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60 - CAPE GAZE&apos;rI, Friday, July 14 - July 20, 2000 OPF names Holt vice presiaent, regional director of rentals NRT Mid-Atlantic announced this week that O'Conor, Piper & Flynn (OPF) has named Susan Holt vice president and regional director of rentals for the coastal region. In her new position, Holt will oversee the coastal region's rental division. This encompasses 2,300 week- ly, seasonal and year-round rental properties at 11 offices on the shore communities in Maryland and Delaware. She will also direct the ac- tivities of more than 70 employees, a full service maintenance company, a cleaning com- HOLT pany, and rental accounting. "As someone who has worked to promote vacationing in the coastal areas for nearly three decades, Susan Holt has an in- credible understanding of the va- cation rental market," said Jim O'Conor, president of NRT Mid- Atlantic and chairman of O'- Conor, Piper & Flynn. "She is extremely well qualified to manage the coastal region rentals." OPF president John Evans said, "Susan Holt is an accomplished DEMEP kicks off public awareness campaign The Delaware Manufacturing Extension Partnership (DEMEP) is embarking on an year-long public awareness campaign de- signed to make sure that Delawareans know more about the role of manufacturing in the state economy and about the key role DEMEP plays in improving manufacturers' quality, productiv- ity and profitability. The DEMEP campaign, dubbed A Manufacturer's Best Friend, starts this month and will be structured to make DEMEP a household word, according to DEMEP executive director Char- lie Twardowski. "DEMEP truly is the best friend a manufacturer could ever have," Twardowski said. "We exist to keep Delaware manufacturers vi- able by identifying, transferring and implementing best practices and technologies. Over the years, we have helped a lot of small to medium sized manufacturers grow and become more efficient. But the changing economy means we must work harder than ever to champion this important part of the state economy." Twardowski said the initial phase of DEMEP's 'Best Friend' campaign will concentrate on building public awareness for DEMEP's name, followed by a similar effort focusing on the range of services DEMEP offers to manufacturers. He said the campaign will involve print and electronic media, direct mail and various DEMEP presentations. The Delaware Manufacturing Extension Partnership is affiliated with the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Delaware Techni- cal and Community College, the State Economic Development Of- fice and the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce. MONEY PROBLEMS? Reduce your Monthly Bills up to 60%! We can Help! Debt Consolidation & Management CALL Toll Free: (800) 556-1548 FREE. no-cbtigation consultatior Chamber Continued from page 59 After a 17-year career with a corporate employer in Wilming- ton, Gavin Braithwaite moved to Lewes in 1992. During the years that followed, he and his wife es- tablished three new retail busi- nesses in the Lewes downtown area, the Stepping Stone, Puzzles and the Union Jack. These stores are their fulltime occupation and provide the family livelihood. For the past three years, t3raithwaite has chaired the Chamber's His- toric Lewes Business Committee, presently chairs the Signs Com- mittee and has just completed a two-year term as a Chamber di- rector. He is also a director of the Lewes Historical Society, an ac- tive member of the Lewes Lions Club, a volunteer with Coastal Concerts and serves on the Lewes Pedestrian Safety Committee. Mariah Calagione was born and raised in Milford, attended North- field Mount Herman School and then Brown University, graduat- ing with a bachelor of arts in pub- lic policy. She has worked in TV news for four years in Providence, R.I. and Salisbury, Md. at WBOC. She is an owner of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Lewes a Nassau Com- mons and of Dogfish Head Brew- ings & Eats in Rehoboth Beach. Calagione and her husband live with their 9-month old son in downtown Lewes. Maria Walls is a native of Delaware who has lived in the Lewes area since 1993. She is cur- rently a licensed Realtor with Pru- dential-Gallo in Lewes. Previous- ly, she worked for eight years in banking with PNC Bank and be- fore that spent 18 years in retail xwith Acme Markets in Wilming- tton. She is married with two chil- dren. She and her husband, Skip, who also works at Prudential Gallo, have been head judges at the Chamber-sponsored Great Delaware Kite Festival for the past two years. Delivery & Setup Included ms m-ml t-m3 Land Home Packages Available 302-934-7417 employee and a valued member of OPF's management team. Her 20 years' experience in the hospitali- ty industry was one reason OPF recruited her six years ago to help expand the vacation rentals as part of the business." "I have always enjoyed promot- ing Ocean City as a family vaca- tion destination," Holt said. "Posi- tioning OPF's focus on quality family vacations is natural, be- cause OPF is a company that em- phasizes the importance of the family." A resident of Ocean Pines, Holt has worked and lived in the Ocean City area for 28 years. A native of Texas who grew up in the Silver Spring, Md. area, she enjoys "the natural beauty, the relaxed atmos- phere and the wide open spaces" of the coastal region. Since joining OPF six years ago, Holt has been a member of the Vacation Rental Managers As- sociation and has served on the Coastal Association of Realtors' Grievance Committee for the past five years. . PayinghighCreditCardlntere. 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