Photo: Jo Ann Desper

Roxborough Development Corporation President Jo Ann Desper pictured at Roxtoberfest

Board of Directors January 2017

Matt Belz joined the RDC Board of Directors in 2016 and is a member of the RDC Marketing and Events Committee. He is the Senior Operations Manager at Di Bruno Bros Imports & Ecommerce. Di Bruno Bros is a specialty food retailer and distributor in the Philadelphia region. Matt has extensive knowledge of business operations in the areas of retail, wholesale, catering, and special events. Mr. Belz is a current Roxborough resident and holds an A.S. in Culinary Arts from The Art Institute of Philadelphia and studied Organizational Leadership at La Salle University.

Vaughan Buckley joined the RDC Board of Directors in 2015 and is the owner of Vaughn Buckley Custom Homes a construction firm specializing in modular buildings in the Philadelphia area. Mr. Buckley has experience in several types of construction and specializes in environmentally friendly, energy efficient products. He is a current Roxborough resident and holds a Juris Doctorate from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, Master of Business Administration from Arcadia University and Bachelor of Business from Southern Cross University.

Joseph DeCandido joined the RDC Board of Directors in 2015 and is a member of the Roxborough Business Improvement District and the Marketing and Events Committee. He is the Owner and President of Advent Consulting, LLC a full-service advertising, events and entertainment agency developed and based in Roxborough. Advent in partnership with the RDC has brought special events to Roxborough including Art Is Life, Roxtoberfest and Roxborough Solstice. Prior to forming Advent he opened Mad River Bar & Grille in 2008 on Main Street in Manayunk. He is a current Roxborough resident and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Rhode Island.

Jo Ann Desper is the President of the RDC, past Chair of RDC’s Marketing and Events Committee and serves on the RDC’s Asset Enhancement Committee. She has lived in the community for over 20 years and has been active in local community groups serving in the past as the Zoning Committee Chairperson and Northern Home Committee Chairperson for Wissahickon Interested Citizens Association (WICA). Mrs. Desper serves as a sales and marketing consultant for McKesson, a company dedicated to delivering services and products to health care providers and payors around the world. She is responsible for customer message management, proposal development and other sales and marketing support activities.

Timothy Garrity serves as Vice President of the Roxborough Development Corporation. He is Co-Founder, Chief Operating Officer, and Broker of Record at Copper Hill Real Estate. With years of experience in the mortgage, real estate, and residential new construction industries, his business strategy is to help every client achieve their home ownership goals by communicating regularly and providing a high level of customer service. Mr. Garrity has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing and Master of Business Administration from La Salle University’s School of Business. He has lived in the city since 1997 and currently lives in Roxborough.

Andrew Langsam is as a member of the Roxborough Business Improvement District and District Improvements Committee. In 2003, he started a promotional marketing and advertising firm, Dynamic Advertising Solutions (DAS). Today, he currently serves as the firm’s President and CEO. DAS’s client list touches states on both the east and west coast with companies ranging in size from small local organizations to Fortune 100, multinational corporations. A current Roxborough resident Mr. Langsam recently decided to expand his business and relocate into a commercial property on Ridge Avenue. Mr. Langsam graduated from American University in 2003 where he received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Marketing and Management.

Rich Lombardo
is past President of the RDC and Chair of RDC’s District Improvements Committee he also serves on the Asset Enhancement Committee. He has lived in Roxborough since 1970 and recently retired as Executive Director of the City’s Planning Commission, where he worked for thirty-five years. Most of his work at the Planning Commission involved zoning and development issues. Since retirement, Mr. Lombardo has taken a position as a Project Executive with the Philadelphia Law Firm of Ballard, Spahr, Andrews and Ingersoll.

Thomas Reinboth is the Treasurer of the RDC, member of the Roxborough Business Improvement District and serves on the Finance Committee. He joined Roxborough Memorial Hospital, the neighborhood’s largest employer in June of 2006. Mr. Reinboth currently serves as Roxborough Memorial Hospital’s Chief Financial Officer. He is responsible for managing a staff of six and overseeing all accounting, budgeting, accounts payable, cash management and payroll duties for the 141 bed for-profit acute care facility. Mr. Reinboth graduated from Widener University in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.

Jack Wheeler is the Chair of the Roxborough Business Improvement District Advisory Council (BIDAC) and a member of the Roxborough Business Improvement District. Mr. Wheeler is a life-long resident of Roxborough and is the Principal of Jack Wheeler’s Hair Salon, which opened in 1974. Since opening the business, he has been a member of the Roxborough Business Association and has served as president for the past 10 years.