Business people: Dec. 21, 2018


Hotel duPont names managing director

The Hotel duPont has named industry veteran, Greg Kavanagh, as Managing Director.


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Greg Kavanagh, HOTEL DU PONT

Prior to his appointment, Kavanaghserved as Vice President of Sales and Operations with BridgeStreet Global Hospitality, overseeing the launch of the MODE Aparthotel brand, both here in the U.S. and Europe.

Kavanagh was Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing and held senior management positions overseeing a portfolio of luxury and premium properties for Interstate Hotels and Resorts across the Mid-Atlantic region. Starting out as an Executive Meeting Planner and working his way up through on-site sales positions before being promoted to General Manager.

McFadden named project manager at Wohlsen Construction

Wohlsen Construction Company announced that Kim McFadden has joined as a project manager.

McFadden will be responsible for planning, organizing, and managing resources to bring about the successful completion of Wohlsen projects. She will be managing the multi-phased addition and renovations at Pickering Manor. Having previously worked as a senior project manager and senior development manager for real estate development through construction, McFadden brings 24 years of experience to this role. She studied at Drexel University and Villanova University where she respectively earned a Master of Science in Information Systems and a Bachelor of Science in Economics.

White Robbins names property manager

White Robbins, Inc welcomed Megan Staats as a Property Manager. Staats comes from a legacy of real estate development and property management. Her late grandfather, Gray Magness, built many of the North Wilmington communities, including Chalfonte and Graylyn Crest, and her father was a property/project manager for Magness Construction.

Staats became a licensed Realtor in 2014 and, prior to joining White Robbins, developed a portfolio of 80 property management clients in less than two years.

Jordan Hines named executive director of housing nonprofit

Delaware Housing Opportunity Fund, Inc. announced it has hired Jordan M. Hines as its new Executive Director.

Delaware Housing Opportunity Fund, Inc. is focused on improving the community by providing

Axalta Coating Systems names CEO

Axalta Coating Systems Ltd., Philadelphia, announced that its Board of Directors has namedRobert BryantCEO on a permanent basis, effective immediately. He had been interim CEO sinceOctober. Bryant was also appointed to serve on Axalta’s Board of Directors.

Bryant has served as Axalta’s interim Chief Executive Officer sinceOctober 2018. Before that, Bryant served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Axalta since 2013.

The company also announced thatSean Lannonhas been named Chief Financial Officer on a permanent basis, effective immediately. He had been serving as Vice President and Interim Chief Financial Officer sinceOctober 2018.

Lannon has been Axalta’s Vice President and interim Chief Financial Officer sinceOctober. Before that, he served as Vice President, Corporate Finance and Global Controller of Axalta since 2016, and was Vice President and Global Controller from 2013 until that promotion.

Axalta is based in Philadelphia and has administrative operations in Glen Mills, PA. The company was purchased from DuPont.

Tilton Mansion Preservation Society names president

The Tilton Mansion Preservation elected its second Board President, Michele A. Schiavoni.

Schiavoni is a veteran of the Delaware Non-Profit community having been Chair of the Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement (DANA) from 2012 – 2018, incoming Board member of the Brandywine Association of Fundraising Professionals, Board Chair of the James H. Gilliam Award Committee – American Heart Association from 2009 – 2012, Past-President of both the Delaware Chapters of the American Marketing Association and Public Relations Society of America, and has held board positions with the Delaware State Arts Council and YMCA of Delaware.

She earned her undergraduate degree in Communications from the University of Delaware, and her M.S. in Management/Communications from Syracuse University. She was with Christiana Care Health System for 19 years, spending five years as Chief External Affairs Officer, Senior Vice President. Schiavoni is presently the Director of External Affairs for the newly created Delaware Prosperity Partnership – Economic Development.

Sussex County names employee of Year

Sussex County has named Beverly Downs the 2018 employee of the year for County government.

This year’s winner was announced during the annual Mildred King Luncheon for the County’s approximately 500 employees. Downs was selected from a field of four employees, all quarterly winners this past year, for the honor.

Delaware Farm Bureau names executive director

The Delaware Farm Bureau wrapped up its 74th year with a new executive director and new state officers elected at its annual meeting Dec. 3.

Joseph Poppeti is the new executive director. Poppiti has been an agricultural consultant in mushroom production, with a side business in landscaping design and implementation. He has been a volunteer for the American Mushroom Institute since 2000 and served as chairman of the board from 2010 to 2014.

Richard Wilkins was elected Delaware Farm Bureau president. Former president of the American Soybean Association, Wilkins had served as president of Kent County Farm Bureau since 2017.

Laura Hill of Lewes was re-elected first vice president. Hill was the first woman to be elected as a Delaware Farm Bureau officer, second vice president, in 2012.

William Powers Jr. of Townsend was elected second vice president.

At DFB’s annual banquet the Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award was presented to Kent County’s Ruthie Franczek.

Honored was the bureau’sFarm Family of the Year, Vernon “Chip” Baker Jr. and his wife, Judy,of H & V Farms Inc..

Berkshire Hathaway names Wakeling sales associate

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, Realtors Bear Office, welcomed Bonita Wakeling as a sales associate. She is a member of New Castle County Board of Realtors. Wakeling serves all of Delaware.

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