Community Outreach, Paul Eckert

CHOP Announces Partnership with RWJBarnabas Health


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For more than a decade, Paul Eckert has served at the helm of Family Financial Centers in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, as the company’s president and chief executive officer. Apart from his professional endeavors in Doylestown, Paul Eckert is a faithful supporter of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia recently announced its intention to partner with RWJBarnabas Health to provide a new avenue for high-quality pediatric health services in the northern and western parts of New Jersey. Through this partnership, the two entities believe they can provide more efficient and accessible care to this population.

CHOP says that the alliance will result in the most all-inclusive pediatric health consortium in the area, providing both inpatient and outpatient care and serving as a keystone center for education and research in-line with nearby Rutgers University. The initiative will also provide compelling opportunities for physician and researcher recruitment, and it is expected that the partnership will be finalized in 2017.

Business, Paul Eckert

IFA Honors Matthew Shay With Dennis Wieczorek Free Enterprise Award


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An executive in the franchise industry for more than 25 years, Paul Eckert serves as president and chief executive officer of Family Financial Centers, LLC, based in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. In addition to his day-to-day work, Paul Eckert also maintains an active membership in the International Franchise Association.

During its annual convention at the end of last January, the International Franchise Association awarded National Retail Federation (NRF) president and CEO Matthew Shay with the IFA Dennis Wieczorek Free Enterprise Award. The award was brought back into service in 2015 by the IFA board, renamed for the late IFA general counsel Dennis Wieczorek as a way to commemorate his service to the organization and recognize others who share a similar commitment to the health and economic vitality of the franchise industry.

Shay has been at his post with the NRF since 2010, where he has leveraged the organization as a leading voice lobbying on behalf of the retail sector. Under his leadership, the organization’s membership and revenue have more than doubled, and its lobbying efforts have significantly increased. Shay also has received recognition by CEO Update as a top-50 nonprofit chief executive in the Washington, D.C., metro area.