Personnel File, June 7, 2018: World Trade Center, DelDOT, WSFS, Bloom Energy, CBRS


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Hastings named Chief Engineer for DelDOT


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Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) Secretary Jennifer Cohan has announced that Shanté Hastings has been selected as the new Chief Engineer for the department.

The Chief Engineer is in charge of overseeing all of the Departments’ capital projects throughout the state. The Chief Engineer also runs the Division of Transportation Solutions which, a 450 person division dedicated to the operation and improvement of Delaware’s transportation infrastructure.

“Shanté has excelled in every role she has held with DelDOT for nearly 20 years, and I am so happy that she will serve in this critical role for the Department going forward. In addition to her talent and skills, her character and compassion exemplify what we aspire to be as a state agency that impacts the lives of hundreds of thousands of residents and visitors every day,” said Secretary of Transportation Jennifer Cohan.

 During her 19-year career with the Department, Shanté has served as a Project Manager, Assistant Maintenance Engineer, Chief of Performance Management, Deputy Director of Transportation Solutions, and her current role as Director of Policy and Performance. Shanté graduated from the University of Delaware in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, She also serves as the Secretary’s designee on national policy issues and is the Department’s liaison with the Federal Highway Administration.

Shanté succeeds Rob McCleary who will be retiring from the Department on June 30, 2019, after more than 30 years. Shanté is a Sussex County resident and lives in Millsboro with her family.

Morrison named SVP at WSFS

Brandon M. Morrison is the new Senior Vice President and Director of Administrative Services at WSFS Bank. 

In this role, he is responsible for setting the strategic and tactical direction of multiple Bank functions, including real estate and real estate operations, facilities management, corporate insurance, vendor management and purchasing. 

Morrison, a Philadelphia native, has joined WSFS with more than 16 years of experience in strategic portfolio management, operational excellence and transformative leadership.  He is reporting to Dominic C. Canuso, WSFS Bank’s Executive vice president and chief financial officer.

Morrison joined WSFS from Philadelphia-based PRDC Properties where he served as Chief Operating Officer since 2016 overseeing all sales and corporate operations, and leasing and property management.  From 2004 to 2016 he held multiple roles of increasing responsibility at Janney Montgomery Scott LLC, also in Philadelphia. 

 World Trade Center announces board members

World Trade Center Delaware announced the election of four new members to its Board of Directors: Eric Casey, Brian M.P. McGlinchey, Theophilus R. Nix, Jr., Esq.  and Dennis Rochford. 

Casey is CEO  of GT USA Wilmington,  which operates the Port of Wilmington. 
Eric spent more than 26 years in the United States Marine Corps  in tactical aviation and Special Operations. As a Marine, Eric flew in F/A-18’s

Prior to joining GT USA, Eric worked for Virginia International Terminals as part of the senior leadership in the role of Vice President, and for Maersk Line, Limited in Operations, Emerging Markets and Business Development. 

  McGlinchey is Managing Director – McCarter Government Solutions, LLC. He is a  government relations professional with almost a quarter of a century experience in federal, state and local affairs.  

The former Projects Director for then-United States Senator and now former Vice President of the United States, Joseph R. Biden, Jr.,   McGlinchey was most recently the Director of the Delaware based Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust, a labor-management fund. He recently spearheaded an effort in collaboration with the development community to expand brownfields redevelopment on 14 sites, including the Claymont corridor in the coastal zone. 

Nix is CEO of Drone Workforce Solutions, LLC).  DWS has a state-approved drone education and training school and global drone employment and staffing company.

Rochford is President of the Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay, a non-profit trade association serving port businesses throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

Rochford is a founding member and past president of the National Association of Maritime Organizations. He serves as a board director for the American Institute for International Steel, Ports of Philadelphia Maritime Society, the Port of Wilmington Maritime Society, the Chilean American Chamber of Commerce, the PENJERDEL Council, and the Water Resources Association of the Delaware River Basin.

Bloom names chief sales officer

Bloom Energy announced that Chris White joined its leadership group  as executive vice president and chief sales officer.

Bloom operates its main manufacturing site at the University of Delaware STAR Campus in Newark.

White most recently served as CEO of the Americas at Signify (formerly Philips Lighting).

Before joining Signify, Chris held several executive roles including a 20-year tenure at Cisco. As global senior vice president of Internet of Things (IoT) sales, strategy.

Before Cisco, he served on the leadership teams of two start-ups, one IPO and two successful acquisitions by Microsoft and Cisco.

CBRE adds eight retail associates.

CBRE  announced that it has hired eight new associates as the firm continues its aggressive push to expand its retail leasing practice in the greater Philadelphia region. The eight new retail specialists include Andrew Belcher, Toni Bonitz, Alex Chojnowski, Maria Dalessandro, Patra Konugres, Andrew Landolfi, John LaPrise and Rob Thompson.

The associates will work with clients in Delaware on a case-by-case base.

Belcher will serve as an associate working alongside Brian Bruzek and Jim Creed. Andrew graduated from Temple University Fox School of Business with a degree in Marketing & Supply Chain Management.

Bonitz will work day-to-day with Rick Weinberg and Steven Gartner. Toni is a 2017 graduate of Penn State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education and a minor in English and Communications.

Chojnowski joins CBRE as a retail associate working with Adam Kohler. Prior to CBRE, Alex worked at Hennion and Walsh as a financial advisor. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Economics at Rowan University’s Rohrer College of Business. 

Dalessandro will work with Adam Kohler focusing on the leasing of lifestyle centers, shopping centers and upscale mixed-use projects. Prior to joining CBRE in 2016, she was a residential real estate agent for three years. She also previously worked for Resource Real Estate in Philadelphia as their Tenants in Common 1031 Exchange Director. Maria is a graduate of SUNY Oswego, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English/Journalism.

Konugres will work closely with team members Rick Schuch and Gary Leone and focus on tenant representation in both Center City, Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs. Patra joined CBRE in 2015 as a client support specialist and gained experience working with brokerage teams to expand multi-market and multi-service occupier accounts. Patra is a graduate of Drexel University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Design and Merchandising.

Landolfi will work alongside Matt Mandel and John Krause specializing in restaurant and retail real estate. Andrew joined CBRE in 2017 as a researcher focusing on industrial and suburban office leasing. He is a Delaware County native and 2016 graduate of Lafayette College where he was a member of the baseball team for four years. 

LaPrise will work in partnership with Adam Kohler and Brian Bruzek. He recently graduated from the University of Virginia.

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