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Business Briefs June 2019

June 12, 2019

Carrier awards Comfort Plus Services excellence

Comfort Plus Services, an affiliate company of Tri Gas & Oil, was recently named a recipient of the 2019 President’s Award from Carrier.

The award provides recognition for outstanding dealers in the heating, ventilating and air-conditioning industry. 

Serving customers in Sussex County, Comfort Plus Services specializes in HVAC installations for the residential market, including new construction, renovations and existing homes. Its team members provide quality customer service, and strive to be fair, honest and upfront in everything they do.

In addition to the standard HVAC technical training, a majority of the technicians are NATE-certified and have passed extensive exams to prove their technical skills. All technicians get one hour of training every Tuesday to keep up with the latest installation methods and brush up on their technical skills.

For more information, call 866-950-2653 or go to www.comfortplusservices.com. To learn more about Tri Gas & Oil and its energy products and services, call 800-638-7802 or visit www.trigas-oil.com.

Law firm accepting donated children’s items through Aug. 1 

Procino-Wells & Woodland LLC, an elder law firm with offices in Lewes, Seaford and Berlin, Md., is participating in the 2019 Walk to End Alzheimer’s to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Procino-Wells and Woodland plans to hold a one-day children’s consignment resale from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Aug. 3, in its Berlin office. Through Thursday, Aug. 1, the firm is accepting donations from the community of gently used children’s items including any season children’s clothing through size 14 youth, children’s shoes up to size 5 youth, infant accessories and furniture, and children’s toys. Donations can be dropped off to any of the firm’s three office locations. All proceeds will benefit the Delaware and Maryland Alzheimer’s Association chapters. Donors will receive an in-kind donation receipt. For more information, contact Meagan at mls@pwwlaw.com.

Counting House event June 12 to fight childhood hunger

The Counting House will host a Dine and Donate event from 5 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, June 12, to benefit the Harry K Foundation. Board members and volunteers will be on hand serving as wait staff for the entire night. For the evening, 10 percent of all proceeds plus tips will be donated to the Harry K Foundation to help eliminate food insecurity for all children in Delaware. The Counting House is located in the Brick Hotel at 18 The Circle, Georgetown.

Financial Success in your 60s class set June 13

The Delaware Money School will host Financial Success in your 60s, a free class with Robert Jeter, CFP, CRPC, of InFocus Financial Advisors, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, June 13, at the Lewes Public Library. This complimentary class will cover planning items specific to current or soon-to-be retirees, such as Social Security, taxes, managing investments and other items related to planning for retirement years. Jeter regularly speaks to public and private audiences in Delaware on retirement-related topics. He helps make people aware of the challenges of investing in retirement and how  to overcome them. For more information or to register, go to www.retireinfocus.com/register or call 410-677-4848.

Long & Foster Bethany Beach office to host fundraiser June 19

Team members from the Bethany Beach sales office of Long & Foster Real Estate will host a dine and donate event with silent auction from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 19, at Hooked Up Restaurant in Millville as part of the company’s 22nd annual community service day. Proceeds will benefit the Fisher House in Dover.

“The Fisher House Dover is a wonderful organization for the families of our fallen heroes,” said Dottie Wells, Bethany Beach office manager. “They provide lodging and a beautiful meditation pavilion for the families who travel to Dover to witness the dignified transfer of their loved ones. This is such a worthy cause, and a way to show our appreciation and support for the fallen heroes, their families, and the Fisher House Dover.”

“Since our founding in 1968, we’ve been dedicated to giving back to the communities in which we live and work, and our annual community service day event is one example of how we do that,” said Jeff Detwiler, president and CEO of The Long & Foster Companies, parent company of Long & Foster Real Estate. To donate or for more information, call 302-539-9040.

Lisa Layne joins Adams Radio as vice president

Adams Radio of Delmarva has announced a new vice president and general manager for the market. Lisa Layne will work with the Adams Cluster including WZBH The Beach, WOCQ OC 104, WGBG BIG 107.7, WUSX Everything Country and KOOL FM. Layne has been in the radio industry for 25 years. Since 2014, she has served as general station manger for Delmarva Broadcasting, now Forever Media, in Maryland.

