CIRC Newsletter - September

Inside this Issue

Register for the Next Lunch Meeting on September 12 

Upcoming Events - CIRC

Upcoming Events - non-CIRC Events of Interest

In Memorium: Stephen J. Dobraniecki

Continuing Education News

Golf Outing - it's a Wrap


Register for Sept. 12 Lunch Event

We have a great "back to school" Membership Luncheon on September 12 (next Wednesday) at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center. 

Kurt Foreman, the new President & CEO, of Delaware Prosperity Partnership (DPP), will speak about the new public private partnership that works locally, regionally, nationally and internationally as the state’s lead resource to attract, retain and grow businesses; build a stronger entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem; and to support private employers in identifying, recruiting and developing talent in the state of Delaware. 

Kurt Foreman - and Becky Harrington, the DPP's Director of Business Development, want to build a strong bridge between the DPP and the brokerage community that will be beneficial us all. 

REGISTER ONLINE and see who else is coming. 


Upcoming CIRC Events

SAVE THE DATES for our upcoming CIRC Events


 - October 10 (Wed.) - Membership Luncheon - Clarion Hotel & Conference Center

 - November 15 (Thurs.) - Joint Holiday Dinner w/SIOR, CCIM, SWRA, AI, DREW - Harry's Savoy

 - December 12 (Wed.) - Holiday Lunch Mixer - University & Whist Club (note corrected date)


 - January 9 (Wed.) - Membership Lunch & Continuing Education 

 - February 13 (Wed.) - Membership Lunch & Continuing Education 

 - March 13 (Wed.) - Membership Lunch & Continuing Education 

 - April 10 (Wed.) - Membership Lunch & Continuing Education 

 - May 8 (Wed.) - Annual Meeting & Membership Lunch

 - June 24 (Mon.) - 21st Annual CIRC Golf Outing - Hartefeld National

Registration for each event (except golf) opens the day after the previous month's event.

Click more information about Upcoming Events or to register for the Next Meeting event.


Upcoming non-CIRC Events of Interest

October 4, 2018 - sponsored by PA/NJ/DE CCIM Chapter

What: Impacts of Oil & Gas Development on the Real Estate Market

When: Thursday, October 4
Time: 5:00-7:00 p.m. (beverages and hors d'oeuvers included)
Where: Lancaster Country Club, Lancaster, PA
Cost: Free to CCIM PA/NJ/DE members; $15 to non-CCIM members
Speaker: Gregory M. Elko, PE, Langan Engineering & Environmental Services
Register: click here 
Questions:  Jennifer Shockley, CAE, Executive Director, PA/NJ/DE CCIM Chapter - / 717.614.4271


October 17, 2018 - sponsored by Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal

What: 3rd Annual Commercial Real Estate Forecast

When: Wednesday, October 17
Time: 7:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Where: Sheraon Wilmington South Hotel, Wilmington, DE
Registration: more info to follow

A dynamic speaker panel and moderator are being assembled to present and discuss commercial current real estate topics of the day including Retail, Office/Industrial market, capital markets, multifamily and hospitality. They are recruiting leaders, movers and shakers in the industry to participate as a moderator or expert speaker to share their knowledge and expertise at our next event. CIRC will participate this year as an organizational sponsor (but not for registration).

Speaker / Sponosor opportunities or questions, contact:
Linda Christman at 781-740-2900 or Cell: 617-842-1372 / 
or Lea Christman at 781-740-2900 /


In Memorium: Stephen J. Dobraniecki

Steve at CIRC's 2017 Golf Outing

Steve Dobraniecki served the members of CIRC with dignity and honor during his many years as President, Director, and member of the Program and Membership committees. It is hard to imagine attending a golf outing, meeting or continuing education class without Steve's presence and steady influence! 

Steve was an active member of CIRC for many years. In our 2001 Membership Directory he was listed as a Workplace Consultant for Corporate Interiors of Delaware, Inc. By the time our 2006 Directory rolled around, he had earned a Delaware real estate salesperson's license and was working for NAI Emory Hill Real Estate Services, Inc., where most of you have known him to work over the past dozen years. 

Steve would never think of missing a CIRC golf outing! In 2017, even while undergoing treatments, he came out to play golf with his Emoy Hill buddies (from left, Steve, Kevin O'Hara, Neil Kilian, Lorraine Sheldon).

"I met Steve at CIRC and he was in my real estate licensing class. When he was on vacation it was an honor when he would ask me to take calls and help on his listings. He was great at what he did and he will dearly be missed. I’m glad I had the opportunity to play golf with him on Emory Hill’s team last year. Let’s keep Steve and his family and friends in our prayers and let’s live each day to its fullest."

  -  Lorraine Sheldon, Steve's co-worker at NAI Emory Hill Real Estate Servcies, Inc.

Obituary (

A visitation is planned from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at Mealey Funeral Home at Limestone and Milltown Roads on Thursday September 6th. A visitation is also planned from 9:30 to 10:30 AM at St. John the Beloved on Friday, September 7th, followed by at 10:30 funeral Mass. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Salesianum School Scholarship Fund, 1801 North Broom Street, Wilmington, DE 19802.


