125 Years

The Wharton Economic Summit:
Keynote Speakers


John M. Resnick

John M. Resnick is an advisor to high net worth families, privately-held business owners, executives, and family offices, specializing in the proper use of life insurance in estate planning and business succession.  For more than 20 years he has been a principal in Resnick Associates, a second generation firm with offices in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania and a founder of The Lutgert Resnick Group, LLC in Naples, Florida. Mr. Resnick’s continual focus has been protecting family assets from estate taxes and designing inter-generational business succession plans that address the special challenges of “active vs. inactive” family members. He is frequently requested by other professionals to assist with joint case work.

John ResnickMr. Resnick has served as an adjunct professor of Family-Owned Business Studies, and has lectured at The Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania, Florida State University’s College of Business, Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, Penn State Dickinson School of Law, Widener University School of Law, and numerous others. John has also been the course instructor of "Due Diligence of Trust Owned Life Insurance" conducted by Bucknell University for the Pennsylvania Bankers School of Trust & Wealth Management.

John, his wife Billie Resnick, Esq., and Lawrence Brody, Esq. were recently invited by the American Bar Association to co-author the ABA's upcoming book, “Due Diligence of Trust Owned Life Insurance”, a national reference book for attorneys and other estate planning professionals.  Mr. Resnick's continuing education courses on life insurance, business succession, and buy-sell agreements have been attended by over 2,000 CPAs and attorneys. Mr. Resnick is a board member of the Pennsylvania Business Development Centers based at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. His articles have been published by newspapers and business journals throughout the U.S., including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Commerce Clearing House (CCH) Journal of Practical Estate Planning on assessing the risks of universal life and variable universal life insurance.

John and Billie Resnick are co-creators of the nationally syndicated radio program, Legends of Success with John M. Resnick. The show includes rare one-hour interviews with America's top CEO's and business leaders including Steve Forbes, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media; Jack Welch, retired Chairman of General Electric; Jon Huntsman, Founder & Chairman of Huntsman Corporation; Howard Schultz, Chairman of Starbucks; Evelyn H. Lauder, Senior Corporate Vice President of The Estee Lauder Companies; William Randolph Hearst, III, and many others.

Legends of Success debuted on January 12, 2002, on a single station in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and is now syndicated on over 100 affiliates and 58 digital cable television systems (audio channels) in the United States. A major objective of the program is to share the personal journeys of how America's most successful business icons overcame obstacles and setbacks to make it to the top. Mr. Resnick strongly believes that it is vital to foster the entrepreneurial spirit of our students and young people by providing them with astute role models who have accomplished the dreams to which these new entrepreneurs aspire.

John and Billie Resnick have been actively involved in assisting the students of The Wharton EClub with the 2015 Entrepreneurship Conference scheduled in Philadelphia on February 28, 2015. John will participate in a special keynote panel with Steve Forbes, Jon Huntsman, Sr., and Wharton Professor Stuart Diamond.   

John recently conducted his first Legends Live event in Harrisburg, PA featuring keynote speakers Steve Forbes of Forbes magazine and Dr. Patrick T. Harker, Dean of the Wharton School. The sold-out event paid special tribute to The Vista School of Central Pennsylvania, an organization assisting young children with autism.

John, his wife Billie and sons Ethan and Preston live in Naples, FL and Central PA