CCPA Board of Directors


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CCPA President
Suzette Mahoney
Partner, R2L Restaurant
50 S. 16th Street, Two Liberty Place, 37th Floor
215-564-5337
www.r2lrestaurant.com

Suzette, a partner at R2L Restaurant, has been treasurer for the past 3 years and has been guiding CCPA's finances to a sustainable future. A native Philadelphian, Suzette has remained devoted to Philadelphia throughout her career in hospitality. She held numerous positions for Restaurants Unlimited over a span of 12 years, including Sr. General Manager of Cutters, located in Commerce Square. During her tenure, Suzette assisted the company with new restaurant openings and trouble-shooting for properties that had operational or financial challenges. She continued to stay in Commerce Square and worked to concept and develop Twenty21 which she operated for seven years. Suzette also serves on the Board of Trustees as Treasurer for The Montessori School in Dresher, the Board of Directors for the Philadelphia Chapter of the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association, and a member of the 2018 Pennsylvania Foodservice Expo Advisory Council.

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CCPA Vice President
Joe Wolf
Lupine Retail Consulting
joewolfconsulting@gmail.com

After a lifetime of success in the hospitality industry (owner of the former Striped Bass and Corned Beef Academy restaurants, Wolf's Market), Joe has decided to exploit his significant expertise by advising restaurant owners, managers and those contemplating start-ups - in all aspects of this highly charged and competitive field. Joe offers a wide range of consulting services including restaurant management, marketing, start-up services, operations, accounting & finance (and re-finance), public relations and architectural & interior design. His consulting company focuses on helping its clients increase restaurant profits, turning around a faltering restaurant, and developing a successful concept from "soup to nuts". In his spare time, Joe mentors for the Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship’s Entrepreneur in Residence program and is active on the board of the Broad Street Ministry.  

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CCPA Secretary
David Lane
President/CEO
LevLane Advertising/PR/Interactive
100 Penn Center East, The Wanamaker Building
215-825-9621
www.levlane.com

Our clients know it and feel it every day, as does every LevLane employee–from senior management to our interns. David’s 40-plus-year career as a marketing executive is characterized by qualities rarely found among agency principals: his core knowledge, direct involvement and genuine interest in every aspect of our clients’ business. Combined with his experience, this perspective informs his insightful recommendations to our Account Services team.

He’s applied these traits to such successful brands as KFC, Taco Bell, McDonald’s, Midas, and Massage Envy. David enjoyed a 15-year run servicing McDonald’s. Impressive, until you compare it to the 28 years KFC has graced LevLane’s client roster.

Yet David still finds time to give generously back, devoting his extracurricular energies to board positions with the Philly Ad Club and the American Association of Advertising Agencies. He’s also the board chairman of PennFuture, Pennsylvania’s leading environmental advocacy organization.

Who starts an agency inspired by a hit movie? David does. Back in the day, at Elkman Advertising, his colleague Bruce Lev wanted them to open an agency together. But David urged patience…until he saw the cult film classic, Risky Business, where Tom Cruise’s buddy famously advises him, “Sometimes you just hafta say, what the “####!” That was David’s go-for-it moment, and the rest is Philly agency history.

LevLane opened in 1984 with multi-unit retail at its foundation. As President and CEO, David brought his experience managing Elkman’s big chunk of McDonald’s business. He even played a key role in opening the original Ronald McDonald House, the first of 322 houses now helping families in 57 countries. At LevLane he leveraged all of that franchise marketing expertise into long client engagements with KFC, Taco Bell, Midas, Rita’s Water Ice, Massage Envy and more…in dozens of major markets.

After 32 years, the Lev and the Lane are as active as ever, both in and outside of the office. In addition to his board positions with Philly Ad Club, the 4As (including a tenure as president of the Philadelphia Council), and PennFuture, he is also a member of the Philly Ad Club Super Board. David is active in, and first global president of MAGNET, the multi-national advertising and marketing agency network that numbers 40-plus members and over a billion dollars of global billing.

