51. Mike Kelly

Member of Congress

Mike Kelly, U.S. Representative
Mike Kelly, U.S. Representative
U.S. House of Representatives

Rep. Mike Kelly is known around western Pennsylvania for more than just his family’s car dealerships. Currently representing the 16th Congressional District, he has focused on improving education and is well-respected among his consevative colleagues. Kelly also serves on the influential House Ways and Means Committee, and serves on the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Oversight. 

52. Ed Rendell

Special Counsel, Ballard Spahr

Edward Rendell, Special Counsel, Ballard Spahr
Edward Rendell, Special Counsel, Ballard Spahr
State of Pennsylvania

A former governor, former mayor of Philadelphia and former chair of the Democratic National Committee, Ed Rendell’s presence – and his influence – are still felt across the Keystone State. Rendell’s work as governor is still being felt across Pennsylvania and he is a go-to voice for analysis on the Pennsylvania political landscape. He also is special counsel at Ballard Spahr, where his work focuses on infrastructure and housing. 

53. Peter Gleason

Partner, K&L Gates

Peter Gleason, Partner, K&L Gates
Peter Gleason, Partner, K&L Gates
K&L Gates

Formerly a secretary of legislative affairs for Gov. Mark Schweiker, Peter Gleason currently puts his legislative background to use as a partner at K&L Gates, where he provides counsel on legislative and regulatory issues at the federal level. Gleason’s clients currently span multiple sectors, including transportation, energy, health care and finance. Prior to his time at K&L Gates, Gleason worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and Gov. Tom Ridge’s administration. 

54. Mary Isenhour

Partner, Rooney Novak Isenhour Group LLC

Mary Isenhour, Partner, Rooney Novak Isenhour Group LLC
Mary Isenhour, Partner, Rooney Novak Isenhour Group LLC
Hartman Benzon Media

A former chief of staff and senior advisor to Gov. Tom Wolf, Mary Isenhour is respected on both sides of the aisle for her approach and contributions to Pennsylvania state government. She currently is a partner at the Rooney Novak Isenhour Group, a business development and consulting firm in Harrisburg. She also serves on the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, where she became the first woman in history to be a board member. 

55. Charlie Gerow

CEO, Quantum Communications

It would be impossible to list leading conservative communications professionals without including Charlie Gerow. A lawyer and former aide to Ronald Reagan, Gerow’s work on political and issue-based campaigns at Quantum Communications has made him one of the leading political strategists in Pennsylvania. He also has national clout among conservatives as well, serving as vice chair of the American Conservative Union – the political powerhouse behind the annual CPAC conference. 

56. John Saler & William Sasso

Chair, Government & Public Affairs; Chair Emeritus, Stradley Ronon

John Saler, Chair, Government & Public Affairs, Stradley Ronon
John Saler, Chair, Government & Public Affairs, Stradley Ronon
Stradley Ronon

William Sasso, Chair Emeritus, Stradley Ronon
William Sasso, Chair Emeritus, Stradley Ronon
Stradley Ronon

John Saler’s work at Stradley Ronon meets at the intersection of lobbying and media, as he offers clients a mix of legislative and regulatory lobbying, media relations work, crisis management and a wealth of other services in both the public and private sectors.
Up until the beginning of this year, William Sasso served as the chair of Stradley Ronon’s management committee and board of directors, where he managed more than 200 attorney’s across the firm’s seven offices.

57. Stephen Klasko

CEO, Jefferson Health

Steve Klasko, President and CEO, Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health
Steve Klasko, President and CEO, Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health
Jefferson Health

Dr. Stephen Klasko is both the president of Thomas Jefferson University and CEO of Jefferson Health in Philadelphia. Since taking the reins in 2013, the Jefferson health system has grown from three hospitals to 14, with annual revenues above $5 billion. It also has more than 30,000 employees, and nearly 10,000 students. In the Philadelphia region, Klasko is a mainstay when it comes to health care and higher education policy. 

58. Richard Englert

President, Temple University

Richard Englert, President, Temple University
Richard Englert, President, Temple University
Temple University

Richard Englert’s time at Temple may be coming to an end soon, but his work at the school spans more than four decades. He has navigated Philadelphia’s public university through expansion and growth, and has served as a professor in the College of Education since 1985. Temple receives more than $150 million in funding from the state and continues to grow its reach in the southeast. Englert will be succeeded by Jason Wingard, former dean at Columbia University, who will be Temple’s first Black president.

