Al Taubenberger, a resident of Northeast Philadelphia was, until recently, President of the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce (GNPCC) since 1991. The Chamber is a private organization of over 900 members. Al has made his life all about Philadelphia and has worked serving the city without ever being elected.
Al’s parents immigrated from Germany in 1930’s and later became local business owners with a neighborhood deli in Burholme. Raised in Northeast Philadelphia, Al is a graduate of Northeast High School and Penn State University. After graduating from Penn State with a Bachelor’s degree in agronomy, Al’s first job was grounds supervisor at Friends Hospital. Under Al's supervision, Friend's Hospital won two national awards for “Outstanding Landscape Design and Maintenance”.
In 1979, Al joined the district offices for Congressman Charles F. Dougherty. Within a year, Charlie had promoted Al to the Director of Constituent Relations where Taubenberger supervised 3 offices and 12 people.
Following his time with Dougherty’s office, Al joined the Mid-Atlantic Trade Adjustment Assistance Center which was a program of the United States Department of Commerce. The program was designed to help American companies which were adversely affected by foreign import competition.
In 1984 Al worked for Councilwoman Joan Krajewski. He was the Administrator Secretary for City Council’s Economic Development Committee. In addition, Al served as the Business Liaison for Councilwoman Krajewski’s office.
Before his long tenure with the GNPCC, Al was Councilman Jack Kelly’s chief-of-staff. He also had a dual title as the administrator of the Philadelphia City Council Republican Caucus.
When Al Taubenberger was chosen to head the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, he made it his responsibility to build a forum for growing business. Back in 1991 business wasn’t booming at the Chamber office – membership barely hit 200. At that time, growing Northeast Philadelphia business wasn’t the business of the Chamber of Commerce. Taubenberger changed that.
For 23 years Al has been the energy behind the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce (GNPCC). His tenure has fostered business growth and collaboration, and positioned the GNPCC as a strong voice and forum for Northeast Philadelphia business. His focus has been: protecting business, personally testifying in front of Philadelphia City Council, personally introducing to Northeast Philadelphians governors and United States Senators as well as Philadelphia Mayors Rendell, Street and Nutter.
Just one example of his many successes is the job creation that resulted from a meeting that Al scheduled between the Pennsylvania Speaker of the House and Vincent Genovese of Agusta Westland. Agusta, a helicopter manufacturer with 50 employees in Northeast Philadelphia was contemplating a move to the Midwest or the South. They needed help in order to stay in Philadelphia. After a helicopter ride to Harrisburg and an afternoon of meetings, 10 years later Agusta is still in Philly and now has 600 employees. That’s the kind of help Al Taubenberger continued to bring to the Philadelphia region for over 20 years.
His list of accomplishments is substantial. He grew the 200 Chamber members to more than triple that. He enlisted key sponsors and supporters of the region’s growth to support events such as regular networking meetings like the business card exchanges and signature annual events like the Golf Outing, Accolades Awards Celebration, and the Business is Blooming Business Expo – an event that’s featured Mayor Nutter, Comcast’s David L. Cohen, 6ABC’s Matt O’Donnell, Bernie Parent, Ron Jaworski and many more.
The Chamber today has a regular newsletter, a reliable and regular schedule of events, and numerous occasions to meet city leaders – i.e. Archipbishop Chaput, Governor Corbett, Mayor Nutter. Al developed "Meet the next PA Governor Series", which have grown to include numerous forums for business leaders to meet candidates for various offices – most recently for the 2015 Philadelphia Mayoral campaign. He brought the annual GNPCC Golf Outing back to Northeast Philadelphia.
Al has cultivated GNPCC Directors who are in touch with what area business owners need. They are accessible to members offering advice and support. The strength and diversity of the board reflect Al’s expertise in relationship building.
In the sports arena Al has welcomed the Philadelphia Phillies’ Bill Giles, Ruben Amaro Jr., the Flyers’ Bernie Parent, Bill Clement, and Gene Hart, and the Eagles’ Harry Gamble and Merrill Reese to luncheons and events where members learn what’s in store for the next season of our beloved teams.
Working hand in hand with regional and city agencies alike, Al has made the GNPCC relevant to Philadelphia. From the Commerce Department and PIDC to neighboring and ethnic Chambers of Commerce, Taubenberger offered business owners a place to turn for help in working through what could otherwise be a daunting task of doing business in Philadelphia. His personal mission has been to make Philadelphia business-friendly and making sure it gets the exposure it deserves.
Al has been a lifelong resident of the Burholme and Fox Chase neighborhoods. He has four children Matthew, Elisabeth, Sarah and William. He currently resides in the Fox Chase with his wife Joanne Brenner Taubenberger and their son William where they are parishioners of Saint Cecilia Parish.