New for Penn Students: WGFA Family Business Fellows Program
Recognizing that several students at the University of Pennsylvania come from a family business background and are interested in participating in or extending their family businesses in the future, Wharton Global Family Alliance (WGFA) offers the WGFA Family Business Fellow series to complement the classroom learning experience at Penn.
The WGFA Fellow series provides an opportunity for students to meet one-on-one with a successful family business member and discuss his or her aspirations within the context of the family business environment.
Twice a semester, a different highly accomplished Family Business Fellow will come to campus. The visiting Fellows have diverse backgrounds and are chosen based on their success in navigating and thriving in the Family Business environment.
Spring 2011 WGFA Family Business Fellows
Wednesday, February 16, 2011-- Brad Korman, Co-President of Korman Communities, Inc.
Monday, March 21, 2011-- Harold L. Yoh III, Chairman and CEO of Day & Zimmerman
How to Sign Up
- Advance email registration is required. Students must sign up at least one week in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org for a 30-minute appointment with the Fellow.
- Students should indicate their availability and include their CVs and a paragraph describing their reasons for wanting to meet with the Fellow or describing their personal family business aspirations.
- Spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served, basis. Depending on demand, a wait list may be established.
- One-on-one Appointments are available from 10am to noon and from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. More may be opened depending on interest.
In Preparation for the One-on-One
Students are expected to come to the meeting prepared with questions, based on their ideas, opinions, and strategies for working within the family business context. Each student is encouraged to choose to meet with Fellows who are active in fields that capture the student's interest.
Spring 2011 WGFA Family Business Fellows
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Fellow: Brad Korman, Co-President of Korman Communities, Inc.
Mr. Korman is Co-President of Korman Communities, Inc. The Company is one of the largest owners and managers of multi-family properties in the region with a portfolio of over 30 properties, and total market capitalization in excess of $2 Billion. Mr. Korman has lead the acquisition, development and financing program of all new properties by the Company, including the entrance into new markets such as Raleigh-Durham, NC, Atlanta, GA, Washington, D.C., and New York City. Mr. Korman serves on the Board of Trustees of Germantown Academy, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society of the Greater Delaware Valley, Pitch In For Baseball, and the Duke University Library Advisory Board. He is also a member of the Urban Land Institute and the Zell/Lurie Real Estate Center at Wharton.
Mr. Korman received his B.A from Duke University in 1987, and his M.B.A. from The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania in 1992.
Monday, March 21, 2011
Fellow: Harold L. Yoh, III, Chairman and CEO of Day & Zimmermann
Hal Yoh is chairman and chief executive officer of Day & Zimmermann (dayzim.com), a leader in industrial, defense and workforce solutions for commercial and government customers. Headquartered in Philadelphia, PA and founded in 1901, the company provides engineering, construction and maintenance services, security services, and staffing services to businesses and government agencies, as well as munitions products, logistics and a wide variety of equipment maintenance and facilities management services to the Department of Defense. Ranked as one of the largest private companies in America by Forbes, the company employs 24,000 people, operates from more than 150 locations worldwide, and is a former recipient of the U.S. National Family Business of the Year award.
Mr. Yoh serves on the board of directors for Teleflex (NYSE:TFX), a $2.5 billion diversified company that designs, manufactures and distributes specialty engineered products for the medical, commercial, and aerospace markets. He is the chairman and a board member of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), serves on the steering committee for the Defense Industry Initiative on Business Ethics & Conduct, and is a member of the Association of the United States Army. He is also a member of the board and a past chairman (2001) of the Construction Industry Institute. Mr. Yoh is a former member of the board of directors of the Construction Industry Roundtable and was a trustee of the National Association of Women in Construction Education Foundation. In 2008, Mr. Yoh was awarded the "Master Entrepreneur" designation for Greater Philadelphia as part of Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur Of The Year program.
Mr. Yoh is a strong believer in civic and community service. He currently serves on Philadelphia's Private Sector Outreach Board and is an executive committee member and past chair (2002-2003) of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Yoh is also a trustee of the Franklin Institute (a museum for science and technology education); a board member of WHYY (a public television and radio broadcast station); and a member of numerous boards and committees for Duke University. For his leadership and dedication to charitable causes, Mr. Yoh was the 2008 recipient of the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania's Civic Leadership Award and the 2005 recipient of the American Heart Association’s Heart of Philadelphia Award.
Mr. Yoh is a graduate of Duke University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and Material Sciences and he holds a Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School of Business at The University of Pennsylvania. He is a recipient of Duke University's Distinguished Young Alumnus Award-Engineering.