Delaware Economic Summit slated April 22-23

todd-rosell-204x202By Todd Roselle
Guest Columnist

The 2015 Delaware Economic Summit on April 22-23 will bring together business leaders from around the state for two days of open discussion on six themes — education, entrepreneurship, marketing, health care, culture and the economy.

Six sessions and two keynote lunches will take place on Wednesday, April 22 and Thursday, April 23 at The Westin Wilmington Hotel on the Riverfront.

“The “Delaware Way” has always been based on the premise that what’s good for one sector of the local economy is good for us all,” said event organizer Todd Roselle. “In that spirit, the Delaware Economic Summit will bring together business leaders from all over the state – from established Delaware corporations to the emerging start-ups – to meet, to discuss ideas and to develop new ways to work together for the benefit of all.”

Jen Groover, the Philly author of “What If & Why Not?” and the entrepreneur who developed a compartmentalized handbag and was named a “one-woman brand” by Success Magazine, will speak at lunch on Wednesday.

Hal Real, the entertainment entrepreneur who opened World Cafe Live in Philadelphia in 2004 and World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington in 2011, will be the keynote speaker on Thursday.

Three panel discussions will follow lunch on both Wednesday and Thursday:

• Entrepreneurship: Create It, Own It, Love It, featuring Glenn Fedale, owner of both G. Fedale Roofing & Siding and Handcrafted Tattoo; Alex Pires, lawyer, banker and president of Highway One in Delaware; and Matt Haney, president and co-founder of PRO Physical Therapy.

• Marketing: Has Digital Killed the Newspaper Star, featuring Paul Pomeroy, managing partner and director of marketing at ab+c Creative Intelligence; John Owens, senior vice president of brand marketing at Capital One; and Todd Miller, owner and chief experience officer at The Archer Group.

• Health Care: How Employees’ Health Impacts Your Wallet, featuring Rita Landgraf, secretary of the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services; Dr. Leonard Nitowski, emergency care physician at Christiana Hospital; and Tim Constantine, president at Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware.

• Culture: Does Culture Impact the Bottom Line? featuring Peggy H. Eddens, executive vice president and chief human capital officer for WSFS Bank; Scott O’Neil, chief executive officer of the Philadelphia 76ers; and David Burke, corporate consultant and assistant professor at Cabrini College.

• Education: Can Delaware Schools Compete?, featuring Mark T. Brainard, president of Delaware Technical Community College; Rob Eppes, president of Junior Achievement Delaware; and Mark Murphy, secretary of the Delaware Department of Education.

• Economy: Delaware Economy, Today & Tomorrow, featuring Ken Simpler, Delaware state treasurer; Joseph Pluscht Jr., president and CEO of Patterson- Schwartz Real Estate; and Ed Ratledge, director of the Center for Applied Demography and Survey Research a the University of Delaware.

• “We’re grateful that so many extraordinary business leaders in Delaware have donated their time to serve as our panelists,” Roselle said.

On both Wednesday and Thursday, summit attendees may continue the conversation at happy hour events at the Westin hotel. 
Registration for the Delaware Economic Summit is now open. Keynote lunches are $35, afternoon sessions, with three panel discussions each day, are $35 until March 15 and $59 later, and happy hours are $15 each. Full-day rates are also available.

An additional session, “Access to Economic Development at All Levels,” begins at 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning and is free to the public. ♦

To register and for full pricing information, go to

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