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People on the Move – Aug. 6

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People on the Move is a part of Delaware Business Times’ For the Record section, a rundown of recent hirings, promotions, appointments and other notable movements by professionals in the state. If you’re interested in submitting an entry, please contact news@delawarebusinesstimes.com.


Barry Rodrigues
has been named CEO of Barclays Bank Delaware and Head of Barclays US Consumer Bank in addition to his current role as CEO of Barclays Cards & Payments. He joined Barclays in November 2017 as CEO of Cards & Payments, after serving for six years at Citi as head of digital payments for the Global Consumer Bank and at American Express for 25 years in a number of leadership roles.

Chuck Durante, a partner with Conolly Gallagher, was elected New Castle County president of the Delaware State Bar Association. In the past, Durante chaired the DSBA taxation and estates and trusts sections. He is also a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. Durante focuses his practice on planning strategies for intergenerational passage of personal and business property. He also advises on matters related to Delaware statutory trusts, Delaware holding companies and Delaware limited liability companies.

Mary Frances Suter, DNP, AG-ACNP, GNP-BC, AACC, NEA-BC, is the new executive director of Cardiac & Vascular Services at Beebe Healthcare. Dr. Suter has 30 years of experience in top Philadelphia hospitals as director of Cardiovascular Service Line Integration at the University of Pennsylvania and as director of the Doctoral Program at Holy Family University.

Dr. Frederick DeMicco has become the executive director of the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management in the Franke College of Business at Northern Arizona University. He is professor and ARAMARK Endowed Chair Emeritus of Hospitality Business Management for the Lerner College of Business & Economics at the University of Delaware. During his tenure at the University of Delaware, DeMicco grew student enrollments by 25% in two years, brought in several million dollars in corporate, foundation, and research grant support, and established a new and innovative master of science degree in Hospitality Information Management, which had a 100% placement rate for graduates in leading hospitality and technology firms. He worked to open a new Marriott Hotel on the University of Delaware campus and obtained funding from the Marriott Foundation to open the Marriott Center for Hospitality & Tourism attached to the hotel. 

LGBTQ activist Sarah McBride is featured in a Newseum exhibit called Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement. The Wilmington native (and national press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign) recently announced she will run for State Sen. Harris McDowell’s seat in the General Assembly when he retires after the next session. The Newseum is based in Washington, D.C.

Delaware Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long has been elected chair-elect of the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) Executive Committee. She will serve in this position until July of 2020 when she becomes the chair. Lt. Gov. Hall-Long was elected to office in 2017 and had served as treasurer for the NLGA since July 2018.

Jamie Holder, professor in University of Delaware’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, will co-lead a Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) project at Breakthrough Listen at the University of California, Berkeley’s SETI Research Center. The project will include researchers associated with the Very Energetic Radiation Imaging Telescope Array System (VERITAS), one of the world’s most sensitive high-energy gamma ray observatories.

Mick Purzycki, CEO of Jerry Media and son of Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki, has been nominated for four Emmys for a Netflix documentary that he produced about the failed FYRE music festival. “FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened” has been nominated for Outstanding Documentary/Nonfiction Special, Outstanding Directing for a Documentary/Nonfiction Program, Outstanding Sound Editing, and Outstanding Sound Mixing.


SPOILER ALERT: Wilmington chef Victoria Jeker and her best friend Ali Albini won a chocolate-centric episode of Netflix’s baking competition “Sugar Rush.” Netflix recently released the second season of Sugar Rush, which includes Jeker and Albini’s episode, “All Things Chocolate.”

Jeker is the head pastry chef and cake decorator for Sweet Somethings Dessert Shoppe on North Union Street in Wilmington.

Christopher Erisman has been promoted to partner at Gunnip & Co. LLP. Chris has been with Gunnip & Co. since 2003. He manages audits, reviews, compilations, and the preparation of corporate tax returns for clients across a variety of industries. His experience includes servicing clients in the areas of transportation, manufacturing, construction, and wholesale, as well as not for profit entities. He received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Delaware.


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