59. Dennis Glass

CEO, Lincoln Financial Group

The company may be recognized for its stadium name, but Lincoln Financial Group’s influence goes well beyond football. Dennis Glass is the president and CEO of Lincoln National Corporation and has become one of the highest paid executives in the insurance industry. Lincoln Financial has more than 9,000 employees, more than $1 billion in assets, and is still among the top 10 largest insurance companies in the nation.

60. Joanna McClinton

Minority Leader, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Joanna McClinton, State Rep, House Minority Leader
Joanna McClinton, State Rep, House Minority Leader
Pennsylvania House Democratic Caucus

Rep. Joanna McClinton has been a trailblazer since coming to Harrisburg in 2015. Just three years after she arrived, she became the first woman and first Black official to be elected as the House Democratic Caucus chair, and the first woman elected House Democratic leader. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she represents the 191st district in Delaware and Philadelphia counties. Her time as House minority leader has been highlighted by Democrats’ recent push to use federal relief funding for a Pennsylvania Rescue Plan. 

61. Lauren Hobart

President and CEO, Dick’s Sporting Goods

Lauren Hobart, President and CEO, Dick’s Sporting Goods
Lauren Hobart, President and CEO, Dick’s Sporting Goods
Dick’s Sporting Goods

Lauren Hobart took over at Dick’s Sporting Goods this year, but her influence has been felt throughout her entire 10-year tenure. Along with former CEO Ed Stack, Hobart helped make the bold decision to stop selling assault-style firearms, while also ceasing the sale of high-capacity magazines. Last year, under Hobart’s leadership, Dick’s saw a 9.9% increase in consolidated same-store sales, as well as $2.8 billion in e-commerce sales – a 100% increase from the previous year. 

62. Michael Pratt

Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig

Michael Pratt, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig
Michael Pratt, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig
Greenberg Traurig

Philadelphia-based lawyers Kevin Greenberg and Michael Pratt have a vast amount of experience working in administrative law and government affairs. Their political connections also go well beyond Philadelphia and Harrisburg. Pratt served on several state and local committees, including Gov. Tom Wolf’s transition team. An experienced litigator, Michael Pratt has represented manufacturers, financial institutions and government institutions throughout his three decades of practice. He specializes in commercial and product liability disputes, and has served as vice chair of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. 

62. Kevin Greenberg 

Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig

Kevin Greenberg, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig
Kevin Greenberg, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig
Greenberg Traurig

Another Philadelphia-based lawyer, Kevin Greenberg has a vast amount of experience working in administrative law and government affairs. He has worked with lobbyists, government contractors and elected officials in areas related to compliance and regulatory issues. His political connections also go well beyond Philadelphia and Harrisburg, having served on several state and local committees, including Gov. Tom Wolf’s transition team. 

63. Gerard Sweeney

President and CEO, Brandywine Realty Trust

Gerard Sweeney, President and CEO, Brandywine Realty Trust
Gerard Sweeney, President and CEO, Brandywine Realty Trust
Peter Olson

Since the company was founded in 1994, Gerard Sweeney has served as president, CEO and trustee of Brandywine Realty Trust. His focus on urban and transit development has helped the company grow into one of the largest real estate enterprises in the U.S. Sweeney has also advised committees and organizations in the Philadelphia region, serving as chair of the Schuylkill River Development Corporation and as a member of the Center City District Foundation, the King of Prussia Rail Coalition Advisory Committee and the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority. 

64. DJ Paoni

President, SAP North America

After joining SAP in 1996, Donald J. Paoni, known as DJ, worked his way from account executive to president after becoming a trusted customer advisor. Now, he oversees strategy, profitability, and customer success in the U.S. and Canada for the software company. The North American branch is based in Newtown Square, and the company as a whole has more than $2 billion in annual revenue. 

65. Stacy Garrity

Pennsylvania State Treasurer

Stacy Garrity, Pennsylvania State Treasurer
Stacy Garrity, Pennsylvania State Treasurer
Pennsylvania Treasury

Stacy Garrity, a retired Army Reserve colonel who served during Operation Desert Storm, defeated the incumbent Pennsylvania treasurer in 2020 despite being outraised financially. She now oversees nearly 350 employees and $110 billion in state assets. Most recently, Garrity joined 14 other state treasurers in threatening to pull funds out of banks that cut off lending to fossil fuel companies.

