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DBT40 Honoree: Allison McKenney of Brew HaHa!

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AGE: 29
TITLE: Director of Operations
CITY: Wilmington

What the nominator said: “Allison McKenney was hired at Brew HaHa! in 2007 as a counter crew employee, and in 2010, to café manager, where she grew sales by $100,000 in one year, and was the highest performing manager at BHH that year. In 2015, she was promoted to director of operations for Brew HaHa! and now oversees Brandywine Coffee Roasters, holding her responsible for more than $7 million in combined sales each year. She is strong-minded and goal-oriented, and has organized events and donation requests to benefit the many charities BHH supports, including United Way, March of Dimes, Kids Runway for Research and numerous schools, hospitals and other organizations.

Social media platform you can’t live without: Instagram and Pinterest.

Your biggest break: Becoming Operations Assistant at Brew HaHa! to help with all 10 cafes.

Best career advice you ever got: Pick your battles.

Two words that best describe you: Creative and honest.

Work/life balance technique you recommend: Walking and listening to comedy podcasts to take my mind off of the business and have a good laugh.

If you were in charge of Delaware: I’d call for more public transportation for people to have more job opportunity or flexibility.

In one sentence, define “success.” Learning and growing from your mistakes.

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