Longwood Gardens’ director named CEO of the Year

Longwood Gardens Director Paul B. Redman will receive the 2012 CEO of the Year award from the Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry. The annual award recognizes a deserving industry leader who represents vision and leadership in Chester County. Redman will receive the award Oct. 17 at the Chamber’s annual dinner to be held at Longwood Gardens.

“Paul Redman was a clear choice for this award as he exemplifies the true role of a leader who not only excels as Longwood Gardens’ director, but understands the need to actively participate in shaping the future of Chester County through his involvement with the chamber and the regional community,” said chamber President & CEO, Nancy Keefer. “Paul has an amazing vision and desire to challenge us to be better and continually strive for excellence.”

Redman joined Longwood Gardens as Director in 2006. Under Redman’s leadership, Longwood has diversified its programming and increased its visitation to more than one million guests annually. In addition, Redman expanded Longwood’s robust Garden Pass member program, resulting in a 158 percent increase in Garden Pass membership.

He has modernized the organization, establishing new marketing and guest services departments and investing in IT infrastructure and emerging technologies, including online learning for Longwood’s rigorous and respected educational programs. Redman has raised the Gardens’ recognition internationally through strategic global partnerships and exchange programs with public gardens around the world.

Most recently, Redman led Longwood through immersive and ground breaking strategic, facilities, and interpretive planning processes as well as a transformative re-branding of Longwood Gardens. Redman continues to establish Longwood as an integral part of the community and region through cooperative partnerships and initiatives.

“Chester County boasts an innovative and thriving business community with many outstanding leaders, so receiving this honor from the Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry is especially gratifying,” said Redman.



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