66. Dwight Evans, Chrissy Houlahan, Mary Gay Scanlon & Susan Wild

Members of Congress

Pennsylvania’s Democratic congressional delegation consists of a mix of legislative veterans, seasoned lawyers and an Air Force veteran – each of whom brings a unique background to Washington, D.C. Rep. Dwight Evans spent more than three decades in Harrisburg as a state legislator, where he served as chair of the state House Appropriations Committee for 20 years. Elected to the House of Representatives in 2016, Evans currently serves on both the House Ways and Means and Small Business committees. 

Reps. Chrissy Houlahan, Mary Gay Scanlon and Susan Wild (along with Rep. Madeleine Dean) were all elected to Congress in 2018 – making up what many have dubbed the “Fab Four,” a moniker that highlights their historic election victories, which brought four women to the state’s congressional delegation. 

An Air Force veteran with a background in both business and education, Rep. Chrissy Houlahan became the first woman to represent the 6th Congressional District when she won the seat in 2018. As a member of the House Armed Forces, Foreign Affairs, and Small Business committees, she has remained committed to fighting for equality and government accountability. 

Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon began in public service as pro bono counsel at Ballard Spahr, working on issues such as voting rights, immigration, housing and criminal justice reform. Those priorities have endured during her time in Congress, as she continues to fight for victims while on the House Judiciary and House Rules committees. 

Representing the 7th Congressional District, Rep. Susan Wild is the first woman to represent the Lehigh Valley since 1999. Succeeding seven-term Republican Rep. Charlie Dent, she is one of several women who broke into the Pennsylvania delegation in 2018. A member of the House Education and House Foreign Affairs committees, she is focused on equitably funding public education and giving veterans opportunities to transition to civilian life.

67. Jeffrey Lurie

Chairman and CEO, Philadelphia Eagles

Jeffrey Lurie, Chairman and CEO, Philadelphia Eagles
Jeffrey Lurie, Chairman and CEO, Philadelphia Eagles
Chad Batka

Jeffrey Lurie is most notable for being the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, but his influence in Pennsylvania goes beyond football. He gained his wealth in cinema as a movie producer and then purchased the Eagles for $195 million in 1994. As a former professor of social policy, he has become outspoken on a variety of political issues. He also established the Eagles Autism Challenge, which has generated more than $6 million for autism awareness and research programs. 

68. Art Rooney II

Owner and President, Pittsburgh Steelers

Art Rooney is a household name in Pittsburgh, largely due to his involvement with the Pittsburgh Steelers, which, along with being a cultural pillar in the state, are also a major economic driver for the region. Rooney also practices law at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC and donates to various political causes, including to President Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, Rep. Conor Lamb’s congressional campaign and other political action committees. 

69. Joseph Coradino

CEO, Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust

Serving as chair of the board of trustees and CEO of PREIT, Joseph Coradino leads one of the largest shopping mall operators in the nation. The Philadelphia-based company owns and operates more than 22 million square feet of retail space, including the malls in Plymouth Meeting, Scranton, Exton and the new fashion district in Philadelphia. Coradino is also a trustee of Temple University and board member of the Central Philadelphia Development Corporation.

70. Patrick Gallagher

Chancellor, University of Pittsburgh

Patrick Gallagher, Chancellor, University of Pittsburgh
Patrick Gallagher, Chancellor, University of Pittsburgh
Michael Ray Photography

Patrick Gallagher is the director of the University of Pittsburgh, representing more than 33,000 students and 14,000 faculty members. The university receives more than $150 million in funding from the state and is a leader in higher education and academic research. Prior to coming to Pittsburgh, he was appointed director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and served as acting U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce. 

71. Brian Fitzpatrick, John Joyce, Fred Keller, Dan Meuser, Scott Perry, Guy Reschenthaler & Lloyd Smucker

Members of Congress

The Commonwealth’s Republican congressional delegation comes from various backgrounds, but they all share similar conservative views on taxation and national security. Their experiences range from those having business and intelligence positions to those working their way up from the state legislature to Congress. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, one of the most bipartisan congressmen in the beginning of his tenure, was as a special assistant to the U.S. Attorney and Federal Bureau of Investigations supervisory special agent. He now serves Bucks County and part of Montgomery County and uses his intelligence expertise on the House Foreign Affairs and Transportation and Infrastructure committees. 

