Save the Date!

Join Us on November 5, 2019 at the Union League of Philadelphia

Heroes Among Us is a tribute to Philadelphia’s uniformed heroes. We honor the brave men and women of the police department who have given their lives while serving our city. 

Join us to celebrate this year’s Community Hero Award Honoree, Brian Lobley, Executive Vice President, Health Markets, Independence Blue Cross. Mr. Lobley is one of the founding members of Fred’s Footsteps, which provides financial support to families caring for critically or chronically ill children. The 2019 HAU proceeds will benefit the Children of Police Scholarship Fund, Philadelphia Police Foundation and Fred’s Footsteps.

Community Award Honorees

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Brian Lobley, Executive Vice President, Health Markets, Independence Blue Cross 2019 Community Award

Brian Lobley is executive vice president of Health Markets at Independence Health Group, the parent company of Independence Blue Cross, LLC. He is responsible for leading the profit and loss centers (P&Ls) — focusing on all commercial and consumer business, including senior markets and the group pharmacy business. He also provides oversight for the company’s operations and subsidiaries, AmeriHealth New Jersey and AmeriHealth Administrators.

Mr. Lobley is a founding member and the board chair of Quil, a newly formed joint-venture between Independence Health Group and Comcast.

Prior to his current role, Mr. Lobley was president of Commercial and Consumer Markets, overseeing all functions supporting the P&Ls, including sales, marketing, consumer business, advertising, sales and marketing communications, and all senior market activities. In addition, he led the company’s Innovation department.

Mr. Lobley also served as senior vice president of Marketing and Consumer Business, vice president of Strategy and Innovation, and he has held various leadership positions across the enterprise throughout his time at Independence.

In addition to his leadership roles, Mr. Lobley is one of the founding members of the G. Fred DiBona, Jr. Memorial Foundation, also known as Fred’s Footsteps, which provides financial support to families caring for critically or chronically ill children. He is a board member of the Greater Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies (PACT) and the Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA — serving on the Executive Committees of both. He also serves on the board of AIM Academy.

Mr. Lobley is a frequent speaker at local and national industry forums on a range of topics, including consumer engagement and health care innovation. He is a member of the Oliver Wyman Health Innovation Center Leaders Alliance, serves on the editorial board of Fierce Health Payer, and consults with various private equity and venture capitalist firms on investment areas in the health care space.

Mr. Lobley received a bachelor of science in industrial engineering from Lehigh University.

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Brian Lobley Heroes Among Us IBX
Brian Lobley, Executive Vice President, Health Markets, Independence Blue Cross 2019 Community Award

Brian Lobley is executive vice president of Health Markets at Independence Health Group, the parent company of Independence Blue Cross, LLC. He is responsible for leading the profit and loss centers (P&Ls) — focusing on all commercial and consumer business, including senior markets and the group pharmacy business. He also provides oversight for the company’s operations and subsidiaries, AmeriHealth New Jersey and AmeriHealth Administrators.

Mr. Lobley is a founding member and the board chair of Quil, a newly formed joint-venture between Independence Health Group and Comcast.

Prior to his current role, Mr. Lobley was president of Commercial and Consumer Markets, overseeing all functions supporting the P&Ls, including sales, marketing, consumer business, advertising, sales and marketing communications, and all senior market activities. In addition, he led the company’s Innovation department.

Mr. Lobley also served as senior vice president of Marketing and Consumer Business, vice president of Strategy and Innovation, and he has held various leadership positions across the enterprise throughout his time at Independence.

In addition to his leadership roles, Mr. Lobley is one of the founding members of the G. Fred DiBona, Jr. Memorial Foundation, also known as Fred’s Footsteps, which provides financial support to families caring for critically or chronically ill children. He is a board member of the Greater Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies (PACT) and the Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA — serving on the Executive Committees of both. He also serves on the board of AIM Academy.

Mr. Lobley is a frequent speaker at local and national industry forums on a range of topics, including consumer engagement and health care innovation. He is a member of the Oliver Wyman Health Innovation Center Leaders Alliance, serves on the editorial board of Fierce Health Payer, and consults with various private equity and venture capitalist firms on investment areas in the health care space.

Mr. Lobley received a bachelor of science in industrial engineering from Lehigh University.

Philadelphia Eagles Heroes Among Us
Philadelphia Eagles Heroes Among Us
Philadelphia Eagles 2018 Community Award

Don Smolenski Heroes Among UsWe are very pleased to be honoring such an amazing organization that gives so much back to the community – not to mention a Super Bowl Championship! Some of the proceeds from this year’s Heroes Among Us will go to the Eagles Autism Challenge. The President of the Eagles organization, Don Smolenski, will be accepting the award and speaking on behalf of the Eagles. 

