Richard J. “Rick” Geisenberger is Delaware’s Chief Deputy Secretary of State, reporting to Secretary of State Jeffrey Bullock. His primary responsibility is managing and marketing the state’s Division of Corporations. Delaware is known internationally as the corporate home to more than 60% of Fortune 500 companies and more than 75% of all U.S. initial public offerings.
Since assuming his position in January 2001, the Division of Corporations has experienced continued growth in market share and an 80% increase in business entities while limiting spending growth and returning $48 million of unspent funds to the State’s general fund. In 2008, the Division won the Gore Award of Excellence, the highest honor bestowed by the Delaware Quality Award, in recognition of the Division’s ongoing efforts to provide superior services to its customers and develop world-class internal processes.
Rick serves on Governor Jack Markell’s Policy Group and was appointed in 2009 as the Deputy Program Director of the Delaware Government Performance Review which set in motion dozens of successful initiatives to make state government more efficient and effective. He has played an instrumental role in making government information and services more accessible to citizens through his work with the Delaware Government Information Center which is responsible for promoting e-Government and managing the State of Delaware’s official website – Delaware.gov. In 2007 and 2008, the State’s websites were rated as the best in the nation in the Brown University/Brookings Institution annual e-Government survey, up from a 49th place ranking in 2000.
Rick is a long-time advocate for bridging the digital divide and has helped to lead initiatives making Delaware the first state to wire every public school classroom to the Internet and ensuring that citizens have access to state-of-the-art technology in all of Delaware’s public libraries. He is the recipient of the Delaware Library Association’s Distinguished Service Award (2005) and was named a “Politician of the Year” by the Library Journal Magazine (2007), the nation’s leading publication for library professionals. Rick also directs the Department of State’s finance and information technology sections and is responsible for overall policy, planning, and legislation for the Department of State.
Prior to his current position, Rick held a variety of M&A, finance, banking, treasury, and strategic planning positions – first with Corestates Financial, then Manufacturers Hanover Corporation and Delmarva Power. Rick also served on the staff of Governor Thomas R. Carper from 1993-1996 as his Economic Policy Advisor and later as Secretary of the Diamond State Port Corporation which owns the Port of Wilmington.
Rick earned his M.G.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, his B.A. from Franklin & Marshall College, and has completed the Wharton Executive Program in Mergers and Acquisitions. He serves on the Board of Directors of Congregation Beth Emeth and is Treasurer of the Delwynn Civic Association.