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What Our Members Are Saying

GPCC Members, in their own words, on the value of membership

Heseung Song

President & CEO
Might Engine

""This is the place where college graduates want to come because it makes sense -- it's not just job security -- they can be innovative and they can change the world right here from Philadelphia."

Gabriel Mandujano

Founder & CEO
Wash Cycle Laundry

"We joined the Chamber as part of a strategy to raise our profile and cement our identity as a commercial-scale, industrial, credible provider."

Daniel K. Fitzpatrick

President & CEO
Citizens Bank of PA/NJ/DE/NY

“Chamber membership is very valuable for Citizens Bank because we rely upon the Chamber's advocacy for the business environment and growing the economy in our region.”

Michael Pearson

President
Union Packaging, LLC

“I'm a member for my community, my employees, and my future. I'm a member to grow my business.”

Karen Dougherty Buchholz

VP of Administration
Comcast Corporation

“If regional businesses are interested in growing, my advice is to get involved in the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber makes it easy. There are so many opportunities available, from events to committees to networking. Get involved and you will see results.”

Ron Matthew

Regional Commercial Credit Manager Metro PA/NJ
TD Bank

“The Chamber lets us leverage new business opportunities, keeps us up-to-date with current events and gives us a voice on issues that involve our community, such as the Summer Internship Program. We also support the Chamber because it gives small businesses the right tools to be successful.”

Anne Ewers

President & CEO
The Kimmel Center, Inc.

“The chance for me and my team to be able to network, connect and share best business practices with other leaders in the region is terrific. We love all of the wonderful events that are offered.”

John Leighton

President
Office Basics, Inc.

“The Chamber's eBid Connect service allows us to streamline our bid process. The online portal and daily emails save us time and money and we already have been awarded multiple opportunities through this free member benefit.”

Kenneth E. Lawrence, Jr.

Senior Vice President for Government, Community and Public Affairs
Temple University

“The GPCC Public Policy team provides excellent resources for the business community. They offer up-to-date information on legislation and host events that connect you with elected officials.”

Dave Yunghans

Philadelphia Regional Development Director
Constant Contact

“The GPCC Conference Rooms are extremely well kept, equipped with top notch technology and centrally located in downtown Philadelphia. It is a great place for me to educate my customers and best of all — it's free for Chamber members.”

Dr. Jeannine L. Stuart, PhD

President
AREUFIT Health Services, Inc.

“The Chamber provides us with greater visibility in the region. The more active you are, the more you will gain from membership.”

Keith Baldwin

CEO
Spike's Trophies

“In order to grow a small business it takes a lot of time and help from your community, employees, and customers. Spike’s Trophies became a member of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce to build relationships – to get to know people and get them to know us. When you join the Chamber you get to know people in the community and the best thing you can do to grow your business is get out into the community, network, and be visible. Chamber membership gives us recognition and we’re in the recognition business. If you want to get the most out of your Chamber membership I recommend that you attend Membership 101 seminars and other events, at Chamber events you’re constantly meeting new members and new potential customers.”

Domenic Nigro

CEO
Nigro's Auto Body

“Getting involved in organizations like the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce helps us get our name out there and demonstrates that we are a legitimate business. After receiving the Customer Service Excellence award from the Chamber our business grew by 10 percent – we’re seeing new customers and a lot more traffic to our website and on social media. You can definitely grow your business by getting involved with the Chamber, but you need to go to the events, network, and take advantage of their educational opportunities – if you do all of that, you can grow your bottom line.”

Lynn Utter

President & COO
Knoll, Inc.

Utter

“Active participation in the GPCC is important to Knoll, a mid-sized public company headquartered in the Greater Philadelphia region. As a global design and manufacturing company, being able to attract and recruit talent for a wide range of roles is critical to our success. We have a vested interest in ensuring the region thrives economically, and have found the GPCC to be a vital contributor to that endeavor.”

Judith Mondre

President
Mondre Energy, Inc.

Mondre

“As a small, woman-owned business and recipient of a Chamber Excellence Award, the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce has provided a comprehensive forum for industry and regional news, peer-to-peer exchanges with area and subject matter leaders, an opportunity to learn and work with engaged members and a dedicated, professional staff. The value of membership increases with my involvement with Chamber committees, panel discussions, special events, and new member outreach.”

Alan J. Kaplan

President & CEO
Kaplan & Associates, Inc.

Kaplan

“We joined the Chamber shortly after the founding of Kaplan & Associates, Inc. amazingly now twenty years ago. In addition to playing a vital advocacy role for businesses in our region, the Chamber has provided tremendous connectivity for our firm. The relationships we've built have been a key enabler of our growth into one of the region's leading executive search firms. I’m not sure we'd be where we are today without the Chamber as a key strategic partner.”

John McNeil

CEO
Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Eastern Regional Medical Center

McNeil

“When we first came to Philadelphia in 2005, we knew a membership with the GPCC was important to help us grow our Philadelphia roots and relationships with the community, while we grew, too. Specifically, we invested in our local youth through the Philadelphia Youth Network program, providing them with a platform to develop work ready skills while bringing bright, energetic young minds to our hospital. Additionally, we're proud to partner with GPCC on local events that empower the public — young and old, male and female —  to better understand the world of healthcare and the incredible innovations still to be discovered! As an employer in Philadelphia, it's been a privilege to be part of a network that unites businesses with individuals to better themselves, our city and its economic growth.”

