Business Briefs

January 16, 2019

Home Builders Association of Delaware holds annual meeting

Members of the Home Builders Association of Delaware gathered for their annual meeting and holiday celebration Dec. 8. Nine awards were presented to individuals recognizing their distinguished work and dedication to the home building industry across the state.

The association advocates for Delaware home builders, remodelers and associates. Comprising 6,000 employees in the housing, development, and real estate communities, its membership makes up a substantial portion of the workforce and touches virtually every aspect of the Delaware economy.

Mark Gandy of Middletown Kitchen and Bath was sworn in as HBADE president. During his speech, Gandy spoke on his priorities to further advance the organization. Some of those include promoting careers in the construction industry, increasing membership diversity,  and promoting member-to-member business.

The 2018 award winners were: Builder of the Year Fred Fortunato; Associate of the Year Richard Forsten; Remodeler of the Year James Stevenson; Young Associate of the Year Caroline Dentino; Young Builder of the Year Justin Olear; Defender of Housing Kevin Hensley; President’s Distinguished Service Award, Jeff Haggerty; Lifetime Achievement Award, Kevin Kelly; and Legislative Champion Award, Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth Beach.

Chesapeake Utilities announces executive appointments

Chesapeake Utilities Corp. announced two executive appointments for its Delmarva natural gas distribution operations and mid-Atlantic propane gas distribution operation.

Shane E. Breakie has been promoted to assistant vice president of Chesapeake Utilities. Breakie will assume expanded responsibilities regarding the day-to-day activities of the company’s natural gas distribution systems on the Delmarva Peninsula.

Andrew R. Hesson has been promoted to vice president of Sharp Energy Inc., the company’s mid-Atlantic propane distribution business unit. He will become Sharp Energy’s business unit leader upon Bob Zola’s retirement in January.

Jeffry M. Householder, president and CEO of Chesapeake Utilities Corp., said, “Shane and Andy exemplify our core values, and I am proud to promote them to these new leadership roles. Their strategic and innovative approaches have led to enhanced company performance, and I have no doubt they will continue to inspire others to make a positive impact within the company and in the community.”

Woman-owned wealth management firm partners with Girls Inc.

Lovett Advisors LLC was created in Wilmington 10 years ago to offer a full menu of wealth management services. Kim Lovett, CFP, recognized her clients’ needs for a more comprehensive level of service, so she started her own independent registered investment advisory firm. Lovett’s goal remains to be the trusted advisor to a select group of clients in the coordination of their financial affairs. This is accomplished through sound financial planning, objective advice, transparence, independence and exceptional customer service.

Lovett Advisors is celebrating 10 years of success by giving back to the local community.

“The best way to celebrate my personal success and the success of Lovett Advisors is to give back to the community in a way that will inspire young women to be all they can be and to live their dreams,” said Lovett.

Lovett is partnering as a mentor with Girls Inc. of Delaware, a statewide nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire girls to be strong, smart and bold. Its research-based programs provide girls with life-changing experiences and real solutions to the unique issues they face. Lovett is proud to be involved with such an amazing organization and is excited to collaborate.

For more information, go to or call 302-250-4740.

Fulton Mortgage names loan officer

Don F. Mills of Millsboro was recently named mortgage loan officer for Fulton Mortgage Company, a division of Fulton Bank. In this position, he will be responsible for providing customers with mortgage services throughout the Georgetown region. Mills comes to Fulton Mortgage from NVR Mortgage, where he held the position of senior loan officer. He holds a bachelor of science degree in marketing/business management from Clarion University of Pennsylvania.

Beebe Healthcare to host RN and CNA job fair at Dover Downs Jan. 30

Beebe Healthcare will host a nurse and certified nurse assistant job fair from 3 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 30, in the Kent Room at Dover Downs, 1131 N. DuPont Highway, Dover. RN openings are available for the clinical decision unit, intensive care unit, step-down, medical-surgical unit, cardiovascular operating room, emergency department and cardiac cath. Eligible RNs must have a minimum of one to two years of acute care experience. For most units, BLS and ACLS certifications are required. Casual and per diem opportunities are also available. Full-time positions may be eligible for sign-on bonuses.

CNA positions are available for certified nursing assistants seeking full- and part-time opportunities. Eligible CNAs must have a minimum of one to two years of experience.

For more information, go to Registration is required. To reserve a space, call 302-645-3336 or email

Sandals Resorts recognizes Bethany Travel with multiple awards

Sandals Resorts International, voted World’s Leading All-Inclusive Company for 23 consecutive years, recognized Bethany Travel/Dream Vacations for its outstanding achievements at the 17th annual Sandals Travel Agency Recognition Awards held recently at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort.

This prestigious event honors travel agencies from across the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Latin America. Top travel agencies are awarded for exemplary sales performance and their commitment to using extensive product knowledge of Sandals Luxury Included resorts in creating dream vacations for their clients.

Bethany Travel/Dream Vacations’ awards included Best of the Best Agency, Chairman’s Royal Club Elite Agent and Top Club Sandals Agency

“We value the hard work of travel agents like Cindy McCabe, and take the opportunity to commend them, as they are essential in bringing the Sandals Resorts’ and Beaches Resorts’ vacation experiences to life for their clients,” said Gordon Butch Stewart, chairman of Sandals Resorts International.

Bethany Travel/Dream Vacations is located at 28436 Dupont Blvd., Millsboro. For more information, call 302-933-0955 or go to

KDI Office Technology extends partnership with Dover International Speedway

KDI Office Technology and Dover International Speedway have reached a five-year partnership extension through 2024, making KDI the official and exclusive business solutions provider to the Monster Mile, and also gaining naming rights to the track’s infield media center.
The KDI Office Technology Media Center at Dover International Speedway, located near the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series garage inside Turn 1, provides local, regional and national media with a work area while at the track during NASCAR tripleheader weekends. The center is used for most press conferences and driver interviews during the weekend. KDI Office Technology will serve as the first presenting partner of the media center in the track’s 50-year history.
“This full-fledged sponsorship is a big step in our relationship with Dover, and we couldn’t be happier,” said Don Schatzman, KDI president. “We enjoy entertaining our clients at the track and giving them the complete Dover NASCAR experience. Given our long history together, we are so proud to be the first partner in Dover’s history to have our name on the media center. It’s very special, and we look forward to many more years of working with the wonderful people at Dover.”

Local travel advisor among first to experience new cruise ship

Sailing on the inaugural launches of the latest cruise ships is an honor reserved for top travel industry insiders. This year, local travel agent Judy Carton was among the first to sail on Celebrity Cruises’ newest cruise ship, Celebrity Edge, as part of Cruise Planners’ annual convention, which kicked off its 25th year in business.

“Sailing on the newest ship in the industry that incorporates the beauty of modern design and edgy entertainment was a thrill,” Carton said. “I want my clients to know that they have access to the best in the industry, and now I have firsthand knowledge of it.”

Carton was among 500 travel advisors to tour some of the luxury suites well-appointed with full bathrooms and wrap-around balconies. Edge is the prototype for an innovative new series of ships at Celebrity called the Edge Class. Designed to be oriented to the ocean in an unusual way for big vessels, it boasts several features that are groundbreaking not just for the line but the industry.

Cruise Planners creates customized vacations from cruises to land vacations. For more information, go to