Newsmakers the Week of December 11, 2014

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A local banking pioneer retires from management after a sterling career; and a Perelman Jewish Day School grad, now residing in Maryland, is named "My Favorite Teacher" by his students.

Phyllis Sudman of Plymouth Meeting has been honored as the 2014 National Woman of Worth by L’Oréal Paris, which cited her achievements with the locally based Simon’s Fund. Sudman co-founded the fund with her husband, Darren, after their 3-month-old son, Simon, died of Long Q-T Syndrome, a heart ailment, in 2005. The nonprofit raises money for educational and heart-screening purposes.

Media communications coaching guru Karen Friedman, who was a top reporter for a number of years at 6ABC and is the author of Shut Up And Say Something: Business Communication Strategies to Overcome Challenges and Influence Listeners, is interviewed in the current edition of Forbes about her expertise in the field.  

Betsy Z. Cohen, a pioneering force in expanding the role of women in the local banking industry, has announced she will be retiring from management as well as the board of Bancorp, the area company she runs, at year’s end, while remaining a consultant. She is stepping down after Bancorp recently settled a case involving an unfair and deceptive practice charge leveled by the FDIC. Cohen made her name in local financial circles by helming Jefferson Bank some 40 years ago before selling it 15 years ago. Her board seat at Bancorp will be filled by her son, Daniel, who is also chair of the company’s board.  

Reuben Burrows, a graduate of what is now the Perelman Jewish Day School in Melrose Park, and an alum of Cheltenham High, has been named “My Favorite Teacher” in a contest sponsored by the Prince George’s County (Md.) Middle School division. Burrows is a music teacher working at a middle school in Hyattsville, Md. He also was named to the 2015 “Forty Under 40” list of the Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund and the county’s Chamber of Commerce.

The agency Autism Speaks has announced funding of a collaboration between Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia’s Center for Special Needs and the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute to develop and introduce a standardized Quality of Life assessment tool. The agency’s Family Services Community Grant will be used for a tool applicable in the diagnosis of adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Harvey B. Sklaroff has been honored by the National Association of Realtors with the appelation of Realtor Emeritus of the Greater Philadelphia Association of Realtors.

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