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Gov. Rendell Names Jenkintown Company President Leza Raffel
One of 'Best 50 Women in Business'

Leza Raffel, president and founder of Jenkintown-based Communication Solutions Group, Inc. has been selected by Governor Edward G. Rendell today as one of Pennsylvania's “Best 50 Women in Business.” He called Raffel and 49 others “terrific examples of Pennsylvania's brightest business minds and role models for anyone who aspires to succeed.”


“Pennsylvania and the communities in which these award winners work are better because of them, and I encourage Pennsylvania’s young people to follow their lead,” the Governor said.


An independent panel of judges selected this year’s award winners based on their dedication to business growth, professional and personal accomplishments, community involvement, and advocacy for women in business.


Raffel, who founded her full service public relations and marketing company in 1991, focuses on the distinct communication needs of nonprofit associations, educational institutions and municipalities. A recent initiative handled by her firm encouraged employers to provide paid leave for living organ donors on behalf of the American Society of Transplantation. Also, over 35 PA school districts have utilized Communication Solutions' expertise for strategic and crisis communications.


“Best 50” entries are open to women who live and work in Pennsylvania as an owner, partner or other senior executive management-level position with significant decision-making authority.


This year's honorees will be invited to several events on May 11, including a reception at the Governor's residence an evening reception at the Harrisburg Hilton, and they will be featured in business journals throughout the state.


The contest, in its 14th year, is coordinated by the Department of Community and Economic Development in cooperation with five regional Pennsylvania business journals.


According to Raffel, this award was a tremendous honor and she saw it as recognition for her team rather an honor for her as an individual.  “Business growth and professional accomplishments are the products of a dynamic and engaged team of people…not a single individual,” she stressed. “ I commend my team at Communication Solutions for enabling us…as a company…to celebrate this tremendous honor.”:


Raffel holds a B.S. in Communications from Ithaca College. She lives in Abington with her husband and 10-year old son.


For more information on Communication Solutions, visit www.comsolutions.com or call (215) 884-6499. The company is located at 200 Old York Road, in Jenkintown, PA.


For additional information on the Best 50 Women in Business and DCED, visit www.newPA.com


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