From Gridiron to Grape Vine, Dick Vermeil has had a Winning Career
Dick Vermeil began his distinguished coaching career in 1959 as an assistant coach at Del Mar High School in San Jose, California. What came to follow is one of the most legendary careers in professional football.
In all three of his posts as an NFL head coach, Vermeil took every team—Philadelphia, St. Louis and Kansas City, each of which had a losing record before he arrived—and brought them to the playoffs by his third season at the helm.
He holds the distinction of being named Coach of the Year in high school, junior college, Division I college, and NFL Coach of the Year twice. He also worked for CBS and ABC as a sports broadcaster between his hugely successful coaching jobs.
This year, 2018, marks the 60th anniversary of Bucks County Economic Development Corporation’s continuous support and dedication to Bucks County’s thriving economy. The organization has been a vital part of the robust and changing business dynamic in the county since 1958, when a handful of county officials and business men and women made a commitment to Bucks County’s growth and prosperity.
BCEDC is an integral part of the growing and changing story that is Bucks County, by offering low-interest financing and creative packages to make business opportunities and healthy-wage jobs a reality for more people.
Carl Wallnau was a BCEDC board member for 52 years and served as president 1968 and 1969. “I went on the board in 1964. At the time, we had $100,000 in seed money and one of the outstanding things we established was the Industrial Development Authority. It opened up a lot of financing that we could do,” said Wallnau of Newtown.
In the sixty years since its inception, the Bucks County Economic Development Corporation (BCEDC) has been dedicated to creating a vital and strong economic base through the preservation and creation of job opportunities for Bucks County. The linchpin in its success to fulfill its mission is the organization’s dedicated and talented volunteers. In recognition of their untiring efforts, we are presenting two Lifetime Achievement Awards as we mark our Diamond Anniversary of service to Bucks County and its residents.
It is an honor to present Mr. Robert B. Steinhart with the BCEDC Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Steinhart joined the corporation in 1983 and distinguished himself as an outstanding leader and dedicated volunteer. Robert served as president from 2008 to 2010 and remains an active member on our board of directors from 1993 and executive committee since 2000 to present. He has chaired numerous special committees over the years from strategic planning to relocation committee. His invaluable insights and commitment to excellence is evidence in the continued success of the BCEDC as well as other community-based organizations.
This year’s second recipient started from humble beginnings, and had parents that hoped he would become a doctor. He wanted to purchase the first Honda Motorcycle franchise in North Jersey where he grew up. He and his parents settled on the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied Economics and Statistics.
Strumming his guitar at the University of Pennsylvaniawith his roommate Vladimir Guerrero, Jerry often talked about owning a winery and making wine. That is also where he met his wife of 50+ years and had three children. During those early years he worked a few corporate jobs including Weyerhaeuser and General Foods.
Eventually he took a job in Bucks County and moved his family to Levittown. He began buying property in Buckingham in 1966 through 1986 totaling 42 beautiful acres and started planting grapevines. In 1973 he and Kathy received one of the first winery licenses in Pennsylvania. They were proud to produce a white, red and Rosé at the high price of $2.75 a bottle. In 1976, the Forests formed the Pennsylvania Wine Association.