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Executive Committee


Richard T. Clark

Richard T. Clark is the retired chairman of Merck, serving in this role from April 2007 until December 2011. Mr. Clark was CEO of Merck from May 2005 through December 2010. He also was president of Merck from 2005 until May 2010. In a career spanning 39 years with Merck, Mr. Clark held a broad range of senior management positions, including president of the Merck Manufacturing Division. From 2008 to 2009 he served as board chairman of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), which represents the country’s leading pharmaceutical research and biotechnology companies.


Mr. Clark’s charitable ventures are far-reaching. He is chairman of the Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia and serves on the Catholic Leadership Institute Board of Directors. He is chairman of Penn Medicine’s Cardiovascular Institute Leadership Council and a former member of their Board of Trustees. Clark is a former member of the Washington & Jefferson College Board of Trustees, served as chair from 2012-2018 and received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in 2017. He is Chairman emeritus of Project Hope, an international health care organization that works in developing countries to help eradicate infectious diseases. In 2016, Pope Francis named Mr. and Mrs. Clark a Dame and Knight in the Order of St. Gregory the Great for their dedication and exceptional service to the World Meeting of Families Philadelphia and the pastoral visit of the Holy Father to Philadelphia.


Jane Ford-Hutchinson

Jane was born and brought up in London, UK where she had a career in advertising as an Account Executive. Around this time, she met and married her husband, Tony. When Tony was recruited to Montreal, Canada they upped stakes and emigrated with their young family. They lived there for 17 years before moving down to the Doylestown, PA where they have been for the past 24 years. During Jane's time in Canada, she was involved in the marketing and sales of school yearbooks and graduation rings and trained high school students in how to make their yearbooks. Because of her lifelong interest in art Jane has become involved with the local organizations Art goes to School and the Michener Art Museum. Since spending more time in New York City she has become an avid theatergoer. Jane loves to read, eat, and cook. She enjoys exploring other cultures through her many travels. Jane is the mother of three children and currently has four grandchildren.

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Tom Hebel

Thomas L Hebel, President of Bucks Country Gardens in Doylestown, grew up in Bucks County, attended Pennridge High School, and graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 1977 in Landscape Architecture. Tom joined Royer Nurseries in Doylestown in 1981, became managing partner in 1987 and changed the name to Bucks Country Gardens as president in 1993.  The Lifestyle Garden Center & Landscape Design/Build Firm has grown to become a leader in the in our community and the horticultural industry.  Tom is a strong supporter of many local organizations including the Bucks County YMCA, Doylestown Hospital, Heritage Conservancy and Pearl Buck International and has served in leadership roles with Bucks Beautiful, Bucks County Historical Society, Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce, St Matthews Lutheran Church in Perkasie and Phi Kappa Sigma Fraternity at Penn State.

Tom lives in Bedminster Township with his wife Barb, VPHR at Doylestown Health. Their sons Gregory and Ryan are poised to take the reins at Bucks Country Gardens as Tom transitions into a seasonal role over the coming years.


Todd Leff

Todd Leff is president and CEO of Hand and Stone Franchise Corp., a U.S. and Canadian franchisor of massage and facial spas.  From 1990 until 2009 Mr. Leff was General Counsel to and then president and CEO of American Driveline Systems, Inc., as well as its subsidiaries Cottman Transmission and AAMCO Transmission, the nation’s premier transmission repair and complete car care centers.  Prior to joining Cottman Transmission, he was a lead trial attorney with the United States Department of Justice, Antitrust Division from 1985 until 1990.  Leff is a cum laude graduate of Temple University School of Law and received his undergraduate degree with distinction from Villanova University.  


Mr. Leff serves on the Board of Directors of Club Champion, a nationwide golf fitting retailer and Suveto, a chain of veterinary hospitals.  He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the International Franchise Association (IFA). He leads the Leff Family Foundation’s charitable efforts and serves on the Endowment Committee of the Wetlands Institute based in Stone Harbor, NJ.  Mr. Leff has been a frequent lecturer and panelist at franchise law and business conferences and serves as an investor in and advisor to private equity funds.

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Linda Leffingwell Paton

Linda Leffingwell Paton is a long time resident of Doylestown and a lover of musical theater. She was an executive with Sears Roebuck & co. for 20 years dealing with accessories and Fine Jewelry for all Sears stores and managing over 30 people in the buying and administrative end in New York and then Chicago.  After leaving Sears in 1989 she started her own Fine Jewelry reping and consulting company selling to major department and chain stores and for 5 years was a guest host on QVC.

After retirement she has pursued her love of antiques and is now an antique dealer. She is recently married to Jon Paton and they enjoy theater, art, music, standard breed horses and travel. She and Jon are very pleased to be a part of the Oscar Hammerstein project.


Paul Loosmann

Paul Loosmann is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Alpha Industrial Properties, a real estate investment and development firm focused on the US logistics market. Mr. Loosmann was Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of GLP-US until February 2018 and served on the executive management team of GLP’s predecessor, IndCor Properties from July 2011 through March 2015. Prior to joining IndCor, Mr. Loosmann served in various roles of increasing seniority at Prologis, Inc., from September 2004 to July 2011, including Senior Vice President and Regional Director of the East Region.

Mr. Loosmann received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Rochester and his Management Certificate from the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business. 

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