For the first time ever, I’m thrilled to announce all five of our social enterprises now have a full-time president serving as the lead entrepreneur:
Zach Drennen, previously with Strong Mountain Communities, will pursue his entrepreneurial passions as President of Rewire Appalachia, our solar installation enterprise.
Adam Warren will continue as President of Revitalize Appalachia, our sustainable construction enterprise. I want to recognize and thank Adam in particular, who has juggled both Revitalize and Rewire over the past couple years. Revitalize Appalachia has now redeveloped over 175,000 square feet of formally dilapidated building space into community assets, and Rewire (through partnership with Solar Holler, LLC) has installed over 100 KW of solar power right here in West Bye God Virginia.
Ben Gilmer will continue growing the Refresh Appalachia sustainable agriculture enterprise. Supporting Ben as the new Vice President of Refresh Appalachia will be Ariela Alpert, who recently finished her graduate studies at Harvard and assisted with the Good Jobs Conference.
Nathan Hall joined us last May as the full-time President of Reclaim Appalachia after finishing his graduate studies at Yale University. Reclaim Appalachia is currently focusing on pioneering innovative mine-land reclamation practices in connection with several Refresh Appalachia project sites.
This Fall, Dana Hantel joined us as the new president of Rediscover Appalachia, our Arts and Culture enterprise which encompasses our Saw’s Edge Woodshop, WestEdge Factory, Big Ugly Woodshop, and the Trout’s Hill Coffee Shop. Dana has extensive experience in creative fields including entrepreneurial small-business ownership.
Joining Dana as Vice President of Rediscover Appalachia will be Chris Yura. Chris is the founder of SustainU, a sustainable clothing manufacturer out of Morgantown, West Virginia. Effective January 1, 2018 Coalfield Development is acquiring SustainU and incorporating it into our Rediscover enterprise.
So much happened in 2017! And more is to come in 2018. But as varied as our many endeavors can feel they’re all bound together by a sincere desire by all of us here at Coalfield Development to rebuild the Appalachian economy from the ground up, and to do so in a fair, equitable, sustainable way. We all share the same mission, the same vision, and the same values. And it is these values that will see us through.