In May 2019, the Chamber completed another successful program year of CEO Access Network. Boasting over 200 alumni members to date, CEO Access is an informal group of established c-suite executives and small business owners from underrepresented populations in the Greater Philadelphia business community* who are committed to drive business and create economic opportunity for regional businesses and residents.

The Chamber believes that job and business creation through entrepreneurship are critical in helping to address equity issues such as low-median household income, unemployment, and high poverty rates. By creating a vehicle for local small business owners to build relationships with established c-suite executives through CEO Access, the business community can propel Greater Philadelphia forward as an inclusive world-class region.

Partners meet as a collective three times a year to share business development goals, networking opportunities, and advice and counsel.

* Disability, LGBTQ, minority, veteran, or women

Hear what they have to say:

Amy Loftus

“It has been incredibly inspiring to see the innovation coming from these companies who do not have the benefits of a large professional network, significant capital, or a well-known brand and despite that, are thriving.” — Amy T. Loftus, General Manager, Slalom Philadelphia

Phil Jaurigue

“Not just a mentorship program, large business CEOs can help small business leaders make new contacts and improve aspects of their operations, but they also help guide them toward taking on leadership roles within their business circles.” — Phil Jaurigue, Chairman & CEO, Sabre Systems, Inc.

Russ Starke

“The CEO Access Network created by the Chamber is an essential model and resource. It makes inclusive networking easy by offering ready-made programs, thoughtfully curated by those with their fingers most firmly on the pulse of the city.” — Russ Starke, Chief Executive Officer, Think Company

This year, the Chamber cultivated 12 partnerships. A special thanks to this year’s cohort of partners.

Celeste Ayjian
President
Northeast Exterminators

Emily Biscardi
Chief Executive Officer
Xelerate, LLC

Daniel Davis
Owner
DCD Contracting, Inc.

Larry Dubinski
President & CEO
Franklin Institute

Varsovia Fernandez
Philadelphia Market Executive
Customers Bank

Joan Francy
Owner
AdMed, Inc.

Manish Gorawala
President, CEO & Owner
Tri-Force Consulting Services, Inc.

John Grady
President
PIDC

Ernest Hanna
Principal
GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.

Nicole Huneke
Owner
Huneke Associates, Inc.

Joyce Lenhardt
Owner & Principal
Lenhardt Rodgers Architecture + Interiors

Amy Loftus
General Manager
Slalom

Scott Mirkin
Executive Producer
ESM Productions

Marc Tepper
Managing Shareholder – Philadelphia Office
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

Matt Tinney
CEO
Windows Management Experts, Inc.

Karla Trotman
Executive Vice President
Electro Soft, Incorporated

Evan Urbania
CEO & Founder
ChatterBlast Media

Caesar Williams
President & Owner
Supplemental Benefits Groups, Inc.

Rob Wonderling
President & CEO
The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia

Jameel Worthy
General Manager & Owner
Steadfast Entities

Bernard Wright
President & Founder
BDJ Ventures

The Chamber is now accepting applications for the 2019/2020 CEO Access Network cohort.