Philip Kapneck is a North American public servant and prior to that, he was a businessman. In 1970, Marvin Mandel, Maryland’s Governor, appointed Kapneck as his Special Advisor on Student Affairs to the Maryland Governor’s Office. At the end of that appointment, Mandel made Kapneck Maryland Trade Ambassador.
Successive governors, Democrat and Republican re-appointed Philip Kapneck as Trade Ambassador, and Ambassador Kapneck remained in that position for 40 years, until he retired.
Philip Kapneck was born in Washington D.C. and later moved to Maryland. He graduated from Washington D.C.’s Theodore Roosevelt High School. In his final year there, he was elected class Vice President.
Next, Kapneck attended George Washington University, studying Business Administration and Political Science.
This press release states that Philip Kapneck, Maryland Trade Ambassador To Be Subject of A Business Biography. Ambassador Kapneck, who was instrumental in creating hundreds of thousands of jobs, never sought publicity, preferring to work behind-the-scenes, helping his fellow man.
Serving as “Special Advisor on Student Affairs to the Governor’s Office,” Kapneck was a communicator between Maryland University students and the Governor’s Office. The Maryland University Student Government Association named Philip Kapneck its Man of the Year, the first non-University of Maryland student in 12 years to be so named.
Next, Governor Mandel asked Kapneck to open a European development office in Brussels, Belgium, to represent the state’s trade interests there, and to encourage European companies to open businesses and industry in the state of Maryland. The success of this venture lead to the Maryland Secretary of Business and Economic Development appointing Kapneck to do the same in Australia and New Zealand.
The stories listed on this page all relate to Philip Kapneck and the things he achieved, culminating in the story by Sally Gray, about his 40-year career as Maryland’s Trade Ambassador. As Trade Ambassador, the Hon. Philip Kapneck was the catalyst for bringing hundreds of thousands of jobs to the USA, mainly, but not exclusively to Maryland.
Over the years, many stories have been written about the Trade Ambassador’s work. He has always shied away from publicity about himself. That is the reason for there being very little public documentation about him in the early years. The official website documents more of the stories.