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Newark's Own to Be Honored at Upcoming Awards Luncheon

May 04, 2015 05:40PM ● By Kevin
The New Castle County Chamber of Commerce will honor local heroes in business at the annual Chamber Awards Luncheon, Thursday, May 14, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Waterfall Catering and Special Events, 3416 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont, DE 19703.

"Economic Growth is based upon the success of people that have a vision and are willing to take risks to turn their vision into successful business that creates jobs," the chamber's website says. "Economic growth is also based on the willingness of successful businesses to give back to the community by volunteering their time and talent to support a cause or help a community group."

There will be four awards given at this year's luncheon. Locally, the following businesses/persons will be honored.

Entrepreneur of the Year Award - Todd Bavol (Integrity Staffing)

As President and Chief Executive Officer of Integrity Staffing, Todd is accountable for the overall leadership and vision of the company. With over 20 years of staffing industry experience and prior experience in financial management and operational management, Todd has the practical experience and entrepreneurial spirit to lead Integrity.

"Todd is a three-time Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist and is one of only 30 CEO's that make up the Philadelphia CEO Hall of Fame as named by the Philadelphia Business Journal," the company's website says. "Known throughout the USA as an expert on strategic workforce solutions, Todd has written five books on job search skills and strategic human resource topics. Todd currently authors two weekly blogs (The Job Search Ninja and The HR Ninja). In 2011, Todd was a recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award."

Ambassadaor of the Year Award - Will Webber (Keller Williams Realty)

Will, originally from Lake Erie, PA is a Vietnam Veteran and Graduate of the University of Delaware. For the past 27 years, he has been a realtor, broker, investor and property manager. Will has been a long time Ambassador of the New Castle County Chamber and Mentor to many of its members. 

Webber "helps home buyers and sellers in the New Castle County Delaware area, including Centreville, Greenville, Newark, Bear, Hockessin, Pike Creek, Middletown, Odessa, Townsend and suburban north Wilmington," his website says. "Will provides an exceptional level of service that you won’t find anywhere else when purchasing Delaware real estate. His focus is entirely on his real estate clients and helping them save money and time when buying or selling New Castle County homes. With 25 years of experience as a Broker, Realtor, trainer and mentor, Will is the real estate professional who will guide you through a pleasant, easy and memorable experience."

In addition, the Entrepreneurial Advocate of the Year Award will be granted to David Freschman. With a mix of entrepreneurship, creativity and immense passion for the world of business, David became a veteran in the Venture Capital Industry. Some positions from his astounding resumé include the founder of Delaware Innovation Fund, Early Stage East, ARC Angel Fund, Innovation Capital Advisors and FashInvest. David was a consultant for the hit television show, Shark Tank on ABC. He was also a professor and board member at LIM College, where he enjoyed sharing his knowledge and educating future entrepreneurs. Freschman passed away in March at the age of 52.

The Wallace Johnson Community Service Award will be awarded to Paul and Linda McConnell, a husband and wife team. Paul has been very active in DE real estate and business for over 40 years and he currently co-chairs our Wilmington Business Leaders Network.  He and Linda have been involved in many community groups and have been champions of education.

Cost to attend is $50 Members/ $75 Non-Members Table of 8: $400 Members/ $600 Non-Members. For more information, visit

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