Alexander J. Pires Jr.
About Alexander J. Pires Jr.
CEO and Chair
Mr. Pires started Community Bank Delaware in 2006 with a group of other local business owners. He is Chairman of the Board of Directors, and in 2015 became Chief Executive Officer.
He and his wife, Diane Cooley, are partners in Pires Cooley, a law firm that handles class actions and complex litigation.
Mr. Pires is also President of Highway One Companies, which owns resort- oriented businesses in Sussex County.
WM. Jack Riddle
About WM. Jack Riddle
PRESIDENT AND DIRECTOR
Jack Riddle was born and raised in Seaford, DE. His father was a purchasing agent with DuPont and his mother was an RN at Nanticoke Memorial hospital. The family spent a lot of weekends camping at Leisure Point on Long Neck Road. He worked at Leisure Point for ten summers until graduating from the University of Delaware.
After college, Jack married Susan Anthony from Seaford and they moved to Philadelphia where they both worked for Girard Bank in center city. When Farmers Bank was sold to Girard Bank, they relocated back to Seaford. Jack spent 25 years working for Girard/ Mellon/ Citizens until he joined Community Bank Delaware at inception. He currently serves as President & Chief Lending officer.
Jack and Susan now live in Rehoboth Beach where they enjoy tennis, pickleball, and bike riding as well as spending time with their children (Laura & Matt and Stefanie & Joey) and their grand kids (Anna Lee, London, Anthony, Liam & Jaxson).
About Diane Cooley
Diane Cooley joined the Board of Directors in 2012 and currently serves on the Audit and ALCO Committees.
Ms. Cooley has lived in Dewey Beach, Delaware for 20 years with her husband, Alex Pires. Ms. Cooley is an attorney and represents plaintiffs in civil cases. She received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and her B.A. from Boston University.
About Bette Gallo
Bette Gallo and her husband Sal owned and operated a real estate company in the Delaware beach resort region since 1979, with offices in Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, and Bethany Beach.
Bette and her family also created the Gallo Gives Foundation which monetarily assists local charities and non-profit organizations in Southern Delaware. Bette was also a director of the Rehoboth Beach Main Street organization whose effort focused on maintaining the solvency and vitality of downtown Rehoboth restaurants and businesses as the Coastal Highway corridor began developing.
Bette has lived in the Lewes region of Sussex County for over 50 years and is one of the founders of Community Bank Delaware, serving on the board since 2005.
About Kathlyn Newcomb
DIRECTOR AND CHAIR OF THE MARKETING COMMITTEE
Kathy Newcomb currently serves as Vice President of Business Development for Coldwell Banker Premier in Rehoboth Beach. Her real estate career began in 1995 and has encompassed time as a rental agent, rental bookkeeper, sales agent, marketing manager and new construction specialist.
She has been actively involved in the financial oversight and management of her family restaurant, Irish Eyes Pub & Restaurant, since becoming a partner in 2004.
She believes in giving back her time to multiple charities and organizations and currently serves as a Board Member for the Jason Anderson Foundation for Youth Sports and as Treasurer for the Cape Henlopen Field Hockey Boosters.
Kathy joined the Board of Community Bank Delaware in 2013 and currently serves as the Chair for the Marketing Committee.
About AJ Pires
AJ Pires has been practicing real estate development in New York City since 2004. He started his career as a project manager for Peter Waler & Partners on the World Trade Center Memorial in downtown Manhattan. In 2006, AJ became a founding member of Alloy Development, a boutique real estate development company based in Brooklyn, N.Y. At Alloy, AJ manages the acquisition, capitalization, design, construction, and disposition of projects that seek to promote thoughtful design and add value to the built environment of New York City.
AJ received a Bachelor of Arts from Amherst College and a Master of Architecture and Certificate in Real Estate from the University of Pennsylvania. He has taught and lectured real estate development and design at Syracuse University, Columbia University, New York University, University of Pennsylvania and Parsons.
AJ serves on the board of Community Bank Delaware, is an urban Design Forum Fellow and member of ULI. His is a Licensed Architect, a LEED Accredited professional and a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson. AJ lives with his wife and two children in Brooklyn, NY.
About Anthony Pires
DIRECTOR AND ALCO CHAIR
Anthony Pires is a founding member of the Bank and has served as a director since that time. In addition to Board duties, he is a member of the Audit Committee and chairs the Asset and Liability Committee.
Anthony is a local business owner of the Grog Shop in Lewes and The Dunes Motel in Rehoboth Beach.
He is married to Beth and has three children.
About John Snow
Since 2000, John Snow has been a partner in Highway One, LP. Highway One is a partnership headquartered in Dewey Beach which owns The Rusty Rudder, The Bottle & Cork, NorthBeach, and Jimmy’s Grille, as well as other similar establishments in Sussex County.
Before joining Highway One, John owned one of the top advertising and media ﬁrms in the Baltimore/Washington region, Rand Interactive. He served as the agency’s CEO and Creative Director. Rand served a wide client base ranging from Fila and Nike to Geico and the Department of Defense. Under his ownership and management, the agency grew nationally while consistently being recognized with regional, national, and international advertising awards. In 2002, John sold the company to Change Technology Partners, Inc., a New York based media ﬁrm.
John is active in the local Delaware community serving on various Boards, most notably as President and one of the founders of Winter WonderFest, a Sussex County specific fundraising event serving the winter holidays. He is also involved in numerous local fundraising activities.
John is a founding investor in Community Bank Delaware, and from the Bank’s inception has held a seat on the Board of Directors and is active on the Bank’s many committees.
About Stephen Spence
DIRECTOR AND CHAIR OF THE AUDIT COMMITTEE
Stephen W. Spence is senior counsel to the firm of Baird Mandalas Brockstedt & Federico, LLC, with offices statewide. He is resident in the Lewes office and joined the firm in March 2016. Steve has been practicing law since December 1981 and was one of the named partners in a firm with offices in Wilmington, DE, and for a number of years in Dewey Beach, DE. Steve has Sussex County clients involved in small businesses and serves as legal counsel to several local banks.
Steve resides in Rehoboth with his wife, Susan, and their son, Sumner. Steve’s two other children, Kelsey Murphy and Stephen A. Spence and their spouses, and the three grandchildren also live in the Rehoboth/Lewes area. Stephen A. Spence is an attorney with Meluney Alleman & Spence, LLC.
All the Spences are active supporters of youth sports, including Atlantic Lacrosse Club, where Steve is a co-founder and Kelsey handles all registration functions. Their favorite charity is Easter Seals of Delaware.
Steve joined the Board of Community Bank Delaware in 2015 and currently serves as the Audit Chair.
Past members of the Board of Directors:
Dr. Richard Caruso
Robert H. Moore