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C. R. “Chuck” Pennoni to Receive the Chamber’s 2016 William Penn Award

Posted Monday, December 5th, 2016

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The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia is pleased to announce that C.R. “Chuck” Pennoni, PE, Founder and Chairman of Pennoni Associates Inc., will receive the 2016 William Penn Award, the highest honor bestowed upon a business executive in Greater Philadelphia.

The award, which has been given annually since 1949, recognizes an individual for his/her outstanding contributions toward the betterment of the region, professional accomplishments, and commitment to charity as well as to the community.

“Chuck Pennoni has dedicated much time and effort into improving our Greater Philadelphia community,” said Rob Wonderling, the Chamber’s President and CEO. “Through his service on multiple boards, involvement with Drexel University and dedication to his Philadelphia-based firm, he has proven himself a regional and national business leader, and our community is fortunate to have him here.”

Mr. Pennoni has over 60 years of experience in the field of engineering. He received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Drexel University, going on to work at Albright and Friel Consulting Engineers, the City of Philadelphia and C & J Construction Company before founding Pennoni Associates Inc., an engineering firm headquartered in Center City, Philadelphia, in 1966. The firm has grown to 1,200 professionals since its inception, with locations in Delaware, New York, Ohio, Illinois, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina and Virginia in addition to Pennsylvania.

Along with being founder and Chairman of Pennoni Associates, Mr. Pennoni has taught at Temple University, lectured at numerous colleges and universities, served as President of the American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) and the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) and authored 47 papers on engineering, planning, ethics, and professional development.

He has also remained heavily involved with his alma mater, Drexel University, in many ways, including serving as Interim President in 1994-1995 and again in 2009-2010, serving as a University Trustee and Chairman of the Board, being honored with the title of President Emeritus, receiving an honorary doctorate in 1992. Mr. Pennoni was also inducted into the National Academy of Engineering in 2000.

“Time and again, Chuck Pennoni has demonstrated that he is the consummate professional and engaged citizen — founder of one of the nation’s top engineering firms, proud of his Pennsylvania coal country roots, and dedicated to Drexel, his alma mater, in so many meaningful ways,” said Drexel University President John A. Fry. “I am honored to know Chuck as a wise mentor and dear friend.”

Mr. Pennoni has also served on the Engineering Advisory Boards of Widener University, the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University, was Vice Chair of the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, is a trustee of Lankenau Hospital Foundation and currently sits on the Boards of Drexel University and chairs the board of Parke Bank.

“I am honored and humbled to be recognized as a recipient of the William Penn award alongside of so many great business leaders in Greater Philadelphia,” said Mr. Pennoni. “I am proud to be a part of this community, a place I have always called home. I hope to continue to grow my firm while also serving the region.”


Mr. Pennoni will be honored on Friday, April 21, 2017 from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. at the William Penn Award Gala hosted at the Hyatt at the Bellevue.

Past William Penn Award recipients include Diversified Search Founder and Chairman Judith M. von Seldeneck; William P. Hankowsky, Chairman, President and Chief executive officer of Liberty Property Trust; Joseph Neubauer, Chairman of the Board of ARAMARK; J. William Mills, III, regional president for Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, PNC Bank; David L. Cohen, Executive Vice President, Comcast Corporation; Joseph A. Frick, former Independence Blue Cross President and CEO; Charles Pizzi, former Tasty Baking Company President and CEO; H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest, cable TV pioneer and philanthropist; the late Constantine Papadakis, Ph.D., President, Drexel University; William R. Sasso, Esq., Chairman of StradleyRonon LLP; Nick DeBenedictis, Chairman and President of Aqua America Inc.; Ed Snider, Chairman of Comcast-Spectacor; Judith Rodin, former President, University of Pennsylvania; Ralph J. Roberts, Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Comcast Corporation; the late G. Fred DiBona, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer, Independence Blue Cross; Ronald Rubin, President, Pennsylvania Realty Investment Trust; the late Ambassador Walter H. Annenberg; and, the late Rev. Leon Sullivan, Founder of OIC.

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