Mr. Echeverri has worked as a financial advisor for more than two decades for some of the best financial firms in the country, including Dean Witter, Merrill Lynch, and Legg Mason. He is currently President and founder of his own investment management firm, Echeverri Financial Services, which he has operated in Middletown and Dover, DE for over eight years. His team manages over $20 million in assets for over 250 clients. As Chairman of the Delaware College Investment Plan where he administers to 24,000 clients with over $340 million in assets. He is licensed as a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) and also has licenses in life and health insurance.
A 23-year retiree of the U.S. Air Force and the Delaware Air National Guard, Mr. Echeverri served as Chief of Operations for the 142nd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron (AES) during his last 10 years of military service. He served as project officer to several Central and South American countries, and deployed for eight months to the desert during Operation Desert Shield/Storm where he served as duty control officer for the Aeromedical Evacuation Control Center. He was selected to the rank of Major in August 1999, but retired as a Captain.
He has an MBA from Delaware State University, as well as a B.A. in Biology from the State University of New York in Plattsburg, N.Y. A native of Cali, Colombia, Mr. Echeverri moved permanently to the United States as a child in 1965.
Mr. Echeverri is a past Assistant District Governor for the Camden-Wyoming Rotary, past member of the State of Delaware Governor’s Council on Hispanic Affairs, past president of the Delaware Latino Political Action Committee and the Reserve Officers Association. He currently serves as the V.P. and Board member of the Delaware Financial Literacy Institute, and is on the State of Delaware Judiciary Nominating Committee.
In 2008, Mr. Echeverri was the first known board member to earn a MBA Degree from DSU while serving as an active member of the board. He is a resident of Dover, DE.
Steve is a highly respected, accomplished senior executive with extensive experience in the workforce solutions industry. Steve currently serves as the President of CareerStaff Unlimited, a national healthcare workforce solutions company and subsidiary of Genesis Healthcare (NYSE, GEN). Prior to joining CareerStaff, Steve served as EVP, Corporate Development for the OGH companies, a holding company backed by Welsh Carson Anderson and Stowe, and he was responsible for assisting OGH Division Presidents with maximizing shareholder return, which includes, among other things, increasing revenue and profitability; setting strategic objective and initiatives, identifying and implementing operational efficiencies, and managing M&A activity. Prior to serving in this role, Steve served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Medefis, Inc., the healthcare industry’s most widely adopted and profitable vendor management technology provider. Beginning in 2005, Steve also served as OGH’s General Counsel. Under Steve’s leadership over the last eleven years, OGH became one of the fastest growing and most profitable, diversified enterprises in the industry. Steve is recognized for his passion and honesty and he is the standard bearer for ethical management.
Charles Campbell-King was appointed by Governor Markell to the Deferred Compensation Council (DCC) in February of 2011, and again in September of 2014 with a term set to expire in September of 2017. Charles is one of the two DCC members that is to be focused on the interests of the average State employee. He was a member of the RFP committee that selected to move the Deferred Compensation Program to a single vendor model.
Charles has been with the State since October 1998, serving in various information technology capacities. He is currently a senior Project Manager with the Department of Technology & Information (DTI).
Charles has worked on various political campaigns and is a founding member of Equality Delaware, serving as Treasurer, managing a $300k budget. He was a core member of the team that worked for the passage of the non-discrimination bill, the civil-union bill, and the marriage equality bill.
Additionally, Governor Markell appointed Charles to serve on the Recycling Public Advisory Council (RPAC).
Charles is passionate about increasing efficiency, accountability, and reducing cost of Delaware State Government. Charles lives in Middletown with his husband, Steve.
Ken Simpler was elected Delaware State Treasurer on November 4, 2014, and took the oath of office on January 6, 2015. Mr. Simpler is a graduate of the University of Chicago, having received an M.B.A. with honors from the Graduate School of Business and a J.D. with honors from the Law School. Mr. Simpler earned his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from Princeton University as a political economy major.
Mr. Simpler was born and raised in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware and graduated summa cum laude from St. Andrew’s School in Middletown, where he represented the school in Delaware’s 30th Blue-Gold All-Star Football Game.
Mr. Simpler is an owner of Seaboard Hotels, which develops and manages hotel and retail properties in Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach and Nags Head, North Carolina.
