the Washington office of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, a New York based law firm that is seeking to expand its presence in the nation's capital. See story.

*On the site of an old brick factory in Beltsville, a new commercial and residential development worth an estimated $500 million is starting to take shape. See story.

By Mike Shepard  |  January 7, 2008; 12:50 PM ET  | Category:  Morning Brief
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