Rep. John Joyce practiced dermatology before running for office, and now represents the 13th Congressional District, one of the state’s most conservative. Serving on the House Energy and Commerce committees, Joyce was one of few House Republicans to endorse the safety of the COVID-19 vaccines. Reps. Fred Keller, Dan Meuser, Scott Perry, Guy Reschenthaler, and Lloyd Smucker all spent time in Harrisburg before going to Washington D.C. Rep. Meuser served as the secretary of revenue under Gov. Tom Corbett. He now sits on the House Small Business and Foreign Affairs committees and is a consistent supporter of the rights of the disabled. 

Reps. Perry and Keller began as state representatives from central Pennsylvania, and now, both represent the 10th and 12th Congressional Districts, respectively. Rep. Perry sits on the Foreign Affairs and Transportation and Infrastructure committees and is a vocal member of the Freedom and Second Amendment caucuses. Meanwhile, Rep. Keller serves on the committees on Education and Labor and Oversight and Reform, with a focus on promoting job creation and supporting small businesses. Reps. Reschenthaler and Smucker spent time in the Pennsylvania Senate before running for the U.S. House. Rep. Reschenthaler has an extensive legal background and now represents the southeast corner of the state, serving on the House Appropriations and Rules committees. Rep. Smucker served as president of the Smucker Company, a family-owned construction company, before running for Pennsylvania Senate in 2008. He now represents the greater Lancaster area, serving on the Committee on Ways and Means and the Committee on the Budget.

72. Nancy Patton Mills

Chair, Democratic Party of Pennsylvania

Nancy Patton Mills, Chair, Democratic Party of Pennsylvania
Nancy Patton Mills, Chair, Democratic Party of Pennsylvania
Richard Mills

Nancy Patton Mills led the Allegheny County Democratic Committee before being named chair of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party in 2018. She is a lifelong Democrat, but has a background in a variety of fields. She has worked in radio and television, written a college textbook, and operates the historic Roselea Farm, an event venue and bed-and-breakfast. She continues to run Democratic campaigns in the state and looks to flip the State House and Senate. 

73. William Demchak

Chair, President and CEO, PNC Financial Services Group

William Demchak oversees one of the largest financial services companies in the country. He joined PNC as chief financial officer in 2002, before being elected president in 2012. A western Pennsylvania native, he serves on the board of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and chairs the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance. As a company, PNC is the fifth largest commercial bank in the U.S., with nearly 53,000 employees and more than $16 billion in annual revenues. 

74. Chris Gheysens

President and CEO, Wawa

After being named president of the Pennsylvania-based convenience store giant in 2012, Gheysens has helped the company expand its reach and update its branding. Most recently, he oversaw the company’s store remodeling projects and the establishment of the mobile app. The company has expanded into northern New Jersey and Florida, with more than 35,000 employees overall. It also has nearly 250 locations in the Commonwealth and is beloved by many eastern Pennsylvanians. 

74. Joseph Sheetz

CEO, Sheetz

Sheetz began as a family business and is still recognized as one today. Joe Sheetz is one of several family members serving in executive leadership roles within the company. He oversees the Altoona-based convenience retailer that has more than 600 stores in six states. The company played a major role in the expansion of liquor licenses in Pennsylvania. Although it has a more passionate fanbase in western Pennsylvania, its efforts to change alcohol sales in convenience and grocery stores is loved by many across the state. 

75. David Burritt

President and CEO, U.S. Steel

When talking about the Pennsylvania business community, it’s impossible to avoid discussing the presence of U.S. Steel. David Burritt joined the venerable company in 2013 to oversee its strategy and finances, before taking over as president and chief operating officer in 2017. U.S. Steel’s corporate headquarters is located in Pittsburgh and the company maintains plants in Clairton, Braddock, Fairless Hills and West Mifflin.

76. Bruce Van Saun

Chairman and CEO, Citizens Bank

Bruce Van Saun, Chairman and CEO, Citizens Bank
Bruce Van Saun, Chairman and CEO, Citizens Bank
Kory Addis

Citizens Bank instantly became the second largest bank in Pennsylvania following its purchase of Mellon Financial Corporation in 2001. Bruce Van Saun, the chair and CEO of Citizens Financial Group, has helped Citizens Bank grow from a Rhode Island-based bank into a finance leader throughout New England and the mid-Atlantic states. It’s also one of the most recognizable financial institutions in the state, having the naming rights to the Philadelphia Phillies stadium since 2003. 

