The Board of Directors of the Reading Terminal Market Corporation (RTMC) announced today that a new General Manager has been hired. Mr. Anuj Gupta will assume the role of General Manager of Philadelphia’s historic urban farmers’ market beginning June 15, 2015.
“We conducted a thorough, national search to find the individual best suited to lead the Market as it continues to play an important role in the lives of millions of Philadelphians, residents of the surrounding suburbs and visitors alike,” explained Albert Mezzaroba, Chairman of the Board of the Reading Terminal Market Corporation. “After an extensive search process, we are pleased to announce that we found that leader. Anuj brings a rare blend of management success, not-for-profit leadership and vision at a consequential time in the Market’s history. The competition for the position was intense but Gupta was a consensus selection.”
Gupta takes over the leadership of the Market from its previous general manager, Paul Steinke, who managed the Market for the past 13 years. Steinke resigned on December 31, 2014, to launch a campaign to serve as an at-large member of Philadelphia’s City Council.
RTMC began its plans to search for Steinke’s replacement in late 2014 at which time the Market’s Human Resources Committee canvassed several executive recruiting firms, and ultimately selected Priscilla Rosenwald of Leadership Recruiters. The Market’s decision to tap Gupta was the result of an extensive, national search process that began last winter. The Human Resources Committee and Rosenwald initially narrowed their search to 20 candidates from all over the country. Three finalist candidates were interviewed twice – first by the Human Resources Committee, and then by the Board. In addition to these interviews, the candidates also met with the Executive Committee of the Reading Terminal Market Merchants' Association.
“We are thrilled with the Board’s selection and look forward to working with Anuj,” said Vincent Iovine, President of the Reading Terminal Market Merchants’ Association. “The Board has been hard at work on this recruitment process and Anuj made an incredible impression when we met with him last Friday. His impressive background and leadership style will be a tremendous asset to the Market.”
Prior to joining RTMC, Gupta served as the Executive Director of Mt. Airy, USA, a nonprofit community development corporation in Northwest Philadelphia which focused on commercial and residential real estate development and rehabilitation, commercial corridor revitalization, housing counseling and a new initiative to improve local public schools. Since 2010, Gupta led the day-to-day operations of the organization in addition setting the strategic direction and vision for Mt. Airy USA. Prior to his work at Mt Airy USA, Gupta served for three years in Mayor Michael A. Nutter’s administration in a number of roles including Chief of Staff and Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Licenses & Inspections, and Deputy to the Managing Director.
Gupta is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D., 2003), the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government (M.G.A., 2003) and Carnegie Mellon University (B.S., 1996). He currently serves on the board for the Philadelphia Historical Commission, Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians and West Mt. Airy Neighbors, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of Chestnut Hill Hospital. In 2010, he was selected as one of Philadelphia Business Journal’s “40 under 40” and was a regional finalist for the 2010 Class of White House Fellows. Gupta also serves as an adjunct instructor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government. Born in Freehold, New Jersey, Gupta currently resides in the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia.