Hometown: Ona, WV
Brandon Dennison, born and raised in the Huntington, WV area, is a social entrepreneur. In May of 2010, along with citizen leaders in Wayne County, WV, Brandon founded Coalfield Development Corporation.
All three sectors of the economy are familiar to Dennison as he has also worked in private sector sales, was employed by public housing authorities for four years, and earned a certificate in Social Entrepreneurship from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. This unique combination of skills and experiences within all three sectors empowers Brandon to obtain and manage the unique mix of resources necessary for a successful social venture.
Dennison graduated from Shepherd University with a B.A. in History and a B.S. in Political Science. He served five years as Youth Director at Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church, and simultaneously served three years as Faith Outreach Coordinator for the West Virginia Wilderness Coalition. In 2014, Brandon was named by the West Virginia State Journal as a “40 under 40:” one of 40 young people throughout the state that business leaders should watch. He recently completed the Community Progress Leadership Institute at Harvard University Law School and participated in the Clinton Global Initiative. He holds a master’s in Public Affairs from Indiana University, with a concentration in Nonprofit Management and lives in Wayne, West Virginia, with his wife Ashley.
Favorite movie quote:"I'm not a smart man but I know what love is." – Forrest Gump
Personal mantra/motto: “Do justice, love kindness, walk humbly…”
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Hometown: Genoa, WV
Larry works toward a better tomorrow in Wayne County when he works for Coalfield Development Corporation.
The 1983 graduate of Wayne High School and Genoa, W.Va., native is a former diesel mechanic who did woodworking as a hobby. Now, what once was just his fun pastime is a large part of his job as Coalfield’s Crew Chief.
The horse farm owner sees the better tomorrow in Wayne County as one where citizens all get along with one another and sees friends and neighbors taking care of one another. The man often known as “Doo Dah,” because he can do it all, to his friends says one has not lived a life until he or she has lived life in the West Virginia foothills. Larry currently lives in Genoa with his wife Cathy and enjoys horseback riding in his free time.
Personal mantra/motto – “Get it done.”
Most interesting place you’ve visited – North Carolina, where my boys were born and raised
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Hometown: Hometown: Burlington (South Point), Ohio
Deacon was awarded the Freshman Excellence Scholarship from Ohio University, and later earned his B.F.A. from Marshall University, and M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He has taught at Detroit metro art institutions from the College for Creative Studies, to the Flint Institute of Art. Deacon has worked independently throughout the tri-state, and for management companies in Metro-Detroit Michigan. His focus is upon project management, facility operations, and administration in the not-for-profit sector. He believes the arts can bring perspective, and build bridges between otherwise unrelated individuals and groups; forming a foundation for quality communities. His desire is to help provide educational opportunities to set the spark of imagination to the tinder of real-world skill, and create a self-sustaining flame of prosperity which can burn for generations in the families of those touched by Coalfield’s work. He lives with his wife, Jessica E. Stone, a ceramicist, in Hurricane, West Virginia.
Personal mantra/motto - “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” — Steve Jobs
Most interesting place you’ve visited - Cape Flattery, on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State; among the only protected temperate rain forests in the Northern Hemisphere, and where I proposed to my wife… (She said yes! That was 10+ years and two kids ago, and we’re still going strong!)
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Hometown: Youngstown, Ohio
Scott Kline was raised in Youngstown, Ohio. Having earned his MA in Economics, BSBA in International Finance & Accounting and a BA in Economics from Youngstown State University, Scott moved to the South Florida region where he spent over a decade working in both the private and public sectors. Scott’s time there was split working in the community development field specializing in neighborhood revitalization efforts that focused on economic development and affordable housing. The remainder of his time was spent working for local governments expanding and honing his skills in finance, budgeting and grant procurement and administration while continuing his passion for community and economic development. Scott’s unique skill sets and experience, combined with his personal belief for better income and wealth equality, drives his success at Coalfield Development Corporation.
In 2014, Scott located to Huntington, West Virginia. With a love for the outdoors, he stays active by hiking, camping, backpacking, gardening, playing Frisbee, canoeing and perhaps someday skiing...perhaps.
Scott was a member of the South Florida Men’s Roller Derby Team. Team name: Kap’n Krunch. Scott is also a past contestant on Wheel of Fortune. Can I buy a vowel, please?
Favorite Saying - "To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived, this is to have succeeded." – Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Hometown: Belfry, KY
Adam Warren was born and raised in the Appalachian Coalfields. He grew up on the Kentucky side of the Tug River that serves as the southern border of West Virginia, “Spittin’ distance” from Williamson, WV. He calls the state of West Virginia home just as much as he does Kentucky (GO CATS!).
After graduating from Western Kentucky University with a B.S. degree in Construction Management, Warren moved back home and started his own tourism company, Hatfield and McCoy Guided Tours, LLC. Over a 3 year period he owned and operated the #1 rated tourism attraction in Eastern KY and Southern WV (via TripAdvisor) giving tours to thousands of people from across the nation including Country music star Jamey Johnson. He has been mentioned in the New York Times for his company as well as other newspapers across the country who picked up the story. He has also been interviewed as a “feud expert” for television documentaries and radio programs on the subject.
During those 3 years he also held other positions in his community, some professional and some voluntary. He worked as Site Director in Williamson, WV for a Non-profit organization that set up volunteer groups from across the country to come to the area and complete projects in the community. While working a couple of other part time jobs and serving as a board member of the Tug Valley Chamber of Commerce, he also worked as a substitute teacher at a local middle school, and was an assistant football and basketball coach for the local high school he attended and is proud to have been a part of the first 3 State Championships in football in the school’s history: two as a player and one as a coach 10 years later.
At the end of 2014, Adam decided he wanted to focus more on his field of study and began working at a local lumber supply company in order to get his foot back into the professional door and work his way up the ladder. After being contacted by Coalfield, he realized that it was the perfect combination of everything he had ever done and believed it was the best way for him to use all of his talents and passions collectively focused on one goal.
Adam hopes that his path to where he is now shows that nothing worth having is ever easy and that hard work, dedication and never giving up does pay off! He has a passion for sharing knowledge and hopes to make a positive impact on people’s lives through his work at Coalfield.
Adam is a member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, Music enthusiast, Animal Rescuer and his hobbies include exercising, reading, cooking, and brewing his own beer.
Fun Facts: Personal Mantra/Motto - “Xalepa Ta Kala “ – Greek for “Naught without Labor” or “Nothing Comes without Hard Work”
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