MEET THE TEAM
John Casagrande joined the Chase Center in 2017. He is the Assistant General Manager where he is hands-on in all aspects of the day-to-day operations including sales, financials, human resources, operations and employee management. You will often see John interacting with clients and guests always working to ensure a flawless event experience. Although he has only been with the Chase Center for two years, John has worked in the hospitality industry for thirty years with a focus in conference center and facility management. In his free time, John likes to spend time with his wife of twenty years and his three children. He also enjoys watching and playing anything sports related.
Emily Ferris joined the Chase Center in 2017. She is a Sales Manager and came to us with two decades of experience in Catering Sales and Event Planning. Emily prides herself on being detail oriented and customer focused. Her style is personal and accommodating. She enjoys collaborating with her clients to plan weddings, social events and galas. She is also well versed in planning trade shows, corporate and association conferences. Emily and her husband of 20 years live in Newark, Delaware with their three children and two rescue dogs.
Garrard Gray joined the Chase Center in 2015 and is the Operations Manager. His career as a hospitality professional spans over 10 years where he has held jobs as a bartender, banquet server, food and beverage supervisor and banquet manager. He manages daily events, conferences and trade shows alongside his team, who together, continually strive to maintain the highest standards and superior customer service. Garrard believes that it’s never just enough to have happy clients and guests. He works hard to exceed expectations and to create a raving guest experience. In his free time, he loves taking his sons to Karate class. His oldest son is a Second Degree Black belt and his youngest son is a white/purple belt. Working in hospitality and raising 2 young children is a challenge, so any time he can spend with his lovely wife of 9 years is always a bonus!
Dee Huntsman joined the Chase Center in 2012 and is the Assistant Director of Sales. Before joining the Chase Center team, Dee already had over 10 years of experience in the hospitality industry. She began her career in Southern California working at hotels, resorts, private beach clubs and country clubs. Dee moved to the Delaware area in 2006 where she continued her career in hospitality before coming on board at the Chase Center. Dee is very collaborative and provides experienced guidance to a wide range of clients, but specializes in multi-day conferences and tradeshows and has a special touch with weddings. In her free time, Dee enjoys traveling, museums, cooking, wine tasting, playing with her dog and anything science related.
Kevin Willis is the General Manager and joined the Chase Center in 2013. He has over thirty years of industry experience. He grew up in a hospitality family where he learned at an early age to wash dishes, cook, tend bar, set rooms, and anything else that needed to be done. He has served as general manager for organizations such as, Hilton, Brock, and Marriott Corporation. Kevin’s key leadership and organizational objectives are to provide support to his team and value to the community, building strong partnerships, responding to our ever changing market demands, discovering solutions that fit our client’s goals and needs, leading the charge on best sustainability practices and collaborating with his team to re-imagine unique meeting and event experiences. Kevin is an avid animal lover who enjoys reading, cooking, and especially spending time with his wife of 28 years, Suzanne, and their two grandchildren, Juliet and Caleb.