Thom Harvey Receives Prestigious Chamber Business Award

L to r: Danielle Smith, Brett Gilman Smith, Martha Gilman, Thom Harvey, Robin Harvey and Peter Gilman. Dick Dubroff / Final Focus Photography

The head of one of Delaware’s fastest-growing commercial development firms with industrial, commercial, retail and hospitality holdings in every part of the state was recognized this week for outstanding community and business leadership.

Thomas “Thom” Harvey, III, CEO of Harvey, Hanna & Associates (HHA), received the the Gilman Bowl at the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce‘s annual Marvin S. Gilman Superstars in Business Awards Luncheon on Wednesday.

The Gilman Bowl was established as a tribute to small business leadership in memory of legendary businessman Marvin S. Gilman. 


“Since the beginning, I’ve gone into work every day with the mindset that we, as a company, are not perfect and can always look for ways to be better,” said Harvey upon accepting the award. “I wouldn’t be standing up here today if it wasn’t for the team behind me.”

Under Mr. Harvey’s vision and leadership, HHA pioneered the redevelopment of the Twin Spans Business Park, Delaware River Industrial Park and Boxwood Industrial Park. As president of Dewey Beach Enterprises (DBE), Harvey also led the redevelopment of the Lighthouse Cove Resort project in Dewey Beach, Delaware.

He also lends his entrepreneurial expertise to the affiliate companies for HHA, including TKo Hospitality, Trash Tech, and Big Box Buildings.

Harvey also serves on the board of trustees of Goldey-Beacom College and the advisory board for Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics at the University of Delaware. He also served as president of the board of directors for the Centerville Layton School, and on the boards of Sanford School and Delaware National Guard.


In 2008 HHA expanded its community impact by creating its own in-house charitable organization, The Delaware KIDS (Kids in Distressed Situations) Fund, a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing goods and services to Delaware’s children who are “at risk” or are currently facing distressed circumstances.

Since its inception, the Delaware KIDS Fund has partnered with and provided direct financial assistance to The Bridge of Hope Food Bank (Wilmington), the Food Bank of Delaware (statewide), Our Lady of Grace Orphanage (Newark) and the Cape Henlopen Food Basket (Lewes/Rehoboth Beach) and several local schools in Newport, where Harvey, Hanna & Associates is headquartered.

This Friday night, the Delaware KIDS Fund hosts its annual Operation Warm Newport: Camping out for Coats.  Employees of Harvey Hanna plus dozens of other business and civic leaders in the community will campout for one night in a field located across from the James Street Tavern to raise funds to purchase 2,000 coats for local elementary children in need. Seventy-four of those children live at or below the poverty line — three times the national average. 

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