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A series of career business and political opportunities have prepared Terry for this most important leadership role of all – founding and chairing this charitable foundation, Leadership Delaware, Inc. A graduate of Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Terry was recruited out of college by IBM as a Data Processing Marketing Rep., and assigned to Wilmington, Delaware. A “high number” in the draft soon encouraged him to enlist in the US Coast Guard, where, after OCS in Yorktown, Virginia, he was ordered to a Cutter stationed in Portland, Maine, where he met, wooed, won and married his wife, Sandy. Three years, four months, and 17 days later, (but who’s counting!) he returned to civilian life and IBM, this time to Dover, Delaware. With a promotion pending to a position involving extensive travel, Terry left IBM to become a stockbroker in Wilmington, first with Francis I. du Pont, then with Butcher & Sherrerd, then moved on to become a commercial investment real estate broker, which quickly morphed to becoming a full time investor in real estate. During his successful careers, Terry’s passion for public policy and politics grew, and in 2003, he was nominated to become Chairman of the Delaware State Republican Committee. Some have described this position to be one of the “toughest, least rewarding job in the world”, but the opposite was true. “Tough” to be sure, but wonderfully rewarding in the many friends, contacts and priceless experiences that Chairmanship brought. As State GOP Chair, he saw the strengths and weaknesses, the challenges and temptations afforded political leaders, key staffers, bureaucrats, lobbyists and elected officials in both Parties, in Dover and Washington, D.C. How then to “make a difference”? Identify, recruit, tutor, mentor and network the best and brightest young leaders – give them the tools, the contacts, and the know-how they will need to earn and win higher levels of leadership in every area of “village Delaware”. Thus was born “Leadership Delaware, Inc.”

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