7 Industry Leaders Highlighted in Philadelphia 40 Under 40

Philadelphia 40 Under 40

Congratulations to the 2015 Philadelphia Business Journal 40 Under 40 Winners! This year’s winners include 7 power players from various areas across the industry: communications, architecture, brokerage and development. Read a recap of these seven industry leaders below. We’re thrilled to see that four women contributing to the Real Estate industry are included in the Philadelphia 40 Under 40 this year. Congratulations to all winners!


#14- Prema Gupta, 37, Director, University City District- Prema is responsible for the initial transformation of The Porch at 30th Street Station and is planning a remix of the space this spring. While at UCD, she doubled the headcount of her department. Prema is also actively involved with the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design, Urban Land Institute Philadelphia and is also a founding board member of Feet First Philly.

#15- Mollie Elkman, 32, Owner, Group Two Advertising- After taking over a family business, Mollie has successfully grown Group Two Advertising, which helps home builders better communicate with prospective buyers. Mollie is an active public speaker, an avid blogger and an expert on the modern technologies that help her clients.

#27- Denise Richards, 37, Associate, Keast & Hood- As an advocate for advancing technology practices within her firm, Denise was instrumental in the firm’s adoption and standardization of BIM (Building Information Modeling) technology. Denise worked on notable projects such the Statue of Liberty National Monument life-safety upgrades and the LEED Silver Certified 3711 Market Street in the University City Science Center.

#32- Anthony Bracali, 39, Owner, Friday Architects/Planners Inc.- Anthony has made significant contributions to the design of some of Philadelphia’s most iconic attractions such as the renovation of Reading Terminal Market and Paines Park on the Schuylkill River Banks.

#34- Alicia Karr, 39, CFO, Meyer Design Inc. – Alicia’s successful focus on and implementation of strategic-planning contributed to Meyer having its highest revenue to date in 2014. Alicia led the firm through the transition of becoming an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) firm which reduced the cost of borrowing and improved the firm’s cash flow advantage. Meyer announced that it is an employee-owned firm on January 1, 2014.

#36- Corey Lonberger, 36, Partner, Rittenhouse Realty- Since founding brokerage firm Rittenhouse Realty Advisors in 2013, Corey and his partner have closed on over 2,100 units, totaling over $137 million. In just two years, Corey has successfully grown his firm and positioned RRA as a major player in the regional real estate brokerage community.

#40- Elijah Dornstreich, 39, Vice President, AB Bernstein- While now in the wealth management industry, Elijah’s prior experience in real estate is notable. He started his own real estate business after graduating from Penn which saw $10 million in revenue in less than 10 years.

 Click Here to read the full details about all of the 40 Under 40 Winners.


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Katie Craven
Katie Craven is Marketing, Communication and Brand Manager at Watchdog Real Estate Project Managers, a real-estate consulting firm that provides owner’s representation and project management services. More about Watchdog Real Estate Project Managers as well as additional blog posts can be found here.
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