Delaware Ambassadors

From artists to scientists, coders to chefs, meet the Delaware Ambassadors who are living well and working well all over the First State.

  • Delaware Ambassadors

Meet People Who Make Delaware Special

Tyler Kurtz

Outdoor Adventurer

Tyler Kurtz serves as an account manager at the Rehoboth Beach office of the Lyon Companies, a commercial insurance brokerage. Attracted to Delaware’s coastal environment, this millennial outdoor adventurer is embracing all that Delaware has to offer.

ambassor profile Dr. Dan Young

Dr. Dan Young

Serial Entrepreneur & Professor

Dr. Young is bringing an academic legacy into the future as founding director of the Goldey-Beacom College Doctor of Business Administration Program. A Delaware native and UD grad, he is inspiring doctoral students with his business acumen and entrepreneurial expertise.

Dennis Beach

Visual Artist
Beach received his MFA from the University of Delaware and works out of a studio he owns in Newport. He’s respected for his painting and sculpture work and has a permanent piece at the Delaware Art Museum.

Alonna Berry

Founder, The Bryan Stevenson School of Excellence (BASSE)
Berry comes from a long line of Delawareans from Sussex and Kent counties, many of them educators who undoubtedly helped inspire her to create a service/learning high school focused on Bryan’s concept of the power of proximity.
  • “In Delaware we have incredible access to our lawmakers, CEOs and the media. We can make incredible inroads in terms of communicating between all the stakeholders in business and the entrepreneurial ecosystem.”

    Dr. Dan Young

    Serial Entrepreneur & Professor
  • “Delaware has been a great location for us with its proximity to so many different areas — being close to Washington D.C. when working with military contacts is critical.”

    Doug Adams

    Running Technology Entrepreneur
  • “We don’t have the silos here that you often see; there are just so many ways for people to engage with the arts in Delaware.”

    Jonathan Whitney

    Drummer and Artivist
  • Seven of the 23 Code Differently’s students from last year ended up relocating to Delaware after recognizing the opportunities and resources here. “We are great creators of technology here in Delaware, but we’re also great importers of technology.”

    Stephanie Eldridge

    Co-Founder and CEO, Code Differently

Stephanie Eldridge

Co-Founder and CEO, Code Differently

Eldridge is a co-founder of Code Differently — which aims to increase diversity and technology directly in the workplace. In just two years, Code Differently has made huge strides by working with minority students in college primarily as computer science or engineering majors.

Dr. Annie Norman

State Librarian and Director, Delaware Division of Libraries

Norman has held this position since 2002 and is widely credited with pooling together all library resources in the state to create the first statewide Delaware Library Catalog, one of only a handful of statewide catalogs in the U.S.

Alexis Huttie

Second Grade Teacher, Spanish Immersion Program

Huttie graduated from Dover High School and received a full scholarship to Delaware State University through the Scholar Teach Educators Program (STEP) and in 2018 was named Capital District Teacher of the Year.

Stephen Sye

CEO of Futures First Gaming

Futures First Gaming aims to create an Esports industry pipeline in Delaware by launching competitive events, gaming camps and college outreach programs which hope to encourage Black gamers to pursue STEM degrees.

Drexel Davison

Owner, Bad Hair Day? Salon

Davison has owned the ever-popular, smile-inducing Bad Hair Day? Salon in Rehoboth for 28 years now and couldn’t be happier to be working in his home state in the town he calls the “most gay-friendly” in Delaware.

Michele Xiques-Arnold

Owner, First State Dance Academy

Xiques-Arnold began her dance training in Dover and was on her way to a career as a professional dancer when an ankle injury curtailed her plans. Once home in Delaware, she seized opportunity and now owns a successful dance studio.

Mike Pfeifer

Filmmaker, 1440 Film Co.

A graduate of Christiana HS and University of Delaware, Pfeifer loves telling the stories of the people and brands in Delaware through his Wilmington-based video production firm and credits strategic networking for his company’s successful launch.

Wilmington Brew Works

In their third year of business, the partners of Wilmington Brew Works are successfully navigating the COVID-19 pandemic by relying strongly on collaboration and strategic partnerships they have created in the Wilmington area.

Sam Calagione

Founder, Dogfish Head

Sam and his wife, Mariah, who was born and bred in Milford, have loved every minute of their 25-year journey guiding Dogfish Head into one of the largest and most-renowned craft breweries in the country, all from coastal Delaware.

Peggy Del Fabbro

CEO, M. Davis & Sons, Inc.

Born and raised in Wilmington and a UD grad, Del Fabbro has been CEO at M. Davis & Sons, one of the state’s leading industrial and construction contractors, for over a decade and is the fifth generation of her family to have worked there.

Kevin Short

Mid South Audio

Sussex County native Kevin Short launched an audio installation company in 1983, which has evolved into a full-service event production company and recording studio. He credits the local business community with helping to grow his business.

Gyanendra Gupta

Chef and Co-owner, Raas Restaurant

Since opening an Indian restaurant in downtown Lewes in 2019, Gyanendra “GG” Gupta has quickly lived up to his international reputation as a five-star chef, despite the challenges of the pandemic, creating another shining star on Delaware’s culinary coast.

Doug Adams

Running Technology Entrepreneur

Adams grew up running in Newark, attended the renowned Physical Therapy Program at UD and has designed a tech device that aims to help runners train properly by analyzing the intricacies of running healthy and running fast.

Jonathan Whitney

Drummer and Artivist

A drummer and “artivist” (a combination of artist and activist), Whitney and his partner, Eliza Jarvis, recently formed Flux Creative Consulting which creates events for corporations, nonprofits, and government agencies to engage communities through the arts.