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“From government to business, to sports and community service, John has not only been “in the room” for a lot of Delaware history over the past 50 years, he’s made sure that ‘the Delaware Way’ – characterized by communication, collaboration and civility – has been there, too.”
–U. S. Senator Thomas R. Carper
“The Hercules story needed to be told and no one was in a better position to tell it than John. Even if you never worked there, you will be fascinated by the corporate drama.”
–Don Kirtley, Hercules retired VP of Public Affairs
“John brings his writing and extraordinary story telling skills to his own Delaware experience. From early days on the streets of Wilmington to years in the corridors of power, Delaware Eyewitness is a fascinating read!”
–Kevin Reilly, former Philadelphia Eagle and author of “Tackling Life”
“An inspiring personal story that captures history, shares emotional experiences and behind the scene details of corporate giants vital to Delaware. John Riley is an extraordinary storyteller. You will experience a whole range of emotions and wonder how he did all of it in one lifetime!”
–Cheryl Corn, COO, Delaware State Chamber of Commerce
“John has the special Irish gift of infusing each chapter with the colorful details that make for great storytelling. He is a natural raconteur. Anyone who has ever fashioned themselves a Delawarean will love this book.”
–Michael S. Purzycki, Mayor of the City of Wilmington
About the Author
John Riley retired in 2016 after leading government relations for two global corporations. He has also served in various economic development roles including interim CEO of the Delaware Prosperity Partnership. He has been a contributor to Town Square Delaware and other publications since 2012 and in 2017 joined former Philadelphia Eagle Kevin Reilly as co-author of his book, Tackling Life. John is an Army veteran and continues to be active in veterans’ affairs. As a board member and past chairman of Easterseals Delmarva, he has been a leader on disability issues for two decades. John and his wife, Sharon, live in Wilmington. They have three children and seven grandchildren.
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