Business Group

PDA and Thomas Kennedy have participated in the creation and development of the following businesses in which they have ongoing ownership interests.

Erie Business

Professional Development Associates, Inc.

Formed in 1992 as a full service Business and Real Estate Development Company to specialize in visionary planning and project leadership, the company was founded and continues to be lead by Thomas Kennedy. Clients include individuals and businesses, with the company offering a variety of development services that support client success.

erie Business

Palace Business Centres

Palace Business Centres began in 1995 when Donna Haskins and Thomas Kennedy saw the need for an office business center in downtown Erie. The competitive environment had led larger companies to downsize, consolidate and outsource operations, and the number of people working in small businesses was increasing at a fast pace. A niche emerged for flexible-term, full-service office space.  Crown Suites and Atrium Suites have served hundreds of businesses.  These unique offerings are now available at Westlake Centre in Westlake, Ohio.

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Altair Property Management

Formed in 2005 with the company's primary objective to assist real estate owners and managers by providing institutional grade asset, facility and financial management.  The business was further expanded in 2007 and currently manages over 1 million square feet of commercial office property.



In 2014, Select Real Estate Opportunities (SREO) was established as an investment fund to develop a portfolio of Cobblestone Hotels. Our first hotel opened in Corry, PA in 2015, and since that time we have followed with hotels in Erie, Harborcreek and Greenville, PA, Orrville, Ohio, and Pecos, Texas, with more in the planning stages.

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Formed in 2005 as a subsidiary of Community National Bank, ERIEBANK was created to fill a niche in small business community banking. Thomas Kennedy serves as a founding director and shareholder of the bank, and is actively involved in lending and growth decisions.

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Express Cash Advance

Formed in 2004 to provide short term loans, check cashing and other financial services to non-bank customers, Express Cash Advance has grown to include 8 Ohio locations. As a founding investor, we provide business consultation and ongoing board services.

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