Ed Satell

Ed Satell founded Progressive Business Publications (PBP) in the late 1980s. He played a direct, hands-on role in our early successes, overseeing editorial, marketing and operations. At the same time, Ed wrote much of our first publication, The Selling Advantage, himself. As PBP grew, Ed passed the day-to-day operations over to his management team and shifted his focus to finding new growth opportunities.

For the next two decades, Ed’s leadership and vision propelled PBP to unparalleled success across many industries. Our track-record of growth is unmatched in our industry. Along the way, Ed remained deeply committed to the community surrounding his businesses. His quiet but extensive corporate citizenship/philanthropic efforts focus on five major areas:

  • Disadvantaged children
  • Community and civic engagement
  • Higher education and programs for young people of promise
  • Basic research, particularly stem cell, cancer and alternative energy initiatives, and
  • His heritage

Although he maintains a very low profile, Ed Satell provides targeted philanthropies with continuous funding, personal involvement and experienced guidance. He has established two charitable foundations; the Satell Family Foundation Trust and the Progressive Business Publications Charitable Trust Fund. Ed currently supports 34 projects with 22 institutions, providing real impact for the community. These include:

  • The comprehensive “adoption” of the Cook Wissahickon elementary school, a partnership now in its fourteenth year
  • Sponsoring the annual spring season for the Walnut Street Theatre
  • Sponsoring numerous speaker series and programs for the World Affairs Council, and
  • Supporting the Boy Scouts, the International House, the National Constitution Center, the Franklin Institute, the National Liberty Museum, and more.
  • Creating the innovative Satell Technion-MIT Leadership Program, linking twp great research institutions and training the next generation of top Israeli professors and scientists

In 2007, Ed established an innovative program at Franklin & Marshall College called the Satell Scholars Life After College Success Program. He also created an internship program focused on social entrepreneurship in Guatemala through his alma mater, the University of Connecticut (UConn). Last year, this entrepreneurial program expanded to Franklin & Marshall College (F&M), with a focus on Ecuador. At F&M and UConn he is also key Hillel House supporter. Ed also funds research, including several stem cell research programs, a cancer research lab, a Doctoral Fellows Program, and most recently, the Satell Nitrogen Hydrogen Alternative Energy Lab at the Technion Institute in Israel, and a stem cell initiative at the Keck Institute at Rutgers University. Ed has also authored The Principles of Sales Excellence, a book on best practices in commercial sales, and contributed to several other books, including The American National Tree a book given to newly naturalized US citizens at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia PA. Ed has been honored for his leadership and vision by numerous organizations including:

  • Greater Philadelphia Area Association of Fundraising Professionals Philanthropist of the Year Award (2003)
  • World Affairs Council of Philadelphia Atlas Award as Man of the Year (2005)
  • Visionary of Sholom Award from Temple Sholom (2006)
  • Man of the Year Award from the Walnut Street Theatre (2007)
  • Good Scout’s Man of the Year from the Cradle of Liberty Council, Boy Scouts of America (2008)
  • Caron Humanitarian of the Year Award (2009)
  • Inaugural Inductee in the Business Hall of Fame for Junior Achievement (2011)
  • International Vision Award from the International House, Philadelphia (2012)
  • Inducted into the University of Connecticut Business School Hall of Fame (2012)
  • Accepted the Legacy of Leadership Award, p[resented by International Statesman Tony blair, from the World Affairs Council (2013)
  • Received the Judge Lois Forer Award, as a role model; for his dedication to improving the lives of disadvantaged children, locally and around the world, from the Support Center For Child Advocacy (2014)
  • In October 2014 Ed will accept the 2014 Hero of Liberty Award from the National Liberty Museum

Ed received an honorary Doctorate from Gratz College, where he was the commencement speaker.  He has also received an Honorary International Fellowship Degree from The Technion, Israel. He was recently honored by his executive team on his 50th anniversary as a successful CEO.


Ed Satell named 2009’s Humanitarian of the Year


Ed Satell: Junior Achievement Business Laureate


Quotes on Ed Satell


Connect with Ed on LinkedIn or his website.