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On The Move

by Editorial Staff--Philly Biz

Comings and Goings
Openings, closings, hirings and retirings in our region.

The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) announced Richard Staub, as its senior vice president of Convention Sales. Staub is an industry veteran having served as the managing director/ general manager for both the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown and the Loews Philadelphia.

Leadership Philadelphia, which helps place corporate and nonprofit professionals on area nonprofit boards, has named the following members to its board: Sheila Hess, director of foundation programs and community affairs at Independence Blue Cross; Joe Linnehan, senior manager at Vanguard; Tom O'Connor, director of internal audit at Urban Outfitters; Bob Steinke, senior vice president at Janney; and Mary Stitt, procurement commissioner for the City of Philadelphia.

The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) appointed Pennsylvania Secretary of State, Pedro A. Cortés and Tennessee Secretary of State, Tre Hargett, to the Executive Committee of the Council of State Governments (CSG).

Allentown’s Klunk & Millan Advertising recently welcomed Ty Howard and Mohammad Althayabeh to its ranks. Howard will serve as media planner, managing clients' overall media plans and budgets. Althayabeh joins the in-house Web development team, handling all aspects of high-quality website creation as Web developer.

Art Goon, vice president for enrollment management at Delaware Valley University, has been named to the Bucks County Economic Development Corporation (BCEDC) board of directors. BCEDC is a nonprofit, non-political economic development organization established in 1958 to support economic growth in Bucks County.

The Wet Seal, LLC, announced veteran retailer and current Wet Seal board member Melanie B. Cox as chief executive officer of the fast-fashion retailer of apparel, footwear and accessories for young women. Wet Seal is a portfolio company of Versa Capital Management, LLC.

Long & Foster Real Estate’s Blue Bell location welcomes Jenna Mallon to the Art Herling team. Mallon will specialize in working with homebuyers and sellers.

Wendy Hamilton, general manager of SugarHouse Casino, won the 2015 Cornerstone Award in the large company category for Philadelphia. The awards program recognizes businesses headquartered in the communities surrounding Philadelphia.

Pitcairn has appointed Mark E. McCarron managing director of investment strategy in Philadelphia. He will support Pitcairn’s chief investment officer on investment and wealth management related issues impacting Pitcairn clients. McCarron previously served as vice president, chief investment strategist at Drexel Morgan Capital Advisers Inc.

The Philly Ad Club has added six new members to its board of governors for 2015-2016. Amy Buckman (pictured), manager of PR and special events for Philadelphia Media Network; Scott Davis, executive vice president of Harmelin Media; Ric Harris, president and general manager of NBC10/Telemundo62; Brien Kennedy, president and general manager of CBS3/CWPhilly57; Dana Saewitz, professor at Temple University; and Dave Yost, general sales manager for PHL 17.

The Officers, Board of Governors and Super Advisory Board of the Philly Ad Club are composed of the region’s leading advertising and communications professionals.

Duly Noted

Wayne-based management consulting firm, Navigate, was recently named to the 2015 Inc. 5000, the annual list of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. published by Inc. magazine. This year’s rankings are based on percentage of increase in revenue from 2011 through 2014, during which time the firm grew 124percent.

Attorneys from two Philadelphia firms have been selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, compiled based on a peer-review evaluation.

The following Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney attorneys were selected for inclusion in the list in their respective practice areas:
• James M. Becker, Criminal Defense: White-Collar
• Thomas A. Bergstrom, Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar; Criminal Defense: White-Collar
• Steven E. Bizar, Antitrust Law; Commercial Litigation
• Gerald Burns, Commercial Litigation
• Alfred J. D'Angelo, Jr., Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management
• Rudolph Garcia, Commercial Litigation; Construction Law; Public Finance Law
• Paul J. Greco, Commercial Litigation; Litigation— Intellectual Property
• Michael J. Hanlon, Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management
• Elizabeth A. Malloy, Employment Law – Management; Litigation—Labor and Employment
• Brian S. North, Corporate Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law
• Frances P. Rayer, Immigration Law
• Howard D. Scher, Commercial Litigation
• William H. Schorling, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
• H. Marc Tepper, Insurance Law
• John R. Washlick, Health Care Law

Several attorneys from Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox, LLP were also recognized:
• Rodd W. Bender, Bart E. Cassidy, Robert D. Fox, Marc E. Gold, Brenda H. Gotanda, Jill Hyman Kaplan, Bruce S. Katcher, Joseph M. Manko, Carol F. McCabe, Michael M. Meloy, Jonathan E. Rinde, and Jonathan H. Spergel, Environmental Law
• Bart E. Cassidy and Carol F. McCabe, Energy Regulatory Law
• John F. Gullace and Neil S. Witkes, Environmental Litigation
• Joseph M. Manko, Arbitration and Mediation.

The City of Philadelphia’s STEMcityPHL, a partnered campaign to build collective public impact for STEM education and opportunities, was selected by the STEM Funders Network, a group of national grant providers from corporate and private foundations, as one of 27 communities to pilot the national STEM Ecosystems Initiative in its inaugural year.

Independence National Historical Park has received the 2015 Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Construction Award for its recent rehabilitation of the Merchants’ Exchange Building. This National Historic Landmark was designed by William Strickland and built between 1832 and 1834 and now serves as the park headquarters.

News Briefs
Development
Citizens Bank and partners of Brown Hill Development celebrated the groundbreaking of Bridge, a 17-story luxury apartment tower at the intersection of Second and Race streets in Old City near the recently completed Race Street Pier.
The project, financed with a $45 million loan from Citizens Bank, includes 146 rental units and 1,348- square- feet of ground-level retail, and will be the first multifamily high-rise property in Center City to earn LEED Gold Certification.
The project design incorporates two distinct residential structures: a four-level podium base to coincide with the neighboring buildings and a 17-story tower designed to offer views of Center City and the waterfront.
The developers anticipate the complex will be completed in 18-20 months.

Retail
Bernie Robbins Jewelers will move two of its four locations this November starting with the relocation of its Newtown, Pa.-location off of South Eagle Road to the newly constructed Promenade at Sycamore. Its St. Davids location will move to Lancaster Avenue in Villanova. Both locations are currently under construction and are slated to open in fall 2015. The stores’ design will reflect that of its other two locations, inspired by its Somers Point headquarters, which serves the entire Philadelphia region in the summer season.

Saxbys Coffee announced plans to hire 100 new team members across the Greater Philadelphia region—on the heels of the company’s recent relocation of its headquarters and state-of-the-art training facility to Center City—new cafés at Drexel University and 11th and Locust, and upcoming plans to open additional locations in Ambler and at the University of Pennsylvania.

The city of Philadelphia will celebrate the sixth anniversary of the Philadelphia Collection, returning at various locations from Oct. 7 to 14. As always, the event will feature more than 40 style and shopping events throughout the city.

Published (and copyrighted) in Philly Biz, “Visions” Special Edition (September, 2015).
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