With it all, David still gets his at-bats as the (ahem) senior member of LevLane’s title-contending softball team in the PhillyAd Club league. And he’s still inspired by great movies.

David and his wife Ginger have been married for 48 years. They have three children and five very busy grandchildren.

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CCPA Treasurer
Susan V. Boehm, CDFA
Firstrust Financial Resources
1818 Market St., 23rd Floor
215-640-3871
www.sueboehm.com 

Sue is a financial professional who brings over 25 years of leadership, financial and organizational experience to her client. She has a true passion for helping people achieve their financial goals. By delivering outstanding value and service, Sue works with individuals, families and small businesses seeking to prepare for their futures and protect families and finances at every life stage. She enjoys educating and implementing customized strategies with her clients focusing on Retirement Planning, Family Wealth Transfer and Estate Planning Strategies. For small business owners, her services extend from providing a full range of employee benefits(including group benefits, qualified retirement plans, and deferred compensation programs) to developing business succession planning strategies for the owners and their families.

Sue’s passion shines through with her Family Love Letter presentation to help families understand and take responsibility for getting their “house in order”.

Sue resides in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia. Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time with family & friends, golf, travel, and weather permitting, flying single-engine planes.

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CCPA Board Officers


Laura Burkhardt
Vice President of Visitor Appeal
Visit Philadelphia
30 South 17th Street, Suite 1710
267-765-0376
www.visitphilly.com

As the vice president of visitor appeal at VISIT PHILADELPHIA, Laura Burkhardt leads the company's strategic relationships with restaurants, shops, museums and attractions throughout the five-county area to ensure a high-quality experience for the Philadelphia region's domestic leisure visitors. She also oversees company-wide photography initiatives, supporting communications, web, advertising and social media efforts to tell a compelling visual story for Philadelphia.

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Michael A. Craig
Principal
Pennworth Financial Services
1430 Walnut Street, Suite 200
267-997-4503
www.pennworth.com

Michael has been in the financial services industry since 2000. Michael is a member of the Philadelphia Estate Planning Council and the Greater Philadelphia Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors.

In addition, he works closely with the members of the Camden County Bar Association.

Michael is active in the Philadelphia community. Michael is active in the Philadelphia community and he serves as an ambassador to the Center City Proprietors Association.

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Greg DeShields, CHO, CHE
Executive Director
PHLDiversity
1601 Market Street, Suite 200
215-636-4433
www.PHLDiversity.com

Greg DeShields currently serves as the Executive Director at PHLDiversity Multicultural AffairsCongress a division of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB), adjunct instructor for Temple University School of Tourism and Hospitality and Hospitality Educators

Greg is a Graduate of Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island, with an A.S. Degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management; and B.S. Degree in Hospitality Management.  His professional certifications include: American Hotel & Lodging Association, Educational Institute – Certified Hospitality Educator – 2013 Asian American Hotel Owners Association – Certified Hotel Owner 2013

Recently Greg served as Managing Director of Business Development for Temple University FoxSchool of Business & School of Tourism and Hospitality Management.  Professionally, Greg has been a manager in the hospitality industry for such companies as Hyatt Hotel, Omni Hotels, Sheraton Hotels, Korman Company, General Manager of Philadelphia OIC’s Opportunities Inn: Hospitality Training Institute

Greg’s Board membership and committee chairs include: American Hotel & Lodging Association Multicultural & Diversity Advisory Council, Asian American Hotel Owners Association Center City District (Philadelphia), Center City Proprietors Association (Philadelphia), COMHAR Inc. (Philadelphia) Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Independent Business Alliance (Philadelphia), Philadelphia Opportunities Industrialization Center, Responsible Hospitality Institute - National Board and SKAL International (Philadelphia) 

Greg is an active member of the Council on Hotel & Restaurant Institute Educators, The American Hotel & Lodging Association, Meeting Professionals International, Hispanic Meeting Professionals, National Association of Black Hotel Owners Operators and Developers, and Hispanic Hotel Owners Association. 

His interests include cars, travel, and most importantly cooking.

