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DE222 Honoree: Fred Sears II

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Title: Chair


Workplace: Council on Development Finance

Alma Mater: University of Delaware

Boards: Applied Bank; Beau Biden Foundation to Protect Innocent Children; Delaware College Scholars; Delaware Council For Development; Delaware State Port Corporation; Friends of the Hockessin Colored School #107; Nativity Prep School for Boys; State Chamber of Commerce; Vision To Learn; Leadership Delaware; Leading Youth Through Empowerment

Q&A: What is the best advice to your younger self? “When you make a commitment at work or with your church or a nonprofit organization to help to serve, follow through and deliver. Plus, always look for ways to take the extra steps to ‘deliver’ more than was asked of you.”

There likely is little in Delaware that Fred Sears hasn’t had some kind of impact on over a decades-long career. He served as CEO of the Delaware Community Foundation and the regional president of Commerce Bank, was an elected Wilmington city councilman, and served as a director of the Port of Wilmington. Currently, Sears chairs the Delaware Council on Development Finance, the state’s job investment board, where he leads discussions on businesses seeking taxpayer-backed loans for expansion or relocation in the First State through one of several grant funds.

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