Saturday, August 29, 2015

American Airlines exec measures his kingdom at the Philadelphia airport

Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 3:05 AM
Cedric Rockamore has done it so often that he takes it for granted -- the view from the air traffic control tower that helps American Airlines monitor its huge footprint at the Philadelphia International Airport. Below are the sweep of planes, the runways, the bustling trucks and baggage vehicles moving... Read more

Boss' dilemma: Gaining the courage to fire

Saturday, August 22, 2015, 10:40 AM
Toughest part of being a top exec? Getting up the confidence to move quickly to fire people when necessary. "You’ve got to do it expeditiously," Cedric Rockamore told me during our executive question and answer interview published in Sunday's Philadelphia Inquirer. Rockamore oversees the work... Read more

Firstrust bank CEO banks on character

Tuesday, August 18, 2015, 3:35 AM
Richard Green, the chairman and chief executive of Firstrust Bank, headquartered in Conshohocken, runs other businesses as well -- real estate ventures, a resort and even the Eagles. Except for the bank, which he oversees, he relies on professional managers to run his businesses. Picking the right... Read more

At 93, Dad steps aside to give his son the top job

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 10:20 AM
When I was talking to Richard Green, the newly elevated chairman of Firstrust Bank, Prince Charles came to mind. Here's a man, now 66, who has been waiting to be King, and his mum, Queen Elizabeth, 89, won't give up the throne. I didn't spot any thrones in Firstrust's Conshohocken headquarters, but... Read more

Lesson One for Livengrin's CEO: A month in rehab

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 10:00 AM
True confessions: When Richard Pine, 64, first entered the field of drug and alcohol rehabilitation 36 years ago, he still was experimenting with both drugs and alcohol -- and doing so was practically a job qualification. "Back in 1979 it was pretty unusual for a non-addict to work, particularly in... Read more

Sesame Place exec says the kids are alright -- and he means his teen workers

Saturday, August 1, 2015, 10:30 AM
Sesame Place hires lots of teenagers, and while that poses its own challenges, park president Robert Caruso says the kids are alright. "I'm always amazed at how many people talk about the youth today and they don't think they're as committed or whatever to society as maybe those in the past, growing... Read more

Retailing 101: Never give the customer the finger

Saturday, July 25, 2015, 10:30 AM
When Dan Croce landed a job jockeying shopping carts and bagging groceries at the A&P/Super Fresh supermarket near his home in Delaware, he never expected that 31 years later he'd be running one of the region's largest supermarket chains, Acme Markets, he told me during our Executive Q&A published... Read more

What would Jesus say: CEO's take on a Bible tale of investments

Saturday, July 18, 2015, 10:00 AM
It's not often that a CEO interview veers into a discussion about the Bible, but Gordon Fowler, CEO of the wealth management company, Glenmede Trust, has a fiber art sculpture depicting the New Testament story of the 10 talents hanging in his Philadelphia office. "My mother did that. She is a fiber... Read more

Toll Brothers CEO: Mentoring on steroids

Saturday, July 11, 2015, 10:20 AM
Apparently, Robert Toll, one of the founders of luxury home builder Toll Brothers Inc., was shopping for a possible successor when he met Douglas Yearley, Jr., now Toll's chief executive. Only Yearley didn't know it. At the time, he was a lawyer who learned, as many litigators do, that the practice... Read more

The handicap makes the game

Saturday, July 4, 2015, 10:00 AM
Talking about why chief executives like to play golf, Mark Peterson, executive director of the Golf Association of Philadelphia, focused on assessing a person's character, for business or a job, by their character on the links. But there are other reasons as well, he explained during our executive... Read more
About this blog

Jobbing covers the workplace – employment, unemployment, management, unions, legal issues, labor economics, benefits, work-life balance, workforce development, trends and profiles.

Jane M. Von Bergen writes about workplace issues for the Inquirer.

Married to a photographer she met at her college newspaper, Von Bergen has been a reporter since fourth grade, covering education, government, retailing, courts, marketing and business. “I love the specific detail that tells the story,” she says.

Reach Jane M. at jvonbergen@phillynews.com.

Jane M. Von Bergen Inquirer Staff Writer
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