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Special Guest for February 23, 2014 is John Westrum


John Westrum - CEO of Westrum DevelopmentJohn A. Westrum is Chairman/CEO of Westrum Development Company, a privately held residential development company located in Fort Washington, PA. Westrum started the company in 1986 from his college dorm room at BucknellUniversity, where he earned a degree in Economics. Westrum has positioned Westrum Development Company as one of the region’s largest homebuilders and developers of market-rate housing; constructing nearly 3,000 homes, creating more than 10,000 building lots, and involved in more than 100 communities in the Pennsylvania and New Jersey regions.

Westrum continues to drive the direction of Westrum Development Company through strategic acquisitions, innovative sales and marketing campaigns, keen analysis of public policy and market indicators, and consistent communication with government agencies and community groups.  As a result, Westrum Development Company is nationally recognized as both an industry leader and expert resource. Suburban and urban development/re-development, land acquisition, site development for national homebuilders, senior rental projects, New Jersey coastal rebuild projects, as well as environmentally-sensitive designs for land and environment preservation are all part of Westrum’s current portfolio. Westrum Development Company has been the recipient of numerous awards and recognition in the Philadelphia region in the areas of community design, sales, project management, customer service, ethics, environmental, and land planning development. It has also been honored for on-going community service and recognized in various regional and national industry and business related publications.

Westrum’s career-long commitment to responsible development, preservation of open space and senior housing initiatives has prompted him to serve on numerous business advisory boards including:

  • Urban Land Institute – Past Executive Committee
  • Home Builders Association of Bucks and MontgomeryCounties – Past President and Charitable Foundation Chair
  • Building Industry Association of Philadelphia – Past President and Charitable Foundation Chair


Westrum has also served on numerous Government Appointed Boards including:

  • Philadelphia Zoning Code Commission – Member and Member of Steering Committee
  • PennsylvaniaState Planning Board – Member
  • MontgomeryCounty Revitalization Board – Member
  • Philadelphia Inclusionary Housing Commission – Member
  • PhiladelphiaGreenCity Strategy Committee – Member
  • Mayor Nutter Transition Team Committee – Member of Zoning and Excess Property Committees


Westrum’s extensive Philanthropic and civic involvement includes:

  • Mural Arts Advisory Committee – Past Chairperson and member
  • Schuylkill River Development Corporation – Board member
  • Ambler Theater – Founder – Vice Chairman Emeritus
  • Prudential Fox Charitable Foundation – Board member
  • Delaware Valley Habitat for Humanity – Former Vice Chairman and past board member
  • GermantownAcademy – Former Board of Trustees member

 Westrum Development

1300 Virginia Drive, Ste 215, Fort Washington, PA 19034        215-283-2190

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