Dr. Memo Diriker is the Founder and Director of the Business, Economic, and Community Outreach Network (BEACON). BEACON is the premier applied business and economic research unit of the Franklin P. Perdue School of Business at Salisbury University, and home to the award winning ShoreTRENDS, GraySHORE, and Bienvenidos a Delmarva initiatives.He has served as the principal investigator of over 500 grants and sponsored research projects, totaling over $16 Million in awards. In addition to a book he co-authored, Dr. Diriker has authored or co-authored many articles in academic and practitioner publications, and is a popular speaker at many regional, national, and international events.
Dr. Diriker currently serves on the boards of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce Foundation (Chair), Leadership Maryland, Inc. (Chair), United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore (Vice-President), Network of International Business Schools (Vice-President), Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Peninsula Regional Health System, Shore Hatchery, and Diakonia, Inc. Dr. Diriker is a Past President of the Salisbury Sunrise Rotary Club and of the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce. He has also served as the President of the American Marketing Association (AMA) in Boston, Massachusetts.
Dr. Diriker is the recipient of many honors and awards including an Influential Marylander award, a Distinguished Faculty Member award, a Diversity Award, a Visionary Award, the Jim Barrett Community Leadership award, an Outstanding Public Health Leader award, a Heart of United Way award, and a University System of Maryland Board of Regents Award for Outstanding Public Service.