Business people: Jan. 26, 2018

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President of New Castle County Board of Realtors named

Tony Klemanski, of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach, Wilmington, was installed as the 2018 president of the 2,009-member New Castle County Board of Realtors (NCCBOR).

Klemanski will preside at all meetings of the NCCBOR Board of Directors and Executive Committee, represent the association at important functions and act as its official spokesperson.

He previously was a member of the NCCBOR Executive, Finance and Budget, Public Policy and Realtor Party Action Committee (RPAC) Trustee committees and a member of the board of directors of the Delaware Association of Realtors (DAR). He is a member of the National Association of Realtors.

Carney nominates Lukoff

Governor John Carney announced Samantha Lukoff, an Assistant Public Defender in the Office of Defense Services, as his nominee to serve as a Family Court Commissioner in New Castle County. The Delaware Senate must confirm the nomination.

Lukoff previously served as a Deputy Attorney General at the Delaware Department of Justice, where she prosecuted juvenile misdemeanor and felony cases, and child support cases, in Family Court.

From 2009-2012 and again from 2014-2017, Lukoff worked for the City of Wilmington, first providing legislative assistance to Wilmington’s City Council, leading the City’s Integrated Technologies Department, and later serving as deputy to the Mayor’s Chief of Staff.

Lukoff taught courses in Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Judiciary and Computer Applications in Criminal Justice at Delaware Technical & Community College from 2012 to 2014.

Lukoff earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts and her law degree from the Widener University School of Law.

Boyle named VP at Delaware State University

Delaware State University has named Antonio Marvin Boyle as its new Vice President for Strategic Enrollment. Boyle brings 23 years of enrollment management experience to DSU.

Most recently, Boyle was the vice president of Enrollment Management for Wiley College in Marshall, TX from March 2016 to present. From November 2014 to March 2016 at Wilberforce University in Ohio, he served in a similar position initially and then was elevated to senior vice president of Enrollment Management and Student Services.

Interim DSU President Wilma Mishoe, who has worked with Boyle in the past, said he is a welcome addition to the University.

“He is extremely knowledgeable about enrollment management and found him to be a man of integrity,” Mishoe said. “He is student success driven.”

Bancroft promotes two

Bancroft Construction Company announced the promotion of Casey McCabe to Sr. Project Manager.

McCabe joined Bancroft in July 2005 as an Assistant Project Manager. He was promoted to Project Manager in 2010 and since then has managed multiple significant projects.

In addition to managing projects, outside of Bancroft, he has been volunteering for and serving the non-profit social services organization Children & Families First since 2011. He currently is a member of their Executive Board of Directors and Chairman of the Board for B2W2, a subsidiary organization of C&FF.

Bancroft Construction Company announced the promotion of Jon Landis to Project Manager.

Landis joined Bancroft in December 2015 as an Assistant Project Manager and was assigned to the B9 Renovation and Cell Molecular Biologics Addition at Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Wohlsen Construction promotes two

Wohlsen Construction Company announced the addition of two project executives, a project manager, and a business development manager.

Phil Kowalchuk joins Wohlsen as a project executive. With over 30 years in the industry, Kowalchuk has worked on many projects on the east comany projectsn value from $3 million to over $650 million. He is graduate of Lehigh University with a bachelor’s degree in Engineering.

Bill Sahwell will serve as a project executive. Sahwell, with 35 years construction experience, has worked on projects for corporate, healthcare, higher education, pharmaceutical, and government clients up to $360 million in value. He earned a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and a MS degree in Engineering Management from Drexel University.

John Cyrus continues his decade-long career in the industry and joins the team as a project manager. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky and has spent the last decade working on projects ranging from $20,000 to $300 million in value.

Adam Cathers was named business development manager. He brings 30 years’ experience in the professional services industry to the position.

Cathers is the President of the Chester County Commercial Industrial Investment Council, ands serves on the Board of Directors for the Chester County Economic Development Council and the Lions Club, Coventry Chapter.

Additionally, he has judged the Associated Builders & Contractors Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter annual awards competition for nearly a decade. Cathers received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan University.

Becker Morgan Group adds three

Becker Morgan Group welcomed three new staff members.

Mckenzie Smith, LEED Green Associate, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. After a summer internship with the firm, Smith joins the Dover office as an Interior Designer.

Katie Waldner joins the firm as a Marketing Assistant in the Salisbury office. Waldner graduated from Armstrong State University in Savannah, GA with a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies/English Communications.

Chad Carter, RLA, ASLA, joins the Dover office as a Landscape Architect. He is a West Virginia University graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture.

Santora CPA Group CPA gains audit certificare

Santora CPA Group announced that Israel Mercado, CPA has received the Advanced Defined Contribution Plans Audit Certificate from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

Mercado joined the firm in December 2005 and was most recently promoted to Principal. He is a 200­3 graduate of the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. Israel is a member of the American Institute and the Delaware Society of Certified Public Accountants. He is the co-chair of the Delaware Contractor Association’s Young Executives Committee, and he serves as Treasurer of Reading Assist Institute.

DSU VP honored

The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District II has named Dr. Vita Pickrum, DSU vice president of Institutional Advancement, as its 2018 Professional of the Year.

The CASE District II’s Achievement Awards Committee recognized Dr. Pickrum for:

Significantly increasing private giving to DSU, including a 100% increase in alumni participation rate; the establishment of strategic public and private partnerships with the University; leading the successful completion of the school-record five-year DSU $20 million Greater Than One fundraising campaign to support scholarships and other student success programs; expanding the HBCU Philanthropy Symposium into a national program; serving on the CASE’s Commission of Philanthropy and its National Committee on Institutionally Related Foundations; and serving on the boards of the Delaware Alliance of Nonprofit Agencies and of the Delaware Community Foundation.