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Eric R. Elmore
Marketing Director
Drucker & Scaccetti
1600 Market Street, Suite 3300
215-665-3960
www.taxwarriors.com

Eric R. Elmore is the marketing director for Drucker & Scaccetti (D&S), a tax advisory and consulting firm. Eric has more than 20 years experience building relationships and leading the marketing and public relations for businesses--from large global corporations to membership organizations to internet start-ups.

Prior to joining D&S, he spent 10 years as the director of marketing & communications for the New Jersey Dental Association and 4 years as the global marketing support director for Cap Gemini Ernst & Young. 

Eric’s board experience includes service as vice president of the Board of Trustees of Dress for Success, Hudson County (NJ), as a trustee for Burlington County College (NJ) and, currently, as a trustee for the National Liberty Museum, where he serves as chair of the development committee. He also served as a Township Committeeman for Westampton, NJ, as well as on the Land Development Board. 

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Cynthia Lech
Membership & Communications Manager
Building Owners’ and Managers’ Association (BOMA)
1515 Market Street, Suite 1305
215-567-1775
www.bomaphila.com

Cynthia Lech currently serves as Membership & Communications Manager at BOMA Philadelphia, a commercial real estate association for building owners, property managers, and vendors.

Cynthia has expansive knowledge and expertise in digital and print marketing, organizational management, hospitality, and client relations. She graduated from Central High School of Philadelphia (263) holding a Bachelor of Arts degree—the only high school in the United States that has the authority to grant this distinction—and the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Management.

Cynthia has directed numerous high profile events with tremendous success including the 2016 Democratic National Convention. She has aptly enhanced her skillset in strategic planning, outreach communications, and project management to foster business relationships and community development.

In her current role, Cynthia is responsible for the research and implementation of the company’s strategic communications plan that includes the creation and management of the website, social media platforms, and content marketing.

Cynthia evokes the idea of collaboration and diversity inclusion in her personal and professional development. She dedicates her time through volunteer and board involvement that help shape the Philadelphia community and skyline. She currently serves as Vice President on the Board of Managers for The Associated Alumni of Central High School (AACHS); member of the Center City Proprietors Association (CCPA); and The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia and serves on its Young Professionals Council (YPC).

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Eric Marzluf, Esq.
Caesar, Rivise, Bernstien, Cohen & Pokotilow, Ltd.
1635 Market Street, 7 Penn Center, 11th Floor
215-567-2010
www.crbcp.com

Mr. Marzluf has practiced Intellectual Property law for over 30 years. His practice is devoted to matters involving intellectual property litigation, particularly patent, trademark and copyright infringement and unfair trade practices, and transactional matters involving intellectual property. In addition, Mr. Marzluf counsels clients in all matters relating to intellectual property management, protection and exploitation, such as negotiations and preparation of licenses, employment contracts, secrecy agreements, and settlements. He is also responsible for preparation and prosecution of patent, trademark and copyright applications and appeals, due diligence studies and intellectual property acquisitions.

Due to his many years of trial work, Mr. Marzluf has particular emphasis and experience in representing clients in the federal courts and before the various Patent and Trademark Office boards, including: preliminary investigations and research; motion practice; discovery; trials; and appeals. His practice further includes client counseling on matters ranging from new technology and scientific developments to artistic creations and trademark protection. Specific areas of involvement include: rendering of opinions concerning patentability, trademark availability, infringement and validity of patents, trademarks and copyrights; and licensing of inventions, patents and trademarks.

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Gail Marcus
Marcus Real Estate Law        
Two Penn Center Plaza - Suite 1020
215-751-0505
www.gmarcuslaw.com

Gail Marcus is a Real Estate Lawyer, a Distinguished Child Advocate and owner of Marcus Real Estate Law. She is a long-term Center City resident who has been an active participant in Center City business and community development. Gail is known for her special skills and abilities in solving a variety of real estate problems for her clients with the goal of keeping them out of Court. With an international and local client base, the problems she solves range from untangling title ownership to resolving difficult lease disputes and real estate acquisition problems. As a Distinguished Child Advocate, Gail was recognized in 2007 by the nationally prestigious Support Center of Child Advocates in its 30th Anniversary year for her lifetime work, where she has helped “change the story” for many disadvantaged Philadelphia children by taking them from bad situations and placing them in good homes where they are flourishing today. Gail has also has been recognized by the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas for pro bono work and by the Philadelphia Bar Association for her work on judicial reform. 

