Newsmakers the Week of March 19, 2015


A leading Jewish community activist is named winner of the Woman One Award of the Institute for Women's Health and Leadership; and a longtime real estate agent gets top ratings for his sales work.

Communal activist and philanthropist Lynne Korman Honickman has been designated the recipient of the 2015 Woman One Award and will be honored with a tribute by the sponsoring Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership on April 27. Honickman, a longtime Jewish communal leader, has been deeply involved in the wider community as an advocate for the less fortunate. Among her many projects over the years are a foundation devoted to social activism; Project HOME, where she serves on the board; and Moms Against Guns, which she founded and which later merged with CeasefirePA, on whose board she also sits. The event next month, to be held at the Rittenhouse, benefits female students at the Drexel University College of Medicine.

David Gray has been named executive director of the Pennsylvania Ballet, stepping up from his role as interim executive director since May. Gray, who started in the business in the press office of the New York City Ballet, has an extensive background in arts management and consulting.

John A. Solis-Cohen, managing director/investment officer at Wells Fargo Advisors in Jenkintown, has been named one of the “Top 1,200 Financial Advisors” nationwide by Barron’s for the seventh straight year. Among area brokers also making the list: Joshua Gross of Mill Creek Capital Advisors in Conshohocken; Alan Cohn of Sage Financial Group, Conshohocken; David Eisen of UBS Financial Services; Eric Salmansohn of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management; Mark Eskin and Edward Blumenthal of Janney Montgomery Scott; and Marc Richman of Morgan Stanley.

Andrew Greenblatt, executive director of the Philadelphia Film Society, has announced the society’s acquisition of the Prince Theater in Center City, with the help of the Wyncote Foundation. PFS runs the annual Philadelphia Film Festival.

Jay Press and Nina Seckel Israel of Weichert Realtors Jenkintown recently were honored at a regional company meeting held in Center City. Press was honored for sales/resales/combined units; Seckel Israel was saluted by the Million Dollar Club.

Restaurateur Marc Vetri, whose local empire of dining spots has earned him numerous awards, has authored his latest book, Mastering Pasta, just released.

Harvey B. Sklaroff of Harvey Sklaroff Real Estate has been selected as a Philadelphia Five Star Real Estate Agent for 2014 by Five Star Professionals.

Ronit Treatman, immediate past president of The Philadelphia Jewish Voice, will be honored next month at a reception marking the online publication’s 10th anniversary, to be hosted by Judi and Mark Aronchick.

Howard Levy, vice president and COO of EBL&S Property Management, Inc., has been chosen as treasurer by the board of Wordsworth, a school for challenged children.


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