Mark your calendars for the 2021 JDRF ONE DREAM  Virtual Gala Experience!

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Honoring Melinda K. Holman, Chairwoman of the Board, Holman Enterprises

Each year, the Greater Delaware Valley Chapter celebrates 3 Galas in Philadelphia, Southern New Jersey and Wilmington.  This year, with the health and safety of our constituents  top priority, the Greater Delaware Valley Chapter has made the decision celebrate as one, virtually in 2021!

The One Dream Gala brings people together to celebrate the tenacity and courage displayed by the type 1 diabetes (T1D) community, while raising critical funds for T1D research. Although we cannot be together in person this year, we will be #AtHomeTogeather, virtually, as a community, to show the world that when faced with challenges, we will remain unstoppable in our fight to find a cure. We have planned a day full of digital festivities, including an online auction, inspiring giving opportunities and a Live Stream event!

 

This year we will be honoring Melinda K. Holman, Chairwoman of the Board, Holman Enterprises

 

Melinda “Mindy” Holman leads the organization in conducting business the Holman Way – by always striving to do the right thing for our people, our customers, and our community. Since joining the business in 1986, Mindy held various leadership positions across the organization before stepping into the role of President and CEO. Today as Chairwoman of Holman Enterprises, a certified Women’s Business Enterprise, Mindy represents the third generation of family leadership and their strategic vision for growing Holman’s consumer and commercial businesses in alignment with people-first core values and principles.

In all that she does, Mindy embodies and upholds the values established by her grandfather when he opened his first automotive dealership in 1924.  The Holman organization is especially committed to supporting community organizations both financially and through personal involvement. In this way also, Mindy leads by example.  Her current board affiliations include the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and South Jersey, and Urban Promise International, where she serves at Chair.

Mindy holds a B.S. from the College of William and Mary, and a Master’s degree from Old Dominion University.  She is married to Frank Beideman, Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer for the Holman organization. They have two sons together – Brad, 26, and Joe, 23.  Daughter Ashley Shaw works in Human Resources with the company.  Mindy also has two brothers – Jeff, a high school guidance counselor and tennis coach, and Steve, who joined the family business in 2014 as Director, Community Affairs.

Meet the people who are making the Virtual Experience happen!

Frank Battino, P.E., CPSM | Corporate Development Chair

Director – Strategic Relationships | ARI and Holman Enterprises

Frank and his wife Lisa reside in Haddonfield, NJ along with their youngest daughter, Julia.  Their oldest daughter, Gabrielle (22) is a recent graduate of George Washington University and now works as a Public Health Associate for the Kinetix Group based in New York City.  Gabrielle was diagnosed when she was ten years old.

Frank leads the global procurement team for Holman Enterprises, an integrative automotive and services company. Frank and his team manage strategic relationships for Holman’s operating companies, including over 30 automotive dealerships; ARI, a global provider of fleet management services that manages nearly two million vehicles; and for the Auto Truck Group and Kargo Master, North American vehicle upfitting and manufacturing companies. Frank holds an engineering degree and an MBA from Drexel University and is a Certified Professional in Supply Management®.

Bevin Hileman | Social Development Chair

Bevin Hileman is the Assistant to the Vice President of Student Affairs and Alumni Relations at Wilmington University & an Adjunct Instructor. Her husband Mike is a Surgical Physician’s Assistant at St. Francis Hospital. Bevin has three little girls.  Her daughter Ava, who is 8 years old, was diagnosed with Type 1 at the age of 3. Our goal is to give back to our community and help in this tough fight to find a cure! Over the last few years Bevin has served as a JDRF Gala Committee Volunteer, Gala Fund a Cure Family 2016, 2020 Delaware Gala Chair and is excited to work as the Social Development Lead for the 2021!

Dana Purvis| Procurement Chair

With my strong organizational skills, attention to detail and the proven ability to prioritize and complete multiple tasks I believe I can help the JDRF Board raise money for a cure and for better treatment options. I truly believe that this is my purpose in life and will do all I can to ensure that my 18 year old grandson (and all our loved ones) are cured.

Since my grandson was diagnosed over 12 years ago, I have served as a JDRF One Walk Family Team Coach and have been a member of the Event Day One Walk committee.  I have also served on the Gala committee for three years, chaired the Program Book Committee in 2015 and 2016 and helped the Gala Auction Committee with donations.  I received the “Unsung Heroine” Award from JDRF in 2013.

After many years serving as a secretary in the non-profit sector, I joined my husband’s small firm in 2010 where I am the Secretary/Treasurer and help him with its day to day operations.  I have served as secretary of the Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital Volunteer Board where I currently volunteer each week.  I have also served as a Deacon at my church.

Travis Rhodes | Fund A Cure Chair

Travis Rhodes has more than 25 years of banking experience. He joined BB&T in 1999 as a financial center leader in Winston-Salem, N.C. From 2001 to 2008, he held several positions within BB&T’s Triad Region, including business banker, business services officer, and regional corporate banking officer. Rhodes relocated to Charlotte, N.C., as corporate banking manager in 2012. In early 2018, he accepted the Regional President position in BB&T’s Delaware Valley Region and recently became head of our Lehigh Valley Region as well. Rhodes is based out of our King of Prussia and Allentown offices.

A native of Greensboro, N.C, Rhodes received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Appalachian State University and is a graduate of the LSU Graduate School of Banking. He was president-elect of the Western Carolina’s chapter of the JDRF (Junior Diabetes Research Foundation), and has served on the board of Samaritan Ministries.