Media Advisory: Philly Business Leader to Receive Humanist Honor

On Saturday, June 7, Philadelphia-area businessman Steve Rade will be honored by the American Humanist Association with its Humanist Business Award. The luncheon award ceremony will be part of the Association’s 73rd annual conference, being held over the weekend in downtown Philadelphia. Rade will give an acceptance speech and be available for interviews.

WHO: Steve Rade, a leader in business, a philanthropist and an atheist.

— During the 1980’s Steve Rade rose to prominence in the telecommunications industry, founding Advanced Videotech Corp in 1982, an importer of 2-way radios. Then, in 1984, he founded Advanced Cellular Systems and became the leading agent of Comcast/Metaphone, Philadelphia’s first air time carrier. Finally, along with his wife Susan, he founded the Wireless Xcessories Group in 1988, a nationwide distributor of mobile phone accessories, with which Steve remains Chief Operating Officer.

— Twenty years ago he helped organize the Philadelphia Association for Critical Thinking (PHACT). In 2008 he organized secular group leaders in the city to found Philly CoR, a coalition to connect and strengthen the local freethought, humanist, atheist, agnostic, and rationalist groups. This drew international press coverage when it emerged with a billboard campaign using the slogan, “Don’t believe in God? You are not alone.” In 2009 he incorporated the United Coalition of Reason to export his “Philadelphia revolution” across the United States.

WHERE: The Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel
Liberty Ballroom
201 North 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

WHEN: Saturday, June 7, 2014, at 1:00 PM (Luncheon from Noon to 1:00 PM; Awards Ceremony from 1:00 to 2:45 PM)

WHY: People who don’t believe in a god are found in every walk of life. And those of outstanding character and accomplishment in business who emphasize ethics in their professional dealings and generosity in their private lives are considered by humanists as deserving of special recognition. So each year humanists from around the nation gather to celebrate those who exemplify their highest ideals, and listen to their words of encouragement.

MORE INFORAMATION: Photo of Steve Rade free for media use at and full conference details available at

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The United Coalition of Reason is a network of over 70 local coalitions nationwide. It assists atheist and agnostic groups to cooperate toward achieving visibility, membership and impact in cities, counties and states across the country and in Canada.

The American Humanist Association, founded in 1941 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., works to protect the rights of humanists, atheists and other non-religious Americans. It also acts to advance humanist ideas.

Humanism is an ethical and life-affirming philosophy which—without beliefs in any gods or other supernatural forces—encourages individuals to live informed and meaningful lives that aspire to the greater good of humanity.

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Fred Edwords
National Director
United Coalition of Reason
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Merrill Miller
Communications Associate
American Humanist Association
202-238-9088 ext. 105
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