DBT unveils inaugural Delaware 222 list

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From Delaware Business Times, December 19, 2023

By Jacob Owens | Graphic by Delaware Business Times staff

Wilmington, Del. – There is a long-running joke in the First State that the supposed six degrees of separation are more like two or three degrees here.

Simply by naming your high school, community pool or local youth sports league, there is a good chance that you’ve encountered, or know someone who’s encountered, just about anyone in Delaware.

But to be frank, Delaware is a growing place – and growing fast in many corners.

With a population now over a million people, our degrees of separation are beginning to inch a little higher. And if you’re one of those new transplants, it may take you just a little bit longer to get the lay of the land and start to meet the right people.

That reality is partly why Delaware Business Times is unveiling its inaugural Delaware 222 list of the state’s most impactful business, nonprofit and civic leaders.

You’ll find a who’s who of many of the state’s most important, and up-and-coming, leaders across a variety of industries, each chosen by DBT’s editorial staff over months of debate.

Our list won’t feature Hollywood celebrities who have long left their Delaware home or certain occupants of the White House – we think they get plenty of publicity as it is. It also won’t feature any elected officials, because frankly we’re not looking to endorse or criticize any political party or official.

Our list does feature those who are creating jobs here, serving populations in need or helping to shape the state’s public policy of the future.

The inaugural publication landed in subscribers’ mailboxes this week and single copies are available for purchase and mailing by calling 302-656-1809. We’ll be rolling out profiles of our list online throughout the year.

There’s every possibility that we’ve missed key people across the state, and I hope you send me a note at [email protected] about who you think should be on our 2025 list. We’ll be updating the list every year, retaining some names and replacing others to keep the list as informative as possible.

And why 222? Honestly, we liked the sound of it while it supplies enough space to fit our objective. Plus, it has great SEO.



  • JC Barker, Delaware Symphony Orchestra
  • Tina Betz, City of Wilmington Arts
  • Brendon Cooke, OperaDelaware
  • Gayle Dillman, Gable Music Ventures
  • Michael Dudich, Biggs Museum
  • Sara Ganter, Rehoboth Art League
  • Molly Giordano, Delaware Art Museum
  • Patti Grimes, Freeman Stage
  • Kristina Kambalov, First State Ballet Theatre
  • Neil Kirschling, Delaware Arts Alliance
  • Pam Manocchio, The Grand Opera House
  • Kate Ransom, Music School of Delaware
  • James Ray Rhodes, Christina Cultural Arts Center
  • Leslie Shaffer, Delaware Contemporary
  • Carl Shaw, Wilmington Public Library
  • Matt Silva, Delaware Theatre Company
  • Halsey Spruance, Delaware Nature & Science Museum
  • Chris Strand, Winterthur


  • Elizabeth Albano, Artisans Bank
  • Ronald Baron, Del-One FCU
  • Ben du Pont, Chartline Capital
  • David Gillan, County Bank
  • Van Hampton Jr., True Access Capital
  • Tom Horne, JPMorgan Chase
  • Mark Hutton, M&T Bank
  • Rodger Levenson, WSFS Bank
  • Don Mell, JPMorgan Chase
  • Abby Mrozinski, Wilmington Trust
  • Denny Nealon, Barclays Bank
  • Paul Ricci, Best Egg
  • Chip Rossi, Bank of America
  • Donna Vieira, Sallie Mae
  • Joe Westcott, Capital One
  • Katie Wilkinson, Fulton Bank


  • Elizabeth Albano, Artisans Bank
  • Ronald Baron, Del-One FCU
  • Ben du Pont, Chartline Capital
  • David Gillan, County Bank
  • Van Hampton Jr., True Access Capital
  • Tom Horne, JPMorgan Chase
  • Mark Hutton, M&T Bank
  • Rodger Levenson, WSFS Bank
  • Don Mell, JPMorgan Chase
  • Abby Mrozinski, Wilmington Trust
  • Denny Nealon, Barclays Bank
  • Paul Ricci, Best Egg
  • Chip Rossi, Bank of America
  • Donna Vieira, Sallie Mae
  • Joe Westcott, Capital One
  • Katie Wilkinson, Fulton Bank


