From established businesses to emerging influencers and innovative industries on the forefront of technology, there’s no question that our area’s economy has grown by leaps and bounds over the last few years. This month, we take a glimpse into the stories of the 50 men and women shaping the future of Philadelphia’s business community.
Craig L. Adams
Executive Vice President, Exelon; President and CEO, PECO
From award-winning energy efficiency programs to natural gas service expansion, Adams is driving innovation to provide customers with safe, reliable, clean and affordable energy and energy services. Under his leadership, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission approved the company’s System 2020 plan. He also instituted an innovative pilot program to help extend natural gas mains to communities where this low-cost energy source is not currently available.
CEO, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
CEO, Tower Investments
Through Blatstein’s vision and steady guidance, Tower Investments has become widely respected for its aggressive and creative urban investments in major projects, as well as its expertise in all aspects of planning, design, construction, financing and leasing. His redevelopment efforts have created jobs, business opportunities, tax revenues and the impetus for more investment in the Philadelphia and South Jersey areas.
U.S. Representative, Pennsylvania’s 1st Congressional District
Senior Executive Vice President, Comcast Corporation; Chairman, University of Pennsylvania Board of Trustees
Cohen has a broad portfolio of responsibilities, including corporate communications, government and regulatory affairs, public affairs, legal affairs, corporate administration and community investment. He also serves as senior counselor to the CEO. Before joining Comcast, Cohen served as a partner and chairman of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP, one of the 100 largest law firms in the country.
Julie Coker Graham
President & CEO, Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB)
CEO, Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT)
Gerard P. Cuddy
Chief Executive Officer and President, Beneficial Bank
City Councilman at Large and Real Estate Developer
Domb began working in 1980 in order to create a highly reputable real estate brokerage firm; a firm which today has helped transform Center City. He has served as the president of the Greater Philadelphia Association of Realtors (GPAR), a not-for-profit trade organization. In November 2015, he was elected to Philadelphia City Council as an at-large member where he is committed to lowering the poverty rate, collecting delinquent taxes owed to the city, increasing graduation rates and promoting job growth.
John J. Dougherty
Business Manager, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 98
President and Founder, Dranoff Properties Inc.
Dranoff Properties’ work is nationally known and widely respected, with projects ranging from the adaptive reuse of historic buildings to ground-up skyscrapers and complex mixed-use projects. Some well-known projects include Locust on the Park, The Left Bank, The Victor, Symphony House, World Café Live, Venice Lofts, 777 South Broad, Southstar Lofts and One Riverside.
Lawrence F. Flick IV
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, Realtors and The Trident Group
John Anderson Fry
President, Drexel University
Fry, who was appointed Drexel University’s 14th president in 2010, has served higher education for his entire professional life. Through his roles as a consultant, board member, chief operating officer and chief executive, he has acquired a deep and broad understanding of the challenges of leading a major educational institution.
President, Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware
Fitzpatrick serves on Citizens Financial Group’s (CFG) Executive Leadership Group, the company’s senior leadership team. A native of Philadelphia, he is a former chairman of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and serves on its executive committee.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Wawa Inc.
Founder, President and CEO, Keystone Property
Glazer’s vision for the spaces in which people work (and play) has had a lasting positive impact on the region. In total, he has invested and developed over 10 million square feet of properties in billions of dollars of transactions. Keystone has also been one of the strong forces behind the redevelopment and repositioning of properties from Center City to all of the surrounding counties.
Dr. Amy Gutmann
President, University of Pennsylvania
Gutmann has been an outspoken advocate for increased access to higher education, and has led Penn to become the largest university to establish an all-grant policy for all undergraduate students who qualify for financial aid. She has pushed Penn to the forefront in civic engagement, as exemplified by the 2011 opening of Penn Park, which connects the Penn campus to Center City Philadelphia and surrounding neighborhoods.
President and CEO, PIDC
Grady leads PIDC’s efforts to strengthen relationships with the public, private and philanthropic sectors to promote business growth, investment and development across the city and throughout its economy. He also directs internal activities around business development, capitalization, impact assessment and the development and delivery of real estate and financing products.
Chairman of the Board of Directors of Greenwood Racing Inc.; Owner, Parx Casino
President and CEO, Liberty Property Trust
Hankowsky joined Liberty in January 2001 as chief investment officer, responsible for refining the company’s corporate strategy and investment process. Under his leadership Liberty has become the nation’s leading commercial developer of high-performance green buildings, earning an unparalleled series of national awards.
President and CEO, Independence Health Group
Hilferty has successfully steered this nearly $14 billion organization through the launch and implementation of the Affordable Care Act, one of the most challenging times in the history of health care. He also built business and research collaborations with prominent medical institutions including Penn Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University and NYU Langone Medical Center.