77. Les Neri

National 2nd Vice President, Fraternal Order of Police

It’s hard to find someone that looks out for law enforcement more than Les Neri. In addition to his duties as a leader of the Fraternal Order of Police, headquartered in Downingtown, Neri also serves as president of the Pennsylvania State Lodge. He has assisted local lodges in collective bargaining, pension, and grievance issues, and now works to achieve more victories at the legislative level. Previous achievements include 100% college tuition assistance for children of fallen officers, and he continues his efforts to uphold police bargaining rights. 

78. Jaewon Ryu

President and CEO, Geisinger Health

Dr. Jaewon Ryu, President and CEO, Geisinger Health
Dr. Jaewon Ryu, President and CEO, Geisinger Health
Geisinger

Dr. Jaewon Ryu started at Geisinger in 2016 as executive vice president and chief medical officer, before taking over as president and CEO in 2018. With more than 550,000 members and nine hospital campuses, he oversees one of the largest health systems in the state. He has focused on using innovation to address complex problems, including affordability and quality of care. His leadership has also helped Geisinger promote initiatives that meet the needs of patients with mail-order pharmacies and at-home care programs. 

79. Heyward Donigan

President and CEO, Rite Aid

Under the leadership of Heyward Donigan, Rite Aid saw a 3.3% increase in sales, a 2% increase in same store prescription sales and 3% growth in retail pharmacy revenues in the fourth quarter of 2020. The Camp Hill-headquartered pharmacy chain has also been on the front lines of testing and vaccinating Pennsylvanians for COVID-19, and helped administer vaccines as part of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program, which allowed Rite Aid to supplement state and local vaccination efforts. 

80. Mack Stulb

President, L.F. Driscoll Co.

Mack Stulb, President, L.F. Driscoll Co.
Mack Stulb, President, L.F. Driscoll Co.
LF Driscoll

Frank “Mack” Stulb became the president of L.F. Driscoll in 2005 after spending more than 20 years at the company. He oversees the company’s finance, construction and project management, and led it through a merger with Structure Tone. L.F. Driscoll, which specializes in construction management at-risk services, has nearly $140 million in annual revenue and is one of the largest construction management firms in the region.

81. Ed Gainey

State Representative

A legislative aide-turned state representative, Rep. Ed Gainey has been serving Pittsburghers for more than a decade. Gainey beat out his former boss, Joseph Preston, in 2012, taking over the 24th district seat. As a member of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, he has worked to increase public safety and improve access to high-quality, affordable education and housing. In May, he defeated incumbent Bill Peduto in the Democratic primary for Pittsburgh mayor. If he wins in November, he’ll become the city’s first Black mayor. 

82. Miguel Patricio

CEO, Kraft Heinz

Despite challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Kraft Heinz saw increases in a number of key metrics under Miguel Patricio’s leadership, including increases in gross profits, net sales and year-over-year organic net sales. That success appears to be continuing into 2021, but Kraft Heinz is also looking to do more than make a financial impact. Under Patricio’s watch, Kraft Heinz is partnering with The LEE Initiative and Southern Restaurants for Racial Justice to preserve Black-owned restaurants, as well as Black culture. 

83. Jeff Brown

President and CEO, Brown’s Super Stores

As the founder, CEO and president of Brown’s Super Stores, Jeff Brown owns and operates 10 ShopRite grocery stores in the Greater Philadelphia Area and employs more than 2,300 workers. Brown is known for placing his supermarkets in food deserts, as well as making efforts to employ formerly-incarcerated individuals in his grocery stores, with roughly 700 of his employees being formerly incarcerated as of July 2020. He has been rumored to have an interest in running for mayor of Philadelphia in 2023.

84. Scott Mirkin

President and Executive Producer, ESM Productions

Scott Mirkin, President and Executive Producer, ESM Productions
Scott Mirkin, President and Executive Producer, ESM Productions
ESM Productions

Throughout his 30-year career in media, Scott Mirkin has worked with political and cultural heavyweights as the producer of major broadcast events. These include six broadcast events during Pope Francis’ 2015 visit to the U.S., as well as broadcasts involving former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton and the Dalai Lama. Mirkin also serves on the board of the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, where he chairs its member services committee. 

