Business people: May 14, 2021


Rutherford named director at a Better Delaware.

Chris Kenny, the founder of A Better Delaware, Inc., selected Kathleen Rutherford as its new Executive Director.

The group “supports pro-growth, pro-jobs policies and overall transparency in state government,” a release stated. Kenny is a supermarket executive who also owns an online news media company.


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Rutherford will succeed Zoe Callaway, who worked on more than a dozen advocacy campaigns for two years, including raising public awareness about a possible soda tax and income tax hike.

Callaway has accepted a position at the Tax Foundation in Washington, DC as Manager of Education.

“While I am saddened to see Zoe leave after such an incredible performance launching ABD to become a formidable presence in Delaware, I am very happy to see her land a much larger role in such a prestigious national organization in DC.”

Over the past six years, Rutherford has directed several major political campaigns in Delaware.

Rutherford also formed Rutherford Consulting, Inc., offering communications and marketing strategies to advance her clients’ position with the Delaware General Assembly and the regulatory bodies of the State of Delaware.

Evercore names Lyden-Horn to head Delaware office

Evercore Wealth Management, Wilmington, announced the appointment of Alex Lyden-Horn as Managing Director, Director of Delaware Trust Services and Trust Counsel at Evercore Trust Company, N.A.

Lyden-Horn joins Evercore from Christiana Trust Company of Delaware, a wholly-owned subsidiary of WSFS Financial Corporation, where he served as President. Before joining Christiana Trust in 2015, he served as Trust Counsel to Commonwealth Trust Company for two years and, earlier, practiced as an attorney.

Lyden-Horn is based at the Wilmington offices of Evercore Trust Company and will work closely with colleagues at Evercore Wealth Management and Evercore Trust Company across the United States.

Lyden-Horn earned a B.A. from Yale University and both a J.D. and an LL.M. in taxation from the James E. Beasley School of Law at Temple University. He is a member of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey bars and a member of the Delaware bar under Rule 55.1.

WSFS names SVPs

WSFS Bank, Wilmington, the primary subsidiary of WSFS Financial Corporation, announced the promotion of six Associates from business lines across the organization to Senior Vice President (SVP).

The following associates have been promoted to Senior Vice President:
Pamela Peters Arms – SVP, Relationship Manager
Douglas Blackman – SVP, Senior Credit Officer
Dennis Moyer – SVP, Senior Credit Officer
Randy Nachman – SVP, Director of Mortgage Operations
Scott Swingle – SVP, Team Lead – Business Banking
Terence Young – SVP, Enterprise Risk Manager

Chacko joins Emory Hill

Matt Chacko recently joined the NAI Emory Hill Brokerage team, focusing on multifamily investment sales, land development, and commercial sales and leasing.

Before joining Emory Hill, Matt worked on the principal side with a private investment group sourcing multi-family deals in Delaware and Pennsylvania. Matt also spent the last several years in the technology space, where he specialized in capital fundraising and business development.

Matt has been an Adjunct Professor at Wilmington University since 2011. NAI Emory Hill is based in New Castle.

Northrop Realty adds two office leaders

Northrop Realty, A Long & Foster Company, added two real estate professionals Allison Stine and Jim Lattanzi, serving the Delaware and Maryland coastal region. Stine and Lattanzi join Northrop Realty as the brokerage opens two new locations in Delaware, a coastal headquarters in Bethany Beach and an office in Millsboro.

Stine leads a team of seven real estate agents and serves customers in Northrop Realty’s new coastal headquarters in Bethany Beach. Named a Top 100 agent by Long & Foster Real Estate, she led the top producing team for Long & Foster in the Bethany Beach office from 2008 to 2019. She is a certified residential specialist.

Lattanzi leads an office that includes more than 10 real estate agents and serves customers from Northrop Realty’s new office in Millsboro. He brings more than 20 years of experience in Delaware real estate. Previously, he worked in Michigan real estate for seven years and sales and sales management for 31 years. Lattanzi will focus on the growing Millsboro market.

“Northrop Realty makes our job as agents easy, almost foolproof. I can tell you I’ve had many more homes on the peninsula sell within one to seven days because of Northrop Realty’s support. It allows me to do what I do best, and that is sell,” Lattanzi said.

Northrop Realty has two additional office locations in the coastal region in Fenwick Island and West Ocean City, Maryland, and offices in Annapolis, Clarksville, Columbia, Ellicott City, Fallston, Frederick, Silver Spring, Sykesville, and Lutherville-Timonium.

Galbreath to manage new Grotto Pizza location in Millsboro

Grotto Pizza announced that Ralph Galbreath accepted a promotion to manage its new location in Millsboro and has relocated from his previous General Manager position at the Grotto Pizza Grand Slam in Lewes.

Galbreath has been a Grotto Pizza employee for over 39 years.

At the age of 13, Galbreath started working as a dishwasher at the Grotto Pizza on Rehoboth Avenue in 1982. Recruited by his older brother, who also worked at the location, Ralph eventually became a pizza maker, then quickly worked his way up to store management.

A Dover native, Galbreath attended Caesar Rodney High School and Delaware State University, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. He currently resides in Sussex County with his wife and children, who have all spent summers working at Grotto Pizza.

Pletcher named to economic development position for Milford

The City of Milford named Sara Pletcher for the newly created Economic Development & Community Engagement Administrator position.

Pletcher is responsible for planning, directing, and administering comprehensive economic development and business assistance programs for the City. She will also work closely with the business community/civic organizations and serves as the City’s designated Public Information Officer.

Pletcher joins the City after four years at Zephyr Conferences as the Conference Operations Manager, where she managed five international beer, wine, and food conferences, as well as six and half years at MilfordLIVE as their Publisher.

Before joining Zephyr, Pletcher was the Promotional Marketing and Communications Manager at Milford-headquartered GROWMARK FS, LLC.

She was previously the President of Downtown Milford, Inc. (DMI) and served on the City’s Planning Commission for four and half years.

Delaware Electric elects Emory to board

Greenwood-based Delaware Electric Cooperative named Hunter Emory of Lincoln to the board.

Emory was appointed in March to serve out the remainder of former director Dean Belt’s term, who retired in January after serving the Co-op since 2000.
Emory is serving as a Director-At-Large and will be up for re-election at the 2021 Annual Meeting.

Hunter owns Emory Agency State Farm Insurance and Financial Service in Milford and Georgetown. He served as a Milford School District Board Member from 2013 – 2018 and is the current Delaware State Farm Agent PAC President.

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