Ronna Bonds is a former hospitality executive with over 25 years of hotel sales and marketing experience in Philadelphia. She served as President of the Philadelphia Area Hospitality Association, was a former member of Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation Hotel Ad-Hoc Committee, and served on various committees of the Philadelphia Convention and Sales Bureau. Ms. Bonds is also the President of IQOL (Institute of Quality Of Life), a consulting company that specializes in creating and implementing helping programs for unions, corporations, and associations. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Ronna and Bobby Bonds were married for 19 years. She currently resides in Bala Cynwyd, Pa with their two children, Danielle, a student at Drexel University, and Andrew, a student at Lower Merion High School. Her step-daughter Madalyn and son-in-law reside in Conshohocken, PA.
Industry veteran Lisa Berger Baskin has had an impressive and highly diverse 30+ year career in commercial real estate that includes 14 years heading her own brokerage and serving as General Partner for the Marketplace at East Falls in Philadelphia. Focused on client satisfaction, she has been deeply involved in a wide range of hands-on roles from negotiating complex biotech leases, consolidations, disposition of assets, to handling zoning and financial analyses. Ms. Baskin has directed projects in both California and Pennsylvania including a redevelopment of a 100,000 square feet industrial project in Philadelphia. Ms. Baskin continues to maintain her WBE certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).
A native Pennsylvanian raised in Montgomery County; she holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Pennsylvania State University.
Bianco Associates, LLC
Carmen Bianco is the principal of Bianco Associates. His work on organizational culture and business performance span the globe. For nearly six years, Carmen Bianco oversaw the operation of New York City Transit, North America’s largest mass transit system.
As president of the subway and bus systems, he was responsible for the safe and efficient transportation of New York City Transit’s nearly eight million daily customers. Bianco directed a workforce of more than 48,000 employees and an annual operating budget that exceeded $10 billion.
During his tenure, Bianco transformed the agency’s organizational culture to align management strategies, enhance safety and improve customer service to advance the subways, buses, paratransit and Staten Island Railway in New York City.
Bianco and his team guided the agency through significant snowstorms, Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy, which took a critical toll on significant areas of the 110-year-old infrastructure. Despite more than $4 billion in Sandy-related damage, Bianco and his team restored 80 percent of subway service within five days.
As New York City Transit worked to deliver consistent service to daily ridership that has steadily expanded to more than 8.2 million people, Bianco lead his team to plan service for the future by evaluating ways to deliver higher-capacity, more environmentally friendly and technologically advanced trains and buses and improved levels of customer service.
Bianco joined NYCT with 33 years of experience in corporate safety, loss control and transportation operations. He worked in key leadership positions at Amtrak for more than 17 years and served as New York City Transit’s assistant vice president of system safety between 1991-1995.
For a decade, Bianco worked with DuPont and BST, two of the most highly sought consulting firms, advising international business leaders from Fortune 100 and 500 firms on organizational culture change to support operational excellence.
In his consulting, Carmen advises corporations on issues involving leadership, culture, strategy and operational practices. In addition to being an advisor to several CEOs, Carmen has an extensive list of senior executives who continue to use his skills and experiences as a senior executive and professional coach.
Jeff Baskin has the advantage of having spent half his life in Lower Merion and the other on the West Coast. Best known as the person who can solve your construction problem, Jeff learned from the ground up how to build. As President of Southwest Development, Jeff’s 30 years of construction experience spans both commercial and residential clients from the hills of Hollywood to the homeowner in Bala Cynwyd. Some of Jeff’s commercial projects have included building Midas Muffler shops throughout the state of California, sound studios in Hollywood, a mansion that appeared in the movie Face Off with John Travolta and Nicholas Cage and a 100,00 sq. ft. a redevelopment project that he partners with his wife, Lisa.
In addition to his work as a general contractor/developer, Jeff has owned a variety of other businesses, most prominent were a produce business in Pike’s Place Market in Seattle and more recently a Farmers Market in the East Falls section of Philadelphia.
Jeff’s sense of community is evident on many levels. Jeff is the first one there with his truck and manpower to help a friend, an acquaintance or a stranger in need. In the aftermath of both hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, Jeff organized large-scale collections of items from building materials to blankets and made sure that these items were either trucked or hand delivered to those affected by the devastating events.
Jeff is a lifelong avid sports fan having played both lacrosse and football in school. Jeff is married and lives with his wife and two children in Penn Valley.
Dan specializes in unparalleled negotiation, carefully guiding you through the process of buying and selling your home. Dan has been a licensed agent since 2000 and received his Broker’s License in 2003. He is the Broker of Record at Liberty Bell Real Estate Agents. He is knowledgeable in all counties. Dan has also personally purchased, modernized and resold dozens of homes in Philadelphia and Montgomery County.
Dan has dedicated the past 16 years to the needs of home buyers/sellers. Dan always goes the extra mile when working with his clients. He is a constant advocate for his clients is always available.
Dan is a longtime resident of Jenkintown were he currently resides. He is a dedicated husband of 22 years. Dan is an extremely involved father of two beautiful daughters, Sophia 4 yrs and Jessica 19 yrs who is currently in her 2nd year of College majoring in education.
Dan has volunteered at Philadelphia homeless shelters and fundraised for Cradles to Crayons. Dan enjoys playing golf, his family and helping others. Dan’s favorite pastime is Real Estate and is highly involved with his agents, always giving his all to make sure they complete transactions accurately & fairly while getting their clients the best deal possible.
Carrie Gish Rockford
Carrie Gish Rockford is a retired attorney, and more importantly, a mother of three great adult children. She is presently the Chair of the Board of Directors for Team Up Philly, a non-profit dedicated to empowering girls living in under-served Philadelphia neighborhoods. She also serves on the Board of The Victim Services Center of Montgomery County, an organization that provides advocacy and counseling for all who have been affected by sexual violence and other crimes against the person. She serves on the Leadership Council of the Wistar Institute, a world leader in early-stage discovery science in the areas of cancer, immunology, and infectious disease. Carrie is also a member of the Visionary Woman Leadership of Interfaith Philadelphia.
Several years ago she lost her nephew to drug addiction. It is in his memory that draws her to the Bobby Bonds Memorial Foundation. Carrie estates she feels honored to help raise funds and awareness to combat the disease of drug addiction.