Layne said, “I have enjoyed the journey my career has taken me and especially my time at 103.7 WXCY. I will miss my team and the community I have grown to love. I’m confident that as the new leader for Adams Radio Delmarva, we will grow our brands and get even better results for our clients. I look forward to serving the community and building a legacy we all at Adams Radio can be proud of.”

Adams CEO Ron Stone said, “Lisa is a strong, sales-focused manager combined with terrific knowledge of programming. She brings to the market a new level of broadcast excellence. We are very excited about her leading our team in Maryland where I know she will make a tremendous impact in our building and in our community.”

Bethany Beach Beverage Company celebrates first anniversary

Bethany Beach Beverage Company celebrated its first year in business under new ownership by hosting a ribbon cutting with the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce May 23.

Open daily, Bethany Beach Beverage Company offers a wide selection of beer, wine, and liquor, including domestic and local favorites, as well as beverages from around the globe. Customers can join the loyalty rewards program to accumulate points for store credit.

The address is 759 Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach. For more information, go to www.bethanyliquorwineandbeer.com or call 302-539-4421.

Ribbon cutting held for Vantage Vacation Rentals in Fenwick

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting May 15 to celebrate the grand opening of Vantage Vacation Rentals in Fenwick Island. “For years, we’ve been successful in Ocean City with the intention of leveraging our success and expanding into Delaware,” said Brad Callahan, Vantage Vacation Rentals owner. “We look forward to celebrating a lot of years in the Delaware community.”

Vantage Vacation Rentals is centered around the belief that vacation rental guests don't just want an amazing location, they want an amazing experience. The company partners with local businesses to offer renters special benefits to make vacations easy and enjoyable.

April top client advisor named at Deeley Insurance Group 

Deeley Insurance Group announced Brian Dean as its top client advisor for April. A commercial lines client advisor designing risk management plans to safeguard his client’s assets, Dean works with business owners to build insurance programs that not only fit their immediate needs but help their businesses grow. He specializes in fire departments, transportation and restaurant risk. “Brian is absolutely great! As a first-year business owner, he walked me through the insurance process, explaining the pros and cons, and advising me the whole way. I am extremely lucky to have Brian on my side. He has made things a lot easier for me.” said Charles Law, CL Laws Transport owner. For more information, go to www.deeleyinsurance.com.

WSFS names southern Delaware regional manager

WSFS Bank, the primary subsidiary of WSFS Financial Corp., has announced its retail regional management team that will oversee the bank’s larger network of retail banking offices as a result of its recent combination with Philadelphia-based Beneficial Bank. Shelly Kavanagh has been promoted to senior vice president and regional manager of southern Delaware. She will continue to develop relationships with key constituents throughout the region and oversee 13 banking offices in Kent and Sussex counties. Kavanagh joined WSFS in 2012 as a small business relationship manager. Prior to her current leadership role, she successfully augmented the bank’s retail sales process as a vice president and retail program manager. Her banking career began in 2006 with BB&T in Washington, D.C., and she has extensive experience in retail banking and small business lending. Kavanagh is a board member of the Delaware Small Business Chamber and an active volunteer for several nonprofit organizations in Sussex County.

Delaware Business Leaders Hall of Fame inductees named

The Leadership Council of Junior Achievement of Delaware announced the 2019 Slate of Delaware Business Leaders Hall of Fame inductees, who will be honored at ceremonies Wednesday, Oct. 2, Wilmington Country Club.

2019 inductees are: former PNC Bank Delaware Chairman, President and CEO Calvert A. Morgan Jr; entrepreneurs Sam and Mariah Calagione of Dogfish Head Brewery fame; and media pioneer Thomas Henry Draper, who will be honored posthumously.

The festivities will also mark the global Centennial of Junior Achievement.

Rob Eppes, Junior Achievement of Delaware president, said,  “When an organization gets to be 100 years old, you take some time to be nostalgic, to revisit memorabilia, to celebrate the adversity overcome and the shared successes. At the same time, you have a keen focus and an informed eye to the future.” 

