CEO and owner of Westfair Communications Inc.
CEO and owner of Westfair Communications Inc. (Westfair), a publishing firm headquartered in Mount Kisco, Dee DelBello, also serves as publisher of the company’s publications — Westchester County Business Journal and Fairfield County Business Journal.
A graduate of The College of New Rochelle, Dee also holds a master’s degree from Seton Hall University. Her former professional experiences include teaching, administrative positions at two universities and regional public relations director for Bloomingdale’s.
She became an entrepreneur in 1990 when she purchased two moribund newspapers on the verge of bankruptcy – the Business Journals, which were co-founded more than 60 years ago by a descendant of Joseph Pulitzer and a former editor at The Wall Street Journal. Today, the journals are flourishing and bringing local business news online to more than 300,000 readers in New York state’s Westchester County and Hudson Valley and Connecticut’s Fairfield County. The journals are a must-read for business owners, executives, entrepreneurs and professionals.
WAG magazine, which also is owned by Westfair, was formerly in print and is presently incorporated into the Business Journals online. Its articles bring the cultured successful movers and shakers to life. Many are accomplished people who usually prefer a very low profile.
Through the years Dee has served extensively on charitable and professional boards. She has also been the recipient of numerous awards and honors for her efforts and achievements from such organizations as ArtsWestchester, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Westchester, Women in Communications (an organization she co-founded), Visiting Nurse Service of Westchester, Family Service of Westchester, Westchester ARC, Westchester chapter of the American Red Cross, March of Dimes, Bridgeport Regional Business Council, Bar’Ilan University in Israel, Westchester Advertising Club, WAWBO, Boy Scouts of America, The Westchester Business Council, Westchester Leadership Council of the United Way, Westchester County Parks, Hudson River Museum, Westchester Community College Foundation and more.
A former New York state commissioner, Dee, appointed by Gov. Hugh Carey, served for 17 years on the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct and was awarded the 1996 Samuel Dubroff Award from the New York State Fund for Modern Courts.
During her husband’s tenure in public service in Westchester County, Dee was helpful in establishing the county’s corporate branding, developing the Muscoot Farm Park in Somers, the Bridge Gallery in the government center, the arts in public places program, the arts council and a host of arts-related countywide events.
A resident of Waccabuc, her late husband, Alfred, was a former Yonkers mayor, Westchester County executive and New York state lieutenant governor, Dee spends her free time at home tending to her alpaca farm. Her son Damon is a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon.