Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

President’s Award

Harold & Lynne Honickman

Harold and Lynne Honickman

Harold Honickman is chairman of the Honickman Group, a soft drink bottling and distribution company. Harold began his career in 1957 with the purchase of a 300,000-case Pepsi plant in Pennsauken, New Jersey. He gradually acquired unbeneficial bottling operations, made them whole and made them profitable. The combined soft drink businesses have grown to be one of the largest privately owned bottling and distribution operations in the United States, with companies located from New York to Virginia.

In the mid-1980’s the Honickman family became involved in the beer distribution business in New York. Shortly thereafter, they acquired interests in beer companies located in Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. In recent years, they have expanded through the acquisition of interests in Arizona, New Hampshire and Boston. The affiliated companies are together one of the largest beer distribution networks in the United States.  

Involved in many community organizations, Harold is vice president of the Board of Trustees of the Kimmel Center and a member of its Executive, Development and Nominating Governance Committees. He also serves on the Board of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, as well as the boards of the Perkins Library at Duke University, the Fund for the School District of Philadelphia, and Cutting Edge Beverages. In addition, Harold is a member of Project HOME’s Investment Committee and an advisory board member of The Honickman Foundation.

Harold is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Military Academy (now known as Widener University), where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree.

Lynne Korman Honickman, a devoted wife and partner for more than 60 years, has managed to bring into balance the life of being a supportive spouse, with her passions, interests and values. Formally trained as a writer and artist, Lynne is now an activist for the arts and for pressing social issues. Her core values are derived from her family and her Jewish heritage – a legacy that values hard work, family and civic responsibility.

In 1989, Lynne established The Honickman Foundation which is dedicated to supporting projects that promote the arts, education, health, social change and heritage. The Foundation has established two national book prizes, one in poetry with the American Poetry Review (APR) and one in photography with the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.

Lynne is a trustee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and a member of its Architectural and Facilities Committee, as well as the committees on Education, Executive and Prints, Drawings and Photographs. She is also a member of the PMA Friends Group, Focus: Friends of Photography. In addition, Lynne serves on the board and development committee of Project HOME and the board of CeaseFirePA. She is on the advisory boards of the Jefferson-Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine, the Support Center for Child Advocates, MANNA (Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance), the APR, and the Governor's Advisory Board for Education and Labor.

The Honickman’s two children are now four by marriage: Marjorie and Jeffrey Honickman and Shirley and Richard Hahn. They have four grandchildren, Sara and Mauri Honickman, and Julia and Henry Hahn.