Although the city website has yet to be updated, entrepreneur and restauranteur Darryl Settles has been elected Newton’s new Economic Development Commission chairman. The EDC’s outgoing chairman, Chris Steele, is now vice chairman (as well as a declared candidate for alderman).
Settles is the president of D’Ventures Limited, LLC, a business consulting and investment company based in Boston, with a long resume of community activism and service on non-profit boards in Boston. I’ve known of him from his various restaurant and nightclub projects over the years, including Bob’s Southern Bistro (formerly Bob the Chef’s Restaurant) and presently Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen.
(He is also presently a member of the search committee for Newton’s new police chief.)
Seems to me that kind of background and outside perspective should be a real asset in Newton. We’re lucky to have him.