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Mr. Vignola’s expertise in helping governments regain and maintain their fiscal stability is unmatched in Pennsylvania.”

Joseph C. Vignola
Senior Vice President

“In assisting distressed governments return to fiscal solvency, you cannot cut your way to that solvency. Although, some view cuts to the “bare bone” as preferable to increasing taxes, citizens expect, and rightfully so, that the taxes they are already paying should provide them with the safe, clean streets and quality-of-life services that attracted them to live in that community in the first place.”

Joseph C. Vignola has been an active participant in the civic affairs of the Greater Philadelphia area for nearly four decades. He holds a degree in Economics from the Wharton School, a degree in History from the College of Arts and Science, of the University of Pennsylvania and a Law Degree from Temple University School of Law and is admitted to the Bars of the Supreme Courts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as well as Federal Courts. He also holds a certificate in State and Local Government from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Prior to joining the Colmen Group, Mr. Vignola was Senior Vice President and Group Manager (Public Finance) for Janney Montgomery Scott, LLC. In that position, he was responsible for Janney’s public finance department from New England to Florida overseeing a department that participated in more than four billion dollars of tax exempt issuances since January 2006. Prior to joining Janney, in April 1995 he was appointed Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (PICA) whose legislatively mandated task is to oversee the finances of the City of Philadelphia. Previous to his PICA appointment, Vignola served as a Philadelphia City Councilman representing the First Councilmanic District, a two term elected Controller of the City and County of Philadelphia and School District Auditor, and Chair of the Board of Commissioners for the City and County of Philadelphia.

Mr. Vignola was chair of Governor Edward G. Rendell’s Task Force on Pittsburgh’s Fiscal Stability and was its Financial Overseer. At the request of Governor Edward G. Rendell of Pennsylvania, he is serving as the Borough of Norristown’s Fiscal Overseer. He currently serves or has served on a number of boards including Criminal Justice Coordinating Commission, Historic Philadelphia, Inc. (Chair-Emeritus), Diagnostic & Rehabilitation Center (Chair), DRC/Gaudenzia Advisory Board (Chair), Legislative Liaison Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association (Co-Chair-Emeritus), Philadelphia Bar Association Law PAC (Chair), Historic East Market Street Inc., and the Dubai/American Society, Inc. Other activities include membership in the Justinian Society, Pennsylvania Society, The Lawyers’ Club of Philadelphia and the Union League of Philadelphia. He has been an instructor at the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University and a tenured faculty member of the Comey Institute of Saint Joseph’s University.

Mr. Vignola has received numerous community service awards ranging from the Veterans of Foreign Wars to the Public Relations Society of America. He was the recipient of the 1987 Order of the Owl Award from the Temple University Alumni Association for his contributions to government and the City of Philadelphia and was the 1994 Alumnus of the year from Saint Joseph’s Preparatory School and is a member of its Board of Trustees. He is also a Fellow of the Philadelphia College of Physicians as well as a member of the Board of Trustees.

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