Faces of Conservation

Sometimes referred to as a conservationist disguised as a developer, Preston Schell may blow his cover as he serves on the the Delaware chapter’s Board of Trustees.

In 1997, Schell co-founded one of Delaware’s most successful residential and commercial real estate groups. However, his commitment to pursuing projects that recognize the state’s rich history and natural heritage distinguishes him from his peers. In fact “respect for the environment” represents one of the company’s three guiding principles.

“My childhood is filled with memories of enjoying southern Delaware’s natural beauty with my twin brother and cousins,” shares Schell. “We’d disappear until long after dark – exploring the beaches, dunes, marshes and other coastal habitats that have forever connected me to this area.”

To show his appreciation for the region that has provided him with so much happiness and success, Schell contributes time and a portion of company profits to environmental initiatives in Delaware, including the Sussex County Land Trust and Greater Lewes Foundation. Schell graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College and received an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

“With an extended family that has owned land in Delaware for three centuries, I feel a responsibility to my ancestors to protect the state’s natural and cultural history,” adds Schell. “I look forward to working with the Delaware chapter towards this end, and to broadening my own knowledge about conservation around the world.”



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