Philadelphia Section: Tour and Networking Social
John Brady, President/CEO, Independence Seaport Museum on the Olympia.
Saturday, March 18, 2017, 4:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Independence Seaport Museum
(Tour) (211 S. Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106)
Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel
(1 Dock St, Philadelphia, PA 19106)
4:30pm - 6pm: Seaport Tour
6pm - 8pm: Networking at the Sheraton Society Hill
8pm - 9pm: Presentation
John Brady, President and CEO
John Brady has worked in maritime preservation for 35 years. Before becoming the Director of Independence Seaport Museum’s Workshop on the Water in 1997, he built traditional craft and restored wooden boats at South Street Seaport, Philadelphia Maritime Museum and the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild. At Independence Seaport Museum, he brought the Workshop to national prominence as a boat building and maritime education center.
In 2011, the Museum’s Board of Port Wardens appointed John President and CEO. Since taking the helm, John has expanded the Museum’s history-focused mission to include science education and on-water programming. With his vision for a broader public focus, he has streamlined operations and envisioned new uses for the Museum’s physical plant. John and his team are developing exhibits that are fun, experiential and informative for visitors of all ages.
The Museum’s budget has grown from $3.9 million in 2011 to $4.6 million in 2016, through a combination of significantly increased earned and contributed income, with focused investment in programming and exhibit development.
John serves as an authority on boat and ship construction on the Delaware River and along the New Jersey coast. He continues to sail a wide variety of traditional boats, as he has for 48 years. John is on the Board of Directors of Tall Ships America and the advisory board for Rocking the Boat. He has been published in Wooden Boat Magazine and authored a website and several blogs, including woodenboatbuilder.com. He is a sought after speaker who has presented at
numerous conferences and for historical societies. John credits his education to Ocean County College and Rutgers University.