March 18, 2012
Last year, Tom Spann, chief executive officer of Accolade Inc., was named the top leader for small workplaces in the Philadelphia region. At that time, the company had 72 employees in the area. This year, Spann was again named a top leader, based on employee responses to this prompt: I have confidence in the leader of this organization. But now he's No. 1 for leadership among midsize workplaces. That's because a year of growth has more than doubled the regional head count of Accolade, based in Plymouth Meeting, to 152 employees.
December 12, 1991 |
British Prime Minister John Major returned home from the historic European Community summit in triumph yesterday. As he reported to the nation on the two newly signed treaties, one political, the other economic, he was hailed by allies and commentators alike for his negotiating skill, his tenacity and his sense of what was possible. He received the ultimate accolade from his predecessor, Margaret Thatcher, who is outspokenly suspicious of all things European. That accolade came in the form of her silence, at least for a day. In narrow, political terms, Major's performance during the marathon talks in Maastricht, Netherlands, met every key test.
October 3, 2011 |
Since there is no mandatory reporting of mass hires (only mass layoffs), growth often goes overlooked. Enter the U.S. Small Business Administration with a gimmick to highlight 100 firms that have created 100 or more jobs after receiving agency help. I call it a gimmick because several of the 100 shed their small stature long ago, such as Qualcomm Inc. ($11 billion in annual revenue) and Symantec Corp. ($6.2 billion) . Still, both did receive funding through the Small Business Innovation Research program early in their development.
September 6, 2013
TOM SPANN, 54, of Plymouth Meeting, is CEO of Accolade, a Plymouth Meeting company whose professional health assistants help employees at large companies make informed decisions about health care. Spann, a former partner at management-consulting firm Accenture, co-founded Accolade in 2007. It has since grown to $32 million in annual revenues and almost 500 employees, including nurses, pharmacists and doctors. Q: What's the genesis of Accolade? A: I had some experience working with health-care startups at Accenture.
March 20, 2011
Workers love the atmosphere and opportunities they have at the region's small employers - those with fewer than 150 on the local payroll. Here's a sampling of anonymous comments from people at the top small workplaces in the region. Energy Plus Holdings L.L.C., Philadelphia Everyone has a positive attitude here, and I believe everyone is genuinely happy to come to and be at work. Senior management knows everyone by name, and enough about you to have conversation, not just the awkward hello on the elevator or by the watercooler.
June 25, 2010 |
Position: Guard Height: 6-7. Weight: 205. Age: 21. Birthdate: Oct. 27, 1988. College: Ohio State. At OSU: Was the national player of the year as a junior last season . . . Led the Big Ten in scoring (20.4) and rebounding (9.2) and was second in assists (6.0) and steals (1.7) . . . Missed six games in midseason with a back injury, but rebounded with a monster year . . . Hit a 37-foot buzzer beater in the first round of the Big Ten tournament to dash rival Michigan's NCAA tourney hopes.
May 27, 2004 |
Edgar Martinez downplayed his achievement. Martinez hit his 236th homer as a designated hitter, passing Harold Baines as the all-time leader among DHs, as the visiting Seattle Mariners sent the Cleveland Indians to their season-high seventh straight loss, 7-3, last night. Martinez has 301 lifetime home runs. "This record is not like Pete Rose or anything," Martinez said. "It's nice when it happens, but anybody can do it. " Mariners manager Bob Melvin said there are few like Martinez.
March 9, 1989 |
For the professional-sports devotee, these are truly lean times: The country is mired in its annual sports drought. It strikes like clockwork, running from the final gun at the Super Bowl in January until relief arrives with the first pitch on Opening Day in April. (Sure, the NBA and NHL are going full-tilt, but how much excitement is there in seeing which one or two of the 20-odd teams in each league won't qualify for the playoffs?) But a source of comfort for distraught fans lies close at hand - the personal computer.
March 4, 1997 |
First, Michael Jordan became the NBA's No. 7 scorer. Then, he wondered where he would be ranked had he not given up basketball for 1 1/2 years and had he not lost almost the entire 1985-86 season to injury. Jordan scored 31 points last night - giving him 26,277 in his career, 19 more than injured San Antonio star Dominique Wilkins - as the Bulls rolled to a 108-90 victory over the visiting Milwaukee Bucks. "I feel old. I feel like gradually . . . some of the things I've done over the years are starting to add up," said Jordan, who turned 34 last month.
October 17, 1991
Although he's just 19, Nicholas Caputo of Bustleton has already established an impressive record of personal achievement, community service and devotion to family. At LaSalle High School, he was into everything - editor of The Wisterian, the school paper; president of the photo club; statistician for the football team. An outstanding student, he won a full scholarship to Franklin and Marshall College - but enrolled at LaSalle instead, to stay close to home because his mother is a heart patient.