For more than 40 years, Barry Schlecker made his name in Delaware as an executive recruiter and networking specialist. He knows people — thousands of them — and he knows how to put them together. Need a VP for your business? Ask Barry. Need a plumber for your home? Barry will tell you who to call.

The Wilmington-born entrepreneur also loves the arts—he’s a longtime collector of primitive furniture and outsider art—and enjoys having a good time. At a time when many people are thinking of slowing down, Barry has combined his skills and his loves to forge a new career, as producer and director of Delaware’s most appealing festivals.


The Brandywine Festival of the Arts, held the weekend after Labor Day in Wilmington’s Brandywine Park, has been a Delaware tradition for more than 50 years. With more than 250 juried artists in a wide range of styles and mediums, live music and plenty of food, the festival is truly a can’t-miss event.