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July 10, 2014, 1:55 pm

PECO names new corporate relations head

Benson to lead event planning, charity programs

 

Romona Riscoe Benson has been named as PECO’s new manager of corporate relations. Benson, who has more than 25 years in strategic leadership in the areas of programming, marketing, community affairs, museum management, event and convention planning, tourism and promotion, will lead PECO’s sponsorships, corporate and employee giving and volunteerism programs.

Benson comes to PECO after serving as president and CEO of the African American Museum in Philadelphia, where she recently directed a $4.5 million building renovation project and installation of a nationally recognized exhibit on the early life of African Americans in Philadelphia, known as “Audacious Freedom.”

“It is somewhat of an emotional change for me, given the love that I have for that institution - but having said that, I’m very excited to go to PECO,” said Benson, who has headed the museum for the last seven years.

“It’s an exciting opportunity having a chance to work with various communities in the five county area, in the capacity where I will help direct support to organizations and help direct human resources through PECO volunteers.”

Benson starts her new role on December 17. She will remain at the museum for the next month.

“We are very pleased to welcome Romona Riscoe Benson to PECO, as she brings her tested and proven leadership to the organization,” said Elizabeth Murphy, PECO vice president of Governmental and External Affairs.

“She has been a well-respected executive in the Delaware Valley for many years now, and we look forward to the new and innovative ideas we know she will bring to the organization.”

Benson is a nationally recognized speaker on multicultural subjects - most notably in the areas of community empowerment, economic development, culture, tourism and hospitality. She served five years as the executive director of the Philadelphia Multicultural Affairs Congress. She served as senior director of Visitor Services and Community Relations with the New Jersey State Aquarium, and has served as a congressional delegate to the White House Conference on Tourism.

The board of the AAMP has established a search committee for a new president and CEO. Patricia Wilson Aden, currently the museum’s senior vice president of operations, will serve as interim president.

“We’ve accomplished some extraordinary things there during my tenure, so I’m very proud of the legacy being left. I’m proud to have worked with such wonderful board members and staff members to achieve a lot of those things. It is a time when the museum is poised for more opportunities, so I’m looking forward to seeing how the board determines the selection of the next president and CEO,” Benson added.