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People on the Move: Apr. 12

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People on the Move is a rundown of recent hirings, promotions, appointments and other notable movements by professionals in the state. If you’re interested in submitting an entry, please contact news@delawarebusinesstimes.com.

Diamond State Financial Group (DSFG) has named Andrew Baker, Jason Hagerman and Jeffrey Marsico as senior partners.

President & CEO Christopher Burgos said, “I am thrilled to announce the appointment of three exceptional individuals as senior partners of our firm. Their dedication, expertise, and commitment to excellence exemplify the values we cherish. Embracing new leadership ensures our continued innovation and strengthens our capacity to serve clients with distinction.”

Baker works closely with individuals and families preparing for and entering retirement, as it pertains to retirement income strategies, as well as medical professionals, business owners, and individuals in the construction industry.

With his understanding of what his clients need and deserve, Hagerman has become an indispensable financial resource for many individuals. He provides holistic strategies with high-quality products and services and to help with the creation of an integrated financial strategy.

Marsico has developed a nationwide practice of passionately advising his clients on their wealth management needs since joining the financial services industry in 2008. He designs comprehensive financial strategies using a detailed process to help individuals and families understand and pursue their financial goals time-efficiently.

Jason Hagerman, Andrew Baker and Jeffrey Marsico | PHOTO COURTESY OF DSFG


The Delaware Business Times has recently welcomed Jennifer Antonik as its associate editor.

Jennifer Antonik

Jennifer Antonik | PHOTO COURTESY OF ANTONIK

Antonik, who most recently worked as the public relations coordinator at the Delaware Farm Bureau, will be leading the Delaware Business Times’ efforts to cover business, government and economic development matters in central and southern Delaware. She takes the position after previous associate editor, Katie Tabeling, was promoted to editor in late January.

Antonik may be a new name to Delaware’s northern business community, but she is no stranger to journalism or southern Delaware. Antonik started a career as a newspaper designer for the Delaware State News. After earning a degree in communications from Delaware Technical Community College, she worked as a freelance writer, eventually becoming the news editor for the Milford Chronicle and the Harrington Journal.

Delaware Business Times Editor Katie Tabeling said she was particularly excited about Antonik’s extensive experience in central Delaware, which is deeply rooted in agriculture but has also been growing in the manufacturing and distribution sectors.

“We are very fortunate to have found a team member that not only has watched Milford and beyond grow and change over the years, but with the experience of a news editor and the knowledge of what Sussex and Kent businesses and government officials care about,” Tabeling said.

Antonik has named journalism as one of her passions, noting that her interest started as early as working on her high school newspaper. She points to the lessons taught by Milford High School English teacher Czar Bloom as a major turning point in finding her future career path.


Robert W. Murray Jr. | PHOTO COURTESY OF SUSSEX COUNTY

Sussex County named Robert W. Murray Jr. the first-ever director of the Department of Public Safety.

Murray in the interim will manage all operations of the facility in an acting capacity, following the retirement of longtime Emergency Operations Center director Joseph L. Thomas in March.

“It is an honor to be appointed as the director of the newly formed Department of Public Safety. I look forward to learning more about the EOC and emergency management and working with leadership to create a department that will position Sussex County for the future,” Murray said. “I believe this is a monumental step in advancing the delivery of public safety services in Sussex County, one that will allow us to draw on each individual and division’s strengths and coordinate our efforts, from dispatchers and emergency managers to paramedics, to provide the best service and care possible.”


Forbes, a business magazine, named Fredrick J. Dawson to the 2024 list of Best-In-State Wealth Advisors. Dawson is the president of Dawson Wealth Management LLC and Wealth Manager.

Dawson Wealth Management

Fredrick J. Dawson | PHOTO COURTESY OF DAWSON WEALTH MANAGEMENT

The Forbes ranking of Best-In-State Wealth Advisors, developed by SHOOK Research, is based on an algorithm of qualitative criteria, mostly gained through telephone and in-person due diligence interviews, and quantitative data. Those advisors that are considered have a minimum of seven years’ experience, and the algorithm weights factors like revenue trends, assets under management, compliance records, industry experience and those that encompass best practices in their practices and approach to working with clients.

This is Fred’s sixth time being recognized for this accomplishment, having also been recognized in 2018, 2020, 2021 and 2022.  Dawson, who joined Raymond James in 1983, has more than 40 years of experience in the financial services industry. He offers a comprehensive range of wealth management services for individuals, businesses and non-profit organizations.


The Delaware Historical Society has selected Laura Earls, Ph.D., as the new director of the George Read II House & Gardens.  

Earls, a museum professional and historian of gender and material culture in early America who most recently served as lead researcher and associate producer for an upcoming history podcast, has worked in collections management and interpretation at institutions including the Nemours Estate, the Museum of the American Revolution, and the Winterthur Museum. She formerly served as a graduate assistant and contractor at Delaware Historical Society’s Research Library.  

Earls holds a Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization and a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Delaware. As a speaker, teaching assistant, and instructor of record for history and museum studies courses at the University of Delaware, she encouraged students of all ages to engage critically with the past.  

“As the new Director of the Read House & Gardens, I’m excited to guide the stewardship and promotion of this incredibly special place as part of the Delaware Historical Society. I’m looking forward to bringing some of the lesser-known stories to the forefront of a cohesive interpretation plan that includes the gardens, the programming, and the tours. Most important, I want the house and grounds to continue to be a highlight of Historic New Castle and a place for the community to gather and engage with the past,” she said. 

 

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