June 29, 2022

The Delaware Business Times has chosen their 2022 list of CEOs of the Year.   This year, Tony DePrima of Dover, Executive Director of the Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility (DESEU), DBA Energize Delaware, was chosen as the CEO of the Year for a medium-sized nonprofit.

Tony has been the Executive Director of DESEU since 2011. He has led the charge of offering cost-effective opportunities for energy savings in Delaware, as well as reducing the environmental impact of energy production. Through his leadership, the DESEU established in 2007, received a complete overhaul.  Energize Delaware added many programs offering residential, nonresidential, farms, and public/nonprofit programs focused on cleaner, less expensive, and more environmentally friendly energy production in our state.

 The programs and partners he initiated have helped Delawareans from low-to-moderate income families weatherize their homes to make them energy-efficient to giving major corporations low-interest loans to upgrade their old systems to energy-efficient ones.

 DePrima serves on the Capital School District Board of Education and the Board of Trustees for the Elsabeth W. Murphy School. He also serves on the Board of NCALL as Treasurer/Chair of the Real Estate Committee and The Board of Kent County Conservancy as Treasurer. Tony is a founding member and past president of the Dover Library Foundation. Additionally, he is a dedicated twenty-year member of Dover’s Capital City Rotary.

Before his DESEU position, he was the City Manager of Dover from 2001 to 2011 where he implemented several environmental programs including the 10MW solar Sun Park west of Dover.

With his passion for education and public service, Tony also pursued a Doctorate in Urban Affairs and Public Policy while leading the DESEU full time, he earned his Ph.D. in May of 2018.

A golf outing and celebration dinner will be held July 14th in Newark to honor Delaware’s 2022 Top Leaders in small, medium, and large businesses and not-for-profit organizations.

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