Business Briefs Spring 2020

May 27, 2020

Royal Farms donates to Food Bank of Delaware

Royal Farms delivered a tractor-trailer truck full of food supplies to the Food Bank of Delaware May 8.

The truck was filled with various food necessities including cases of whole milk, 1 percent milk and chocolate milk, as well as orange juice, loaves of bread, sliced ham, turkey, American cheese and containers of yogurt. Also included were boxes of granola bars, nuts and cases of bottled water.

“This coronavirus pandemic has resulted in an increased need for food within the communities that we serve. People are worried right now, and where they are going to get their next meal should not be added to their list of worries. Our goal with this donation is to help the food bank provide food to those who need it most. We also want to thank our food bank partners who fight against this hunger every day,” said John Kemp, president of Royal Farms.

Weis offers in-store donation program

Weis Markets launched its Fight Hunger in-store donation program April 30. At checkout, customers can round up their order total or purchase a $1, $3, $5 or $10 voucher to help support families in need in their community. “This is a difficult time for a growing number of families who are struggling with food insecurity,” said Ron Bonacci, Weis Markets vice president of advertising and marketing. “Our Fight Hunger program gives customers the opportunity to donate to regional food banks who work to support thousands of local food pantries and hunger groups.” This is Weis Markets’ 13th annual Fight Hunger campaign, which has raised more than $2.5 million and been supplemented by company donations. Locally, the campaign benefits Food Bank of Delaware.

Insight Homes partners to plant trees for Earth Day anniversary 

In honor of Earth Day, Insight Homes is giving back. For every home sold from April 22 to May 1, Insight Homes will plant 200 trees in partnership with One Tree Planted. April 22, 2020 marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

Insight Homes has always been a leader in the area for its green homes and has won innovation awards back to back from the Department of Energy. It is natural that Insight would want to give back for this prestigious anniversary.

One Tree Planted is a nonprofit with a mission to help global reforestation efforts. For more information, go to

Karen Wearden accredited as asset management specialist 

Financial Advisor Karen Wearden of financial services firm Edward Jones in Lewes has achieved the professional designation of accredited asset management specialist.

Wearden successfully completed the Accredited Asset Management Specialist Program from the Denver-based College for Financial Planning. Those who complete the program, pass a final exam and sign a code of ethics and disclosure form earn the AAMS designation. This advanced training offers investment professionals the hands-on information needed to provide comprehensive financial services. Study topics include understanding the asset management process, and understanding asset allocation and strategies.

To reach Wearden and Branch Office Administrator Lisa Marchione, call 302-200-9821 or go to

WSFS Bank expands ATM network

WSFS Bank announced its ATM network is expanding from 473 machines to 560 to serve customers across Delaware and greater Philadelphia. 

Its ATMs are in WSFS’ 91 banking offices and at various locations including Walgreens, retail centers and many other convenient locations. As retailers open after the passing of the current pandemic, WSFS will continue to expand to more than 600 ATMs.

“Having quick, safe, and easy access to their WSFS accounts is important for our customers, and we are pleased to increase our coverage during this unprecedented time,” said Dominic C. Canuso, CFO of WSFS Bank and executive leader of Cash Connect. “Our new ATMs are located across our footprint at places our customers frequent every day, making it even easier to access their money and WSFS services.”

During these challenging times, WSFS encourages customers to access its digital channels for their everyday banking needs. For the convenience of digital banking with a human touch, customers can use myWSFS, a secure mobile application that allows them to communicate with a WSFS banker via text, initiate transactions, ask questions, resolve issues and more.

Beef Jerky Outlet to match snack donations to heroes

Medical and other frontline heroes are being stretched to the limit. They are working tirelessly to keep Americans safe and healthy, and on-the-go snacks like jerky can help them sustain energy during the long shifts. During April, locally owned Beef Jerky Outlets are supporting local heroes by matching 1 for 1 on every Hero SnackPak donated. Owners will distribute jerky to local hospitals, fire stations, police departments and other frontline teams.

“We have the opportunity to do something special, to really make a difference,” said Paul Lyons, president of Beef Jerky Outlet. “We are providing a way for people to make an impact in their local communities during these unprecedented times.”

To support a local hero while staying home and safe, community members can go online and donate a $10 Jerky Hero SnackPak, and Beef Jerky Outlet will match 1 for 1 on every pack purchased. Donors may include a personal thank you in the comment box. Beef Jerky Outlet will deliver the jerky and personal notes to local heroes.

For more information and to donate, go to

Texas Roadhouse proposed in Millsboro

The Town of Millsboro announced that Texas Roadhouse steak restaurant has submitted a preliminary site plan to build a new location in Millsboro on Route 113 South, between Taco Bell and Royal Farms. “The town thanks Texas Roadhouse for choosing Millsboro,” said Sheldon P. Hudson, town manager. “In a 2018 survey, one of the things Millsboro residents indicated they wanted most was a steakhouse, and the town has been working tirelessly since that time to do its part to inspire even more high-quality sit-down restaurants to come to Millsboro.”

Trinity Logistics designated a Great Place to Work-Certified Company

Trinity Logistics announced it earned recognition as a Great Place to Work-Certified company for a third year. Certification is a great achievement, showcasing Trinity’s company culture. The qualifying survey uses validated employee feedback, gathered anonymously, to confirm that at least 7 out of 10 employees have a consistently positive experience at Trinity Logistics. Great Place to Work is the global authority on workplace culture, employee experience and the leadership behaviors proven to deliver market-leading revenue and increased innovation.

