Business people: Navient, Becker Morgan, Goldey-Beacom, Karins, Community Bank, Labor Dept., Newark Partnership Berkshire


Navient names info, HR executives

Navient announced the appointment of Mike Maier as Chief Information Officer and Mike Smith as Chief Human Resources Officer.

Maier brings a track record of implementing enhancements that support customer success. He successfully integrated automated solutions and customer experience enhancements into Navient’s loan servicing operations. Under his leadership, Navient will accelerate delivering improved and more efficient solutions.

Smith has led key components of the Navient human resources team and function at Navient for 15 years, including employee compensation and benefits, HR analytics and systems, and the implementation of inclusion, diversity, and equity strategies. He brings to the role experience and thought leadership in HR practices, holding roles at several companies including Freddie Mac and Capital One, and serving on several industry boards such as the Client Advisory Board for Fidelity Investments.

Becker Morgan Group announces promotions

Becker Morgan Group announced the following employee promotions:

Jonathan Richard, P.E., was promoted to Senior Associate; Josh Bennett, P.E. is a structural engineer with Becker Morgan Group and was promoted to Associate; Emily McMullen, AIAhas been promoted to Associate; Jonathon Street is a civil designer with Becker Morgan Group and was promoted to Associate; Kevin Utz, AIAwas promoted to Associate; Chris Weeks, was promoted to Associate and Daniel Wenzel, AIA was been promoted to Associate.

Leadership Delaware adds board members

Leadership Delaware, Inc. announced the addition of three new members to its Board of Directors, one from each county – from New Castle County, Bianca Fraser-Johnson, from Kent County, Linda Parkowski, and from Sussex County, Preston Schell.

Fraser-Johnson spent 20 years in the financial services industry, joining MBNA America through their Accelerated Management Development Program, and retiring from Bank of America in 2019 as a Senior Vice President, and Head of Employee Financial Services. 

Parkowski is the Executive Director of the Kent Economic Partnership, Inc.  trading as Choose Central Delaware which is the economic development agency for Kent County, Delaware. Linda is charged with business attraction, retention, and expansion in Central Delaware along with business assistance for Kent County.

Prior to taking her position at the KEP, she was the Acting Director of the Division of Small Business for the state. Prior to that position, she was Director of Tourism for the State of Delaware. 

Schell is co-founder and President of the Ocean Atlantic Companies (OAC), a diversified group of real estate development, management, construction, and brokerage firms primarily focused and operating in Southern coastal Delaware. Preston serves as the Managing Member of approximately 50 limited liability companies engaged in OAC’s various real estate activities and development projects. Prior to starting Ocean Atlantic in 1997, he worked as an investment banker for Merrill Lynch in Chicago.

About Leadership Delaware (LDI): LDI is a nonprofit organization founded in 2008, whose mission is to recruit and mentor outstanding young Delawareans who have the capacity, desire, and the courage to seek and excel at community, nonprofit, political, professional, and corporate leadership.

Karins announces new hires

Karins and Associates, Newark,  announced several new hires.

Ian Yates is the new Survey Technician.  Yates is a seasoned technician with more than 10 years of experience in land surveying, microstation and AutoCAD software expertise and design experience.

Kristin Freebery is the new Human Resources and Marketing Manager. Freebery is an experienced professional with a background in HR, local government, business administration, and development. She has a master’s degrees in Human Resources and Business Administration, with 22-plus  years’ experience.

Community Bank names AVP

Community Bank Delaware announced the promotion of David Van Pelt to Assistant Vice President.

Van Pelt joined the Bank in 2016 as a branch manager, bringing over 23 years of business development, branch management and lending experience. He will continue to oversee and coordinate all functions of the Lewes branch to include developing and managing customer relationships.

Leadership changes at the  Delaware Department of Labor

The Delaware Department of Labor has announced leadership changes for the organization. Karryl Hubbard will now serve as the new Delaware Secretary of Labor, Rachel Turney will serve as the incoming Deputy Cabinet Secretary, and Richard Fernandes now enters the role of Director of the Employment and Training Division.

Hubbard was confirmed on January 2021 as Secretary of Labor for the State of Delaware. Before her appointment to this new role, she served for four years as Deputy Cabinet Secretary. 

Hubbard graduated from Hampton University, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, and from Temple University School of Law with a Juris Doctorate. 

Turney has been with the Department of Labor for over 15 years serving in various roles in the Division of Employment and Training and has been named Deputy Cabinet Secretary. In her new role, Turney will be responsible for the Office of Administration and will lead policy and legislative efforts during this legislative session. 

Turney graduated from the University of Delaware, with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and from Villanova University with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.

Fernandes has accepted the role of Director of Employment and Training. For the last 10 years, he has served in the Department of Labor’s, Division of Employment and Training.  As a senior business manager, and with over twenty years of experience providing business solutions, workforce development strategies, and program management, Richard brings a competitive global perspective to the role. 

47-year Goldey-Beacom College veteran retires

The Goldey-Beacom College (GBC) Board of Trustees announced the retirement of Emily Jackson Ilyas following 48 years of service.

Ilyas began working for GBC on February 26, 1973 – one year before the College relocated from its downtown Wilmington location to its present 24-acre, suburban Pike Creek campus. Led by then-President Paul R. Brown, the move transformed the college from a secretarial school to a four-year college of business, and Emily Jackson Ilyas is the only current employee of the College to have been part of that transition.

Ilyas has held various positions at the College including Secretary to the Academic Dean, Dormitory Assistant, Supervisor for Computer Operations, Director of Computer Operations/ Information Systems/Payroll, Director of MIS, Director of IT and Academic Computing Center, Director of Information Technology, and currently as the Dean of Information Technology. 

The Newark Partnership names executive director

The Newark Partnership announced a new Executive Director Leann Moore.

Through her previous work at the Institute for Public Administration at the University of Delaware, Leann has experience in strategic planning and facilitating complex, emotionally-charged meetings and/or training for intact teams. She also served as the Program Coordinator for the university’s Spring Semester in Washington, D.C. program. Prior to her role at the University, Leann worked for the Delaware House of Representatives. She served as a Legislative Aide for three State Representatives and facilitated various State of Delaware taskforces, legislative committees, and working groups. She is a trained mediator, facilitator, and community advocate.

She has a Master of Public Administration, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Psychology from the University of Delaware.

Berkshire Hathaway associates

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, Realtors Christiana Office, welcomed Aaron Jackson and Sylvia Manlove as sales associates.

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