The purpose of this organization is to provide information and support to members of the local business community and to actively promote and develop an economic environment in which its members can prosper, expand and diversify. It will address the needs of its members and interact with other individuals and organizations for the overall benefit of the business and residential community of Yardley.
Board of Directors
Heather has dedicated more than 25 years to helping small and mid-size businesses. She built her career at an international trade association in the marketing industry and worked her way up from an entry-level role to SVP of Strategic Accounts managing relationships with the leading brands in her field.
In 2017, after decades dedicated to corporate life, Heather joined her husband Jim in their Lower Makefield-based business. Partnering with a private media firm, in August 2017 the DiPratos launched Yardley Living, an exclusive publication for the Yardley and Lower Makefield community focused on connecting quality homeowners with reputable local business sponsors.
In 2017, in addition to launching the publication, Heather joined the YBA Board, served on the Yardley Harvest Day committee, attended LMT & Borough Council Meetings, and assisted with the Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting. She was elected as incoming YBA President and is excited about the new challenge!
Heather was born and raised in Bucks County and has lived in Lower Makefield for the past 7 years. She and Jim have two school-aged children and look forward to being more involved in YBA and continuing to help local businesses create effective campaigns to increase awareness, visibility, and word-of-mouth.
Company: Yardley Living
John has been a Yardley resident since childhood and currently lives in Lower Makefield with his wife Susan. He spent 35 years in the banking industry before retiring as a Vice President in 2014. He has been affiliated with many business organizations throughout his career, including the Rotary clubs of both Newtown and Bensalem, Le Tip of Lower Bucks County and served as treasurer of the Bensalem Chamber of Commerce. He now works with his wife, Susan, as co-owner of the award-winning Yardley Icehouse, a Yardley Borough institution since 1994.
Bobbie was born and raised in Lower Makefield Township, Yardley, PA. A licensed realtor for 20 years (8) with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, Fox and Roach Realtors for 20 years. She has worked all over Bucks County but mostly in the Yardley area.
She has 3 children, Ryan, Lauren & Zack and 2 grandchildren Brevin and Bria. All of them are the love of her life and she is very proud of them.
She served as Vice President and chairperson of YBA membership for 8 years. In 2014 she became President of the Yardley Business Association. During her years on the YBA board, she was on several committees: Raising money for the Tot Lot Playground, Yardley Harvest Day, Yardley Beer Fest, Yardley Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting. She attends Yardley Borough Council and Lower Makefield Township meetings.
This year, she helped with the LMT Veterans parade and FOLA, (Friends of Lake Afton) as well.
Our Yardley Business Association has been supporting businesses in the Yardley Borough and Lower Makefield (Yardley) communities since 1975. Yardley is a home to a wide array of businesses. We take pride in supporting our community and we are always here to help the boards, commissions, staff, council and supervisors. We have donated money to charities, Pennsbury Bucks County Community College Entrepreneurs and the Arts, also to the Historical Society and the wonderful Police Department and others. Our community would not be the best community if we did not have the support from these groups.
In 1977 Barry DiNola and his wife Mary Jane opened Yardley Jewelers. Barry is an award winning jewelry designer; he has won the Pennsylvania state jewelry design competition along with the Jewelers of America national competition. He is a graduate gemologist of the Gemological Institute of America and a Certified Gemologist Appraiser with the American Gem Society as well as a master goldsmith, silversmith and platinumsmith.
He is a past President of the Pennsylvania Jewelers Association and past president of the local American Gem Society Delaware Valley Chapter and the local Gemological Institute of American Keystone Chapter. Besides this Barry is a volunteer firefighter for the Yardley Makefield Fire Co, he is a Captain on the fire grounds and Co-Marine Rescue Captain and an active Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) for Yardley Makefield Emergency Unit as well as the Deputy Emergency Manager for Yardley Borough just to mention a few of this extracurricular activities.
He makes jewelry, repairs jewelry and does appraisals for not only his private cliental but for other jewelry stores around the country.
Sue has been a Lower Makefield resident for 20 years and resides in Yardley with her two children, Haley and Ryan. She is a PA licensed Realtor, with The Kim Tokar Team at Keller Williams Real Estate, and has been serving Bucks County in the real estate industry since 2006. She enjoys volunteering and has coordinated events with the American Red Cross, Leukemia Lymphoma Society and Be The Match.
Sue has participated with the Yardley Business Association Harvest Day and Beer Fest committees for several years and became a YBA Board Member in 2016.
Raised in an Insurance Family in Philadelphia, PA, James graduated from Temple University. James has been in the insurance industry for more than 25 years with experience on both the personal side as well as the commercial side. Utilizing his experience and skills, James' goal is to build long lasting relationships with his clients. James takes pride in representing his customers and meeting their needs, not just looking out for the insurance company. He is looking forward to expanding our YBA membership to create a business to business referral relationship.
Yardley Borough is located on a pristine section of the Delaware River and is bisected by the Delaware Canal. Idyllic Lake Afton forms the center of town. Yardley’s restaurants are located on or near these scenic waterways and are accessible to hikers and bikers. The town provides a great atmosphere for a before or after dinner stroll through its scenic and historic streets.
Bucks County is rich in history and abounds in family activities. A visit to Yardley’s eclectic dining establishments could be paired with a trip to Sesame Place near the Oxford Valley Mall or a tour of Washington Crossing Historic Park, just 3 miles up the Delaware River.
Yardley Borough is conveniently located off exit 51 of I-95. The borough has a Septa Regional Rail Train Station serviced by the West Trenton line to and from Philadelphia and surrounding communities. New Jersey Transit’s Trenton Train Station is a short drive for visitors from the Princeton or New York City areas.
Yardley was settled by William Yeardley (as the name was then spelled), a Quaker minister seeking religious freedom who emigrated to American from England with his wife, three sons and a servant in July 1682. Before leaving England, he made an agreement with William Penn to purchase a 519-acre tract for ten pounds sterling. He settled on Dolington Road and built a log cabin and later a stone house called “Prospect Farm”. The Yardley family occupied the land for more than 150 years.
William Yeardley and his family died of smallpox in 1702 and the original house burned down. In 1704, a nephew, Thomas Yeardley, came to America to settle the estate. He never returned to England and by 1710 had established Yardley’s first ferry at the foot of what is now Letchworth Avenue (the lower boundary of the early village). It developed into a major river crossing and this area became known as Yardley’s Ferry.