A native of the Philadelphia area, Hilferty was honored for his commitment to the community, exceptional business achievements, and dedication to ensuring economic stability and growth in the region.
Since becoming CEO of Independence Blue Cross (Independence) in 2010, Hilferty has been a driving force behind countless civic initiatives that showcased the region, including high-profile events such as the 2015 Papal Visit and the 2016 Democratic National Convention. In 2017, Hilferty received the prestigious William Penn Award, which is the highest honor bestowed upon a businessperson in the Greater Philadelphia business community for their contributions to the region.
This year, the African American Chamber of Commerce honored Hilferty as the Corporate Advocate of the Year for his commitment to diversity and inclusion and for expanding opportunities for people of color, women, and veterans. He also recognized as Marketer of the Year by a chapter of the American Marketing Association for leading the company’s COVID-19 communications and sharing critical public health messaging.
Held virtually this year, the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce’s annual event featured keynote speaker Charlie Manuel, the World Series Champion manager for the Philadelphia Phillies. Other 2020 annual dinner honorees were:
- Company of the Year: Crozer Health
- Economic Impact Award: Wawa
- Nonprofit of the Year: Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County, Inc.
- Community Impact Award: The Foundation for Delaware County
- Young Professional of the Year: Adam Marone, Brand Operations Manager at LPL Financial