A self-made success, Harold A. Honickman is passionate about his business, his industry, and the brands he sells. He began his career in 1957 with the purchase of a 300,000-case Pepsi plant in Pennsauken, New Jersey. Over the next 40 years, he earned his reputation purchasing unprofitable bottling companies and transforming them into profitable operations.
Harold Honickman is a trustee of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, a member of Duke University’s Library Board, and the Philadelphia’s Children First Fund, as well as vice chair of The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. Serving on Project H.O.M.E.’s Investment Committee, Harold and his wife of 53 years, Lynne, collaborated with the nonprofit organization to build a 38,000-squarefoot learning center in North Central Philadelphia.
Lynne Korman Honickman balances being a supportive spouse, mother, and grandmother with championing several community programs and organizations. Formally trained as a writer and an artist, Lynne is now an activist for the arts and pressing social issues. Her core values, passions, and interests derive from her Jewish heritage – a legacy that embraces family, hard work, and civic responsibility.
Lynne was president, a contributing editor, and a trustee of the international not-for-profit publishing house, the Aperture Foundation. She is a trustee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The American Poetry Review, and Project H.O.M.E. Lynne serves on the Mayor’s Council for the Homeless and was a co-chair with Naomi Post Street of The Philadelphia Children’s Commission. She has also created two national prizes for books on poetry and photography: the annual APR/Honickman First Book Prize in Poetry in collaboration with The American Poetry Review; and the biennial CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography, which was created in partnership with the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Lynne is founder and president of The Honickman Foundation, which supports projects that promote the arts, education, health, and the community. It is here that she now devotes her time, energy, and resources.
Lynne and Harold’s two children are now four by marriage: Marjorie and Jeffrey Honickman and Shirley and Richard Hahn. They have four grandchildren: Sara and Mauri Honickman and Julia and Henry Hahn whom they adore.