Business people: June 29, 2018


Cheatham named head of Economic Development Council

Bob Chadwick, President of the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce, announced that he has appointed Dora Cheatham as Director of the of the New Castle County Economic Development Council. She succeeds Chadwick who served in the position for 11 years prior to becoming Chamber President last month.

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Cheatham currently manages the Emerging Enterprise Center – a business incubator and flagship initiative of the Council – and will retain those duties as well as serving as the Council’s Director.

The New Castle County Economic Development Council is a public/private partnership between the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce and New Castle County government that brings together industry and government leaders to foster responsible economic development and sustainable business growth in New Castle County, while supporting and promoting initiatives to improve quality of life. Current Council members include representatives from a number of industries including healthcare, science, manufacturing, banking, construction, and other areas.

Wilmington Trust announces VP

Wilmington Trust has promoted Shubhro Banerjee to group vice president. Based in Wilmington, DE, Banerjee is head of Asset Allocation and responsible for all functions involving asset allocation in client portfolios. This includes strategic and tactical asset allocation models, portfolio construction as well as capital markets forecasts.

Banerjee earned a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland, a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Jadavpur University in India, and also holds the Financial Risk Manager certification by the Global Association of Risk Professionals. He is also an active member and volunteers with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in the states of Pennsylvania & Maryland.

Biotechnology Innovation Organization honors Harden

The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) today announced that Corteva Agriscience Vice President of External Affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer Krysta Harden will receive the 5th annual Rosalind Franklin Award for Leadership in Industrial Biotechnology and Agriculture. Corteva Agriscience is the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont.

The award is sponsored by the Rosalind Franklin Society, whose goal is to support and showcase the careers of eminent women in science.

Harden is currently Vice President of External Affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer at Corteva Agriscience, leading the company’s public policy and government affairs strategies, in addition to its sustainability, philanthropy, product stewardship and global regulatory activities.

Prior to joining Corteva Agriscience, Harden served as deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Convention & Visitors Bureau appoints 2 board members

The Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors Bureau (GWCVB) announced the appointment of two new members to its Board of Directors. With a mission dedicated to generating economic growth.

The appointees are Gerald duPhily, publisher, TSN Media Inc. and Celeste K. Mozeik,
Business Instructional Director/Department Chair, Delaware Technical Community College
George Campus.

Widener University Delaware Law School adds development director

Widener University Delaware Law School announced that Julie Topkis Nason has joined the administration as director of development.

Topkis Nason has more than 30 years of experience in philanthropy in the Delaware and greater Philadelphia regions. She comes to Delaware Law School with experience in development and advancement, civic engagement, and business.
She will oversee Delaware Law School’s efforts to raise funds to support and enhance excellence in education for students.

Topkis Nason holds a bachelor of science in health and human development from Penn State University.

DANA names learning director

Romaine Wright has been named Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement (DANA) as Director of Learning., she will develop and manage DANA’s workshops and online learning experiences.

Wright brings curriculum design and training experience. Most recently, she led a consulting practice focused on leadership development and talent management. She previously served as the lead training & development staff member for a North Carolina Health and Human Service facility, where she provided professional development for leadership and rising management talent.

Romaine has a Masters in Psychology from Walden University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Temple University.

Sussex County Council appoints Wingate

Sussex County Council appointed Holly J. Wingate of Millville to a seat on the five-member panel, a Council-appointed body that reviews and gives consideration toward subdivision applications and other land use requests.

Rodriguez joins Patterson-Schwartz.

Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate welcomed Paul Rodriguez to their Middletown sales team.
He is licensed in both Pennsylvania and Delaware.

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