Chris L Kenny, Esq. is a Delaware business leader and philanthropist with a mission to provide the Delaware community with engaging, action-oriented thought leadership on the greatest issues affecting life and business in the state. After graduating from Valley Forge Military Academy and receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance & Management from the University of Delaware, Kenny obtained his law degree at Widener’s Delaware Law School in 2002. Since 1994, Chris Kenny has worked his way up his family’s business in various roles from Financial Associate to Director of Human Resources, CFO, COO and now President and CEO to one of Delaware’s largest chain of supermarkets.
Chris Kenny is a current and former board member for over a dozen nonprofits in the state and offers unique insights into the Delaware business climate, economy, food industry, its people and community. With the firm belief that active community engagement is an equalizer, improving the quality of life for all citizens of Delaware, Kenny founded A Better Delaware (ABD) in 2019. ABD is a non-partisan public policy and political advocacy organization that supports pro-growth, pro-jobs policies and greater transparency and accountability in state government.
In 2020, Chris spread his wings even further, entering the media industry when he founded Delaware Live news, a locally owned statewide news media outlet offering one million residents an accessible source for news through their website, email, social media, and video platforms. Chris currently resides in Wilmington with his wife Teresa and daughters Iris Willa and Lady Wallis.
As a small business owner, public servant and community leader, Bryan W. Shupe is an entrepreneur at heart. The passion to improve the quality of life in Milford drove Bryan to start his own business in his hometown and create the city’s first hyperlocal community driven media outlet, called Milford Live in 2010. Shortly after, he met his wife Sherry Shaffer and together they opened a second business in downtown Milford called Fur-Baby Pet Resort. Together they shared a commitment and desire to serve the community of Milford.
Shupe currently serves on the Delaware Boys & Girls Club Board of aTrustees and volunteers and supports several local organizations including Downtown Milford Inc., and the Milford School District. He served on the Milford City Council representing Ward I as a member of the Economic Development, Infrastructure and Public Works Committees and served as the Mayor of Milford for two-terms.
Under Shupe’s leadership as Mayor of Milford, the city saw its largest economic boom in history as plans for the Bayhealth Sussex Campus, Downtown Development District, and Nationwide Wellness Village paralleled longterm infrastructure and community investments from the City. Now as State Representative for Delaware’s 36th District, Shupe has driven pro-business and economic growth initiatives including the Health Care Provider Loan Repayment Program and the Funding for Alternative Skills Training (FAST) Act aimed at the need for vocational training programs in The First State.