Delaware River and Bay Authority Welcomes New Commission Member
Fernando N. Guajardo Joins as a Sussex County Representative
(New Castle, DE) Today, the Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) welcomed a new Commission member as Chairman Bill Lowe administered the Commission Oath of Office to Fernando N. Guajardo of Lincoln, Delaware prior to the bi-state agency’s monthly meeting. Commissioner Guajardo’s five year term extends to July 1, 2017. On May 16, the Delaware State Senate confirmed his nomination.
“I am honored that Governor Markell chose to appoint me to serve the residents of Sussex County and the State of Delaware as an Authority Commissioner," Guajardo said. “The Authority is a dynamic organization with dedicated employees who take pride in serving the public. Working together with my fellow Commissioners and executive management, I hope to use my experience in the banking, community development and public relations to develop and produce policy initiatives that will be beneficial for the bi-state agency.
A U.S. Air Force Veteran, Guajardo is President and Chief Executive Officer of Guajardo Parks Group, a company he co-founded in 2006. The company operates a chain of environmentally friendly dry cleaners in Central and Eastern Sussex. Under his leadership, the company has grown and expanded its services to include carpet cleaning and janitorial services.
Prior to starting his own successful business enterprise, Commissioner Guajardo served as CRA Administrator for Discover Bank where he identified communities in need, organized the leaders and stakeholders in each community, empowered them to address critical local issues and helped non-profit groups develop initiatives that produced tangible results. He also served as the Director of Planning and Community Development for the Delaware State Housing Authority for two years.
“Mr. Guajardo has extensive management experience in both the private and public sectors, most notably in community relations, business and banking,” Lowe remarked. “I am confident he will bring an important perspective to our policy discussions. We are indeed fortunate to have him as a Commissioner.”
Immediately following his military service, Guajardo joined Perdue Farms, Inc. of Salisbury, Maryland, serving as the company’s Community Relations Manager. In that role, he developed and implemented the company’s first community relations plan.
Active in civic and community activities, Mr. Guajardo serves on the Board of Directors for Nanticoke Health Services and the Advisory Board for Delaware Community Foundation. A former Board Member of the Delaware Housing Coalition and Council on Housing, Commissioner Guajardo is also a Past President of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Former Chairman of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Hispanic Affairs.
Mr. Guajardo earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern Colorado. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame’s Executive Leadership Development program, he is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration at Wilmington University. He resides in Lincoln with his wife, Zaida, and three year old twins, Fernando and Diego.
The Commission is comprised of twelve commissioners - six each from New Jersey and Delaware - who are appointed by their respective Governor.
About the Delaware River and Bay Authority
The Delaware River and Bay Authority, a bi-state governmental agency created by Compact in 1962, owns and operates the Delaware Memorial Bridge, the Cape May- Lewes Ferry, the Three Forts Ferry Crossing and the Salem Business Centre in Carney’s Point Twp., NJ. The Authority also manages corporate and aviation properties through its economic development powers - two airports in New Jersey (Millville Airport and Cape May Airport) and three in Delaware (New Castle Airport, Civil Air Terminal and Delaware Airpark). All agency operating revenues are generated through the bridge, ferry and airport facilities. For more information, visit www.drba.net.
Photo caption: After administering the Oath of Office, Authority Chairman Bill Lowe congratulates the agency’s new Commissioner, Fernando Guajardo, as Executive Director Scott Green holds the Bible.