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The highlight of this year’s Upstate event will be Cheryl Ecton.
CEO Elite Business Services “The Dirt Behind Success”

Cheryl Ecton, CEO of Elite Building Services, knows the “dirt behind success”. She has built a nationally-recognized commercial cleaning and building maintenance services company that employs more than 600 people in a male- dominated industry. She has overcome a multitude of personal struggles ““ divorce, single motherhood, and a child’s health crisis ““ to achieve professional success. It all started with just a single employee: herself.

Today, Elite Building Services serves clients in more than 15 states and is one of the largest women-owned businesses in the Mid-Atlantic region. Cheryl has built her successful business by valuing her employees as much as her clients.

Elite has been recognized with multiple safety and excellence awards, as well as multiple top vendor awards. Cheryl has been featured on Fox Business Network, Philadelphia Business Journal, Executive Leadership Radio, Smart CEO Future 50, South Jersey Chamber of Commerce and Delaware Today’s Women in Business. Cheryl proudly speaks to many industry professionals, leadership groups and women’s associations to empower other business owners.


The highlight of this year’s Downstate event will be Judy Aliquo.
President & CEO, Beebe Medical Foundation

Ms. Aliquo joined Beebe Healthcare as President and CEO of Beebe Medical Foundation (BMF) in September 2013. Ms. Aliquo brings over 20years of fundraising experience to BMF, which sole mission is to raise funds to support Beebe Healthcare. In this role, she has increased fundraising from an average of $1.5 million per year to the most recent year a record of $20.7 million including planned gifts. During her tenure, Beebe receive a transformational, historic gift of $10 million from the Ma-Ran Foundation.

Previously, Ms. Aliquo worked at Wilmington Friends School for 23 years serving in three different roles, including Business Manager, 250thAnniversary Coordinator and Director of Development. Ms. Aliquo received her B.S. in Accounting from Goldey Beacom College and has her Certified Fundraising Executive certificate. Ms. Aliquo has served on the Boards for Cape Henlopen Education Fund and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Brandywine Chapter. She is a proud member of AFP, Association of Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), and the Village Improvement Association.

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