Joan Waters

Joan joined the COFCO team in 1988 and brought with her extensive and invaluable industry experience. Her exceptional level of professionalism and a passion for a relationship-centric business approach catapulted Joan to great success within the dealership. Joan “rose through the ranks” quickly. Her great vision, hard work, and dedication earned her an appointment to CEO and equity partner. During her tenure as CEO, Joan has acquired majority stock in COFCO.

Joan has lead COFCO this past year into the Washington DC and Maryland Markets. This is an exciting and important expansion for COFCO. It continues to build the COFCO brand and bring the exceptional service it provides to its clients throughout the Mid-Atlantic Market.

In addition to her responsibilities at COFCO, Joan sits on the Executive Committee of the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, is the Chairperson for the Philadelphia Chambers PAC and is a member of the American Street Empowerment Zone Community Trust Board in Philadelphia. She is also asked to speak and participate in panel discussions on a wide variety of topics by numerous organizations. Joan is also very active in the fight against cancer.

Joan was a 2014 recipient of the Smart CEO Brava! Award, was honored at the 2015 Widener University School of Business Administration awards banquet and received a Distinguished Performance in Management Award as well as an honorary membership in Beta Gamma Sigma, the Honor Society for Widener’s Collegiate Schools of Business. Joan also received the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Women of Distinction Award in 2015. This honor spotlights women who have made a difference in their communities, blazed a trail for many, and have left a mark on Philadelphia businesses. Most recently, Joan was honored by CREW Philadelphia for her tremendous contributions to the City of Philadelphia and role as a trailblazer for women contributing to the growth of the City of Philadelphia.

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October 16, 2019
It’s a challenge: improve a neighborhood to attract new businesses and residents without displacing the existing ones. Community leaders take a hard look at the fine line between renewal and extinction and new ways to keep communities intact during every...