Mr. Simpler previously held the position of Managing Director at Citadel, LLC, a global investment fund, where he oversaw a billion dollar portfolio at Citadel and managed personnel in Chicago, San Francisco, New York/Greenwich, London and Tokyo. Among other duties, Mr. Simpler served on Citadel’s firm-wide investment committee.
Mr. Simpler began his career as a corporate attorney at Kirkland & Ellis, a national law firm. At K&E, Mr. Simpler worked primarily on private acquisitions and capital raising transactions.
Mr. Simpler has recently stepped down from the board of directors of Draper Holdings, the parent company of WBOC and Fox 21, and the finance committee of Beebe Healthcare.
Mr. Simpler lives in Newark with his wife of 25 years, Liz, and their three children.
Trinidad Navarro was elected in 2016 as the State of Delaware’s 26th Insurance Commissioner. In this role, he oversees the regulation of the Delaware insurance market and the Department’s consumer protection efforts. In 2014, the most recent data available, the Delaware Department of Insurance ranked 10th in the U.S. in total written insurance premium, and regulated companies with more than $620 billion in assets. The DOI is the largest consumer protection agency in the state.
A lifelong Delawarean, Commissioner Navarro has an extensive record of public service and is committed to protecting Delaware consumers. He served over 20 years with the New Castle County Police, retiring as the Public Information Officer after being elected as New Castle County Sheriff in 2010. While a police officer, he received the department’s distinguished Medal of Valor. Prior to that he worked as a licensed insurance agent. He followed in the footsteps of his father, whose career was servicing the life and health insurance needs of his community. His father’s work demonstrated to him the importance of serving the people who have put their trust in you. Commissioner Navarro put that lesson into action as an insurance agent, a police officer, and as sheriff. He knows that serving the needs of the people is the hallmark of every profession and the obligation of every public servant.
Commissioner Navarro is a member of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). He presently serves on the Delaware Health Care Commission, the State Employees Benefits Committee, the Deferred Compensation Council, and the Council on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.
Commissioner Navarro holds an Associate Degree in criminal justice from the Delaware Technical and Community College and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Wilmington University. He has two daughters, Kylie and Hannah, and one son, Jordan. Commissioner Navarro currently resides in Bear, DE with his wife Melissa and youngest daughter Hannah.
Dr. Susan Bunting, a long-time Delaware educator and former superintendent of the Indian River School District, is Delaware’s Secretary of Education.
Prior to joining Governor John Carney’s Cabinet in January 2017, Bunting led Indian River, one of the state’s largest school districts serving more than 10,000 students, for more than a decade. After teaching in Maryland for several years, she joined Indian River in 1977 as a middle school language arts teacher, later teaching gifted education. She was named Indian River’s Teacher of the Year in 1985. She served as Supervisor of Elementary Instruction then Director of Instruction before being named superintendent in 2006. Delaware’s 2012 Superintendent of the Year, she also was one of four finalists for the American Association of School Administrators’ National Superintendent of the Year award.
She has served on and led numerous state committees, including the DPAS II Advisory Committee, Vision 2015 Implementation Committee, Governor’s ESSA Advisory Committee and Delaware STEM Advisory Council, among many others. She also served as president of the Delaware Chief School Officer Association.
Bunting, a former adjunct faculty member at University of Delaware and Wilmington University, earned her Bachelor of Arts in K-8 education and psychology from the American University in Washington, D.C. followed by a master’s degree in education from Salisbury State University and her educational doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Delaware.
Secretary Geisenberger was nominated by Governor John C. Carney, Jr. and confirmed by the Delaware Senate on January 18, 2017. The Delaware Secretary of Finance is the state’s chief financial officer and is responsible for promoting the State’s fiscal health through fair and efficient forecasting, generation, collection and accounting of state funds. He oversees the State’s Division of Revenue, Division of Accounting and the State Lottery Office. The Office of the Secretary is also responsible for statewide revenue forecasting, tax policy analysis, unclaimed property administration, and bond finance.
The Secretary of Finance serves on several financial oversight bodies including the Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council, the Delaware Public Employees Retirement System Board of Trustees, the Cash Management Policy Board and the Delaware Plans Management Committee to name a few. Rick is also the Vice Chair of the Diamond State Port Corporation.