As a small business owner Gail interacts with other owners and is aware of their challenges and concerns. For the past several years Gail has been a devoted CCPA member who has taken ownership of CCPA Connects, a monthly meeting of business owners who are committed to growing their business and building lasting relationships with other members. Gail’s community development activities have been extensive and range from serving on Boards and Executive Committees, Special Purpose Committees to extensive fundraising, dialogue with decision-makers in Washington, DC and Harrisburg and planning Citywide events that have contributed to the growth of Philadelphia.

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Heather Shoemaker
Project Manager, GZA GeoEnvironmental Inc.
1515 Market Street, Suite 945
267-464-3622
www.gza.com

Ms. Shoemaker is a project manager and environmental scientist with over 12 years of professional experience. Her career highlights include: facility regulatory compliance auditing, compliance monitoring and tracking, due diligence investigations, scoping projects, communication with clients and stakeholders, coordination and implementation of field activities; data interpretation; report preparation; permitting; regulatory agency interface; enforcement support and corrective action. In addition to CCPA, Heather is active the Society of Women Environmental Professionals and the Philadelphia Chapter of the International Facility Management Association.

Heather’s passion for the environment started around the age of 12 when her household received two recycling buckets (one for glass and one for cans) from Cheltenham Township. From that point on, she took a hard look at waste and was interested in minimization and recycling. During free time, Heather enjoys spending time with family and friends and being outdoors.

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Susanne Spinell Shuster, CPA, MST
Director-In-Charge, Accounting Services
Friedman LLP Accountants and Advisors
267-886-1752
www.friedmanllp.com

As Director-In-Charge, Accounting Services, Susanne’s practice at Friedman LLP Accountants and Advisors focuses on providing comprehensive tax, accounting, and consulting services to a diverse group of closely held and family businesses, health care providers, professional service corporations, real estate groups, condominium associations, and high net worth individuals. Susanne is a frequent speaker for local organizations and business groups. In addition, she has been an adjunct professor at Temple University’s Fox School of Business and Management for over fifteen years.  Susanne served on the Board of Directors of St. Edmonds Federal Savings Bank and as Chair of the Audit Committee for eleven years. She was also a member of the Board of Trustees of Martins Run, a senior living community.  She is a past board member of the Gershman Y and the Women’s Opportunity Resource Center.

Prior to joining Friedman LLP Accountants and Advisors in 2012, Susanne was Chair of the Family and Closely Held Business Group at another accounting firm where she provided tax and business advisory services to her clients.  She received her B.A. in Mathematics and a B.S. in Accounting from Temple University.  In addition, Susanne received a Master’s degree in Taxation from Philadelphia University.

Temple University, Adjunct Professor, Fox School of Business & Management

Temple University, Enterprise Management Consulting Advisory Board

St. Edmond’s Federal Savings Bank, former member, Board of Directors and Audit Committee Chair

Martins Run, Senior Continuing Care Retirement Community, Board of Trustees

The Union League

The Germantown Cricket Club

5000 Boardwalk Condominium Association, former member of Finance Committee

Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants ( PICPA)

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)

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Patty Tawadros
Studio x.
2201 Chestnut Street, No 104
215-255-6955
www.studioxphl.com

Studio x., founded in 2001, is a woman owned business focused on brilliant design solutions and outstanding customer service. We have created long term relationships with our clients based on consistent behavior - great work, projects delivered on time, no surprises on cost, and all with great customer service. We are experts in developing: web based social networks, custom web applications, user-oriented web experiences, easy-to-use data management, e-commerce solutions, packaging design, and marketing materials.

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