WDEL Blog: Allan Loudell

Joan Verplanck abruptly exits Delaware State Chamber of Commerce Presidency: Should anyone be surprised?

This isn't the first time. A Delaware institution hires an aggressive outsider to shake things up. But that bull-in-a-china-shop approach alienates too many people, and the two sides part ways.

Remember Allen Sessoms at Delaware State University?

Anyway, Joan Verplanck resigned her position as president of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce after only nine months at the chamber. (She previously served 15 years as president of the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce.) The official press release from the chamber stated Verplanck "left to pursue other opportunities". But, behind the scenes, it appears Verplanck's "Jersey" style was just too aggressive and confrontational, and simply didn't fit with the "Delaware Way". In contrast to her immediate predecessors, she could be quite reserved when meeting people.

Should this have been any great shock? Dover ain't Trenton. She came out of a state known for its rough & tumble politics, and reportedly had quarrelled with Governor Christie and had resigned her position at the New Jersey chamber when the knives came out for her.

But I come back to where I started: Don't hire a bull unless you're prepared for the china to get broken.

Posted at 7:19am on November 19, 2013 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

Tue, Nov 19, 2013 8:02am
Better paraphrased, don't hire a conservative if you are trying to do some good... and build something up.

Now, if you ever need a wreaking ball, .. a conservative is who you want....

They destroy everything they get their hands on.

Tue, Nov 19, 2013 1:23pm
I guess Mrs. Verplanck just went kerplunck!

Thu, Nov 21, 2013 8:06am
I think it is interesting, if not illuminating, that this topic got very little interest pegged to it.

Just wanted to say it is good that you have a weekly tete a tete with Heffron, for otherwise like a nuclear submarine, this part of our society would plod along and no one would know it was there.

I think the business world takes its own self worth too seriously... however, like blood in mammal, it is necessary for existence and constantly needs to be monitored.

Hat's off to that segment.

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