Award Recipients

2010
Nicholas DeBenedictis
Chairman & CEO, Aqua America

Award Recipients

2014
Gerard H. Sweeney
President and CEO, Trustee, Brandywine Realty Trust

2013
Bud Shuster
Former Member, US House of Representatives

2012
Walter D'Alessio
Principal, NorthMarq Advisors

2011
Denis P. O'Brien
President & CEO, PECO

2010
Nicholas DeBenedictis
Chairman & CEO, Aqua America

2009
Pasquale “Pat” T. Deon, Sr.
Chairman, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA)

2008
William P. Hankowsky
Chairman, President, and CEO, Liberty Property Trust

2007
The Honorable Edward G. Rendell
Governor, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

View All

The recipient of the 2010 Ellipse Award was Nicholas DeBenedictis, Chairman and CEO of Aqua America, Inc. Nick was elected Chairman of Aqua America, Inc. (formerly Philadelphia Suburban Corporation) in May 1993, 10 months after joining the corporation as its president and chief executive officer, and chairman of its principal subsidiary, Aqua Pennsylvania (formerly Philadelphia Suburban Water Company).  Since then, Nick has led Aqua in fulfilling its mission to its customers: the reliable delivery of quality drinking water—a service that is basic to the quality of life we enjoy in the United States—and the environmentally responsible disposal of wastewater. Aqua’s commitment to providing quality water and wastewater services and the capital investment in key water and wastewater infrastructure have thrived under Nick’s stewardship.  Nick considers the health of our nation’s infrastructure to be a top priority, and has led Aqua to invest more than a billion dollars to improve its plants, tanks, distribution systems and other infrastructure. Nick’s vision of a world where everyone has access to clean drinking water and good sanitation, as well as his ability to lead change to make those visions a reality, are among the many reasons that he has been chosen as the recipient of the 2010 Ellipse Award.