Business people, Nov. 20-27 2013

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Owens takes small business banking post

Bank of America announced that Bill Owens has been appointed Small Business Banker for Delaware.

He will provide personalized attention to small business owners by spending time with them at their place of business and learning more about what their companies do.

As a small business banker, he will consult with small business owners and assess their companies’ deposit, credit and cash management needs.

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Owens comes to Bank of America with seven years of experience working with small businesses in Delaware. He resides in Newark and is active with the Bear Glasgow YMCA, Bear Babe Ruth, New Castle County Chamber of Commerce and the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce.

Stewart named to My Sherpa post

MySherpa, Wilmington, announced that James Stewart  will now oversee the company’s help desk operation as Service Operations Sherpa.

Stewart has been with MySherpa since 2009, most recently as a computer engineer.

The company said  his greatest assets are managing people and imparting his knowledge to his colleagues –  both essential to serving the IT needs of clients. MySherpa is an information technology  managed computer services company serving  greater Wilmington, Delaware and southeastern Pennsylvania businesses.

Pavenza joins Follr, Inc.

Follr, Inc., a software-as-a-service  company specializing in digital identity announced that the firm has hired Maya Paveza as Director of Digital Identity and Outreach.

Paveza’s hiring follows the opening of the  New York state  company’s new West Coast regional sales office.  he company is bringing her on board as it actively expands its sales, marketing and public relations outreach.

“Maya brings a wealth of industry knowledge, business expertise and energy into our space, one she is intimately familiar with,” stated Follr CEO Stephen Fells. “With many years experience in technology, software development and social media and networking, Maya is a true digital native. We are confident that she will make an immediate impact on our business and we are very happy that she is joining us.”

A former Palo Alto, California, and New York resident now residing in Delaware, Paveza’s ties to both the real estate business and technology industries have positioned her as a   leader in the digital media disciplines of brand development, traction, growth, risk management and reduction, according to the company.

Paveza is an expert in new media and social networks, having presented with the likes of Guy Kawasaki, Gary Vaynerchuk, Chris Brogan, Jeff Pulver, and many others. She has spoken at numerous 140 -character and real estate industry conferences.  She is also a   presenter for the Delaware Economic Office’s Entrepreneurial Coaching program.

Marketing VP at Ashland

Ashland Water Technologies, a commercial unit of Ashland Inc. announced it has hired Jeff Fulgham as vice president, marketing. He is based in Wilmington and reports to John Panichella, Ashland senior vice president and president, Ashland Water Technologies.

Fulgham brings over 30 years of sales and marketing experience, primarily in industrial water treatment, to this role. He most recently served as chief sales and strategy officer for Banyan Water, based in San Francisco, Calif. He was responsible for sales, service, strategy and marketing for one of the fastest-growing water service companies, focused on driving water conservation for large commercial and institutional properties.

Prior to that, Fulgham spent much of his career with General Electric Co., serving in a variety of sales and marketing roles.

Espada named Long and Foster VP

Tracey Espada, a real estate professional with more than 15 years of real estate experience, has been named vice president of Long & Foster® Real Estate’s resort rentals management division in New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland, including Deep Creek Lake. Espada previously led the Rehoboth Beach and Lewes offices for Long & Foster, the largest independent residential real estate company in the United States.

“I’m thrilled to join Long & Foster’s resort rentals division, which is well known and respected by vacationers and residents throughout the Mid-Atlantic region,” said Espada. “I’m confident that the combination of my experience and the help of our amazing resort team, we’ll be able to expand our market presence in New Jersey, Maryland and Delaware and continue to provide the highest quality rental and management services.”

Espada has been part of  Long & Foster for many years, having joined the firm as a sales associate in the early 1990s.

Before managing Long & Foster’s Lewes and Rehoboth Beach offices, Espada ran a boutique real estate and vacation rental company in Ocean City, Md., for a few years. She also worked at Long & Foster’s Deep Creek Lake office in McHenry, Md., for almost a decade, rising through the ranks from associate broker to branch manager.

In her new role, Espada will lead Long & Foster’s resort rentals team, supervising the management of the area’s more than 1,700 accounts and growing the company’s overall vacation rental business.

In addition to her work with Long & Foster, Espada is active with her local Realtor associations.

“It takes a highly skilled and experienced leader to successfully manage and grow an already thriving resort and vacation rental business in today’s ever changing real estate market,” said Gary Scott, president of Long & Foster Real Estate. “With Tracey as part of our Long & Foster leadership team, we’ll continue the synergy on which our team thrives and further strengthen the foundation of our resort rental business.”

Art director added at ab+c

ab+c Creative Intelligence hired Michael English as its Senior Interactive Art Director. He will concentrate primarily on online animation and website design. English will work out of the agency’s Wilmington office.

“Clients and prospects are requesting more of our online animation,” says John Hawkins, president and CEO. “With Michael’s diverse advertising background, he can really help our creative team deliver on these increased demands.”

English comes to ab+c Creative Intelligence from Tierney, where he worked as an interactive designer. Over the past couple of years, he mainly focused on Flash, 2D and 3D animation. English has 13 years of experience in the advertising industry; his roles have ranged from developer to motion graphics  specialist.

Skilling named Benchworks GM

Benchworks recently named Amanda Skilling to the position of General Manager.

Amanda joined the Benchworks accounting department in 2008, and was promoted to the position of Vice President of Finance and Administration in 2011. Previously she held positions at an area corporate accounting and tax preparation firm.

As General Manager, Amanda will be responsible for the daily operations of the agency, which includes personnel and operations management. In addition, she will continue to head up the Accounting department. Benchworks, a  marketing services firm headquartered in Chestertown, Md. was founded in 1991. The company specializes in the design, production, and launch of complete marketing and branding services

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