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People on the Move Feb. 11

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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.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced President Joe Biden’s appointment of Matthew Heckles as the Regional Administrator of HUD’s Mid-Atlantic region.

Heckles will be responsible for the oversight and delivery of HUD programs and services throughout Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and West Virginia. He will serve as HUD’s liaison to elected officials, congressional delegations, city managers, stakeholders and customers.
Prior to joining HUD, he served as the Assistant Secretary and Director of the Community Development Administration at the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. In this capacity, he oversaw a range of operations and services from the administration and financing of single-family mortgage and multifamily development financing to housing rehabilitation and local government infrastructure programs. Most recently, his efforts centered on COVID-19 relief programs that offered forbearance for small businesses as well as tenant and homeowner assistance.

The Galman Group, a leader in the multifamily real estate market for 34 years, announced that Brian Paule has been named president. An experienced leader in property management specializing in multifamily apartment properties who will serve on its board of directors.

As President, Paule will lead day-to-day operations at The Galman Group and build upon the successes the firm has achieved over four decades. Paule has spent his career with The Galman Group, starting as a Leasing Agent in 1996 after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree from Thomas Jefferson University. He has held numerous positions at the company, including leadership roles such as director of property management and, most recently, chief operating officer. He is a director on the board of the Pennsylvania Apartment Association (PAA) and holds the certified apartment manager accreditation from the National Apartment Association. He is also active in Operation Homefront, an organization that works to build strong, stable and secure military families.



Diamond State Financial Group (DSFG), a financial services firm located in Newark, DE, has named Andrew Baker, Jeff Marsico, and Nick Vali are associate partners.

Baker has been a financial advisor at DSFG since 2012. He graduated from The Pennsylvania State University’s Smeal College of Business with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and a minor in Economics. In all cases, he can find unique ways to help meet his client’s individual needs.

Marsico has been a financial advisor at DSFG since 2008. Jeffrey has developed a nationwide practice passionately advising his clients on their wealth management needs. He is a regular keynote speaker to medical groups and residency programs in the Northeast. Marsico currently holds his Series 7 and Series 66 FINRA registrations, as well as his Life and Health Insurance licenses. He has also earned his Certified Financial Planner™ certification. 


Vali appreciates the contributions of small business owners, medical professionals, and (pre)retirees to the community, and specializes in creating innovative strategies to help overcome the unique challenges these individuals face. Vali currently holds his Series 7 and Series 66 FINRA registrations, as well as his Life and Health Insurance licenses. He has also earned his  Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®) designation.

Compass, Inc. has announced the addition of Jan Patrick from Patterson Schwartz. Patrick is a veteran real estate expert and life-long resident of Northern Delaware saw more than $46 million in sales volume in 2021. The team comprises seven members including Jan’s daughter Susan, son Scott, and his wife Jackie, along with Sue Gibson, Ingrid Yerger, and Erin Panasuk, all working out of the Compass Greenville office. Compass expanded into the Delaware real estate market in March 2021 and continues to see rapid growth in attracting and retaining top talent.


Bryan Mack has joined Delaware Prosperity Partnership (DPP) in the role of business development manager.

Working from both Sussex County and the DPP headquarters in Wilmington, Mack will promote Delaware as a business location by coordinating corporate visits, hosting prospects, representing Delaware at economic development events and conducting individual outreach and cultivation with site selectors and other key players in business location. He also will connect with Delaware’s current business leaders to ensure DPP has a clear sense of the needs of Delaware businesses.

DPP leads Delaware’s economic development efforts to attract, grow and retain businesses; build a stronger entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem; and support private employers in identifying and developing talent. DPP’s Business Development team works with site selectors, executives and developers focused on where to locate or grow a business; helps with reviewing potential sites and cost-of-living analyses; and works closely with economic development partners statewide, as well as with the state’s Division of Small Business.

The Chemours Company, a global chemistry company with leading market positions in Titanium Technologies, Thermal & Specialized Solutions, Advanced Performance Materials, and Chemical Solutions, announces the appointment of Guillaume Pepy to its board of directors.

“Guillaume’s background and experience are impressive, especially his deep understanding of the European market and direct work in using technology as a catalyst for strengthening customer relationships and keeping their needs at the center of critical decisions,” said Dawn Farrell, chair of the board of directors at Chemours. 

Pepy, 63, is the former chairman and chief executive officer of SNCF Group, a state-owned French railway and logistics solutions company where he spent nearly 26 years of his career. In 2019, after more than ten years as chairman and CEO, Pepy stepped down from SNCF to pursue new endeavors, focusing on various board and advisory roles. Before joining SNCF, Mr. Pepy held high-ranking civil service positions in several French ministries.



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