Elizabeth Dow heroes Among Us
Elizabeth Dow heroes Among Us
Elizabeth Dow, CEO of Leadership Philadelphia 2017 Community Award

Elizabeth is being honored for connecting people to create a stronger influence in our community.

Bill Hankowsky Heroes Among Us
Bill Hankowsky Heroes Among Us
William P. Hankowsky, Chairman, President and CEO of Liberty Property Trust 2016 Community Award

Mr. Hankowsky is being honored for his extensive contributions to local community organizations as well as his significant expertise in both the public and private real estate sectors.

Ronald Rabena Heroes among us
Ronald Rabena Heroes among us
Ronald R. Rabena, Chief Administrative Officer, East Division, Allied Universal Security Services 2015 Community Award

Rabena is the Chief Administrative Officer, East Division, Allied Universal Security Services. He oversees all field operations, leading approximately 65,000 employees who operate out of 120 offices across the United States.

He joined the security industry nearly 40 years ago at the Spectrum in Philadelphia before joining SpectaGuard in 1980. He was instrumental in the merger of SpectaGuard and Allied Security – the predecessors to today’s security services leader, Allied Universal.

Rabena is known for his leadership, strong commitment to his community and dedication to raising the level of training and professionalism within the security services industry. He is a passionate and motivated hands-on leader.

In the Philadelphia region, he is on the Executive Board of Directors for the Police Athletic League (PAL) of Philadelphia; the Executive Board of the Philadelphia Crime Commission; the Board of Directors for Holy Redeemer Hospital; and the Board of Directors for Ed Snider Youth Hockey. Rabena is also a board member with the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Packer Park Civic Association, and FBI Community Partnership Association.

Rabena’s extensive involvement with PAL has led to several initiatives and is representative of his ongoing dedication to giving back and the impact the organization has had on his life. He was first introduced to PAL by his father when he was an 11-year-old in South Philadelphia.

Rabena is also active in trade associations including the Building Owners and Managers Association; the International Council of Shopping Centers; and ASIS where he serves on the Law Enforcement Liaison Council.

He received ISMA Executive Leadership program certificates from Georgetown University and the Kellogg School of Management; and studied criminal justice at the Community College of Philadelphia.

We salute Ron and his service to our community and our youth!

dan hilferty heroes among us independence blue cross
dan hilferty heroes among us independence blue cross
Daniel J. Hilferty, President and CEO, Independence Blue Cross 2014 Community Hero

Hilferty leads Independence Blue Cross, a nationally prominent health care company that, with its affiliates, serves nearly 9 million people in 24 states and the District of Columbia, including 2.5 million in southeastern Pennsylvania. With more than 25 years of experience in health care, government affairs, communications, and education, Hilferty speaks regularly on health care reform, innovative leadership, and the role of technology and big data in the transformation of health care.

Before serving as Independence’s president and CEO, Hilferty was president of Independence’s health markets. He joined Independence in 2010 after a successful tenure as president and CEO of AmeriHealth Mercy Family of Companies (now AmeriHealth Caritas), one of the country’s leading Medicaid managed care companies in which Independence is the majority shareholder.

Nationally, Hilferty serves on the boards of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and America’s Health Insurance Plans, and chairs the association’s Health Policy and Advocacy Committee. Hilferty is also the co-chair of the executive leadership cabinet for the Eighth World Meeting of Families, which will be held in Philadelphia in 2015.

In the region, Hilferty serves on the boards of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition, J.J. White Inc., and the Irish Educational Development Foundation. He is the vice chair of the board of trustees of Saint Joseph’s University and serves on the board of Drexel
Neumann Academy.

Hilferty has been recognized for his outstanding civic leadership by Saint Joseph’s University’s Erivan K. Haub School of Business’s Hall of Fame Award and the American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania 2014 Citizen of the Year Award.

David L. Cohen, Sr. EVP, Comcast Corporation 2013 Community Hero

David L. Cohen is Executive Vice President of Comcast Corporation, a global media and technology company. David has a broad portfolio of responsibilities, including corporate communications, government and regulatory affairs, law, public affairs, corporate administration and community investment and serves as senior counselor to the CEO. He also serves as Chief Diversity Officer for the company. Before assuming his role at Comcast, David served as a partner in and Chairman of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP, one of the 100 largest law firms in the country.

David also served as Chief of Staff to the Honorable Edward G. Rendell, the Mayor of the City of Philadelphia, and played a critical role in significant budgetary and financial issues, economic development activities, and a variety of other policy and operational issues relating to the city.

David serves as Chairman of the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and its Executive Committee. He also serves as a member of the Trustee Board and the Executive Committee of Penn Medicine. David serves on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the CEO Council for Growth. David serves as a national trustee of City Year and is Chair of its Governance Committee and a member of the Executive Committee. He also serves on the board of the National Urban League and is Chair of its Audit Committee and as chair of the Corporate Advisory Board of the National Council of La Raza.