PBPA Donates to UMLY Send-a-Kid-to-Camp Campaign

PBPA officers and members donate a check to the UMLY summer camp program

The Paoli Business and Professional Association recently made a donation to the Send A Kid To Camp campaign at the Upper Main Line YMCA. These funds will actually send two children in need to camp this summer!

Pictured in back of YMCA campers, left to right, are Brad Zerr, PBPA President, Brian Raicich, Assoc Exec at the Upper Main Line YMCA, Bill Tickner of Wells Fargo and Vice President of Programs for the PBPA, Karen Reid, Camp Director at the Upper Main Line YMCA, and PBPA Board members Sally Fridy of Naturescapes Landscape Specialists, Ed Auble of Auble Financial, and Bonnie McQuiston of McQuiston Insurance.

Summer Kickoff Event Recap

On June 11th, PBPA and the Paoli Hardware Center hosted their 2nd annual Summer Kickoff celebration. The community event was well attended with family activities such as face painting and raffles. Thanks go to the Hardware Center for providing free hotdogs and cookies for everyone.

Activate Chester County (a collaboration among hospitals, health and recreation organizations, school districts, municipalities, & community service organizations that advocates for policy & behavior changes to decrease the obesity rate in Chester County) was on site to help encourage healthy habits in our community.

Our friends at the Center on Central provided free face painting and created some wonderful masterpieces! And The Paoli Fire Company came out to showcase their trucks and equipment much to the delight of some of our younger guests.

PBPA Mourns Passing of Susan Randels


The Paoli Business and Professional Association is saddened to notify the membership of the passing of member Susan O’Connor Randels. She passed away suddenly on Wednesday, June 1, 2016, having recently celebrated her 60th birthday in March.

Susan was the owner/operator of Polka Dots, a women’s clothing boutique in Paoli, PA, for the past 12 years. She was honored by the Paoli Business and Professional Association at our Annual Awards banquet as Business Person of the Year, 2015-2016.

Donations in her memory are requested to be sent to www.all4pawsrescue.com (Chester County location).

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Meet The Legislators Meeting Recap

New PBPA sign

On May 12th the PBPA hosted a Meet the Legislators luncheon. More than 30 local business people had the opportunity to speak directly with State Representatives Warren Kampf and Duane Milne as well as State Senator Andy Dinniman.

Mr. Dinniman updated us on the status of the Paoli Transportation Project and touched on some points regarding the budget. Representative Milne took a deeper dive into some of the budgetary issues regarding pension and school funding.

It was a fantastic forum for dialogue between the business community and legislators. Thank you to all who attended and made their voices heard.

Pictured below at left: PBPA VP Bill Tickner, State Representative Warren Kampf, PBPA President Brad Zerr; at right: State Senator Andy Dinniman.

PBPA Board members and state legislators

Pictured below: Warren Kampf, Duane Milne, Andy Dinniman.

Legislators Kampf, Milne, Dinniman

Pictured below: 19th District Republican Candidate for State Senate Jack London.

Jack London

2016 Front Porch Trust Scholarship Winners

On April 27th, at PBPA’s annual Breakfast of Champions, The Front Porch Trust Scholarship fund recognized 3 Great Valley High School and 3 Conestoga High School seniors for their outstanding contributions to the community.

Keynote Speaker Thomas Stecher’s inspiring presentation, which focused on compassion and giving, highlighted the importance of the charitable acts demonstrated by all the nominees. Thom Stecher is a nationally recognized motivational speaker and educational consultant. He has spent over 40 years educating and mentoring students, teachers and administrators. The primary focus of his work is the integration of social-emotional learning with academic achievement to help school districts transform into whole-child-centered environments.

Pictured below: At left, GVHS winners Mihir Alve, Danielle Capriola and Eric Wang; at right, Conestoga High School winners Jason Kim, Olivia Schappell and Jacob Leibowitz.

Front Porch Scholarship Award Winners

Pictured below: At left, Ed Auble, past PBPA president; at right, Brian Zwann, President of Penn Liberty Bank. Penn Liberty is the main sponsor of the Front Porch Trust and responsible for providing the Breakfast of Champions.

Ed Auble and Brian Zwan

Pictured below: State Representative Duane Milne, PBPA Board Members Bill Tickner, Helen Flanders and Ed Auble.