  • Andrew Cottone, Adesis
  • Michael Fleming, Delaware BioScience Association
  • Herve Hoppenot, Incyte
  • Vance Kershner, LabWare
  • Eric Kmiec, CorriXR Therapeutics
  • Kelvin Lee, NIIMBL
  • Kris Vaddi, Prelude Therapeutics


  • Bob Chadwick, New Castle County Chamber of Commerce
  • Carol Everhart, Rehoboth & Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce
  • Ayanna Khan, Delaware Black Chamber of Commerce
  • Sergio Morales, Delaware Alliance of Latino Entrepreneurs
  • Mike Quaranta, Delaware State Chamber of Commerce
  • Dina Vendetti, Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce


  • Alysse Bortolotto, New Castle County Chamber of Commerce
  • Mike Bowman, Delaware Technology Park
  • Kurt Foreman, Delaware Prosperity Partnership
  • Rob Herrera, The Mill
  • Stephanie Johnnie, Pete du Pont Freedom Foundation
  • Liz Keller, Committee of 100
  • Renata Kowalcyzk, Wilmington Alliance
  • Scott Malfitano, Delaware Workforce Development Board
  • Megan McGlinchey, Riverfront Development Corporation
  • Linda Parkowski, Kent Economic Partnership
  • Bill Provine, Innovation Space
  • Brett Saddler, Claymont Renaissance Development Corporation
  • Fred Sears, Council on Development Finance


  • Chris Baker, George & Lynch
  • Chris Buccini, Buccini/Pollin Group
  • Rob Buccini, Buccini/Pollin Group
  • Louis Capano III, Capano Management
  • Ed Capodanno, Delaware Association of Builders & Contractors
  • Neal Dangello, Newmark
  • Pete Davisson, Jackson Cross
  • Ernie Delle Donne, Delle Donne & Associates
  • Peggy Del Fabbro, M. Davis & Sons
  • Brian DiSabatino, EDiS
  • Larry DiSabatino, DiSabatino Construction
  • Greg Ellis, Patterson Woods
  • Wills Elliman, Newmark
  • Carmen Facciolo, NAI Emory Hill
  • Michelle Freeman, The Freeman Companies
  • Thom Harvey, Harvey Hanna & Associates
  • TJ Hanna, Harvey Hanna & Associates
  • Bill Holloway, Bernardon
  • Rich Julian, Eastern States Group
  • John Kaczowka, CBRE
  • Kevin Kelly, Leon N. Weiner & Associates
  • Jeff Lang, Lang Development
  • Joe Latina, LMT Real Estate
  • Bill Lingo, Jack Lingo Realtor
  • Greg Pettinaro, Pettinaro
  • Greg Sawka, Bancroft Construction
  • Chris Schell, Schell Brothers
  • Preston Schell, Ocean Atlantic
  • Bryon Short, Delaware Contractors Association
  • Dennis Silicato, Silicato Development
  • Jamie Vari, JLL
  • Tripp Way, DSM Commercial


  • Tony Allen, Delaware State University
  • Dennis Assanis, University of Delaware
  • Mark Brainard, Delaware Technical Community College
  • Todd Clark, Widener Delaware Law School
  • Phillip Closius, Wilmington University School of Law
  • Jean Dahlgre, Delaware College of Art & Design
  • LaVerne Harmon, Wilmington University
  • Paul Herdman, Rodel Foundation
  • Colleen Perry Keith, Goldey-Beacom College
  • Levi Thompson, University of Delaware College of Engineering


  • Jeff Bullock, Delaware Department of State
  • Judge Colm Connolly, U.S. District Court
  • Judge Eric Davis, Delaware Superior Court, Complex Commercial
  • Shawn Garvin, Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control
  • Karryl Hubbard, Delaware Department of Labor
  • Nicole Majeski, Delaware Department of Transportation
  • Chancellor Kathaleen McCormick, Delaware Court of Chancery
  • Col. William McDonald, Dover Air Force Base
  • Regina Mitchell, Division of Small Business
  • Justice CJ Seitz Jr., Delaware Supreme Court


