CCPA Board of Directors


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CCPA President 
Linda Karp
Karp Marketing
215-569-2262
www.karpmarketing.com 

Linda Karp has been president of Karp Marketing, an award-winning, certified Woman-Owned business, inPhiladelphia since November 1983. Linda started Karp Marketing, a provider of full service graphic design, corporate image, marketing and advertising, after working for a number of agencies in the greater DelawareValley.

Linda has a Masters from the University of the Arts and a Bachelors degree from Moore College of Art & design. Among other activities, Linda is a full professor at The Art Institute of Philadelphia, where she recently won an Excellence in Teaching award. Karp teaches a number of Graphic Design courses such as Business for Graphic Design, Editorial Design and others. She is also on the Executive Committee of the Faculty union there. Her favorite pastime is sculpting at the Fleischer Art Memorial in Center City.

Linda is currently President of CCPA. She has been an active board member and officer for over twenty years. 

She has lived in Center City Philadelphia for over 35 years.

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

Suzette Mahoney is a partner at R2L Restaurant, a sleek and sophisticated restaurant and private event space soaring 37 floors above the city at Two Liberty Place. R2L offers world-renowned American Cuisine with the best views of Philadelphia. The private event space is ideal for intimate gatherings of 12 to galas for 300.

A native Philadelphian, Mahoney 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, Mahoney assisted the company with new restaurant openings and  trouble-shooting for properties that had operational or financial challenges. 

Mahoney worked to concept and develop Twenty21, a contemporary American restaurant, which she operated for seven years. She then joined forces with acclaimed Philadelphia Chef Daniel Stern and together they created MidAtlantic Restaurant & Taproom, a modern taproom with culinary roots in the region and R2L shortly thereafter.

Mahoney serves on the Board of Directors for the Center City Proprietors Association,  the Board of Trustees for The Montessori School in Dresher, Pa., and the Board of Directors for the Philadelphia Chapter of the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association.

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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

Laura Burkhardt was the Publisher of the Morris Visitor Products in Philadelphia including Where Philadelphia, Where GuestBook, the Where Philadelphia Map and the Center City Insider.  For over 25 years, Laura has been working in the hospitality industry providing visitors with timely and accurate information. Born in Baltimore, she moved to Denver in 1989 and using that as her home base, she traveled to 17 cities selling ads for Guest Informant, now known as the Where GuestBook. Though Laura enjoyed living out West, she missed her family and eventually moved to DC then to Baltimore. After realizing that 90 miles was the perfect distance between her and her six sisters, she moved to Philadelphia with Where Magazine and is now happy to call Philly home. Laura lives, dines and socializes near her home off Passyunk Avenue but is a lover of all that Philadelphia has to offer.

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Greg DeShields, CHO, CHE
Executive Director
PHLDiversity
1700 Market Street - Suite 3000
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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Chamor Hollinger
Manager Marketing & Business Development
Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation
1500 Market Street, Suite 2600 West
215-496-8157
www.pidcphila.com

Chamor Hollinger currently serves as Manager, Marketing & Business Development at PIDC where she assists in the organization’s business development efforts. In this role she focuses on client relations,

Chamor has over 10 years of non-profit and communication experience.  Prior to joining PIDC she worked for NHS, a leading provider of education and human services to individuals with special needs as a residential service manager.

Chamor is a native Philadelphian, and a graduate from Temple University with a BA in Public Relations and La Salle University with an MA in Communication. She is an active member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Alpha Eta Sigma Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter where she has held several leadership positions and participates in various community service projects and mentoring young women. She is also an avid supporter of Tree House Books, a literacy center and bookstore in North Philadelphia. Chamor and her husband live in the city’s West Oak Lane section with their newborn son.

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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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Seith L. Laver, Esq.
Goldberg Segalla, LLP
1700 Market Street/Suite 1418
267-519-6877
www.goldbergsegalla.com   

Seth Laver is a partner at Philadelphia office of Goldberg Segalla LLP. Seth’s primary practice areas include the defense of professionals and employment litigation. In professional negligence matters, Seth represents attorneys, real estate and insurance professionals, architects, and accountants. Seth counsels professionals in risk-management, day-to-day workplace issues, and other “pre-suit” matters with an eye toward avoiding litigation and minimizing risk. Moreover, Seth represents professionals in litigation before state and federal courts throughout the United States. In the area of employment and labor law, Seth represents employers in a variety of litigation matters, including sexual harassment, race, national origin, disability and age discrimination cases, wrongful discharge, defamation and other constitutional claims. He counsels employers on recognizing and preventing employment discrimination and other employee-related lawsuits, with an emphasis on the early implementation of proper procedures. He drafts and updates employee handbooks and consults employers regarding compliance with company by-laws and Human Resources protocols. Seth is often engaged to counsel clients regarding enforcement of non-compete agreement, non-solicitation clauses and other covenants affecting post-employment competition.

Seth routinely publishes articles and lectures on those trends impacting the professional liability and employment landscapes. He is the editor of Professional Liability Matters, Goldberg Segalla’s blog focusing on the professional liability community. Seth has been honored as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, Rising Star every year since 2010. 

For additional information, contact CCPA member Seth L. Laver, Esq., at 267-519-6877 or slaver@goldbergsegalla.com.

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Deborah Levin
BB&T
9 West Evergreen Ave
215-448-9620
www.bbt.com

As office manager, Levin leads the branch staff to achieve superior customer service goals and manages the day-to-day operations of the office. She also leads and directs promotional campaigns, service and business development and community activities.

Levin, who has over 36 years of experience starting with Fidelity Bank (now Wells Fargo) and also includes 7 years at Sovereign Bank in Chestnut Hill. She was formerly a member of the Chestnut Hill Business Association as well as the University City Business Association.

Levin studied accounting at Drexel University. She resides in Lower Gwynedd Township in Montgomery County, with her husband and daughter.

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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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Sharen Nocella
The Chartwell Law Offices, LLP
970 Rittenhouse Road, Suite 300
Eagleville, PA 19403
610-666-7700
www.chartwelllaw.com

Sharen Nocella is the chief marketing officer at The Chartwell Law Offices, LLP .  For more than 20 years, she has been providing marketing communications, business development, branding and public relations strategies to businesses. 

Sharen has strong ties to the Philadelphia region.  While attending the University of Pennsylvania, she worked for the Philadelphia Phillies.  She then moved on professional services marketing where she went to become the president of the Philadelphia Law Firm Marketing Association.  Sharen has also owned and operated three retail businesses in the Philadelphia region.  

Sharen is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where she earned her Bachelors of Business Administration.

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Susanne Spinell Shuster, CPA, MST
Director-In-Charge, Accounting Services
Friedman LLP Accountants and Advisors
215-496-9339 x152
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
Xercel
2201 Chestnut Street, No 104
215-255-6955
www.xercel.com

Xercel, 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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