Last fall, Harrisburg social entrepreneur Alex Hartzler led us in a stimulating discussion of “Urban Revitalization: Why a Christian Businessperson Should Care.” He’s back this fall, and he’s taking the topic global.
During this event Alex broadened the conversation to international economic development. From his many years of experience in emerging markets around the world and his current work with three international investment groups, Alex expounded how investing in these underrated markets not only boosts business, but also serves as a powerful catalyst for positive community change.
This event took place at the Eden Resort and Suites (222 Eden Rd, Lancaster, PA 17601 on Wednesday, September 16, 2015.
Alex Hartzler is Managing Partner and Founder of WCI Partners, LP. Alex provides strategic guidance and oversight to WCI. He believes in the power of long-term patient capital to provide solid financial returns while building the larger community around those investments. And he believes that community building, smart, environmentally friendly development, and engaged business practices are fundamental to long-term success in real estate and business.
Alex was Executive Vice President and a partner of Webclients.net from 2000 until the company’s sale to ValueClick, Inc. in June 2005. He previously served as a corporate attorney with Buchanan Ingersoll, P.C. from 1995 to 1999. He is a graduate of Penn State University (BA – Economics), The George Washington University Law School (JD), and was a Fulbright Scholar in Cologne, Germany.
Alex is currently the Chairman of Sarona Asset Management, a private equity firm investing in frontier and emerging markets around the world. He currently serves as Director of the Board of MEDA and previously was Chairman of the Board of Ten Thousand Villages, an international handicraft distributor and retailer. He has been active in the impact investment arena for many years with Sarona and is a founding investor in several Sarona and MicroVest funds.
Alex is also the publisher of TheBurg, a monthly community newspaper in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.