The Pa. Convention Center Authority appointments

The Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority has announced new staff appointments.

Attorney V. Amanda Witts is the new deputy general counsel, joining the convention center after practicing with The Tucker Law Group, a boutique litigation firm, based in Philadelphia.

Witts has handled a wide-range of civil cases at all stages, litigating in both state and federal courts and representing clients before administrative agencies such as the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

María Montero joins the authority as external affairs manager, bringing a passion for women’s leadership and a deep commitment to the Latino-Hispanic community. Montero has served as the executive director for the Pennsylvania Commission for Women and as executive director of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs.

Youth Tennis and Education board appointments

Legacy Youth Tennis and Education, the sports-based youth development programming center located in East Falls, has named John K. Kroll as chairman and Michael Hill as vice chairman.

Kroll is president of Keating Hospitality and has served on Legacy’s board for 14 years. Hill is the managing director of Synterra Partners.

Legacy has also appointed the following new members to its 2017 board of directors: Ned Borowsky, vice chair, North American Publishing Company; Lindsay Fritchman, Wharton visiting board member; Gregg Goldstein, vice president, corporate development, Comcast Corporation; Cydney Irving-Dasent, community umbrella agency director, Wordsworth and Legacy alumni representative; Monica Miller-Bailey, school psychologist, School District of Philadelphia and Legacy neighborhood-based parent representative; Quan Pham, executive director, Quantum, Inc,; Ned Rahn, partner, Saul Ewing LLP; Ken Roshkoff, president, Attitude Measurement Corporation; Scott B. Schwartz, general counsel, Dansko and Carol Spinelli, music department staff member, Villanova University.

Comcast opens first new Xfinity store in NE Philly

Comcast has opened the region’s first Xfinity store in Northeast Philadelphia.

The 4,000 square foot center provides customers with an opportunity to explore and learn about the latest Xfinity products and services. The store located in the Roosevelt Mall at 2339 Cottman Ave. is the first facility of its kind within the city and the second in the region.

The region’s first Xfinity Store, located near the Oxford Valley Mall in Langhorne opened in 2012. Over the coming months more Xfinity Stores are scheduled to open in the region, including additional Philadelphia and suburban stores as well as New Jersey locations.

New restaurant for The Navy Yard in Spring 2015

PIDC has announced that a new café is coming to The Navy Yard.

The owners of the Mercer Café have signed a lease to open a second location in Spring 2015 in Building 623 at 4920 S. 15th St. in the Navy Yard. The Navy Yard is home to more than 11,000 employees and 150 companies in the office, industrial/manufacturing and research and development sectors.

Mercer Café is owned by Tom Woltjen, Sr., his wife Dina. The Woltjen family is known for the Tacconelli’s Pizzeria, and their children Liza Bello and Thomas Woltjen, Jr. have grown Mercer Cafe into a local institution that specializes in serving homemade family recipes.

PHA hosts business

networking event

The Philadelphia Housing Authority will host a business networking event to provide suppliers with the opportunity to learn how to become a vendor for the agency.

The event will be held Dec. 3 at 5:30 p.m. at Greater Grays Ferry Estates, 1800 S. 32nd St. , first floor, multipurpose room.

Prospective vendors will learn about upcoming contract opportunities, prequalification, submitting proposals, bidding procedures, Section 3 compliance, minority and women-owned business participation, and bonding and insurance requirements.

For information call (215) 684-4062.

— Compiled by Ayana Jones

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