CO-FOUNDER & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
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Donny is described by colleagues as a “serial entrepreneur”. While in college in the early 1970s he expanded his service business to include painting, commercial janitorial and landscaping services. By the time he graduated from college in 1974, Donny employed up to 100 people in Beaver’s Professional Services. Throughout the remainder of the 1970s and early 1980s, he was a leading distributor for ServiceMaster residential, commercial and industrial cleaning (www.ServiceMaster.com).
He further expanded the enterprise to include heavy-duty industrial and hazardous dust (asbestos, lead, silica, etc) cleanup in North America and Japan by purchasing the Sermac worldwide division from the ServiceMaster in 1982.
In 1984 Donny invented and patented the Pig brand absorbent sock and with his business partner, Ben Stapelfeld, in 1985 launched New Pig Corporation, a manufacturing and distribution company to sell the Pig brand product (www.NewPig.com). New Pig has grown to become the world’s leading manufacturing and distribution company for products that prevent and clean up heavy-duty leaks and spills.
Over the past 15 years he has developed a unique business model for conserving more than 30 miles of irreplaceable trout-stream properties through operating HomeWaters Retreats (www.HomeWatersRetreats.com). HomeWaters also serves and a private retreat for family-owned business & corporate “breakaways.” Donny co-founded HalenHardy, LLC (www.halenhardy.com) in January 2013 with long long-term business colleague Carl Cohen. Beaver serves as CEO. An active public speaker, Donny often presents to business and marketing associations, conservation groups and faith-based organizations.
He has received numerous business awards including induction into the Blair County Business Hall of Fame, Southern Alleghenies Entrepreneur of the Year, Pennsylvania Environmental Entrepreneur of the Year, Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur of the Year and the Spirit of Enterprise Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, presented by President Ronald Reagan. Donny is a frequent public speaker with keynote topics such as, “Failure: The Fertilizer of Success;” “Entrepreneurship 101;” “There’s GOT to be a Better Way;” “Onward. Upward. How to Fail Forward Fast.”
CARL COHEN, CO-FOUNDER & CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Carl has spent over 25 years practicing law at what is now Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, a major law firm headquartered in Pittsburgh, where he became co-chair of the firm’s corporate group. His practice focused on the representation of venture capital backed high tech and other emerging growth companies.
Carl functioned as lead outside counsel working very closely with the management teams of these companies, but he also frequently served on or regularly attended their board of directors meetings. As such, he served a broader role than just that of the lawyer. He was intimately involved in many aspects of the businesses as problem solver, deal maker and sounding board/counselor, to help them grow towards an eventual sale to a strategic buyer or in select cases an initial public offering.
Since leaving the practice of law almost eight years ago, Carl has been involved as a business person in emerging growth companies, a role that naturally evolved from his experience practicing law. Carl graduated in 1978 from the undergraduate division of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and then went on to graduate from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Carl was asked by Don Beaver to be a co-founder of HalenHardy, having known Don and worked closely with him for over 30 years.
As Chief Operating Officer of HalenHardy, Carl brings his long experience facing the many problems and challenges that confront emerging growth companies, including the critical task of building of a management team, which is not hard to describe but difficult to do correctly.
TROY BEAVER, PARTNER & DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Troy has spent over five years developing business within the oil & gas industry, for a world-class outdoor sporting venue, HomeWaters. He focused on building relationships with executives, VPs and managers throughout the entire industry.
During this time, Troy actively participated, and continues to participate, in the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) – an organization that works with E&P, midstream, and supply chain partners in the Appalachian Basin and across the country, to address issues regarding the production of natural gas within the Marcellus and Utica Shale plays. Within the MSC, he continues to participate on the Membership and Health & Safety Committees. As such, Troy is intimately involved in developing relationships with over 300 companies, and their various representatives, who are members of the MSC.
Within recent months, Troy has become active in various other trade organizations – Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), Master Builders’ Association (MBA), Constructors Association of Western PA (CAWP) – in order to help him continue to build new relationships with the construction industry, across Pennsylvania and the Northeast Region of the United States. Troy graduated in 2006 from Juniata College, with a BA in Politics, and then went on, in 2010, to get his JD and MBA from University of Pittsburgh Law School and Katz Graduate School of Business, respectively.
