William Charles Paradee, III, was born in Dover, Delaware, on July 18, 1969. His mother, Sandra L. McNinch, nicknamed him “Trey” when he was a baby. Trey is the direct descendent of 10 generations of Kent County farmers, who settled in Kent County in the 1600s. Trey’s father, Charlie Paradee, Jr., is a retired area businessman. His mother, Sandra, is a retired nurse, who worked for the State of Delaware, Division of Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities. Trey has an older brother, John W. Paradee, who is an area attorney, and an older sister, Jacqueline P. Mette, who works for the State of Delaware, Department of Services for Children, Youth, and their Families.
Trey was raised south of Dover, near Moore’s Lake. In his youth, he was active in sports, his church youth group, and the Boy Scouts. At the age of 15, he attained the rank of Eagle Scout. After high school, Trey attended the University of Delaware and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in English with a Concentration in Business and Technical Writing in 1991. During his senior year at the University, Trey worked for the Delaware Arthritis Foundation and worked briefly for the Foundation following graduation. Trey returned to Dover in 1991 to work for his father’s company, Paradee Gas Co., Inc. Trey’s early career at Paradee Gas Co. included many long hours of driving trucks, digging ditches, and pulling wrenches.
In 1995, Trey began attending evening classes at the University of Delaware, while continuing to work full time to support his young family. In 1998, he graduated with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree. During this time, Trey also became involved in a number of community and charitable organizations, serving on the local boards of the Boy Scouts of America and the Heart Association, as well as the Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce.
In 2000, Trey’s father sold Paradee Gas Co. Shortly thereafter, Trey was recruited by Merrill Lynch to work as a financial advisor. In 2003, Trey opened an Edward Jones Investments in downtown Dover. In 2011, Trey founded Paradee Financial LLC. Trey’s company provides investment and financial advice for individuals and small businesses and helps families save for college and retirement.
Trey has served on numerous boards and committees for local charitable organizations, focusing much of his volunteer activities on the Boy Scouts of America and Delaware Technical and Community College. Trey was a volunteer youth lacrosse coach for the Camden Mid- State Youth Lacrosse Club from 2009 – 2012.
Trey was elected to represent the 29th District in the Delaware House of Representatives in 2012 and was re-elected in 2014 and 2016. He is currently the chairman of the House Energy Committee and serves on the following committees: Agriculture, Veterans, Economic Development, Natural Resources, Judiciary, and Telecommunications, Internet, and Technology.
Trey is the proud parent of two children, Cassie (23) and Charlie (18), and is often seen in the company of his two Labrador Retrievers, Belle (7) and Teddy Bear (2).