Eppes said, “This year’s Hall of Fame laureates allow us to look back a few decades into Delaware’s storied corporate past, and to look toward our necessary entrepreneurial future. Their stories range from those of today’s current pioneers creating their own pop-culture phenomenon, to an icon who is now an untimely part of Delaware history.”

Vantage Point Retirement Living announces growing team

Vantage Point Retirement Living has welcomed Dave Bolton, regional director of operations, and Jim Hellier, associate director of community relations, to the Vantage Point family.

Both Bolton and Hellier bring decades of experience and dedication to their roles. Vantage Point is the owner/operator of the Lodge at Truitt Homestead and the Lodge at Historic Lewes in Sussex County as well as Meadowcrest at Middletown in New Castle County.

Regional and family-owned, Vantage Point was born out of a passion and enthusiasm for creating lifestyle communities that give area seniors the most extraordinary retirement living experience possible with the full continuum of care at their fingertips. Both Bolton and Hellier embody this passion with an authentic commitment to seniors that is rare to find.

When they open this year and next, the three vibrant communities will be the only monthly-rental independent living retirement communities in the area. With luxury, spacious apartments, each community offers the definition of financial flexibility with no large buy-in fees, no complicated contracts, and security for the future with the development of a benevolent fund, as well as priority access to the full continuum of care. Seniors keep the assets they've worked for their whole lives. Apartments are monthly rentals.

State Farm cuts auto insurance rates in Delaware

For the second year in a row, State Farm will cut its auto rates in Delaware. As a result, the overall personal auto rate will drop by 5.1 percent. Statewide, customers of the state's largest insurer will realize total savings of approximately $9.3 million. The effective date for new and renewal business is May 13. The last rate change in Delaware was a decrease of 3.0 percent in July 2018. Combined, the two auto rate decreases will save Delaware customers $15 million.

“State Farm is very pleased to be able to offer another auto rate decrease in Delaware,” said Chris Schell, State Farm senior vice president. “Improving expenses and losses were important factors, among many, that supported our decision to make this rate change." 

Overall changes in premiums for individual motorists will vary. Rates depend on a customer’s policy and chosen coverage. Customers can contact their local State Farm agent to discuss their individual situation. Additional opportunities for discounts may apply. A rate decrease combined with discounts offers exceptional long-term value to State Farm customers. For more information, go to www.statefarm.com.

Edward Jones highest in investor satisfaction

Financial services firm Edward Jones ranks highest in investor satisfaction with full-service brokerage firms, according to the J.D. Power 2019 U.S. Full Service Investor Satisfaction Study, the firm recently announced.

The study measures overall investor satisfaction with 18 full-service investment firms based on eight factors, including financial advisor, account information, investment performance, firm interaction, product offerings, commissions and fees, information resources and problem resolution. The firm scored 853 in overall satisfaction, 18 points above the industry average.

"What a great honor it is to be recognized for what matters most, which is making a difference in the lives of our clients," said Edward Jones Managing Partner Janet Maher. "We illustrate the value of the Edward Jones client experience every day and help our clients achieve financially what is most important to them.”

Edward Jones was ranked highest in investor satisfaction by J.D. Power in 2015 (tied), 2012, 2010, 2009, 2007-05, and in a tie in 2002, when the study began.

Janet Maher's office is at 28322 Lewes-Georgetown Highway, Milton.

For more information, call 302-684-5946 or go to www.edwardjones.com/janet-maher.

Applebee’s raises funds for charities

The Rose Group, a leading franchisee of Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar restaurants, announced that it raised $14.5 million for various charities throughout Delaware, Maryland Pennsylvania and New Jersey since 2010.

Of that amount, Its five Applebee’s locations along the eastern shore of Delaware and Maryland raised a combined total of $894,000 through fundraisers for a variety of nonprofits.

“Fundraising and charitable giving have always been a cultural staple at The Rose Group,” said Jeff Warden, president and CEO. “At our core, we are a company focused on community engagement. We find there is no better way to get to know and engage with our neighbors than bringing everyone together for a good cause. We are incredibly impressed and humbled by the vigor that our local stores as well as each of our individual employees have put into fundraising efforts since 2010. It speaks to their character, and we are proud to have them as part of our team.”