Joan Carter

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Joan Carter
Joan Carter
Joan Pauline Carter

(1943-07-02) July 2, 1943 (age 79)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Alma materCollege of Wooster
OccupationPresident of UM Holdings Ltd
Board member ofFreedomWorks
Philly Pops
Union League of Philadelphia Legacy Foundation
Foundation for Individual Liberty
College of Wooster Emeritus
(m. 1979)

Joan Carter (born July 2, 1943 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American businessperson and philanthropist. She is President of UM Holdings Ltd.[1] which she co-founded with John Aglialoro. Since 1973, UM Holdings has owned and operated a variety of business, primarily in the health and fitness industries. UM Holdings was the owner of Cybex International and EHE International., both of which were sold in 2016.

Education and achievements[edit]

She is a graduate of The College of Wooster, and was awarded the College’s 2005 Distinguished Alumni Award.[2] In 2010, Carter was elected President of The Union League of Philadelphia, the first woman[3][4][5][6] to hold that position in the League’s 150 year history. She was also awarded the Temple University 2011 Musser Award,[7] the Adam Smith Award[8] in 2012 by Economics Pennsylvania, the IWF Women Who Make a Difference Award in 2018,[9] and 2018 Distinguished Citizen Award from the Valley Forge Freedoms Foundation.[10]


Carter serves as chairman of the board of the Legacy Foundation formerly the Abraham Lincoln Foundation[11] and FreedomWorks.[12] She currently serves on the board of Philly Pops, The Foundation for Individual Liberty [13] and as trustee emeritus for the College of Wooster.[14] Additionally Carter served on the board of Lourdes Health System.,[15] the Reason Foundation.[16] Carter served as director for the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia from 1994 to 2001 and as its chair from 1998 to 2001. She was a director for Carr America (formerly NYSE: CRE) from 2003 to 2006 when Carr was sold to the Blackstone Group. She was vice chairman of the board of Cybex International from 1997 to 2016[17] when Cybex was sold to Brunswick Corporation in 2016. She was a director from 2001-2019 for Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company[18] and chair of that board's marketing committee.

Personal life[edit]

Carter is married to John Aglialoro, producer of the Atlas Shrugged movie trilogy, on which Carter served as associate producer.[19] She authored The History of the Atlas Shrugged Movie Trilogy [20] and co-authored Atlas Shrugged: The Novel, the Films, the Philosophy.[21] She has two children, and two step-children, and eight grandchildren.


  1. ^ "Joan Carter Bio UM Holdings".
  2. ^ Distinguished Alumni Award
  3. ^ Union League Appointment
  4. ^ Witness History | Philadelphia Inquirer
  5. ^ Union League's Leading Lady | Philadelphia Style
  6. ^ Women on the Move | Main Line Today
  7. ^ Musser Award Video
  8. ^ HBS Club of Philadelphia
  9. ^ IWF Women Who Make a Difference 2018
  10. ^ 2018 Distinguished Citizen Award - Valley Forge Freedoms Foundation
  11. ^ Union League | Philadelphia Inquirer
  12. ^ Joan Carter | FreedomWorks
  13. ^ The Foundation for Individual Liberty
  14. ^ The College of Wooster Trustees
  15. ^ Lourdes Health System Trustees
  16. ^ Reason Foundation
  17. ^ Board List | Cybex International Archived 2014-07-14 at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^ Penn Mutual Board | Business Week
  19. ^ Joan Carter biography | Atlas Shrugged
  20. ^ The History of the Atlas Shrugged Movie Trilogy - Amazon Library
  21. ^ Atlas Shrugged: The Novel, the Films, the Philosophy - Amazon Library

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