Congrats to Ro

Rosemarie Fuscellaro

Rosemarie Fuscellaro

“Listen, we’ll make it work”… Ro’s work ethic, and her mantra. The Cook-Wissahickon School (Philadelphia) has lost a treasure. Rosemarie Fuscellaro, the “go-to” woman for many years, retired on June 21, 2013, after over two decades with the school district.

Ro absorbed work the way others guzzle water. She never turned down an opportunity to do something for “her” school, and always came through. Through the years, the Administration, teachers, families and parents all recognized that Ro was a human lynchpin. With her energy, her encyclopedic knowledge of the school community, its relationships, politics and challenges, and her many “connections”, Ro was capable of organizing anything. She even brought huge trays of gorgeous homemade cookies to her own retirement celebration!

Ed Satell, Progressive Business Publication’s CEO, trusted Ro and her networks to help organize the first After-school program PBP envisioned for CW. Sixteen successful years have proven his decision was correct. Always a good judge of people, Ed recognized Ro’s unique capabilities. We’ve been fortunate they have been directed to CW!

Congratulations, Ro, on all your contributions. Thousands of children at CW have benefited from your dedication, as have so many co-workers. You have touched many lives! Thank you!

PBP Salutes Cook Wisshickon’s Class of 2013

“We are really appreciative for your continuing dedication to our school throughout the years. We have grown to be well-rounded teenagers prepared to make the transition to high school. There is nothing we can do to repay you, all we can say is thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

Cook Wissahickon Graduation

Cook Wissahickon Graduation

With these words the Cook-Wissahickon School Class of 2013 dedicated their colorful and charming yearbook to Ed Satell and Progressive Business Publications. The Class of 2013 opened their yearbook with the dedication, then opened their graduation ceremony with their Class President offering a wonderful acknowledgement of Progressive Business Publications as well.

It’s always inspiring when young people say thank you. This group did so enthusiastically, citing all the reasons they were grateful, from the programs and support in their early school years to the company’s commitment to the eighth grade, including sponsoring the graduation celebration, yearbook, and the memorable field trip. In this case it’s very deserved, since Progressive Business Publications has truly been a part of their school community since their kindergarten.

The families in attendance were equally vocal in their thanks for all the initiatives Progressive Business Publications provides for the school. It was moving to hear parents tell stories about how much their children would miss the after school program, or how much they loved their Mentor – both special programs provided by Progressive Business Publications. One grandmother, herself an educator, said her granddaughter had benefitted tremendously from the enriched programs at CW, and thanked the company for the great work it does in support of educational nonprofits!

We wish the Class of 2013 all future success!

Executive Leaders Radio Award

Progressive Business Publication's Phil Ahr with Karen Thomas, principal of Cook-Wissahickon Elementary School

Progressive Business Publication’s Phil Ahr with Karen Thomas, Principal of Cook-Wissahickon Elementary School

“Paying it Forward”…  Last week PBP’s CEO was recognized for his constant commitment to that concept.  Although he’s received numerous philanthropic awards over the years, each is unique in its focus.  The CEO Philanthropy Award is sponsored by Executive Leaders Radio Program, a hugely-syndicated business news program.   The award allows twenty select nonprofits to honor the individuals who support them.  Each nonprofit representative speaks briefly about the CEO honored.

The Principal of Cook-Wissahickon K-8 Elementary School (CW) truly made her comments stand out.  She said that although her relationship with Ed Satell is only a few years old, his relationship with her school is sixteen years old.  Sixteen years ago Ed & his company adopted CW and were key in “turning the school around”.  She described the before and after-school programs Ed’s company developed, funds and runs, the Mentor Program, the Class Trips—and so much more.  Karen said that other Principals find it hard to believe any private company could do so much for such a sustained time commitment.  And that made me think of a story older than any student in th
e school, one we’d recently shared with Karen about the beginning of the PBP-CW partnership.

When Ed dove into the partnership, he did so completely, and in spite of being a CEO, he personally researched how to run an after-school correctly, visiting area institutions to see what worked.  That’s why I think this award is unique, since it recognizes not just philanthropy, but the human vision and commitment behind it, the dedication to “paying it forward”.

The award was accepted by Phil Ahr, an original and still-involved member of the Mentor Program.

Supporting America’s Oldest Theatre

Walnut Street TheatrePhilanthropy and corporate social responsibility, our giving back to benefit the community, are core values for Progressive Business Publications.  We recognize how important our nonprofits are to the quality of life in our region.  Their contributions to great education, entertainment, information and improving health are vital.

Our employees (PBPers) eagerly support our commitment to our public responsibilities, and are proud of the impact of our nonprofit initiatives. Sometimes, our PBPers have the extra pleasure of a special connection with our nonprofit partners.  This is the case with Philadelphia’s outstanding Walnut Street Theatre, America’s Oldest Theatre, the Official State Theatre of Pennsylvania, and a National Historic Landmark. With more than 56,000 season ticket holders, the Walnut is also the most subscribed theatre company in the world!   Progressive Business Publications is currently celebrating its tenth sponsorship of a main-stage series.  This year the production is the high-energy fifties favorite Grease.

As a part of the Progressive Business Publications sponsorship, a group of employees are invited to Patron Nights, private dinners in the theatre’s historic Langworthy Lounge followed by VIP seats in the Executive Box.  Our managers rave about their Patron Night, since it offers a unique and relaxed opportunity for team building.  A delicious and elegant dinner, an intriguing setting, and then an exciting musical — what could be better!

Patron Night Host and Chief Marketing Officer for Progressive Business Publications, Jim Hathaway, remarked: “A night at the Walnut is such a great way to acknowledge the team, with a great meal, a fantastic show, and an environment that allows you to put work to the side temporarily. This has proven to be a great team-building opportunity, and creates personal connections with colleagues and their spouses.”

Grease has now been extended due to popular demand!