What’s inspiring me: Best places to close a deal, business books and podcasts

What’s inspiring me is a regular feature highlighting the books, websites, podcasts and other media that influence business leaders in Delaware. If you would like to submit your inspiration, please fill out our survey here: www.surveymonkey.com/r/DBTInspire


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

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