Despite myriad challenges in the current landscape, Pennsylvania’s economy is surviving. But how do we turn it into one that thrives? Leaders from business, government and nonprofit will gather to discuss the ways in which all parties can contribute to this effort and attract new business to the Commonwealth?
November 20, 11:00am – 12:45pm
Location: Main Hall
Steve Wray was named executive director of the Economy League in 2006 after 11 years as the organization’s deputy director. He works with a board of more than 60 senior private sector leaders from the region’s leading companies and institutions and a staff of nine. Steve is also managing director of the Pennsylvania Economy League, Inc., the corporate home of the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia.
At the Economy League, Steve oversees the Economy League’s World Class Greater Philadelphia agenda, leading its research, strategy and civic convening activities. Under his leadership, the Economy League has won national, state and regional awards, and has been instrumental in developing groundbreaking initiatives and organizations like IssuesPA, Campus Philly, and Graduate! Philadelphia.
Executive Director of Select Greater Philadelphia and Senior Vice President of Regional Marketing
Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
As Executive Director of Select Greater Philadelphia, Matt leads the team effort to market the 11-county region of northern Delaware, southern New Jersey and southeastern Pennsylvania to a national and international audience as a top-tier place to do business. Select, an affiliate of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, partners with business and civic leaders, economic development teams, and other public / private entities to help drive economic growth across Greater Philadelphia by attracting organizations to the region and supporting the expansion of existing organizations. Matt is a member of the Chamber’s leadership team, fueling the development and implementation of regional marketing initiatives.
Prior to joining Select and the Chamber Family, Matt held leadership roles with Shire plc, an international specialty biopharmaceutical company; worked with PNC Bank where he managed regional communications projects; led media relations and related communications activities with Keystone Mercy Health Plan, the largest HMO serving medical assistance recipients in Pennsylvania; and held a variety of marketing and communications positions with the American Red Cross. Matt began his professional career in the radio industry producing public affairs programs and sporting events.
A graduate of Penn State University, Matt earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism with a minor in sociology, and studied mass communications at Manchester University in England. He is a lifelong resident and proud native of our Greater Philadelphia neighborhood.
President & CEO
The Main Line Chamber of Commerce
Bernard Dagenais joined The Main Line Chamber of Commerce as president and CEO in 2010 after a 27-year career in business and journalism. In his five years with the 93-year-old membership organization, he has overseen the growth of existing programs and the launch of new initiatives with a focus on connecting with business, leadership development and talent. His background includes serving as editor of the Philadelphia Business Journal, which during his time there was the most award-winning publication among 40 American City Business Journals nationwide. He was business editor of The Washington Times and helped launch a technology media startup company in Northern Virginia in 2000.
Daniel P. Meuser
Former Pennsylvania Secretary of Revenue
Dan Meuser was nominated by Governor Tom Corbett on Jan. 18, 2011, to be Secretary of Revenue,and he was subsequently unanimously confirmed to the post by the Pennsylvania Senate on May 3,then sworn into office on May 20.
The Department of Revenue’s mission is to fairly, efficiently and accurately administer the tax laws and other revenue programs of the commonwealth to fund necessary government services. In addition to tax collection, the department administers the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, researches and develops revenue projections for the state budget and oversees the Pennsylvania Lottery, which generates funds for programs that benefit older Pennsylvanians.
Prior to being nominated as Revenue secretary, Meuser was with Pride Mobility Products for more than 20 years and is the former President of Pride USA. In this role he had financial oversight of all domestic business. Located in Luzerne
County, Pride Mobility Products Corp. is the world’s leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of power wheelchairs and scooters.
Meuser formerly served on the Board of the Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Wilkes-Barre YMCA and the Board of Trustees of Misericordia University.
Meuser and his wife, Shelley, reside in Shavertown with their three children.
Video of this event will be available after the conference.