Business people: Aug. 20-26, 2014


Tom Keehan, Artisans' Bank (Hewitt-2226)

Tom Keehan, Artisans' Bank (Hewitt-2226)
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Hayward elected chair of Community Foundation

Marilyn Hayward has been elected as the new chair of the Delaware Community Foundation Board of Directors. The DCF also welcomes two new members to the board’s executive leadership team.

Hayward, of Montchanin, is principal of Hayward & Associates, which specializes in leadership and organizational effectiveness, executive coaching and group facilitation. Hayward joined the DCF board in 2009 and served as vice chair 2011-13.

Hayward also serves on the boards of the Mt. Cuba Center and Planned Parenthood of Delaware.

Previously, she served as president of the boards of the Tatnall School and the Delaware Theatre Company, and as a member of the boards of the Grand Opera House and the Philadelphia Theater Company.

“The DCF is the hub of Delaware’s philanthropic community,” Hayward said. “In addition to ensuring charitable dollars are available in the future, the Foundation’s statewide work to build partnerships and collaborations is crucial to the nonprofit sector. It’s a privilege to lead this board as we expand into a more proactive, community knowledge-driven organization.”

New to the board’s executive leadership team are Kelly Firment, small business credit card product and strategy executive at Bank of America, and Lynn Adams Kokjohn, co-owner of Fauxbulous FX, Inc.

Returning executive leadership team members are Steve Fowle, executive vice president and CFO, WSFS Bank; Hon. Stephen P. Lamb, partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison; John Paradee, director at Prickett, Jones & Elliott, P.A.; Tom Sager, retired general counsel, DuPont Company; and Tom Shopa, partner, BDO USA, LLP.

Keehan named Artisans’ VP

Artisans’ Bank announced  that  Thomas D. Keehan, vice president, residential  lending has been promoted to Vice President and Group Sales Manager in the bank’s Residential Mortgage Division.

Keehan’s new responsibilities will include all management and sales direction for the Bank’s existing staff of mortgage originators.  In addition, he will be involved in determining new residential markets and mortgage products for the bank.

Keehan joined the Bank’s Residential Mortgage Division as Vice President in 2013.  He has more than 20 years of experience in the mortgage industry, primarily with Gilpin Mortgage as Senior Mortgage Loan Officer.

Prior to working at Gilpin Mortgage he was a Senior Mortgage Loan Officer for Guaranty Bank/Shelter Mortgage Company in Wilmington,   where he originated loans for Patterson Schwartz Real Estate.

He is an active member of the local community,  Keehan is a Board of Director for the Timber Lane Swimming Club, an affiliate  member of New Castle County Board of Realtors and a member of both the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce and the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce.   Keehan is a graduate of Salesianum High School and the University of Delaware.  He resides in Wilmington.

Artisans’ Bank, with total assets of  $479 million, was founded in 1861 is a full service community bank with  12 branch office locations statewide.

Grohsgal named visiting professor at Widener Law

Widener University School of Law welcomes a new member to its Institute of Delaware Corporate and Business Law faculty, whose work will stimulate and coordinate debate of issues in business bankruptcy law. Long-time Wilmington, Del. and former Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones attorney Bruce Grohsgal has joined the faculty as the Helen S. Balick Visiting Professor in Business Bankruptcy Law. He will teach bankruptcy and secured transactions classes this fall.

The newly created position honors retired U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Helen S. Balick, who played a pivotal role in the national development of business bankruptcy proceedings. She stepped down in 1999 after 25 years on the bench. She initially served as the Delaware bankruptcy court’s lone judge, and she presided over thousands of cases, including multi-billion-dollar bankruptcies involving airline industries and energy companies. Today the Delaware court, one of the preeminent bankruptcy courts in the United States, has six judges.

Grohsgal comes to the law school from the Wilmington office of  boutique bankruptcy firm Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones, where he was a partner and practiced since the founding of that office in early 2000.

“Bruce is a seasoned practitioner who will draw on his practical skills to enhance the academic experience for our students. That, coupled with his enthusiasm for teaching, will make for an engaging classroom experience. Our students have a great deal to look forward to this fall,” said Erin Daly, interim dean of Widener Law Delaware.