He will formally receive award on Feb. 26 at the CASE District II Conference in National Harbor, Md.

Grant & Eisenhofer launches intellectual property practice

The law firmGrant & Eisenhoferhas launched a broad-based intellectual property practice led by Wilmington, Del.-based IP trial lawyer and chemistEric Evain. Evain, who joins G&E as a director, was a partner with Reed Smith and previously with Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz in Wilmington.

Evain, who holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry, has extensive experience litigating patent, trademark and trade secrets cases, as both plaintiffs’ and defense counsel. He has represented some of the world’s largest manufacturers in chemical-related IP disputes involving pharmaceuticals, petroleum, polymers and other specialized products. His litigation successes have earned clients over $500 million in the past 15 years.

The Delaware River and Bay Authority names deupty executive director

The Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) Commissioner authorized the appointment of Stephen D. Williams of Franklinville, NJ to serve as the next Deputy Executive Director at the DRBA. Williams is the third Deputy Executive Director to serve at the bi-state agency.

The position of Deputy Executive Director focuses on Authority-related economic development initiatives; plans internal and external communication strategies; handles governance matters; serves as the Board Secretary, and fosters on-going working relationships with state and local officials. Williams, who also serves as the Director of Airports for the DRBA, began his official duties as the Deputy Executive Director effective January 5, 2018.

A graduate of the City College of New York (CCNY) with a Bachelor of Arts in political science, Williams earned his Master of Business Administration in Aviation Management from Dowling College in 1998. He has also completed certificate courses in Airport Planning and Design from the Polytechnic Institute of New York and Airport Systems, Planning & Design from the University of California – Berkeley.

Williams, who previously taught airport planning and operations management at the Farmingdale State University of New York from 2001-2004, continues to instruct as an adjunct professor of aviation at Delaware State University’s Dover campus.

SoDel Concepts names director

Scott Kammerer, president of SoDel Concepts announced the promotion of Shannon Colburn to the position of director of operations.

In her new role, Colburn oversees Bluecoast Seafood Grill + Raw Bar in Bethany Beach and Lupo Italian Kitchen in Rehoboth Beach.

At age 19, Colburn was one of the first employees hired at Bluecoast in Bethany, which is SoDel Concepts’ flagship restaurant. She became the general manager of Bluecoast in Bethany Beach in 2014. Considered an expert in service and front-of-the-house operations, she’s also worked in many of the other SoDel Concepts restaurants.

Leadership Delaware, Inc. names board members

Leadership Delaware, Inc. announces the appointment of three new members to its Board of Directors, as well as the full slate of board members for 2018. Joining the Board are Joel Brown II, Lisa Ramone, and Matthew Wilson.

Joel M. Brown II serves on the leadership team at Nemours- A.I. duPont Hospital for Children. In his role as Director of Respiratory Care and Sleep Medicine Services, he focuses on leading clinical excellence and staff development for over one hundred medical professionals who provide respiratory care and sleep medicine services for the pediatric and neonatal patient population.

Lisa J.F. Ramone is a lifelong swim coach and mentor to children. She is co-founder and co-owner of businesses that employ over 200 people throughout the year.These businesses serve the local community, as well as the tristate region, and include; BC Communities,AMS -Aquatic Management Systems,Ramone’s Landscaping, The Delaware Swim and Fitness Centers of New Castle and Pike Creek, The Delaware Swim School, and The Delaware Swim Team. She is an advocate for the Alzheimer’s Association, past member of the Board of Trustees of The Independence School, and the Yes U Can™ Corporation.L

Matthew Wilson is an Assistant Professor and Department Chair at Wilmington University. He is the Co-Chair of the National Volunteer Advisory Council of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. He also sits on the board for Delaware Shakespeare and Youth Advance.

Klemanski named president of New Castle County Board of Realtors

Tony Klemanski, of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach, Wilmington, was installed as the 2018 president of the 2009-member New Castle County Board of Realtors (NCCBOR). His term officially began Jan. 1.

Klemanski will preside at all meetings of the NCCBOR Board of Directors and Executive Committee, represent the association at important functions and act as its official spokesperson.

He previously was a member of the NCCBOR Executive, Finance and Budget, Public Policy and Realtor Party Action Committee (RPAC) Trustee committees and a member of the board of directors of the Delaware Association of Realtors (DAR). He is a member of the National Association of Realtors.

Berkshire Hathaway names Flick

Larry Flick, IV, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach Realtors and Regional President of HomeServices of America, announced that Larry Flick, V is now the CEO of BHHS Fox & Roach and The Trident Group.

In addition, two other major leadership changes within BHHS Fox & Roach and The Trident Group include Barbara Griest as President of The Trident Group and Lisa DeWolf as President of Trident Land Transfer Company.

Leadership positions that will remain include Larry Flick, IV as the Chairman of the Board, Gerry Griesser will be Vice Chairman of Board, Joan Docktor will remain President of BHHS Fox & Roach, and continue to lead our brokerage company, Marie Gayo will remain as President of Trident Mortgage Company, Chris Rosati will remain President of Trident Insurance Agency and Kassie Erb will remain President of Fox & Roach Charities.

Berkshire Hathaway names Sianni sales leader

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach Realtors, iannounced that Anthony Sianni has been named the Sales Leader of the Newark Office. Sianni has been in the industry for over 40 years, beginning as a general contractor and builder before acquiring his Real Estate licensed in 1998.

He has an expertise in marketing, commercial sales and leasing, new construction, land acquisition, REO, and short sales. Sianni has been a sales associate in the Hockession-Pike Creek Home Marketing Center for decades and is currently attending the Leadership Academy.

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