Grand Marshal

For the 14th anniversary of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 2018 we are honored to have Hugh Connelly as our Grand Marshal.





Hugh W. Connelly is the President of Business Banking at PA-based Univest Bank and Trust Co.  He also leads the nationwide equipment finance subsidiary, Univest Capital, Inc.  Additional responsibilities include the Cash Management department and SBA Lending.  In 2015 he led the development of a small business banking subscription product called Univest Prime.  In 2016, Univest Prime was recognized by Bank Director magazine as one of the year’s top 5 Fin Tech innovations.       After a 10-year career as a corporate lender, Hugh transitioned to the investment bank’s asset securitization group.  In 1999, Mr. Connelly started an internet leasing company –  When the internet bubble burst, Connelly formed a traditional brick-and-mortar finance company called FirstLease, Inc. After a 5-year successful run, he and a partner left to form Vanguard Leasing, Inc, which became Univest Capital, Inc.  His embrace of technology to accelerate the loan process and study of the growth secrets of small businesses offered him the opportunity to work on a team that helped an Angolan Bank develop its small business strategy.  He is the instructor for the SBA’s Emerging Leaders Program in Philadelphia where he teaches small business owners how to organize and scale their companies.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in finance from Temple University and a Master of Science in Finance-Bank Management from Drexel University.  In 2012 he earned the Microfinance Certification jointly issued by the London based Microfinance Association and The University of Rome.  He is adjunct faculty at Strayer University and mentor for Drexel University’s Close School of Entrepreneurship.  Focused on education, Mr. Connelly holds several professional certifications:  Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) and Certified Fund Specialist (CFS).  Mr. Connelly hosted the radio show Building Your Business through December 2017.





He lives in the local area with his wife of 30 years, Diane Connelly.  They have three children, Kelsey age 27 is a self-employed Optometrist; Daniel age 24 is an analyst at FMC Corporation and Jillian who is a junior at Seneca High School.


Charitable Activities:

In 2003 Hugh formed a division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Burlington County, NJ.  This Irish American club is a charitable organization that raises funds for children’s hunger projects, education and support of US Armed forces.  The division was based out of the Pemberton American Legion branch and supports funds for the families of Armed Forces.  Named the Tommy McGuire Division after the WWII NJ Air Force Ace.


In 2007 he led the formation of the Univest Capital 5K, which benefited the Bensalem Kiwanis.  His efforts helped raise over $50,000 in 6 years.


Hugh is a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and Rebuilding Philadelphia.


A lifelong Catholic, Hugh volunteers for church events, CCD teacher, and is a member of the Finance Committee of Holy Eucharist church in Tabernacle NJ.









2004           Ed Kelly

2005          Phil Haines


2007           Billy Briggs

2008          Jack McKee

2009          John McDevitt

2010          Paul Kennedy

2011           Pear Kerr

2012          Marie Hempsey

2013          Frank McAneny

2014          Jim Logue and Scott Mahoney

2015          William Layton

2016          Bobby Tippin

2017          Judyann Mcarthy