Trinity Logistics empowers its employees and company culture through choosing to work and live out its guiding values: integrity, determination, continuous improvement, teamwork, leaders, fun, excellence and legacy. Some of Trinity’s company perks include annual awards and monthly recognition, fun company events, a wellness program, an on-site fitness facility, casual dress code, continuing education opportunities, and an on-site chef for its lunch wagon program.

Sarah Ruffcorn, Trinity Logistics president, said, “We are particularly proud of this certification because it is earned through team member surveys and open feedback.”

Laura Readinger of Morris James wins national award

Morris James counsel Laura Readinger has been named one of the Top Lawyers Under 40 by the Hispanic National Bar Association. This award is given to accomplished lawyers who have demonstrated professional excellence, integrity, leadership, commitment to the Hispanic community, and dedication to improving the legal profession. After an extensive review process, the association selected only 28 highly qualified award recipients from across the United States.

Readinger concentrates her practice on helping clients with electronic discovery in corporate and fiduciary litigation. She provides effective and efficient project management solutions to clients in a complex and continually changing area of litigation.

Readinger has served on the association’s advisory board since 2011. The nonprofit, nonpartisan, national membership organization represents the interests of Hispanic legal professionals in the United States and its territories. It is committed to advocacy on issues of importance to people of Hispanic heritage living in the U.S.

Community Bank promotes Ralph Burchianti

CB Financial Services Inc., the holding company of Community Bank, announced that Ralph Burchianti has been promoted to the office of senior executive vice president, a newly created position and the second most senior officer position in the bank. In his new role, Burchianti is responsible for the daily operation of the bank. He also serves as the bank’s chief credit officer, and retains that title and attendant management responsibilities. He also serves as a director of both the company and the bank. Barron P. “Pat” McCune Jr., president and chief executive officer, said “Ralph Burchianti has been a vital part of Community Bank for over 30 years. His knowledge of banking and shrewd judgment make him eminently qualified for this position.”

Grotto Pizza unveils enhanced online ordering platform

Grotto Pizza has launched a brand-new website and mobile platform with a fresh design, easy-to-use navigation and online ordering enhancements. Users will find their favorite content on the site, as well as new features including upgraded online ordering capabilities, responsive layout design and improved navigation.

“The casual-dining restaurant industry is constantly changing and evolving to meet the needs of the customer,” said Jeff Gosnear, Grotto Pizza vice president. “The culinary scene is top-notch in Rehoboth Beach and throughout Delaware, and we continually aim to innovate our customer offerings so that we remain top-of-mind as a preferred dining destination. Innovative ideas drive success, and customers prefer ease of use and efficiency when it comes to the online ordering landscape, which is why we believe this new website is a natural step forward for the Grotto Pizza customer experience.”

By seamlessly integrating the new website with the company’s online ordering platform, guests are able to find store locations, view their favorite lunch and dinner items, purchase items from the Grotto gift shop, order online for pickup and delivery, and more. To view the website, place an online order or for more information, go to

State chamber awards Tidewater Utilities for excellence

The Delaware State Chamber of Commerce recently recognized the Marvin S. Gilman Superstars in Business Awards and Award of Excellence recipients. The awards ceremony spotlights businesses and nonprofit organizations for outstanding achievements, and model approaches to business and management. Established in 1998, the awards are given annually to extraordinary businesses in honor of Marvin S. Gilman, who was a distinguished small business leader in Delaware. Tidewater Utilities Inc. was named the Award of Excellence winner in the 60-150-employee category. “Being recognized by the chamber and the business community is a great honor and validation of our strong culture, dedication to all of our stakeholders and commitment to operational excellence,” said Bruce O’Connor, Tidewater Utilities president. “With infrastructure so critical for ongoing economic development in Delaware, we look forward to delivering safe and reliable service to our customers, growing our reputation as an employer of choice and making a positive impact in the communities we serve.” Tidewater Utilities provides a wide range of water and wastewater services including consulting, contract operations and maintenance, and bulk water supply. 

Becker Morgan Group among top architecture and engineering firms nationwide

Building Design+Construction magazine again ranked Becker Morgan Group as one of the nation’s top architecture engineering firms in the 2019 Giants 300 Report. The annual report ranks leading architecture, engineering and construction firms nationwide, with more than 485 firms participating. Becker Morgan Group ranked No. 72 among architecture engineering firms and was also recognized as a leader in a series of sector-specific categories including grade schools, healthcare, hotel, office space and higher education.

W. Ronald Morgan, AIA, president of Becker Morgan Group, continues to attribute the firm’s success to its clients and staff. “It’s an honor to be recognized as a leading firm nationwide among our peers. We believe this recognition is a testament to the level and quality of service we provide clients,” said Morgan.

Becker Morgan Group emphasizes the importance of continuing education for team members, a value Gregory V. Moore, P.E., principal, says has contributed to the growth of the firm: “We remain committed to providing continuing education opportunities for our staff, including professional conferences, trainings and seminars, allowing the firm to remain abreast of industry trends so our team is poised to provide clients with innovative and creative solutions.”

Giant offers curbside pickup

Giant Food announced Giant Pickup earlier this year, allowing customers to place their grocery orders online and pick them up in as little as four hours at their local Giant without ever leaving their cars. Pickup is available from Giant stores in Rehoboth Beach and Long Neck. New convenient features include an expanded assortment with hundreds of new items, such as plant-based foods as well as unique global offerings. To place an order with Giant Pickup, customers may use any device to visit, or use the app, enter their ZIP code and begin filling their cart. 

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