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Travis J. Rothstein – ConnecTheDot LLC, Middletown
Business book: “The Simple Truths of Service: Inspired by Johnny the Bagger,” by Ken Blanchard and Barbara Glanz. This story captures a universal truth of service, lead with the heart. It teaches us that regardless of our business or position, we can all make a difference if we have the courage to try.
Favorite products (particularly ones made in Delaware): Dogfish Head Beer. Their creative concoctions are a great representation of the strength of their brand and followers.
Places to go in Delaware: The Riverfront. Such potential! It’s a place to see others enjoy the outdoors.
Donald Chupp – President and CEO, Fireside Partners, Dover
Business book: “Winning Decisions: Getting It Right the First Time,” by J. Edward Russo and Paul J.H. Schoemaker. This is one of the few books that proposes a simple model for personal decision-making and business decision making.
Places to go in Delaware: Kayaking off Bowers Beach and fishing for sharks. It’s exhausting but so exciting. It’s best when the shark pulls you for a long time. You have to avoid keelhauling but once the shark is tired, it’s easy to turn it over and let it go.
Favorite movie: “The Hate U Give.” The message is one of how we pass hate from generation to generation.
Ken Grant – Public and government affairs manager, AAA Mid-Atlantic, Wilmington
Business book: “The Tipping Point,” by Malcolm Gladwell
Podcast: The Cognitive Bias Podcast by David Dylan Thomas
Places to go in Delaware: The Nomad, The Grand, The Mill
Favorite products (particularly ones made in Delaware): Artwork by Terrance Vann or Ken Mabrey.
Best restaurant to close a business deal: Bardea, Seventh and Market streets, Wilmington
Christina Kelley – Business development and special projects manager, Delaware Today, Wilmington
Business book: “Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges,” by Amy Cuddy; and “Own It: The Power of Women at Work,” by Sallie Krawcheck
Podcast: The Skimm, TED Talks, Dear Sugars
Favorite products (particularly ones made in Delaware): MZ Wallace bags, carried at Peter Kate in Wilmington
Places to go in Delaware: Brandywine Creek State Park
Best restaurant to close a business deal: Capers & Lemons
Where to recharge: Empowered Yoga