Tuesday, August 4, 2015

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

Bittenbender failed sewing; Plan B worked out even better

Tuesday, June 30, 2015, 2:00 AM
Emily Bittenbender should be thanking her lucky stars that she couldn't manage to sew, because otherwise, she might have joined the ranks of hundreds of other frustrated, would-be fashion designers with lots of great ideas, but no work. Instead, she runs a general contracting construction company,... Read more

Builder's juiced by the risk in construction

Saturday, June 27, 2015, 10:45 AM
Being in the construction business requires an incredible tolerance for risk, Emily Bittenbender, founder of Bittenbender Construction LP, told me in our Executive Q&A interview. "Everything is on the line," she said. She sold one house to start the business and her current house is on the line... Read more

Making sure the kids don't wreck the business

Saturday, June 20, 2015, 10:35 AM
A. Duie Pyle, the West Chester trucking and logistics company, has already beat the odds, surviving into its third generation of family ownership. Making sure it gets to the fourth weighs heavily on the mind of Peter Latta, chief executive, chairman and grandson of the founder, he told me during our... Read more

Choosing to be union

Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 5:55 PM
Anyone reading the newspaper would assume that unions and management can't possibly get along and that the worst thing that could happen to any business would be for it to have a unionized workforce. Yet, when Jeffrey Brown founded his 11-store chain of ShopRite supermarkets, "I chose to be union."... Read more

Supermarkets: From marginal to profitable in low-income neighborhoods

Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 3:40 AM
Tight margins are a given in the supermarket business, where they historically hover around a measly one percent of sales and are based on high-margin items offsetting loss-leaders. So how does the math work in lower-income neighborhoods where cash-strapped customers bypass high-margin items in favor... Read more
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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.

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