Board Members


Marian V. Marchese, CEO & Founder

Marian V. Marchese has a diverse background in both the for-profit and non-profit worlds. In 1983, Marian founded and was president of The Marchese Group, which became a multi-million dollar advertising agency with nationally recognized clients including Kraft Frozen Foods, Campbell Soup, Sara Lee, CIGNA and Bell Atlantic.  She transitioned her firm in 1996 into VIRTU Interactive, which she sold in 2003. Clients included Exelon, Sunoco and Deloitte. In 2004, she co-founded the wireless media/marketing firm VIRTUMOBILE. Clients included Campbell Soup and American Express.

Additionally, her experience includes heading strategic alliances for Scholarship America, the nation’s largest non-profit, private scholarship organization.

Marian is very active in the Philadelphia area community. She co-founded the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania’s Women’s Committee. She served three years on the PNC Women’s Financial Advisory Board.  She is a past president of the Forum of Executive Women as well as the Philadelphia Business Executives. She is a past director of the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania, the Boy Scouts of Philadelphia Cradle of Liberty Council and the Civil War Museum of Philadelphia.  Honors include Who’s Who in Technology, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s, Honor Roll of Women and the Kennel Club of Philadelphia’s Best Friend Award.

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