Chester County Briefly: January 13

Jack London

Jack London

The National Federation of Independent Business recently announced that Jack London, owner of London Financial Group in West Chester, was elected to its state Leadership Council. The NFIB represents 14,000 small businesses in Pennsylvania and 325,000 in the United States.

London has 20 years of experience in wealth management, equipment finance, and private equity finance.

The NFIB’s Leadership Council is comprised of experienced business owners who provide insight and guidance on the organization’s advocacy efforts in the state capitol of Harrisburg. The council includes members from virtually every business sector and from each region of the state.

Friends Association for the Care and Protection of Children

Lisa and Ivan Kaplan
Lisa and Ivan Kaplan

With 270 Chester County community stakeholders registered, Friends Association for the Care and Protection of Children hosted a successful 28th West Chester Charity Ball at the West Chester Country Club, raising more than $145,000 in support of its three programs.

“We are so pleased with the success of another West Chester Charity Ball, benefiting the Emergency Family Shelter, Homeless Prevention Program, and Outreach to Homeless Families Program,” said Catherine Friedman, Committee Chair and Friends Association Executive Director.

“We are grateful to the community for supporting this important event, which helps to support the families we serve. It’s so great to see guests reinforcing our work through their generosity. With everyone’s help, we were able to raise crucial funds for our three programs.”

The Friends Association honored Ivan and Lisa Kaplan, owners of Kaplan’s Fine Jewelry, with the 2016 Friend of the Community Award.

Michael T. van der Veen
Michael T. van der Veen

Michael T. van der Veen

Michael T. van der Veen, an Exton resident and the founder of the Philadelphia-based Law Offices of Michael T. van der Veen, was named to the National Trial Lawyers List of the Top 25 Motor Vehicle Attorneys. Membership in the Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association – Top 25 is limited to the Top 25 lawyers in each state.

The criteria for membership includes the lawyer’s reputation among peers, the judiciary and the public, and achievements as a practitioner in the area of Motor Vehicle law.

Van der Veen focuses his practice on personal injury, plaintiff and criminal defense, and handles cases involving car and truck accidents and vehicular homicide. He is currently serving a one-year term on the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association. Active in the community, van der Veen has served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia chapter of the American Diabetes Association.

Chester County Transportation Projects

State officials recently announced that 51 transportation projects across Pennsylvania were set to receive a total of $33 million in federal funds. The grants fund projects that will improve travel for public transit users, bicyclists, and pedestrians.

The Chester County projects getting funding are:

  • $916,600 to Downingtown Borough for the installation of a 10-foot-wide multi-use trail along Woodbine Road and a six-foot-wide sidewalk on part of Lincoln Highway
  • $700,000 to Kennett Township for the construction of the McFarland sidewalk, part of the Red Clay Greenway Trail project


Vanguard has announced the newly established Center for Investor Research (CIR), an enhancement of the company’s efforts to drive investor success through behavioral research and experimentation.

The new Center will be initially dedicated to the study of the behavior of individual investors. CIR will examine how investors make decisions through observational studies based on Vanguard’s administrative data and the growing pool of digital interactions. The Center will also design experimental interventions — or “nudges” — to directly improve investor outcomes.

“Ultimately, Vanguard’s mission is to propel better investor outcomes. The Center will take a data-driven, scientific view of investor behavior, and transform this knowledge into practical application,” said Steve Utkus, principal and head of the Center for Investor Research. “Our research agenda will advance our understanding of the fundamental nature of investor decision-making and uncover strategies to improve the financial lives of our investors.”

TTE Connectivity LogoE Connectivity

Berwyn’s TE Connectivity, a world leader in connectivity and sensors, was named one of Clarivate Analytics 2016 Top 100 Global Innovators. This marks the sixth consecutive year TE has been recognized for its achievements in innovation.

The 2016 Top 100 Global Innovators report honors the most innovative corporations and institutions in the world as determined by analyzing proprietary data, including patent volume, patent-grant success rates, global reach, and invention influence.

“For each of the last six years, TE Connectivity has been named as a Top 100 Global Innovator, and we could not be more proud of this recognition,” said TE Chairman and CEO Tom Lynch. “Innovation is a TE core value and an intrinsic part of our culture. We continue to broaden the environment in which our more than 7,000 engineers can unleash their potential and collaborate with our customers to bring previously impossible ideas to life.”

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