Press Release

Press Release
October 23, 2017

McKissack & McKissack is DC’s Business of the Year

McKissack & McKissack
The DC Chamber of Commerce Presents McKissack & McKissack with the 2017 Business of the Year Award

Washington D.C.–McKissack & McKissack, a leader in Washington D.C.’s business, architecture, engineering and construction community, was awarded the DC Chamber of Commerce 2017 Business of the Year Award for its quality and positive results of business excellence.

“McKissack & McKissack appreciates the support we’ve received from the DC Chamber of Commerce and our great city Washington, D.C.,” said Deryl McKissack, Chairwoman and CEO. “It was here in D.C. that we began our journey and are proud of our roots and the strong relationships we have forged with our business, government, education and community partners throughout the past 26 years.”

Founded in 1990, McKissack & McKissack has always kept its mission of enhancing the lives of the citizens who live and work in D.C. as pillar in its foundation. McKissack & McKissack is an outgrowth of the first McKissack firm whose origin began with Moses McKissack, a slave who learned the building trades. From the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and the National Museum of African American History and Culture to the revitalization of the city’s public schools and infrastructure, McKissack & McKissack remains firmly committed to preserving the history and advancing the future of Washington, D.C.

“The DC Chamber of Commerce is honored to present the Business of the Year award to McKissack & McKissack for their outstanding accomplishments in the nation’s capital,” said Vincent Orange, President and CEO, “The historical roots of the McKissack family is exhibited well through projects such as McKinley Technology High School, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and the National African American Museum of History and Culture.”

The Chamber also honored Sheila C. Johnson with the Lifetime Legacy Award, Ted Leonsis with the Business Leader of the Year Award, PN Hoffman with the Economic Impact Award and Compass Coffee with the Community Impact Award.



McKissack & McKissack is a national architecture, engineering, program- and construction-management firm with more than 26 years of experience working with clients to envision and deliver building and infrastructure projects that enrich people’s lives and empower communities to flourish. With 170 employees in offices in Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C., the firm is ranked by Engineering News-Record as one of the top Construction Management For-Fee firms in the nation and by the Washington Business Journal as one of the top 25 design firms in the metropolitan Washington area.



The DC Chamber of Commerce is an advocate for its broad and diverse membership, creating a climate of growth that benefits all. Our focus is to protect and promote the interest of businesses of all sizes in the District of Columbia.  As the voice of business in the District, business advocacy and engagement in all levels of public policy is a core service provided by the DC Chamber. Led by the Chamber’s leadership, Government Affairs Committee, and staff, we monitor and get involved in issues where results could progressively or adversely affect the economy of the District of Columbia.


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