Rep. Duane Milne and PBPA Board members

Pictured below: Representative Milne poses with some of our winners and board members.

Rep. Milne, scholarship winners and PBPA board members

PBPA Earth Day Celebration – Community Service Project

On Saturday, April 23rd, the Paoli Business and Professional Association members met at the Paoli Depot Shoppes, on the sidewalks between Drapery Design and purenergy fitness studio. From there, members braved the rain and relatively chilly April temperatures as they celebrated Earth Day by participating in a community service project: picking up trash along the streets of Paoli.

PBPA members collecting trash on Earth Day

Pictured with trash bags containing the litter they collected are two of the participants, Brad Zerr of Paoli Hospital (President of PBPA) and Bill Tickner of Wells Fargo Bank (Vice President of PBPA).

The PBPA would like to thank the Paoli Depot Shoppes, Drapery Design and purenergy fitness studio for allowing members to park in their parking lot. In addition, we would like to thank the Willistown Township Police Department for providing safety vests as well as Paoli Matthews Ford for supplying disposable gloves and trash bags.

The PBPA is proud to have helped beautify Paoli!

PBPA Paoli Transportation Update Meeting

PBPA Transportation Meeting attendees
On Friday, March 11, the business leaders of Paoli and the surrounding areas met at 2 Industrial Blvd for an informative presentation on the status of public transportation in our community. Tim Phelps, executive director of the Transportation Management Association of Chester County, delivered an educational presentation to more than 50 of PBPA’s members. During the presentation all enjoyed a delicious lunch provided by PBPA member Primo Hoagies of Paoli (owner Tom Dolan).

PBPA Board with Tim Phelps

Pictured above, left to right: Ed Auble (PBPA Board Member) Dave Roland (PBPA BM) Tim Phelps, Andy Wilson (PBPA BM) Beth Manley (PBPA BM) and Brad Zerr PBPA president

Vista 2025 – Take the Pulse Survey

The Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC), the County of Chester under the leadership of the County Commissioners and in partnership with the county’s 10 chambers of commerce are undertaking an important business survey called “Take the Pulse”, a key component of VISTA 2025.

VISTA 2025 is Chester County’s 10-year Economic Development Strategy designed to maintain the economic health of Chester County by striking a balance between progress and preservation.

The Take the Pulse survey, which will assess the business climate in Chester County, takes approximately 5 minutes to complete. Data gathered through the survey will provide valuable insight into the challenges and opportunities facing Chester County businesses today.

The success of the survey is dependent upon receiving a significant number of responses from a diverse group of respondents from every corner of Chester County.

Preliminary results and findings will be released in Spring 2016, with a more formal report expected later in the year.

Please complete this survey to ensure that every voice within our vibrant business community is heard.

Thank you in advance for your participation.

DVFS Recognized As Apple Distinguished School

A big congratulations goes to Delaware Valley Friends School in Paoli, PA!

On Tuesday, January 19, 2016, Delaware Friends School celebrated its official recognition as an Apple Distinguished School. In addition to students and faculty, present for the celebration were Robert Sager (Edu-Tech, Inc.), Pennsylvania Senator Andrew Dinniman, Pennsylvania Representative Warren Kampf, Chester County Commissioners Terence Farrell and Michelle Kichline, Steven Scolari (Main Line Chamber of Commerce), Ed Auble,(Paoli Business & Professional Association) and members of the DVFS Board of Trustees.

People attending DVFS Apple Distinguished School recognition ceremony

Pictured with the official Apple Distinguished School banner (back row; left to right): Rober Sager (Edu-Tech), David Calamaro (DVFS Associate Head of School and Academic Dean), State Senator Andrew Dinniman, State Representative Warren Kampf, Damian Fozard (DVFS Board of Trustees), Kirk Smothers (DVFS Head of School), Chester County Commissioner Terence Farrell, Ed Auble (Paoli Business & Professional Association), Curt Grogan (Clerk, DVFS Board of Trustees), Karen Babik (DVFS Board of Trustees), (front row): Robin Truitt ’16 (DVFS Student Government Co-Clerk), Prudence Haines (DVFS Board of Trustees), Chester County Commissioner Michelle Kichline, Steven Scolari (Main Line Chamber of Commerce and DVFS parent), Hayley Kulp ’16 (DVFS Student Government Co-Clerk).