Biographies

Board of Directors

President

Grant E. Nelson, III | President and Co-Founder of WCAHA, has been involved in West Chester Borough most of his life. For the past 35 years, he has managed owned real estate in several local condominiums and apartments. He handles accounting and financial affairs as well as meeting the daily needs of renters, students and members of the West Chester community. Grant is a member of The Knights of Columbus, The West Chester Rotary Club, a member of The Institute of Management Accountants, and Chairperson of The Pennsylvania Residential Owner's Association (PROA).

Membership

Robert Coldwell | Robert Coldwell is a graduate of Penn State University with a degree in Finance. Since 2003 Robert worked with the Swiss Farm Stores as their Operations Director and more recently as their Director of Franchising. In January of 2012 Robert joined his family business, Your Local Leasing Company, as the President and CEO. Your Local Leasing Company (YLLCO) is a cutting edge residential management company with Headquarters in Broomall, PA. YLLCO handles leasing for over 3,000 units and manages 200+ properties throughout the Delaware Valley. YLLCO manages all types of residential real estate including condos, single family homes, duplex's, and large apartment complex's. Robert has been an active real estate investor since 2005. He is a Certified Franchise Executive and lives in West Chester with his wife Emma Coldwell and their two daughters.

Treasurer & Director

Hank Hiddleson | Henry J. Hiddleson, Director of WCAHA, has lived in the West Chester area most of his life. He has owned real estate in several local condominiums and apartments since 1982. He handles property maintenance issues for his rental properties through HNR Property Services. Hank is a member of Masonic Lodge of Downingtown, graduate of Goldie Beacon College (management and accounting), and a member of The Pennsylvania Residential Owner's Association (PROA)

Education

Pete Seelaus |Pete specializes in advising business owners and their families on insurance and financial services matters and has done so for more than 20 years. He has an extensive background in the complicated world of corporate benefits and retirements plans. His experience encompasses all aspects of employee benefits including plan analysis, plan design, and implementation. Pete has developed a particular expertise in the 401(k) and Qualified Retirement Plan arena and is a member of the 401(K) Coach network of advisors. His practice specializes in providing the most prudent solutions and then servicing those retirement and employee benefit plans, ultimately building lasting relationships between business owners and their employees. Pete grew up in Delaware County as a member of a large family. He attended Temple University and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance. He has earned the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) designations. Professional memberships include the Philadelphia, Chester and Delaware County Estate Planning Councils, the Society of Financial Service Professionals and Pete has achieved status as a Million Dollar Roundtable recipient. A devoted family man, Pete is married to this wife Kai, they have 3 children Maie, Ryan and Erika and of course his most treasured time out of the office is spending time with them. A resident of West Chester, Pete is active in his family's church, Calvary Lutheran as well as the West Chester United Soccer Club and Wedgewood Swim Clubs.

Director

Adam Bagelman | My name is Adam Bagelman and I have been a REALTOR with Century 21 Alliance for about 5 years. I grew up in Havertown Pennsylvania (Delaware County) until attending West Chester University in West Chester, PA. I graduated West Chester University in 2006 with a bachelors in Marketing before receiving my real estate license in February 2007.  After graduating from West Chester University and having an opportunity to live in the Borough for a number of years I knew I wanted to make West Chester my permanent home. I began my real estate career with Century 21 Alliance and have been selling real estate ever since.  In October 2010 I had the opportunity to do what I have wanted to do since I was a teenager, invest in real estate and purchase my first investment property.  Since 2010 I have been purchasing investment properties in the West Chester Borough and if all goes well, will continue to do so.  I look forward to the coming years and continuing to build my business as a Real Estate Investor.  I enjoy my career in both Real Estate Sales and Real Estate owning/managing because it is challenging, everyday is different, and most of all I get to help people on a daily basis make the most important decision of their lives.  
John O'Connell | Director of First Resouce Bank, Managing Partner of West Chester Off Campus Housing LLC Mr. O'Connell's career has taken him to The Nestle Company in various roles in the product sales group, Burger King Corporation as Director of Markieting in the Mid-Atlantic Region, Girard Bank as Director of Sales/Promotion, and Vice President of Sales for both Carlton Importing Company and Labatt's USA. In more recent years, Mr. O'Connell held the position of President of Renewable Energy Development Corporation. He presently serves as managing Partner of West Chester Off Campus Housing LLC, an owner and manager of student rental properties in the West Chester Area. Mr. O'Connell graduated from ST. Joseph's University with a BS in Business Administration. he holds a MBA from Pace University and has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University. Mr. O'Connell is a member of the Board of Directors of the West Chester Apartment Housing Association.

Administrative Assistant

Peggy Westwood | Peggy has been working as the Administrative Assistant for WCAHA since 2002. She has been a resident of West Chester since the 7th grade,  has been married for 33 years and has one son and two daughters.  One of her daughters graduated from West Chester University in December 2014 and the other goes to Delaware County Community College. Her son works for Carisma of West Chester and Frazer.