Thomas Kennedy President

Before starting his professional career, Mr. Kennedy attended the State University of New York Maritime College where he earned a Bachelor of Engineering Degree and Commissions as a licensed officer in both the Merchant Marine and Naval Reserves. While working for G.E., Mr. Kennedy developed an increased interest in business, and in 1991 received a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Penn State University.

In 1992, Mr. Kennedy decided to leave a management position with GE to pursue his dream of starting a business. Since then he has grown Professional Development Associates, Inc. into a prominent Business and Real Estate Development company.

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Charles Peters

Charles Peters Property Management

After obtaining his BA from Gannon University, Mr. Peters cofounded a successful technology firm that he sold and continued managing. In 2003, he left to join a struggling property management company to introduce systems and routines to enhance the value of managed assets. In 2005, he acquired the assets of the management company, including contracts to manage high profile properties in Pennsylvania and New York. In 2007, he merged his management portfolio with that of PDA, and now oversees all aspects of property management for PDA.

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Donna Haskins Business Centres Operations

As managing partner of Palace Business Centres, Ms. Haskins has full responsibility for all operational aspects of our business centres. She helped create, and continues to oversee multiple locations and staff, and ensures that office and business needs are met for 100+ clients. She is active in the community, and for over a decade has applied her extensive experience and education to the success of our clients and businesses.

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Melani Scott Operations

Ms. Scott joined Professional Development Associates in 2011 to assist with all aspects of Operations. Her background includes more than 20 years of experience in building and property management, including industrial, commercial and residential locations.  She received her B.A. in Accounting and Business Administration from Mercyhurst College in Erie. She is active in the community as an Erie Ambassador and, is also a Board Member of Presque Isle Partnership.

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Lisa Songer Marketing Coordinator

Ms. Songer joined Professional Development Associates in June 2015 to assist with marketing, event planning and public relations. She obtained her B.S. in Interpersonal Communications from Ohio University in Athens, OH and her M.A. in Public Relations from Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI. She has been involved with planning, managing and promoting events for a variety of non-profit organizations. She serves on the Volunteer Leadership Council of the American Cancer Society and is actively involved with the Erie Downtown Partnership.

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David Lastowski

David Lastowski Accounting

After earning his degree from Gannon University, Mr. Lastowski was employed by the IRS before earning his CPA and entering public practice. He has overseen business and real estate accounting for PDA since the company was founded in 1992. He has many professional affiliations, and is past president of the Erie chapter of the PA Institute of CPA, and was vice president in 2006-07. He also served a 3-year term on the Institute's Committee on Professional Ethics and serves on the Communications Committee.

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David Holland

David Holland Legal Counsel

David Holland is a partner in the law firm of MacDonald, Illig, Jones & Britton, and supports PDA in a broad range of business, real estate and financing matters, includng tax sale and title insurance work. He is counsel to the Greater Erie Board of Realtors and serves clients on brokerage, commission and licensing matters. Mr. Holland is a frequent lecturer on real estate topics for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.

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