85. Tom Reilly

Executive Vice President, Turner Construction

Tasked with overseeing Turner Construction’s Mid-Atlantic, Southeast and Ohio regions, Tom Reilly has his hands in Turner Construction’s operations all along the East Coast. He also works as senior leader for Turner’s Federal Services group. Prior to his current role, Reilly served in a range of leadership positions, including vice president and general manager of the company’s Mid-Atlantic Region, as well as vice president and regional manager for the company’s offices in Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

86. Richard Hayne

President and CEO, Urban Outfitters

Richard Hayne has been one of Urban Outfitters’ key architects from the very beginning, helping to build the clothing retailer into a multi-national brand. Now based out of Philadelphia, Urban Outfitters has more than 200 retail stores across the globe. With a net worth of roughly $1.4 billion, Hayne has been an active political donor, contributing thousands of dollars to Republican candidates over the last several decades. 

87. John Walsh

President and CEO, UGI Corporation

As John Walsh prepares to retire from UGI, he can reflect back on a successful year for the power company. In the most recent fiscal year, UGI reported increases in both its GAAP net income and adjusted net income, while also joining Our Nation’s Energy Future to bolster efforts to hit the company’s greenhouse gas emissions targets. This year, UGI also made efforts to increase diversity within its ranks and committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 55% over the next five years. 

88. Maggie Hardy Knox

Owner and President, 84 Lumber 

The owner of the largest privately-owned building materials supplier in the country, Maggie Hardy Knox has transformed 84 Lumber into a multibillion-dollar behemoth. In 2020, 84 Lumber reported sales revenues of $4.7 billion and charitable donations of more than $1 million. In addition to overseeing more than 200 stores and close to 6,000 employees, Hardy Knox has also donated thousands of dollars to Republican causes and candidates, including to the Republican National Committee and former House Speaker John Boehner.

89. Richard Yuengling

Owner and President, Yuengling Brewery

Since buying the family brewery from his father in 1985, Dick Yuengling has turned his family’s namesake company into one of the nation’s most well-known brewers. This year, Yuengling announced a partnership with Molson Coors Beverage Company to expand its distribution into Texas, building on its existing 22-state reach. A billionaire, Yuengling has also made his voice known in political circles, donating to an array of Republican candidates over the last two decades. 

90. Jeff Guaracino

President and CEO, Visit Philadelphia

Jeff Guaracino, President and CEO, Visit Philadelphia
Jeff Guaracino, President and CEO, Visit Philadelphia
J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

As the head of Visit Philadelphia, Jeff Guaracino is charged with bringing people to the City of Brotherly Love through the organization’s branding and marketing efforts. After a successful 2019, Guaracino has had to shift his efforts to leading the region’s economy out of the COVID-19 pandemic by partnering with local businesses to encourage commerce. The organization also committed $2 million to summer marketing efforts to revitalize the city’s tourism and hospitality sectors.

91. Michael Long

Partner, Long, Nyquist & Associates

Michael Long, Partner, Long, Nyquist & Associates
Michael Long, Partner, Long, Nyquist & Associates
Barry Kidd

A co-founder of Long Nyquist & Associates, Mike Long is a well-known name among Harrisburg lobbyists due to the power and influence his firm has had in the state capital. A former staffer in the state Senate, Long, along with the firm’s other partner, Todd Nyquist, has had a key hand in shaping policy in Harrisburg thanks to the close relationship Long Nyquist has enjoyed with the Senate Republican Caucus. 

92. Matt Brouillette

President and CEO, Commonwealth Partners Chamber of Entrepreneurs

Matt Brouillette, President and CEO, Commonwealth Partners Chamber of Entrepreneurs
Matt Brouillette, President and CEO, Commonwealth Partners Chamber of Entrepreneurs
Jeremy Baker, Commonwealth Partners

Matt Brouillette is a heavyweight in conservative circles in Harrisburg thanks to his work at Commonwealth Partners, as well as his 14-year stint at the Commonwealth Foundation, an active conservative think tank. Brouillette also serves as treasurer for both the Commonwealth Leaders Fund and the Commonwealth Children’s Choice Fund – two political action committees that had a combined $11.2 million in cash on hand as of early May.

