NAI Emory Hill is pleased to announce that Jim O’Hara III has re-joined the firm as a commercial real estate agent. Jim has more than ten years of experience in commercial real estate brokerage. He joined Jim O’Hara Realty in 2003, which then merged with NAI Emory Hill in 2008, and has been active in all facets of commercial real estate, representing retail, office and industrial tenants. He returned to NAI Emory Hill after working as an account executive for Chesapeake Insurance Advisors in New Castle.
Jim is active in the community and has been involved with educational and athletic endeavors at Salesianum School and Ursuline Academy, both nationally-recognized Catholic high schools in Wilmington. He is a member of several professional organizations including the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and Commercial Industrial Realty Council (CIRC) of Delaware.
Another new, “green” Royal Farms held its ribbon cutting last week at 58 Atlantic Avenue in Ocean View, Sussex County, DE. The store is the fifth Royal Farms to be constructed by Emory Hill & Company, which has also built stores in Glasgow, Georgetown, Bear and Dover, DE and is currently constructing a sixth store near the Philadelphia Airport at Exit 8 of Interstate 95 in Ridley Park, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, scheduled to be completed by the end of this year. Several Royal Farms stores constructed by Emory Hill have been built to LEED® standards or have received LEED® certification, and all are constructed with sustainable construction. The Ocean View Royal Farms was designed and constructed in accordance with the state-of-the-art, stringent energy and water efficiency standards set forth by the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® rating system. The building features low flow toilets, waterless urinals, low VOC paint, energy efficient LED lighting fixtures throughout the store, and energy efficient components within the lighted beverage and food cases.
Becky has over 20 years of commercial real estate and economic development experience and has worked in all facets of site location, business recruitment and job creation efforts. Licensed in Delaware and Maryland, Becky focuses on the sales and leasing of office, industrial and retail properties. Prior to joining NAI Emory Hill, Becky worked as an agent for Coldwell Banker Commercial Amato and in business development for the Jacksonville (Florida) Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development organization. She is a graduate of the University of Florida and University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute.
Lorraine represents local, national and international sellers, landlords, buyers and tenants with industrial, retail, land and office properties in Delaware and specializes in helping clients with the acquisition, disposition, construction and development of commercial real estate. Prior to joining NAI Emory Hill, Lorraine worked as an agent for Coldwell Banker Commercial Amato, in business development for the architectural firm, the Breckstone Group, and she owned an interior design and decorating firm for 20 years. A Delaware native, Lorraine is a graduate of the University of Delaware and serves as the current president of Delaware Real Estate Women (DREW).
Emory Hill & Company is pleased to announce that Theodore (Tab) Book and Ed Kotsay have both joined the firm as construction project managers. Tab Book will serve as a project manager and has over 30 years of experience in the construction industry. His recent projects have included a 12,000 SF building for the Army Corp of Engineers at Dover Air Force Base (a LEED Silver Project), a 200,000 SF design/build office campus in Dover, DE, Southside Family Practice, Dynamic Physical Therapy, Wells Fargo and many more. Ed Kotsay will serve as an estimator and project manager and has more than twenty years of experience in the construction industry in both areas. Prior to joining Emory Hill, he worked for several firms in New Jersey and Pennsylvania including Keating Building Corporation, Skanska USA and Tri-State Design Construction.
At the ribbon cutting of its newest store built by Emory Hill & Company in Bear, Delaware, Royal Farms revealed its “Fryer to Fuel” program which converts chicken oil into diesel fuel, raising the bar still higher for the convenience store chain when it comes to environmentally friendly practices. Royal Farms is the state’s leading retail chain when it comes to having the most stores built to LEED standards and/or certification. Emory Hill & Company was the general contractor on the Bear store, which is seeking LEED certification as well as those in Glasgow, Georgetown and Dover which were also built to LEED standards and/or certification. Emory Hill was also recently awarded a contract to build the next store to be built in Ocean View.
Delaware Governor Jack Markell was on hand December 12 for a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the Department’s new Juvenile Multi-Purpose Education Facility at the Ferris School for Boys just outside Wilmington. The facility was constructed by Emory Hill & Company for the Delaware Children’s Department, which is seeking LEED Gold certification. The $5 million dollar facility was funded as a result of the Capital Budget process through the Building Delaware’s Future Now Funding. The 14,000 SF state-of-the-art building which sits on the Agency’s administrative campus near Newport will be the new educational home for youth who are committed to the Department’s Level IV Residential Cottages. The building was designed in accordance with Governor Markell’s EO 18 to design new state buildings to be LEED certified. The Department is pursuing Gold level LEED certification by mid-2014.
NAI Emory Hill is pleased to announce that commercial real estate agent Emily Drake has been elected President of the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals Network. Her new one-year term begins in September. Emily has been with Emory Hill for several months and has experience in sales and marketing and a Bachelor of Science degree in Leadership from the University of Delaware. She represents all types of property transactions out of Emory Hill’s corporate offices in New Castle.
In other NAI Emory Hill news, commercial broker Jim O’Hara Jr. has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Commercial-Industrial Realty Council (CIRC) of Delaware. The announcement was made at the September CIRC Annual Meeting. Jim serves as the Director of Brokerage for NAI Emory Hill and is a principal of the firm. He has been involved in the real estate business since 1972 and started Jim O’Hara Realty Associates LLC in 1999, joining Emory Hill in 2008. Jim is licensed in Delaware and Pennsylvania and represents all types of properties with a focus on retail.
Emory Hill Real Estate Services, Inc. is pleased to announce that Joseph Fonash has joined the firm as a new commercial property manager. Before joining Emory Hill, Joe worked as a property manager for SSH Management, LLC in Philadelphia, where he managed a portfolio of commercial, residential, retail and mixed-use buildings. Prior to SSH Management, LLC, Joe started his career with Ironstone Strategic Capital Partners as a Residential Property Manager and Leasing Agent. Joe’s responsibilities will include managing office, industrial and retail properties. He holds a Pennsylvania Real Estate License and is active in his Philadelphia neighborhood of Fishtown, working with local councilmen, businesses and developers in engaging the community with events, changes and development. He is a graduate of Temple University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English. Welcome Joe!
New Cecil County, Md. Chamber of Commerce Director Bonnie Grady was inducted at a Chamber lunch recently along with the new Board of Directors – and welcomed Emory Hill Marketing Director Michele Chynoweth as a new member at the same time! If you’re looking for real estate services (leasing, sales, construction, property management, maintenance or home sales – we’ve got Cecil County covered!)
Emory Hill Companies is pleased to announce that Steve Endres has joined the firm as the new Chief Financial Officer.Steve has more than 25 years of experience as a Certified Public Accountant including working for Ernst & Young in Baltimore and the past 15 years as a CFO/Controller for real estate businesses including Mid-Atlantic Properties, Inc., Nottingham Properties, Inc., and the James F. Knott Realty Group. His responsibilities will include overseeing all accounting functions of the firm, overseeing the accounting staff, working with the various department heads on budgets and operations, procurement and establishing and maintaining relationships with banking institutions and outside accountants. Steve is a graduate of the University of Baltimore where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.