  • Susan Lloyd, Delaware Hospice
  • Nick Moriello, Highmark Delaware
  • Dr. Lynn Morrison, Brandywine Counseling & Community Services
  • Mark Mumford, Nemours Children’s Health
  • Terry Murphy, Bayhealth
  • Dr. Janice Nevin, ChristianaCare
  • Chris Otto, Delaware Nurses Association
  • Bruce Sachais Blood Bank of Delmarva
  • Penny Short, TidalHealth Nanticoke
  • Dr. David Tam, Beebe Healthcare


  • Ed Breen, DuPont
  • Dora Cheathem, Delaware Sustainable Chemistry Alliance
  • Mark Newman, Chemours
  • John Panichella, Solenis
  • Phillip Pylar, Mountaire Farms
  • Bret Snyder, W.L. Gore & Associates
  • Yushan Yan, Center for Clean Hydrogen & Versogen


  • Pete Booker, Delaware Public Media
  • Jerry DuPhily, TSN Media / Out and About
  • Mike Feeley, The News Journal
  • Konrad La Prade, Delaware State News
  • Mac Macleod, Carvertise
  • Rob Martinelli, Today Media
  • Paul Pomeroy, Aloysius Butler & Clark
  • Jet Phynx, Jet Phynx Films
  • Chris Rausch, Cape Gazette
  • Patricia Rivera, Hook PR
  • Lisa Scott, OneMagnify
  • Sandy Taccone, Blue Blaze Associates
  • Wendy Scott, Blue Blaze Associates
  • Ivan Thomas, DE.TV
  • Greg Watkins, All Hip Hop


  • Sheila Bravo, Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement
  • Jennifer Cohan, Leadership Delaware
  • Stuart Comstock Gay, Delaware Community Foundation
  • Gerret Copeland, Philanthropist
  • Tatiana Copeland, Philanthropist
  • Mary Dupont, La Plaza Delaware
  • There du Pont, Longwood Foundation
  • Rob Eppes, Junior Achievement Delaware
  • Brother Ronald Giannone, Ministry of Caring
  • Logan Herring, REACH Riverside
  • Cathy Kanefsky, Food Bank of Delaware
  • Maria Matos, Latin American Community Center
  • Colleen Morrone Goodwill of DE & Del County
  • Jarrett Royster, YMCA of Delaware
  • Kenan Skelnar, Easterseals of Delaware & Eastern Shore
  • Michelle Taylor, United Way of Delaware
  • Dave Tiberi, Donate Delaware
  • John Wellons, Boys & Girls Club


  • Angie Eliason, DE Turf
  • Larry Meli, Delaware Blue Coats
  • Chrissi Rawak, University of Delaware


  • Zakiyyah Ali, Tech Council of Delaware
  • Desa Burton, Zip Code Wilmington
  • Patrick Callahan, CompassRed / LabWare
  • Patrick Callihan, Tech Impact
  • Stephanie Eldridge, Code Differently
  • Markevis Gideon, NERDiT NOW
  • Tariq Hook, Code Differently
  • Alexandr Vinokurov, M&T Bank


  • Jen Boes, Greater Wilmington Visitors & Convention Bureau
  • Pete Bradley, Kent Tourism
  • Vince DiFonzo, TKo Hospitality
  • Tom Kramedas, Axia Hospitality
  • Scott Thomas, Sussex Tourism
  • Jess Welch, Delaware Tourism
  • Stephen Williams, Delaware River & Bay Authority


  • Faiz Ahmad, Skadden Arps
  • Robert Brady, Young Conaway
  • Doneene Damon, Richards, Layton & Finger
  • Keith Donovan, Morris James
  • Kate Harmon, Delaware State Bar Association
  • Michael Hoffman, Tarabicos Grosso & Hoffman
  • Michael Houghton, Morris Nichols / DEFAC
  • Bill Lafferty, Morris Nichols
  • Kathleen Furey McDonough, Potter Anderson & Corroon
  • Tom McGonigle, Barnes & Thornburg
  • Lisa Schmidt, Richards, Layton & Finger
  • Shawn Tucker, Barnes & Thornburg
  • Rod Ward, CSC

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