93. Laura Jan Kuller

Government Affairs Counsel, Ridge Policy Group

Laura Jan Kuller, Government Affairs Counsel, Ridge Policy Group
Laura Jan Kuller, Government Affairs Counsel, Ridge Policy Group
Frances Civello Photography

A former chief of staff to Pennsylvania’s House Majority Leader, Laura Jan Kuller now puts her legal and political chops to work as government affairs counsel for Ridge Policy Group, where she helps develop client strategies for legislative and administrative issues. Kuller has been named one of the “Top Lawyers in Central PA” by Harrisburg Magazine and received her J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law.

94. Nicholas Bertram

President and CEO, The GIANT Company

Nicholas Bertram, President and CEO, The GIANT Company
Nicholas Bertram, President and CEO, The GIANT Company
The GIANT Company

Nicholas Bertram‘s stores faced an immense challenge over the past year, having to reconfigure operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Through it all, The GIANT Company continues to open new grocery stores and still found ways to provide financial aid to child care centers, farms and other businesses hit hard by the pandemic. Bertram is also chair of the PA Chamber Board of Directors, where he’s helping to launch the Chamber’s “Bringing PA Back” initiative. 

95. Mona Ghude

Partner, Drinker Biddle

As a partner at Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP, Mona Ghude’s work focuses heavily on helping employers navigate the complex world of employee benefits. As part of her practice, Ghude develops defined contribution plans, defined benefit nonqualified plans and equity-based plans. Ghude was also named an “Influencer of Law” by The Philadelphia Inquirer in 2019 for her expertise in tax law and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974.

96. William Sproule

Executive Secretary-Treasurer, EAS Regional Council of Carpenters

William Sproule, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, EAS Regional Council of Carpenters
William Sproule, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, EAS Regional Council of Carpenters
EAS Carpenters

As the top-ranking member of the Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters, William Sproule oversees more than 40,000 members across seven states and Washington, D.C. Sproule is key in the council’s development of its policies and procedures, and also plays a hand in the development of collective bargaining agreements for the council’s unions. Sproule was formerly the president and regional manager of the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters, before it was dissolved and merged with another council. 

97. Arielle Frankston-Morris

Executive Director, Teach PA

Arielle Frankston-Morris, Executive Director, Teach PA
Arielle Frankston-Morris, Executive Director, Teach PA
Orthodox Union

As the executive director of Teach PA, Arielle Frankston-Morris represents Jewish Day Schools across Pennsylvania and has advocated for bolstering state tax credit programs that fund scholarships for students to attend nonpublic schools. In addition to organizing lobbying efforts to sell lawmakers on the need for educational tax credit programs, Frankston-Morris has also been an avid supporter of efforts to improve schools security, as well as increased funding for school health services. 

98. Gabriel Escobar

Editor, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Gabriel Escobar, Editor, The Philadelphia Inquirer
Gabriel Escobar, Editor, The Philadelphia Inquirer
Jessica Griffin

An experienced journalist and newsroom leader, Gabriel Escobar has guided The Philadelphia Inquirer through its transformation toward a digital-first platform. One of the highest-ranking Latinos at a U.S. news organization, Escobar has also led the Inquirer through coverage of the 2016 Democratic National Convention, the COVID-19 pandemic, and more. The Inquirer continues to be a significant news source in the nation, with more than 10 million unique users per month and more than 45,000 subscribers.

99. Alan B. Miller

CEO, Universal Health Services

The founder and owner of Universal Health Services, Alan Miller has watched his health care company in King of Prussia become one of the largest providers in the nation. Prior to stepping down as CEO this year, Miller was listed among the top executives in the country for UHS’ consistent growth and returns to shareholders. The company now owns more than 400 hospitals and health care facilities, has more than 90,000 employees, and generates more than $11 billion in annual revenue. 

100. Keith Leaphart

Chair, The Lenfest Foundation

As chair of the Lenfest Foundation’s board, Leaphart oversees all of the foundation’s efforts to improve educational opportunities for Philadelphia youth. The foundation’s work includes programming for middle school students, as well as career assistance for children and young adults. Leaphart is also the president and CEO of Replica Creative, a print and design firm that has been recognized by the Philadelphia mayor’s office as one of the city’s “best small businesses.”

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