Andrew S. Levine, Esquire

Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP

Levine

“The value proposition that the Chamber brings in my view, is the ability to network in a concentrated and focused manner on an industry sector or initiative that is vital to my business and professional development. When I first became active, it was my intent to interconnect with the thought and business leaders associated with the Energy Sector. The Chamber was instrumental in helping me circumnavigate this industry sector, and bring together the industry leaders that need to interact in order to move the sector forward. We are able to create informational forums and outreach efforts that highlight this emergent and vital area of commercial development, and the credibility and resources of the Chamber serve as the catalyst for creating the dialog and initiatives regarding energy development, transactions, financing and regulation.”

Joe Purcell

Director of Business Development
EisnerAmper LLP

Purcell

“The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce is first-class business organization, and membership has been an asset to our firm. We became members first for the great networking and have stayed engaged for many years because of the benefits we receive with the help of their dedicated staff and high level of customer service. The team has helped EisnerAmper grow its business by introducing us to regional leaders and decision-makers from a broad range of industries. Their programming is wide-ranging and relevant to today’s growing businesses and we value the support we're able to provide to this important regional organization. I recommend the Chamber for any company looking to grow their business and make a difference in their community.”

Don Smolenski

President
Philadelphia Eagles

Smolenski

“Whether you're in the sport of business, or the business of sport, the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce has got you covered.”



Bill Marrazzo

President and CEO
WHYY

Marrazzo

“The connections I've made through the Chamber have actually been an inspiration for program ideas. I participated in discussions at many GPCC meetings about Philadelphia as a home for "eds and meds" and other centers of innovation, which planted the seeds for the development of an "innovations reporter" position at WHYY and now The Pulse, a regular weekly program devoted to health, science and innovation. I look forward to finding even more great ideas through other Chamber members.”

Dr. Margaret Foti, Ph.D., M.D.

American Association for Cancer Research Foundation

Foti

“As a Board Member of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and CEO of the oldest and largest cancer research association in the world, being a member of the GPCC Chamber has been extremely valuable. Chamber membership has afforded us the opportunity to connect our staff to regional leaders, and services and leveraged our reach in the business, life-sciences and bio-tech landscape throughout the region.”

Flip Ferry

President
Robertson's Flowers

Ferry

“We’ve been a member of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce for over 25 years. Our business is selling flowers. The Chamber helps me and my colleagues by providing excellent programs and events, such as how small businesses can use social media or educational workshops about providing employee healthcare. Chamber events are also great networking opportunities where we meet future clients. Being a Chamber member has definitely helped our business grow.”

Gerald Furgione

Executive Director
PhillyCarShare

Furgione

“The Chamber has afforded me the opportunity to interface with business leaders and decision makers in a social and networking setting. The Chamber has become my best prospecting tool to find new business and has provided PhillyCarShare with the exposure to local companies that it has needed to grow and expand its environmental mission.”

George Zauflik

Vice President of Government Relations
CARDONE Industries

Zauflik

“As one of the largest manufacturers in the Greater Philadelphia region, we have found the Chamber to be highly proactive as advocates for a healthy and favorable business climate. The vigor with which the Chamber's mission of enhancing regional business climate through public policy has been seen in a variety of ways and serves as a significant reason our company has remained in the area for over 35 years.”

Anne Madonia

Esquire
Cozen O'Connor

Madonia

“Through my involvement with the Chamber's Young Professionals Network over the last 6 years, I have gained access to the city's future business, civic, and non-profit leaders. As a young lawyer in Philadelphia, I have benefited both professionally and personally with the contacts I have made through YPN. To be successful, it's not just ‘who you know', but it's also who knows you, and YPN has provided me with many opportunities to market myself and my firm to Philadelphia's future leaders.”

Robert D. McCord

VP Business Development
HORIZON Health Ventures

“The GPCC has been a great investment for HORIZON Health Ventures. The opportunities to network, connect, and stay well informed and up-to-date with current events in the region have been excellent. Through our relationship with the GPCC we have been given the opportunity to engage some of the brightest and finest individuals in our industry enabling us to become an integral part of the local business community.”

Dr. Palmer

The Palmer Foundation

“The Palmer Foundation is proud to be a member of the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. The fee for our membership is a small price to pay for the statewide exposure that we have gotten. This network has positioned us to be recognized as the premier architects of educating at risk children in Philadelphia and transforming at risk communities locally and nationally.”

Paul Kappel, Jr.

President
Junior Achievement of Delaware Valley

“As a nonprofit that empowers youth to own their economic success, Junior Achievement of Delaware Valley has found a natural partner with the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce for promoting our mission and message to the Greater Philadelphia business community. We continue to forge new relationships with entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and business owners from the Chamber's membership who are essential to our turnkey volunteer programs.”

Jim McManus

President/CEO
Caron Cancer Center

“Through our membership in the Greater Philadelphia Chamber, Caron Treatment Centers has been able to connect with other members and inform them of the availability of our treatment services to help employees and their family members who may be struggling with the disease of addiction. The Chamber has worked with us to target our message to those company managers that are responsible for dealing with issues of employee assistance. The Chamber was also an active partner in helping our President and CEO meet directly with his local counterparts and inform them of the significant cost impact of untreated addiction in the workplace. Our dues investment has certainly produced the expected return and Caron is proud to inform our customers and vendors that we are members of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber.”