Business people: May 17, 2022 –

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The Middletown Area Chamber of Commerce (MACC) Board of Directors announced the appointment of Michelle Hummel as Executive Director. 

Board President, Bruce Rushton says, “This is an exciting time for the chamber, and I am extremely pleased to have someone with Michelle’s experience and passion leading the organization into our next phase of growth and member services.” 


Hummel has served as the Interim Executive Director and Director of Membership Sales & Engagement for the Middletown Family YMCA. Her operational oversight has provided for successes in membership, programming, and community impact. 

She succeeds Roxanne Ferguson, who took a local Chamber of Commerce position in Florida.

Dawson named to Forbes list

Fredrick J. Dawson, president of Bassett, Dawson & Foy, Inc. and Wealth Manager located west of Wilmington was among the Raymond James-affiliated advisors named to the Forbes 2022 list of Best-In-State Wealth Advisors.


This is Dawson’s fourth time on the list.  Dawson, who joined Raymond James in 1983, has more than 39 years of experience in the financial services industry
Bassett, Dawson & Foy, Inc. is not a registered broker/dealer and is independent of Raymond James Financial Services.


DiGregorio retires as UD chef, instructor

Joseph DiGregorio has retired as executive chef at   Vita Nova Restaurant, the student-run restaurant of the University of Delaware    He also served as a senior instructor in the Lerner College Hospitality Business Management program and mentored hundreds of students.

He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and has been with the UD’s hotel, restaurant and institutional management program since 1996. 

A Better Delaware names  Advisory Board member

De Meo

Dr. Greg DeMeo, D.O. has joined as an advisory board member at A Better Delaware, a public policy and political advocacy. He is the medical director of ChristianaCare’s Labor and Delivery Department.

DeMeo will serve alongside advisory board members Sam Waltz, former Governor Mike Castle, and William Erhart.

Long & Foster names regional manager


Long & Foster Real Estate, the nation’s No. 1 real estate brokerage*, has named Ralph DiGuiseppe III as its Senior Vice President and Regional Manager for the Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware markets. 

After a brief stint on the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, DiGuiseppe, who has a finance degree, obtained his real estate license. He then joined Alliance, a former franchise broker that was acquired by Long & Foster in 2014.

Most recently, he led the Media and Springfield offices for Long & Foster Real Estate. DiGuiseppe maintains his broker’s license in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, and Maryland. 

Moyer named to Zip Code board

Zip Code Wilmington, a nonprofit software development boot camp, announced that Gary Moyer of TD Bank has joined its board of directors.

Moyer is a technology executive at TD Bank in Wilmington, leading the Canadian consumer investments technology organization. He previously was senior vice president, card issuer services for Fiserv in Wilmington.

Before joining Fiserv in September 2020, Moyer was managing director/chief technology officer, Chase consumer lending with JPMorgan Chase & Co. in Wilmington. 

Zip Code is a computer coding boot camp.

DNREC names directors

Secretary Shawn M. Garvin announced changes today to the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. selecting Steven Smailer as the new director of DNREC’s Division of Water and Kim Siegel as chief of staff within DNREC’s Office of the Secretary.

Smailer succeeds environmental scientist and wetland and stream restoration expert Virgil Holmes, who retired from DNREC after two stints with the Department totaling 15 years, including the last seven years leading the Division of Water.

Smailer, a hydrogeologist, worked as an environmental program administrator in the division. He originally came into the Department and the then-Division of Water Resources in the early 1990s, then worked as a hydrogeologist for an extended period in the private sector, before returning to DNREC in 2015 as manager of the Division of Water’s Wetlands and Subaqueous Lands Section.

As chief of staff, Ms. Siegel succeeds Gregory Patterson, who earlier this year moved to the Office of Governor. as the state’s infrastructure implementation coordinator to manage funding received by the State of Delaware through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

Siegel arrives at DNREC with 20 years of experience in state government and nonprofits. She most recently was the assistant director of government relations and advocacy at Mental Health Partnerships in Philadelphia, overseeing workforce development and individual advocacy programs and monitoring state legislative activity.

Prior to that, she was the FOIA coordinator and legislative affairs manager at the Delaware Department of Justice and the research director to then-Lt. Gov. Matt Denn.


Kent Economic Partnership hires business developer

Kent Economic Partnership has hired Zachary Prebula to be the new Business Developer. The business developer is responsible for promoting Central Delaware as an attractive business location.

He is a graduate of Salisbury University and most recently worked for the Salisbury Wicomico Economic Development Organization. 



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