As Director of Business Development of HalenHardy, Troy brings his experience in building new and developing existing relationships within various industries. In addition, he will use his educational background to help develop HalenHardy’s sales & marketing strategies. Troy, along with his brother Josh, also help to run and build the customer base for Custom Sign making side of HalenHardy’s business.
JOSH BEAVER, PARTNER & DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT
Josh has spent his entire career working with his family in their different businesses. Over the past twenty years he has done everything from sweeping parking lots to building complex pieces of machinery. Josh started his career at BeaverPrints in the mid 90’s as a laborer. Stuffing envelopes and keeping the plant clean were his primary duties.
After High School, Josh followed his Dad to Paradise Ranch where he learned to operate heavy equipment, work in finish carpentry, work with the deer herd administrating medicines and feed and manage fellow employees. He also started guiding deer hunts at the age of 19, which gave him a great opportunity to learn how to treat clients in a “first class way”. Starting in 2001 Josh split duties between Paradise Ranch and the newly formed Spring Ridge Club in Spruce Creek, PA.
Grounds, maintenance and guiding kept him busy, but when the opportunity of owning the Spruce Creek Trout Farm became available in 2004, he couldn’t pass it up. For 10 years he was the owner and lone full time employee of the Farm, taking it from one to 45 customers. Josh often said that SCTF was the smallest hatchery in PA, but no other hatchery could compete with SCTF’s quality. He delivered fish from Chester County in the East to Clarion in the West, and many places in between. Josh stayed in the Spruce Creek Valley working at HomeWaters and running the trout farm until late 2012.
At that time he and his brother started a small sign shop focusing on making signage for the Oil and Gas industry (Bellwood Sign). Soon after, he was able to join his Dad, brother and the Cohen Family in starting HalenHardy. Ordering components, coordinating with sub-contractors and finding the appropriate vendors are what occupy most of his time. He also spends time researching and developing new ideas with his fellow employees.
No matter what company Josh is working with, he really likes to learn all aspects of the business. This helps him build bridges and make connections between operations, sales/marketing, manufacturing and accounting. Building these bridges helps tremendously when it comes to internal communication, as well as efficiency.
BRANDON GUIDA, SHOP SUPERVISOR
Brandon learned how to work by helping his dad around the house at age 8. From cutting the grass to doing small repairs, Brandon quickly became proficient at the responsibilities and tasks that arise at home. As he got older, Brandon continued to develop these skills and branched out, taking on after school and summer jobs on his own.
In addition to his aforementioned abilities, Brandon has formal professional training in Maintenance Electricity. Brandon worked with his family at Craig’s Fencing in Altoona, Pennsylvania, but during the winter and slow periods Brandon dedicated his work to the Homewater’s Club in Spruce Creek and HalenHardy on a part time basis.
In June of 2013 Brandon started his career with HalenHardy. Brandon is HalenHardy’s shop supervisor, where some of his job duties include building MASHH units, MudKill production, HeckOut production, inventory ordering, and coordination with sub-contractors.
KATE PALMER, PROJECT MANAGER
Over the past 14 years, Kate has worked for Beaver in a variety of settings from the Paradise Ranch and Spring Ridge Club to her present career at HalenHardy. Currently in project management, Kate is primarily responsible for planning and executing initiatives that improve occupational and environmental health and safety practices for HalenHardy customers across Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, New Jersey and Maryland.
As Project Manager, Kate particularly enjoys working hand in hand with HalenHardy customers and our internal HalenHardy team to strategically design and implement customized industry specific measures that best suit each customer’s specific needs.
The majority of Kate’s project management experience originates from her hands on work of assessing and mitigating the social and environmental implications of natural resource development in South East Asia. Kate is a bilingual Social Sciences postgraduate, who has spent the majority of her academic career overseas. Her concentrations include Global Governance and Globalization Studies with a particular focus on the political economy of natural resources in developing countries.
Kate graduated from Penn State’s Schreyer Honors College in 2011 with a BA in German Studies and International Studies before she went on to get a dual MA from the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg (Germany) and the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (Argentina). This background has been exceedingly applicable to Kate’s current role with HalenHardy and gives her a unique approach to developing sustainable, economical and effective plans for our customers.
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