Reading Terminal Market General Manager Paul Steinke to Depart after 13 Years
- Published: Monday, December 8, 2014
- Written by Sarah Levitsky
Monday, December 8, 2014
This morning, Reading Terminal Market’s Board of Directors announced that, after 13 years of leadership, Paul Steinke, will step down as the Market’s general manager effective December 31, 2014, in order to get ready to run for public office in the new year.
“This will truly be a bittersweet transition,” said Steinke. “Reading Terminal Market has been a passion of mine for a long time, so to walk away for the last time as GM will be really tough. But I believe that I am leaving the Market in a strong position, and I want to see how I can apply my experience to help improve my hometown and the city that I love.”
During Steinke’s tenure as general manager of Reading Terminal Market, he led the effort to get the Market open regularly on Sundays in 2006, and later oversaw the $4 million renovation project which saw the additions of several new and renovated merchants, Rick Nichols Room, a multipurpose event space; and City Kitchen at Reading Terminal Market, a demonstration kitchen for culinary education programs. Steinke also helped to bring back the highly popular Party for the Market gala fundraiser, which has raised more than $200,000 for the Reading Terminal Market Preservation Trust to help fund long-term improvements to the Market and support programming for nutrition education for Philadelphia school children.
Prior to joining Reading Terminal Market in 2001, Steinke served as the first executive director of University City District, where he initiated maintenance and public safety programs which resulted in a cleaner public environment and a 33 percent decline in crime in less than three years. Before that, he served as the Director of Finance and Administration for Center City District for seven years.
An avid supporter of community issues, Steinke is a member of the Greater Philadelphia Steering Committee for the Human Rights Campaign and serves on the board of several nonprofits, including the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, Preservation Pennsylvania and the William Way LGBT Community Center.