Secretary Geisenberger is an Executive Sponsor of the Government Efficiency and Accountability Review (GEAR) created by Governor Carney to make annual recommendations on ways to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of State spending. The GEAR will improve the use of strategic planning and metrics in resource allocation decisions, develop and implement cost savings ideas for shared services across State government and public education, and boost continuous improvement practices across State agencies.
Rick previously served as Delaware’s Chief Deputy Secretary of State and the Director of the Division of Corporations. Delaware is known internationally as the corporate home to 66% of Fortune 500 companies and more than 80% of all U.S. initial public offerings. During his 16 years of service, the number of Delaware legal entities increased 140% and the State’s incorporation revenues doubled to more than $1.1 billion. The Division also earned ISO 9001 certification and won the Delaware Quality Award’s prestigious W.L. Gore Award of Excellence in recognition of the Division’s world-class quality management system.
Before joining state government as an Economic Policy Advisor to Governor Thomas Carper, he held a variety of private sector positions in banking, finance, treasury services management, mergers and acquisitions, and strategic planning – first with Corestates Financial, then Manufacturers Hanover Corporation and later Delmarva Power.
Secretary Geisenberger earned his M.G.A. degree from the University of Pennsylvania, his B.A. from Franklin & Marshall College, and has completed the Wharton Executive Program in Mergers and Acquisitions.
Ralph is currently the Manager of the Wilmington office of Stephano Slack LLC and prides himself on his entrepreneurial mindset and skills, which include both expansion and exit strategies. He has been instrumental and successful in the roll-up of 19 companies, helping them expand from 25 people to nearly 700 in nine years. With 25 years of public accounting experience and nine as CFO, Ralph demonstrates a unique understanding of client concerns regarding mergers and acquisitions, business valuations, financial forecasting, and stock option planning. Ralph has a remarkable ability to help his clients successfully develop new business opportunities.
Ralph Cetrulo has been serving small to mid-size businesses in Delaware for 25 years as a CPA. Ralph started his career at a regional CPA firm where he became partner. Ralph thought that a CPA was in a better position not only to serve small business accounting and tax needs, but also help foster growth, find the appropriate capital, and provide guidance throughout the business life cycle of a company. Cetrulo & Morgan was the first company formed to create this vision of how a CPA firm can help and assist small to mid-size businesses. Ralph is a genuinely dedicated partner to small businesses throughout the entity’s business lifecycle: at start-up, through the growth period and, finally, at succession (sale or transition). This statement is validated by client loyalty, as 98% of Ralph’s client base chose to follow Ralph as he formed his new practice, Cetrulo * Morgan Group, in 2002.
Cetrulo & Morgan Group, for which Ralph served as a managing member, was a full service accounting firm, offering a variety of services to meet the financial needs of small to mid-size businesses, as well as providing tax and financial planning for businesses and individuals. Ralph, due to his entrepreneurial spirit, has been invaluable to his clients by building financial forecasts and projections, assisting in securing financial and providing general business consulting.
Dr. Donald Shandler is president of Shandler Associates, a consulting firm specializing in the development of managers, leaders and professionals. He has extensive experience working with corporate, government and nonprofit organizations.
Dr. Shandler has managed professional staff and faculty in academic, association, and government settings. He served as Assistant Vice President, Graduate and Adult Education at Marymount University. He was then Dean of Graduate Studies and Continued Learning at Wilkes University. Dr. Shandler was also Director of Continuing Education, Graduate School at USDA as well as Director of Education at the National Association of Home Builders. He also served as Assistant Vice Chancellor at the University of Maryland University College.
His training and consulting activities include working with clients in the design and implementation of professional development programs in areas such as Fostering Global Education and Global Competency, Helping Technical Experts Become Effective Leaders, Turning Generational Conflict into Collaboration, and Influencing without Authority in the Workplace.
Don is a full professor (adjunct) at the University of Maryland University College. In this role he teaches a 6-credit MBA course titled Managing People and Groups in the Global Workplace for the Graduate School of Management and Technology. He has also taught as a full time faculty member at Boston College and as an adjunct at Johns Hopkins.
He has authored four books including Motivating the Millennial Knowledge Worker, From Technical Specialist to Supervisor, Reengineering the Training Function, and Competency and the Learning Organization.