Bernard Dagenais joined The Main Line Chamber of Commerce as president and CEO in 2010. His background in business includes eight years as editor of the Philadelphia Business Journal, which during his time there was the most award-winning publication among 40 American City Business Journals nationwide.
Before arriving in Philadelphia in 2002, Bernie had been business editor of The Washington Times, overseeing coverage of local businesses, international trade and business issues in Congress. He also helped launch a technology media startup company in Northern Virginia, where he participated in the region’s tech boom and witnessed the subsequent bust first-hand.
At the Main Line Chamber, he oversees an organization with 950 member companies. The 97-year-old chamber is focused on helping members connect with business, leadership development and talent.
The Chamber’s Main Line Society of Professional Women™, launched in 2009, draws from throughout Greater Philadelphia and stands out among chambers of commerce nationally for its size and impact. He and his team created the Talent and Education Network, an employer collaborative that is focused on helping companies build strong entry-level pipelines of talent.
Bernie is incoming Immediate Past Chairman of the Pennsylvania Association of Chamber Professionals and co-chaired the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia’s Talent and Education Team. He has a personal interest in developing leaders and helping Greater Philadelphia area students succeed, with a particular focus on creating diverse pipelines of talent for our region’s companies and nonprofits.