2017 History Makers Award Dinner


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The Delaware History Makers Award recognizes individuals who have made extraordinary and lasting contributions to the quality of life in Delaware, our nation, or the world. In honor of the tenth year, the award recognizes the accomplishments of Delaware businesses that have weathered uncertainty and flourished in times of economic growth, through hard work and innovative business practices. The Society is pleased to honor the state’s Court of Chancery, established in 1792, and Corporation Service Company, founded in 1899. These two organizations are deeply rooted in Delaware, and their histories exemplify a timeless yet evolving arbiter of business in the First State and in the nation.
The theme for the 2017 program is

Delaware Business's Tradition of Innovation and Success

History has been shaped by thousands of entrepreneurs and inventors whose businesses and products succeeded so well over many years that they generated more jobs, support businesses, and suppliers. In Delaware, inventors have given us life-changing products and innovative solutions to age-old problems. This legacy of innovation and business success has fostered a thriving community making Delaware an especially enjoyable place live, work, and to raise a family. The Delaware History Makers Award recognizes the inspiration, innovation, and hard work required to make a successful business and community partner.

The Honorable Andre G. Bouchard

The Honorable Andrew G. BouchardThe Hon. Andre G. Bouchard was sworn in as Chancellor of the Court of Chancery in 2014. Bouchard was in private practice in Wilmington for twenty-eight years and was the founding partner of a corporate and commercial litigation firm. Founded in 1792, the Court of Chancery celebrates its 225th anniversary this year demonstrating the Court’s ability to apply principles of equity developed over two centuries to evolving economic conditions and legal relationships in the 21st century.


Mr. Rodman Ward III

Rodman Ward IIIRodman Ward III has been President and CEO of Corporation Service Company (CSC) since 2010. CSC was founded in 1899 by Josiah Marvel and Christopher Ward who saw an opportunity to simplify the way corporations were formed, operated, and maintained their compliance. Rod Ward is a descendant of co-founder Christopher Ward. Today, CSC is a world leader for business, legal, and financial services.


In addition, ten longstanding Delaware businesses will be recognized at the Delaware History Makers Award dinner, based on each business’s longevity, corporate citizenship, and economic contributions to the First State. The ten businesses and the year each was founded are:

Bell Funeral Home (ca. 1930)    -    Bennett Orchards (1867)    -    DuPont (1802)
I.G. Burton Company (1908)   -    Kelly’s Logan House (1864)    -    Mercantile Press (1884)
The Pilots Association for the Bay and River Delaware (1896)   -     Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP (1826)
Speakman Company (1869)    -    WSFS Bank (1832)


The Delaware History Makers Award began in 2007 and supports the Society’s award-winning education programs that are offered year-round throughout the state. Past honorees have included Ed and Peggy Woolard, Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Toni Young, The Hon. Pete du Pont, Ken Burns, Harold R. “Tubby” Raymond, Dr. Carol Hoffecker, Rev. Roberto Balducelli, the Reverend Canon Lloyd Casson, Ellen Kullman, The Hon. Michael N. Castle, and Bryan Stevenson.

Please join us at the Chase Center on the Riverfront on Tuesday, April 25th. A reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. will be followed by the award dinner at 6:30 p.m. Thank you!

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