Dr. William R. Hite
CEO and Superintendent, The School District of Philadelphia
Mayor of Philadelphia
President, AKA Hotel Residences; Co-CEO, Korman Communities
President and CEO, Jefferson Health
Founding Partner, First Round Capital; Chairman, The Philadelphia Media Network
President and CEO, Visit Philadelphia
A respected civic leader and consummate convener, Levitz has spent more than 30 years working to get Philadelphia’s hospitality industry recognized as a vibrant one and to get Philadelphia and the countryside recognized as a premier destination. In 2014 alone, the region welcomed 39.7 million domestic visitors—13 million more than in 1997 when the company started marketing.
Paul R. Levy
President and CEO, Center City District
Chairman and Co-founder, Independence Capital Partners
Owner, Philadelphia Eagles
Group Manager of Commercial Banking, M&T Bank
Mills oversees Middle Market Commercial Banking for Philadelphia and South Jersey with a focus on companies that exceed $10 million in sales. He has made his imprint on the banking industry thanks to his more than three decades of experience in the financial world.
Jami Wintz McKeon
Chair, Morgan Lewis
Joseph G. Meterchick
Regional President, PNC Bank, Philadelphia, Delaware and Southern New Jersey
Meterchick brings over 30 years of banking experience with PNC to its clients and prospects. Before assuming the regional president role in Florida West in 2011, Meterchick’s career at PNC included nearly 30 years in Philadelphia and South Jersey. During that time, he led the corporate banking team in addition to serving as managing director of PNC Capital Markets and group manager in PNC Business Credit.
Philanthropist and Owner, Philadelphia Phillies
Middleton is a partner in the Philadelphia Phillies' limited partnership group formed in 1981. As the oldest continuous, one-name, one-city franchise in all of professional American sports, the Phillies have received countless accolades for giving back to the community under the support and direction of Middleton and the Phillies' ownership group.
Middleton and his wife, Leigh, both passionate advocates for eradicating homelessness, have partnered with Project HOME to fund and create a strategic approach to the issue by addressing housing, healthcare and employment.
Executive Chairman, Conner Strong & Buckelew
CEO, Philadelphia 76ers
Executive Director, Greater Philadelphia Film Office
Regional President, Greater Philadelphia/Delaware Wells Fargo
In his three years as president, Redden has guided the bank to continued growth while increasing its impact in the community, especially around childhood literacy. The recipient of the 2015 Citizen of the Year award from Public Citizens for Children and Youth, Redden serves on the boards of the Kimmel Center and City Year of Philadelphia, as well as the executive board of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.
Edward Gene “Ed” Rendell
Former Mayor of Philadelphia, 45th Governor of Pennsylvania and DNC Chairman
Founding Partner, CEO and Chairman of the Board, Philadelphia Energy Solutions
Rinaldi and his private equity partners, the Carlyle Group, created Philadelphia Energy Solutions to acquire the Point Breeze and Girard Point oil refineries from Sunoco, the single largest oil refining complex on the Eastern Seaboard. He is also a member of the Drexel University College of Engineering Advisory Council and a board director and executive committee member of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.
Chairman and CEO Comcast Corporation
Under Roberts’ leadership, Comcast has grown into a global Fortune 50 company uniquely positioned at the intersection of media and technology with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. He was named president of Comcast Corporation in 1990 when the company had $657 million in annual revenue. Comcast’s annual revenue has since grown to $74.5 billion.
President and CEO, Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania
Rosenthal has over 40 years of experience in business investment, regional planning and economic development. Praised by regional leaders as an invaluable resource for the tri-state area, she has earned a strong international reputation with her development of innovative partnerships and extraordinary initiatives.
President and CEO, Scannapieco Development Corporation
Scannapieco is currently developing 500 Walnut, an ultra-luxury residential tower located in Philadelphia’s most historic neighborhood. At the March 2015 groundbreaking, he was awarded a citation from then- Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter. He previously partnered with Parkway Corporation to develop 1706 Rittenhouse Square Street—the city’s most successful ultra-luxury residential tower to date.
William R. Sasso
Chairman, Stradley Ronon
As chairman, Sasso is responsible for oversight and management of more than 200 attorneys in the firm’s eight offices in Philadelphia, Malvern and Harrisburg, Wilmington, Del.; Cherry Hill, N.J.; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; and New York. During his 40-plus years of experience, he has counseled privately and publicly held companies and religious and nonprofit organizations in various matters.
Founder, STARR Restaurants
President, Chief Executive Officer and Trustee, Brandywine Realty Trust
Sweeney has served as president, chief executive officer and trustee of Brandywine since the company’s founding in 1994. He has overseen the growth of Brandywine from four properties and a total market capitalization of less than $5 million to over 33 million square feet and a total market capitalization of approximately $5 billion.
Dr. Stephen S. Tang
President and CEO, University City Science Center
Robert I. Toll
Executive Chairman, Toll Brothers Inc.
Managing Partner, Gabriel Investments; Chairman, The Governor’s Woods Foundation
Craig E. White
President and Chief Executive Officer, Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW)
Published (and copyrighted) in Philly Biz, Volume 1, Issue 8 (July, 2016).
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