Continuing Education News

Our CIRC-sponosored continuing education for real estate license renewals will begin on January 9, 2019 (and continue for the first four months of the year in conjunction with our regularly scheduled CIRC Membership luncheons). During that time we will offer the first full rotation of all eight courses. A second rotation of courses will begin in January of 2020. This schedule will help licensees attain all - or most - of their required and elective credits needed for Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New Jersey. Course provider is Frederick Academy of Real Estate who's company and instructors are licensed to teach CE courses in all four states.

License renewal dates / continuing education credit deadlines:

NJ - 6/30/2019 / penalty if CE not received by 4/30/19
DE - 4/30/2020
PA - 5/31/2020
MD - dates vary per licensee

CE Requirements:

DE - 21 credit hours. Modules 1 through 7, inclusive, are required. (no change)
PA - 14 credit hours*. Has added a second 3.5 credit mandatory course with two 3.5 hour electives.

1) 3.5 hours - Pennsylvania Agency (offered on January 9, 2019 and January 8, 2020)

2) new) 3.5 hours - Property Management (1.5 hours) + Advertising (2.0 hours). Our course provider, Frederick Academy of Real Estate, is currently preparing a course for approval and we will work it in to our two full rotations of classes.

NJ - 12 credit hours. 6 credits are required courses and 6 credits are elective, with a minimum of 2 hours required Ethics. (no change)
MD - 15 credit hours for all licensees, including lawyers and college grad's with RE degrees. (no change, but see more details for MD requirements on our Continuing Education webpage)

PA Real Estate Licensees: RELEA Law now in effect

See our Newsletter Archive for more information about these new Pennsylvania RELEA laws that went into effect on August 28, 2018.


Golf ... It's a Wrap

We had a beautiful day and a great 20th Annual Golf Oouting at Hartefeld National on June 25 due in no small part to all of the golfers, volunteers and sponsors!

Golf Winners:

 - Putting Challenge (Practice Green) - Mark Russo

 - Long Drive #1 Men: Ryan Fassick

 - Long Drive #16 Women: Malina Robbins

 - Closest to Pin #2: Shawn Willians @ 8'7"

 - Closest to Pin #9: Alex Francescone @ 9'6"

 - Closest to Pin #11: Bert Root @ 7'8"

 - Longest Putt #8: Stephen Weick @ 42'

 - First Place Foursome: Jon Reese, Trippe Wayman, Shawn Williams, Cameron McDonald

 - Second Place Foursome: Tripp Way, Robert Wittig, Steve Masterson, Mark Hutton

 - Third Place Foursome: Matt Brainard, Steve Hunter, Jerry Temple, Brian Richards

A Big Thanks for our Golf Volunteers:

 - Golf Committee & Event Volunteers:

   - Bert Root, Long & Foster

   - Janet Pippert, Landmark Science & Engineering

   - Cindy Fleming, JLL

   - Mary Kate Williams, JLL

   - Dee Cairo, Excel Business Systems

   - Pat Forester, Sonitrol Security

 - Day of Event Volunteers:

  - Anthony Santoro, DiamondState Photography

  - Mike Gallo, American Seaboard

  - Susan Miller, Gioffre Commercial Real Estate

  - Pam Motter, Advanced Office Environments

  - Jill Riley, Contract Environments

  - Joe Tushchinski - Architecture & Interior Solutions

  - Khristian Toolan, Marling's Emergency Water Removal

  - Jessica Donnelly-Banks - Donnelly Banks Interiors

  - Paul Hughes - ESCO Atlantic

  - Liza Brisbin, DARE Living Associates

  - Drew Romanic - Martin Architectural

  - Steve Burnett - IFS Insurance

  - Nick Tropha - The Meat House 

  - Bert Root - Twin Lakes Brewery

And, a BIG thanks to our sponsors:


Martin Architectural Group

DSM Commercial Real Estate Services

Harvey Hanna & Associates

Buccini/Pollin Group

44 Business Capital, a division of Berkshire Bank

IFS Insurance

Ross Capital Partners

Shore United Bank

Environmental Alliance

Berger Harris



Waste Master Solutions

Union Wholesale Company

Capano Management

Bryn Mawr Trust


Geo-Technology Associates

The Commonwealth Group

Healthcare Facilities Solutions

NAI Emory Hill Real Estate Services

M&T Bank


Sonitrol Security of Delaware Valley


JLL - Jones Lang LaSalle

Applied Bank

First State Elevator

Pettinaro Residential 

American Seaboard Exteriors

KCI Technologies

AOE - Advanced Office Environments


BrightFields, Inc. (Longest Putt / CTP)

Harvey Hanna & Associates (Hole in One)

Ten Bears Environmental (Closest to Pin)

American Seaboard Exteriors (Putting Challenge)

Marling's Emergency Water Removal (Longest Drive-Men & CTP)

Delaware Real Estate Women DREW (Longest Drive-Women)


Riper Riley Hollin & Cologreco

MidCoast Community Bank

Fulton Bank

GGA Construction

SB Real Estate 

Howard Bank 

VanDemark & Lynch

Mitchell Associates 

Lang Development 

Colonial Parking

We would also like to thank the many people and companies that many contributions to the success of the event.

We will making a large charitable donation to the Delaware KIDS Fund due to your generosity.

Who says we don't have FUN at our outings?

Thank you Sponsors!