Business people: Aug. 8, 2017

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Turner named chairman of WSFS board

WSFS Financial Corporation announced that the Board of Directors has elected Mark A. Turner as Chairman of the Board. This announcement follows Marvin (Skip) N. Schoenhals’ decision to step aside as Chairman of the Board of Directors of WSFS Financial Corporation and WSFS Bank, after 25 years in those positions. Schoenhals will continue to serve as a member of the Board of Directors.

Turner will assume the role of Chairman in addition to his current responsibilities as President and Chief Executive Officer. He has been President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of WSFS Financial Corporation and WSFS Bank since 2007. Turner previously also served as the Chief Operating Officer and the Chief Financial Officer of WSFS.

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WSFS also announced that Rodger Levenson has been promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Levenson joined WSFS in November 2006 as Executive Vice President of Commercial Banking. He served as Chief Commercial Banking Officer through April 2015 at which time he assumed the role of interim Chief Financial Officer until June 2016.

Most recently, he served as Chief Corporate Development Officer, leading cross-functional teams to evaluate, negotiate and integrate mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and large capital transactions. In his role as Chief Operating Officer, Levenson will oversee the Executive Leadership Team, with oversight responsibilities for Commercial, Retail, Wealth and Cash Connect as well as support service areas including Operations/Information Technology, Risk, Human Capital and Finance.

Levenson received a BBA in Finance from Temple University and a MBA from Drexel University. Levenson is the immediate past Chairman of the Delaware Bankers Association and served on its Board since 2011.

Delaware Community Foundation names five to board

The Delaware Community Foundation welcomed five new members to its Board of Directors. The new board members are:

Dan Crucecurrently works for a national nonpartisan, nonprofit, the Hope Street Group. He leads the organization’s work engaging teachers and decision makers across the country to improve education policy and practice for teachers and students.Cruce was previously deputy secretary/chief of staff at the Delaware Department of Education. Immediately prior, Cruce was assistant superintendent/chief of staff for the Christina School District. He was the first law clerk to the Honorable Kent A. Jordan, U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware. Crucewas associate general counsel for Corporation Service Company. In law school, he also worked for Vice President Joe Biden’s Wilmington senate office.Cruce is a member of the boards of United Way of Delaware and Delaware Arts Consortium, president of the boards of the Delaware Theatre Company and the Delaware Arts Alliance, and chair emeritus of the Delaware Humane Association.

Claire DeMatteis,executive vice president and chief counsel of Global Kompass Strategies, previously served as senior vice president and general counsel at Affinity Health Plan, and as executive vice president, general counsel, corporate secretary and chief privacy officer of Catalina Marketing and Catalina Health. DeMatteis also was a partner at the law firm Stradley Ronon Stevens and Young and senior counsel to then-U.S. Senator Joe Biden.

Tamika Montgomery-Reeves,vice chancellor of the Court of Chancery, previously worked in the Wilmington office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. She previously practiced at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. Montgomery-Reeves also served as a law clerk for Chancellor William B. Chandler III of the Delaware Court of Chancery. She also served as a member of the Court of Chancery rules committee and a subcommittee member to the Delaware Access to Justice Commission.

Dr. Vita Pickrum, vice president of the Division of Institutional Advancement at Delaware State University, has been a DSU administrator since 2008. Pickrum is also the president of the DSU Foundation. As the campaign manager, she surpassed DSU’s five-year, $20 million fundraising campaign that strengthened DSU’s endowment and scholarship pool. Pickrum was recently named to the board of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s Commission on Philanthropy, and to the CASE committee on institutionally related foundations.

Tom Wren,investments executive, previously served as treasurer for MBNA America Bank. He also served as a bank regulator with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and chief investment and funding officer with Shawmut Bank. He currently serves as a board member of Philadelphia based RAIT Financial Trust and ACM Financial Trust. Wren has had a long relationship with the Delaware Community Foundation, serving as board chair 2010-2012 and on the executive and investments committees. He also has served in board and committee positions with Delaware Hospice and Christiana Care Health System.

Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors Bureau appoints four new board members

The Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors Bureau announced the appointment of four new members to its Board of Directors.

The GWCVB focuses on marketing the area’s rich history, diverse culture and world-class gardens to leisure travelers, while also cultivating meetings, conventions and group tour opportunities.

The GWCVB assists in generating over $2 billion annually in visitor spending in New Castle County.

The four newly appointed board members will serve a three-year term.

  • Canon Patel, president and founder of Canon Hospitality Management
  • Liz Farrell, communications manager, Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
  • Tamarra Morris, director of Economic Development for New Castle County
  • Albert Shields, policy director, Office of Governor John Carney

Sarah Willoughby, executive director of the Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors Bureau said, “I am honored to welcome these four new board members and believe their range of experiences and unique backgrounds will become a great asset to the Bureau.”

The Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors Bureau is governed by a board of 27 members, seven appointed by the governor, seven by the New Castle County Executive, and seven by the mayor of Wilmington. The 21 elect six additional members.

Wilmington mayor makes top management appointments

Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki announced management changes for two City Departments. The Mayor has asked Jeff Starkey to return to the Department of Licenses and Inspections as Commissioner, and he has named Kelly Williams as Deputy Commissioner of Public Works where she’ll serve as Acting Commissioner.

Starkey, who served as L&I Commissioner for 13 years under former Mayor James Baker, has been the City’s Public Works Commissioner for the past three and a half years. He began his government career in 1982 as a Plans Examiner and Engineer with L&I and is familiar with all aspects of the department. Starkey helped to establish the city’s Instant Ticketing Program as well as Wilmington’s revised Vacant Property Registration Program, both of which have become national models for other cities.

Williams has been the Special Assistant to the Public Works Commissioner since 2012 as an independent contractor, and prior to that was an Assistant Solicitor in the City’s Law Department for two years. She has been intimately involved in the operations of the Public Works Department for several years including setting rates for water, sewer and stormwater utilities, managing the trash and recycling collections process, and promoting green infrastructure efforts and other environmentally-related projects.

Kopp real estate group ranks 159th

The Leslie Kopp Groupof Long & Foster Real Estate, based in Bethany Beach, Delaware, ranked 159thamong real estate teams nationwide based on sales volume in 2016 onREAL Trends’ annual The Thousand list.

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