Longwood Gardens’ director to be honored

Paul B. Redman will be cited for vision, leadership in county

Paul B. Redman, Longwood Gardens’ director, will be honored for his positive impact on Chester County.

KENNETT SQUARE – On Oct. 17, Longwood Gardens Director Paul B. Redman will receive the Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry’s 2012 CEO of the Year award, an annual tribute to an industry leader who represents vision and leadership in Chester County.

“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 and CEO Nancy Keefer in a press release. “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 Garden Pass member program, resulting in a 158% percent increase in Garden Pass membership, the release said.

A spectacular light exhibit by Bruce Munro is one of the recent Longwood Gardens’ attractions that occurred during the tenure of Director Paul B. Redman, who is being honored by the Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry.

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. He 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.

For more information on the Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry visit http://www.cccbi.org/ . To learn more about Longwood, an internationally known horticultural mecca begun by the late industrialist Pierre S. du Pont, visit www.longwoodgardens.org.

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