Corrado names safety manager

Corrado Construction Company is pleased to announce the employment of Ian Eggleston, Safety Manager.  Ian fills a vital role in upholding Corrado Construction Company’s commitment to safety.  His prime responsibility will be to work with field personnel to ensure adherence to critically important safety regulations and restrictions.

“As a company, we strive for nothing less than zero incidents in the workplace,” said Joe Corrado, Jr., President and owner of Corrado Construction.  “Ian Eggleston is an outstanding addition to our team and will play a key role in helping us deliver on that goal.” Ian is a graduate of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Safety Sciences program.  At his last position, his team managed the site safety for over 300 employees and surpassed one million man-hours worked without a lost time injury.

Schiller joins a.s.a.p.r.

a.s.a.p.r. Integrated Marketing  announced it has hired veteran public relations practitioner, Stacey Haddock Schiller, as an account executive, assigned to the Delaware Health Information Network (DHIN) account.

“Stacey’s extensive experience in medical media relations and marketing will bring fresh ideas and perspective as our agency role broadens with the DHIN account,” said Robbie Tarpley Raffish, president and founder of a.s.a.p.r. Integrated Marketing. “Her energy and enthusiasm for the work aligns perfectly with a.s.a.p.r and we are thrilled to have her working with us.”

Schiller owns the marketing and communications agency, Stacey Ink, LLC based in Wilmington, Delaware.

Previously, she served as the interim director of marketing for Saint Clare’s Health System, director of marketing for NYU Cardiac & Vascular Institute and communications representative for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware.

Schiller earned her Bachelor’s degree in C.L.E.G. (communications, law, economics and government) from American University and her Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Wilmington University.

a.s.a.p.r. integrated marketing, based in Salisbury, Maryland, provides brand strategy and execution to a wide variety of current and recent clients, such as Allen Harim, Cadista Pharmaceuticals, Comic Images, DHIN, Liberty Property Trust, and Peninsula Home Care.

Foester joins Pennoni

Pennoni Associates, an  engineering, design, and consulting firm,  announced that Terry Foester, PE, has joined the firm as a senior engineer in the Newark office’s transportation division.

“Terry is an accomplished engineer who has a proven track record of success with complex transportation projects in Delaware and Maryland,” said Pennoni Regional Transportation Principal Ted Januszka, PE. “He is a confident professional with an innovative style that brings life, motion, and leadership to initiatives.”

Foester has more than 15 years of experience and has demonstrated the ability to manage the planning and design of projects, from initial planning and concept design through final design, construction documents, and construction-related services.

He has professional experience in development, not-for-profit, and small business leadership. A graduate of the University of Delaware, where he earned a degree in civil engineering,

Foester is a registered professional engineer in both Delaware and Maryland. He began his career working for the Delaware Department of Transportation as a road design engineer, designing in-house projects.

He has since gone on to manage state highway projects in Maryland and Delaware, and also gained experience working on projects in Pennsylvania and Virginia.  His areas of expertise includes highway design, stormwater management analysis, pedestrian and bicycle facility design, utility coordination, and traffic and signal design.

Tourism board members

(See gallery) Kent County Tourism held its first Board meeting of the new fiscal year on July 17, welcoming three new Board members.  From left are Lauren Bigelow, sales and marketing for Mispillion River Brewing in Milford; Sarah Zimmerman, Superintendent of the First State Heritage Park in Dover; and Suzanne Savery, Deputy Director of the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs.  The mission of Kent County Tourism, a non-profit community organization guided by a 30-member Board of Directors, is to strengthen the county’s economy by promoting the area’s unique spirit and travel experiences to visitors as a year-round, overnight and “return visit” destination for meetings, group tour and leisure travel.

1313 adds staff

1313 Innovation and McConnell Johnson Real Estate announced the hiring of Megan Anthony as community manager and Ryan Harrington as education coordinator for the new innovation center and collaboration workspace.

Anthony, of Philadelphia, has three years of experience as member relations director at the Pyramid Club and one year of sales experience from JGWPT Holdings Inc. She has a degree from Temple University.

Harrington, a Wilmington resident, has two years of teaching experience in the Christina School District and as a Teach for America Delaware Corps member.   He holds degrees  from Rutgers University  and a master’s in secondary education from Wilmington University.

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