I am humbled and honored to have been elected President of the Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel at our recent Annual Meeting & Golf Outing. Organized in 1947, our Association celebrates its 70th anniversary this year.  I look forward to working with each of you-our more than 300 members from Philadelphia and the surrounding counties--to continue PADC's proud tradition.  With your assistance, I hope to build on the great work of our Past Presidents, current and former Officers, Executive Committee members, Executive Directors and members to help our organization continue to thrive. 

As we begin this year, I am excited about our upgraded and expanded website and the work being done by all of our committees, including several new committees which were created at the end of last year to help insure the long-term health and growth of our organization and to expand its reach and relevancy.  These new committees include the Technology/Social Media Committee, the Pro Bono/Community Service Committee and the Budget/Finance Committee. If you have not done so already, please consider joining one of these committees or one of our other standing committees. 

We are planning a full slate of programs and activities for the coming year. We will be presenting an OSHA 10 Construction Training Program on July 27-28, 2017.  The Pro Bono/Community Service Committee is organizing several activities, starting with a volunteer event at Ronald McDonald House on August 1st.  Our Program Committee is preparing for our monthly CLE Luncheon Programs which will begin again on September 19, 2017.   We also plan, once again, to co-host an Annual Holiday Party in December with the Philadelphia Association of Trial Lawyers and the Pennsylvania Defense Institute, to conduct a Young Lawyers Seminar next April and to hold our Annual Meeting & Golf Outing next June.  I encourage each of you to join us for as many of these activities and programs as your schedule permits and welcome any suggestions you may have for these and other activities and programs.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your President.  I look forward to hearing from you and working with you.