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Joseph A. Frick to Receive 2010 William Penn Award

Posted Monday, December 6th, 2010

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The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce is delighted to announce that regional business leader Joseph A. Frick will receive the 2010 William Penn Award and will be honored at a gala on April 15, 2011 at the Hyatt at the Bellevue. The event is sponsored by Wachovia, A Wells Fargo Company.

The William Penn Award is the highest honor bestowed upon a business executive in Greater Philadelphia. Awarded annually since 1949, recipients are chosen for their outstanding contributions toward the betterment of the region, their professional accomplishments, and their commitment to charity as well as to the community. The selection committee is comprised of past honorees.

Mr. Frick is a longstanding advocate for the Greater Philadelphia region and a prominent leader within the business community. On December 15, 2010, he will retire as president and chief executive officer of Independence Blue Cross (IBC) after serving nearly six years in that position. Mr. Frick will maintain a leadership role with IBC, serving as a vice chair of its Board of Directors and leading a newly created board committee that will focus on strategic initiatives.

 “Receiving the William Penn Award is an extraordinary honor and I am proud to be this year’s recipient,” said Mr. Frick. “I’m very grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to work with associates at IBC and leaders in our community to strengthen the wellbeing of our region and its residents.

“I’m especially pleased to have played a role in creating a dynamic summer internship program that helped introduce thousands of local high school students to the business world, form lasting mentoring relationships, and expand their horizons to see new futures for themselves,” Frick continued.  “I happily share this award with these inspiring students, and everyone with whom IBC and I have partnered to make our community a better place to live, work and play.”

Mr. Frick was named president and CEO of IBC in January 2005. Prior to that, he served for eight years as IBC’s senior vice president of human resources and administration, responsible for corporate planning and business development, as well as human resources and administrative services. In 1993, Frick joined IBC as vice president of Human Resources.

In October 2008, Mr. Frick completed a two-year term as chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.  During his tenure, Mr. Frick helped launch a partnership between the Chamber and the Philadelphia Youth Network to create paid summer internships at regional companies for Philadelphia youth. In addition, he helped increase diversity among the Chamber’s Board of Directors.

Rob Wonderling, president and CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, said the Greater Philadelphia region is a better place due to the commitment and determination of Mr. Frick.

“Joe Frick has been an invaluable leader for the Greater Philadelphia business community,” said Mr. Wonderling. “He is a tireless professional who has dedicated a tremendous amount of his time to improving the corporate and civic communities of this region.”

Mr. Frick’s commitment to Greater Philadelphia includes serving on many area corporate and nonprofit boards and councils. He currently serves on the boards of the Chamber and its CEO Council for Growth. In addition, he is a member of the board of La Salle University and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Mr. Frick is the United Way 2010 Campaign Chair for southeastern Pennsylvania and is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Committee of Seventy.

Nationally, he serves on the boards of directors of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) and America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), and chairs the Brand Committee of the BCBSA. He is also a member of the CEO Roundtable on Cancer, a nonprofit organization comprised of action-oriented chief executives committed to fighting cancer.

Before joining IBC, Mr. Frick held several management positions with increasing responsibility at Philadelphia Newspapers, Inc. (1987 to 1993), which published The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News, and at Westinghouse Electric Corporation (1974 to 1987).

A liberal arts graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Mr. Frick also received an MBA in Management from Loyola College. He and his wife, Amy, live in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania.

Past William Penn Award recipients include Tasty Baking Company President and CEO Charles Pizzi; cable TV pioneer and philanthropist H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest; Constantine Papadakis, Ph.D., President, Drexel University; William R. Sasso, Esq., Chairman of Stradley Ronon LLP; Nick DeBenedictis, Chairman and President of Aqua America Inc.; Ed Snider, Chairman of Comcast-Spectacor; Judith Rodin, former President, University of Pennsylvania; G. Fred DiBona, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer, Independence Blue Cross; Ronald Rubin, President, Pennsylvania Realty Investment Trust; Ambassador Walter H. Annenberg; and, Rev. Leon Sullivan, Founder of OIC.

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