I was born and raised in Philadelphia. I received my Bachelor of Science degree from Drexel University. I then earned my masters degree from Bryn Mawr College in Social Work, where I developed my listening skills and ability to appreciate different perspectives. After that, I earned my masters in business degree (MBA) from Wharton, University of Pennsylvania, where I acquired knowledge of the key success factors in business, money management, the power of an effective strategy and a motivated team; as well as potential unintended consequences of decisions.
For over 15 years I worked in my family’s business, Rodeo Ben in Philadelphia, starting as a teen, eventually managing the business, relieving my father and grandfather. Early in my career, I led two counseling centers, using my social work skills. After receiving my MBA, I combined my two degrees to focus on organization development for the next 30+ years, where I worked in large businesses (e.g., GE, Monsanto, Allstate) and consulting firms, helping individuals, teams and organizations work more effectively.
My wife Paula and I have been married for 37 years and we have a son and a daughter. Paula is a Registered Nurse, working occasionally as a substitute school nurse. Paula and I moved from the Delaware Valley due to career opportunities. Upon retirement, we were living in the Chicago area, and chose to move back to the Delaware Valley; and we embraced Plumstead Township because of the suburban, small town and rural nature of Plumstead, as well as its greater geographic location.
I was president, and am currently a member of the HOA board in my Plumstead Township community of almost 500 homes. I have been active in the Boy Scouts for 25+ years, with my current focus on fund-raising and helping Life Scouts advance to the rank of Eagle Scout. I also do pro bono coaching around the U.S. via phone, with a focus on business and personal success. Paula and I are active volunteers at the Bucks County Playhouse and the YMCA of Bucks County. We also support and are members of Michener and Mercer Museums, as well as the County Theater. In Illinois, I was a member of my township’s emergency services unit, with a state certification in search and rescue.
I am committed to using what I have learned over my lifetime about business, finance, and people working together to have Plumstead Township be even better. In making decisions, which is at the heart of what Supervisors do, I believe in getting perspectives from constituents; determining the facts; looking to less obvious impacts; and finally evaluating the potential consequences of today’s decisions on residents in the years to come. Expedient decisions may look good now but perhaps not so good in the future. I have always said we don’t want our grandchildren to say “What in the world were they thinking”.
Ken for Plumstead, 2019