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Hatfield Senior Executive Joins S. Dale High Center for Family Business in 2011 


Hatfield Sr Exec Joins Family Business Center

Philip A. Clemens, chairman and CEO of The Clemens Family Corporation, has been named Executive-in-Residence at the S. Dale High Center for Family Business at Elizabethtown College for the 2011-12 academic year.

The Clemens Family Corporation owns and operates Hatfield Quality Meats with annual sales of $600 million, employing about 2,000 people, and marketing products all over the United States, with a concentration in the Northeast.

"It is a great honor to be appointed to this executive-in-residence position," Clemens said. "I have a passion to help family businesses by sharing what has worked and not worked in our family business while learning from others and together developing best practices that will help all of us be the best we can be."

During Clemens' one-year appointment to a multi-faceted post, he will be presenting a program in the breakfast seminar series for area family businesses, conducting an executive workshop on an issue critical to family business success, will provide counsel and direction to the Center's operational and strategic planning, and will be available as an advisor to Center members. He will also guest lecture in college classrooms.

"We are honored to have Phil Clemens serving in this capacity next year," said High Center Executive Director Michael N. McGrann. "His family business acumen is first-rate, and his management and leadership skills are all but peerless in the Eastern United States. He has a wealth of information and talent to offer not only member family businesses but also Elizabethtown College students."

Clemens follows in the footsteps of past executives-in-residence including S. Dale High, Chairman of The High Companies; Walt Legenstein, Chairman of Certified Carpet; and Bill Alexander, The Wharton School Faculty member and family business consultant.

Clemens has spent his entire working career with his family's business. He began working at Hatfield on a part-time basis while in school. He began his full-time career in 1967 while attending Peirce College. His career has allowed him to work in all areas of the business. He began on the clean-up crew and worked his way to be the CEO of the Company. He began both the Data Processing and Human Resource Departments. He spent 20 years of his career in Human Resources and seven years as CEO and president. He is active in his community and other organizations. He serves on many non-profit boards and several family owned businesses.

Clemens received the American Meat Institute's Industry Advancement Award, the highest award given in the meat industry; the Knowlton Award for innovation in the meat industry; Pride of Peirce for outstanding alumni of Peirce College; Pillar of the Community from Harleysville Senior Center; Philadelphia Area Sunday School Association's Superintendent of the Year; and the Research Institute of America for the outstanding management suggestion of the year.

In January of 2011, Clemens participated in a Leadership Transition Panel for the High Center membership, one of the Center's most highly rated programs.

For more information, contact the S. Dale High Center at 717-361-1275.


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