Business people: Jan. 18, 2018



Bailey to retire as Nemours president

After 40 years as a pediatrician, 21 with Nemours and 13 as president and CEO of the Nemours Foundation, also known as Nemours Children’s Health System, Dr. David Bailey has announced his plans to retire in the coming year. 

During his tenure, Nemours increased revenues from $533 million to $1.4 billion, built the first free-standing children’s hospital the U.S. has seen in decades, increased care locations from 15 to more than 80 throughout six states, and created a large digital health and telemedicine platform. 

Bailey also led Nemours in adopting an organizational culture of Continuous Improvement to become an integrated children’s health system leveraging the power and talents of the entire organization to establish Nemours as a trusted national resource for children and a leading voice for children’s healthcare and child health advocacy.  He will continue to lead Nemours, business as usual, throughout the national search process now getting underway and will remain as president and CEO until his successor is in place.


Bailey has been honored by Modern Healthcare as one of the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives three times in the past four years as well as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare in 2015.

Christiana Care medical director appointed

Kirk N. Garratt, M.Sc, M.D, has been appointed the medical director of Christiana Care Health System’s Center for Heart & Vascular Health. Garratt succeeds Tim Gardner, M.D., who retired after 12 years of dedication to Christiana Care and the Delaware community.

Garratt joined Christiana Care in 2015. He served as associate service line leader of Christiana Care’s Heart and Vascular Service Line and was appointed in 2016 as Christiana Care’s John H. Ammon Chief of Cardiology.

Garratt came to Christiana Care from Northwell (formerly Northshore-LIJ) Health System where he served as director of cardiac intervention, cardiovascular research, the interventional cardiovascular fellowship program and associate chair of cardiovascular medicine. Prior to that he spent 17 years at the Mayo Clinic and was a member of the team of physicians who first performed minimally invasive heart procedures there.

Garratt also serves as the president of The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, which promotes excellence in invasive and interventional cardiovascular medicine through education and representation, and the advancement of quality standards to enhance patient care.

Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. elects leaders

Leaders  in agricultural research and education have been elected to serve in leadership roles for Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc.  

Todd Baker, a manager for Cobb-Vantress Inc., is serving as DPI’s president for the year. Jennifer Timmons, an assistant professor at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and a chicken grower, is DPI’s vice president.

DPI’s past president, Dean Walston, director of operations for the Milford processing plant of Perdue Foods, continues to serve as a DPI director and remains on its executive committee.

Baker, a native of the Eastern Shore, grew up on a family farm that raised chickens. With a background in business management, he joined Perdue Farms as a flock supervisor in 1997 and went on to assume operations and production management positions. Baker now manages broiler breeder research on Delmarva for Cobb-Vantress in its Pocomoke City,  MD  facility. Baker joined DPI’s Board of Directors in 2016, and he served as vice president in 2017.

Timmons is an assistant professor at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, where she teaches poultry production and animal nutrition to future leaders of the chicken industry. She also conducts research connected to poultry litter management and animal nutrition, focusing on controlling ammonia in chicken litter, which is one of the industry’s key environmental stewardship measures.

Delaware River and Bay Authority welcomes commissioner

The Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) welcomed a new Commission member  M. Earl Ransome, Jr..  Commissioner Ransome’s five-year term extends to July 1, 2022.  The New Jersey State Senate unanimously confirmed his nomination last month. 

.Ransome is the manufacturing manager at Mexichem Corporation in Pedricktown, NJ,  where he has worked for more than 40 years. Following his graduation from Penns Grove High School, Ransome landed a job with BF Goodrich Company and began his journey towards a college degree by attending Widener University at night. In 1988, he graduated with honors from Widener University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering

Landmark Engineering announces associate

Landmark Engineering announced that Dakota Laidman-Murray, P.E. was promoted to associate.

Laidman-Murray, is a registered professional engineer in Delaware who has worked for Landmark since graduating Cum Laude from the University of Delaware in 2012.

As an associate, she will become more active in operational aspects of the company, including scheduling and resource allocation, mentoring, and training. She earned a Bachelor of Environmental Engineering, with a concentration in Water Resources and Water Quality and a minor in Civil Engineering from the University of Delaware, and was awarded the Hagerty Environmental Undergraduate Award for demonstrating outstanding professional and research potential in Environmental Engineering.

Laidman-Murray serves as chairperson for the ACEC Delaware Education/Public Relations committee, which awards engineering scholarships and helps promote engineering as a career choice. 

Cole Schotz veteran joins Wilmington office

Cole Schotz P.C. announced that it is growing its Wilmington office with the arrival of longtime firm member David Dean

Dean focuses his practice on corporate bankruptcy and complex litigation. His arrival will help grow the office’s litigation capabilities and offer a wide range of litigation services for clients in bankruptcy and Delaware federal courts and state courts, and the Delaware Court of Chancery. 

Dean, who previously served as chair of the Baltimore Chapter of the Bankruptcy Bar Association for the District of Maryland and is currently the organization’s assistant secretary, will also continue to practice in Baltimore.

 Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell  elects chair

Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP, Wilmington,  announced that Andrew M. Johnston has been elected chair of the firm’s Executive Committee. He is a partner in the firm’s Delaware Corporate Counseling Group and has been recognized as a leading Delaware corporate law and mergers and acquisitions attorney by Chambers USA and The Best Lawyers in America.

In his 35 years of practice, Johnston has advised corporations, boards of directors, board committees (including special committees), management and their counsel on cutting-edge Delaware corporate law issues.

A leader in the Delaware State Bar Association and the American Bar Association, he currently serves on the Council of the Corporate Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association, which considers amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law and other Delaware statutes that enable the formation of other types of business entities.

Diamond State Financial Group names associate partner

Ketul Mody, CFP, has been named Associate Partner with Diamond State Financial Group. Mody has been a Financial Advisor since 2008 and graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and Management. He is a Certified Financial Planner™ professional, and a Registered Representative and Investment Advisor Representative of Securian Financial Services, Inc. 

Berkshire Hathaway welcomes two

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, Realtors Greenville welcomed Samantha Gill as a sales associate joining the Lyons Team. Formerly with Keller Williams, she has been licensed since 2006. She is a member of Suburban West and New Castle County Board of Realtors.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, Realtors, Newark Office, welcomed Deakwon Hancock as a sales associate. He is a member of New Castle County Board of Realtors. Hancock has a degree in business administration. He serves New Castle and Kent Counties.