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Our Advisory Board

The Edelman Wealth Management Group Advisory Board is made up of a group of Philadelphia-area executives to help advise the firm on how to better serve its clients and share best business practices. The group meets once a quarter.

<strong>Michael Eidel, Attorney and Partner at Fox Rothschild, LLP</strong>

Michael Eidel, Attorney and Partner at Fox Rothschild, LLP

Eidel is an experienced litigator in commercial, employment, competition, real estate, and intellectual property matters. He represents a broad range of clients, including:

  • consumer products companies
  • pharmaceutical companies
  • banks
  • technology companies
  • insurance companies
  • a national manufacturer and distributor of mailing equipment
  • a national propane manufacturing and distribution company
  • movie studios
  • law firms
<strong>Dan Dizio, CEO and Co-Founder of Philadelphia Pretzel Factory</strong>

Dan Dizio, CEO and Co-Founder of Philadelphia Pretzel Factory

DiZio started selling pretzels at the age of 11 on a busy intersection in Philadelphia, organizing neighborhood kids to work for him in multiple areas of the city.

In 1998, after graduating college, DiZio and his college roommate, Len Lehman, opened the first Philly Pretzel Factory in the Mayfair neighborhood of Northeast Philadelphia. The store was so successful that in the second year potential franchises were approaching him to start franchising the concept.

In 2004, he started Soft Pretzel Franchise Systems Inc., franchising the Philly Pretzel Factor Brand across the Philadelphia region, and now expanding into 12 states.

<strong>Eric Rifkin, CPA</strong>

Eric Rifkin, CPA

Rifkin has been a registered CPA since 1983 and has been an Edelman Wealth Management Financial Representative since 2010. He started his own accounting firm in 1988.

He takes pride in establishing lasting relationships with clients by providing quality service and creating a bond of trust. He thinks of each one of his clients as not just a business associate but also a friend.

<strong>B.J. Schecter, former Sports Illustrated Executive Editor</strong>

B.J. Schecter, former Sports Illustrated Executive Editor

B.J. Schecter spent 20 years as a reporter, writer and editor at Sports Illustrated. His responsibilities include running the magazine’s investigative and enterprise unit, managing content and columnists for the website, working closely with editors and writers at the website and magazine to integrate SI and, cross-platform projects and managing Sports Illustrated’s internship program. He is also the editor of the recently launched college football website Campus Rush.

As a writer, he covered college football and college basketball. As an editor, he edited college football, college basketball, baseball and several special projects, including Crime in College Football, the 50 Most Influential Minorities in Sports, the Great American Sports Atlas, the nation’s top high school programs and more.

 Prior to Sports Illustrated, Schecter spent five years at The Boston Globe, where he was the lead high school writer and also covered colleges. Before that he spent three years at the Middlesex News (now the MetroWest Daily News).

In addition to writing essays, Schecter has severed as a guest lecturer and adjunct professor at Northeastern University, Fordham University, Southern Virginia University, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and several high schools.