Anuj Gupta (Fels ‘03) named to Philadelphia Business Journal’s "Power76"

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October 24, 2015

When Philadelphia Business Journal selected its “Power76,” editors wanted “to give a glimpse” of the most influential people in Greater Philadelphia. Fels alumnus Anuj Gupta has made the grade – and for good reason. 

In a list which includes University of Pennsylvania president Amy Gutmann and start-up/investor wunderkind Josh Kopelman, Gupta holds his own as the newly-selected general manager of Reading Terminal Market.

Being tapped to lead Philadelphia’s iconic 123-year-old market was a daunting enough challenge in itself; stepping into the role last June, just months before the visit of Pope Francis  (arguably the biggest event to hit Philadelphia in the last century), was a challenge on a whole new level. According to Philadelphia Business Journal, Gupta received “high marks,” for his performance during the historic papal visit. 

But now that the event is in the history books, Gupta’s vision for the market focuses on innovation. For him, it’s key, even for such an established and branded entity as Reading Terminal Market:

“We have to be innovators,” Gupta said in the Business Journal article. “Not just the vendors and showcasing their innovations. We have to be innovators ourselves, as a facilities manager, guardians of an important public space and as the landlord.” 

A principal innovation focus so far has been the integration of technology, specifically delivery services, to the market’s traditional shopping and dining activity. With these kinds of changes in mind, it’s easy to see why Philadelphia Business Journal has included Gupta on the list of change-makers.

Gupta comes to the market from Mt. Airy USA, a community development corporation dedicated to enhancing the economic health of the historic Germantown Avenue business corridor. His prior work includes serving as a chief of staff/deputy commissioner for the City of Philadelphia, Department of Licenses and Inspection, and a stint as a research associate at the Pennsylvania Economy League. 

He received his law degree from Penn Law and an MGA from Fels in 2003.

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