April 25, 2014
T RACY SHANNON, 40, of Blue Bell, is president and co-owner of SWEAT Fitness, which has six gyms in Philadelphia and two in the burbs. Shannon, a Temple grad and a married mother of three young boys, has been with SWEAT since its first location opened in 1997 and has been heading up all operations since. Q: How'd you land at SWEAT? A: I was working at a club and met my business partner [Dan Neducsin], who told me he was opening a SWEAT at 24th and Walnut. I'd finished college with a degree in exercise science and SWEAT offered me a job. Q: Did you buy into the biz?
October 26, 2013 |
MOUNT LAUREL - Angela Pipersburgh quoted so many Bible passages that her business speech Thursday at Burlington County College seemed more like a church sermon. That was the point. She is founder and president of the Kingdom Chamber of Commerce with four chapters in New Jersey and another in Philadelphia. The faith-based organization was created in 2004 in Cherry Hill to connect entrepreneurs who believe their faith, and relationship with God, can influence business. Pipersburgh, a motivational speaker, addressed about 200 business owners Thursday, most from the region, with some from Washington, New York, and the Bahamas.
August 30, 2013 |
Even without his signature superhero regalia and Gatorade-hued hairdo, Jamie Rahn is a colorful guy. A Barrington resident, 25, he's launching a career out of his success as a costumed contestant on American Ninja Warrior , NBC's extreme-sports extravaganza. ANW competitors must conquer a daunting, if not diabolical, obstacle course seemingly concocted by Rube Goldberg and the Marquis de Sade. Rahn is doing well in the fifth-season final rounds, which continue Mondays at 8 p.m. on Philadelphia's NBC10.
June 28, 2013
J OHN COOLEY, 50, of Chadds Ford, is founder and chief executive of The Marketing Department (TMD) Worldwide. Cooley and his partners are building a national and international network of corporate and franchise retail stores and offices to provide affordable marketing for small businesses. Cooley, a University of Delaware grad, started the firm in 2008. Q: How'd you get the idea? A: I had a boutique ad agency here, and we had clients like Comcast and Pfizer. I had a vision of creating places where a small business can walk in, meet with a consultant, and we would deliver the same [services]
June 16, 2013 |
Glenn Gross and Ed Willis had been searching for an avenue to dive into the barbecue business when a "brownish-orange-colored, barn-looking building" along South Delsea Drive in Vineland, N.J., kept catching their eye. "We just kept driving by this place, looking at it and saying, 'Man, that looks like a barbecue restaurant,' " said Willis, 55, of Gloucester Township. That's where the two longtime friends opened the first Fat Jack's BBQ & Blues. The original site is now closed and their business partnership has changed, but their barbecue acclaim has spurred them to national exposure.
April 25, 2013 |
SOME OF state Rep. Bill Keller's closest associates will gather Wednesday in federal court. It won't be a happy reunion. Mark Olkowski, Keller's longtime business partner, is scheduled to change his not-guilty plea after being indicted Jan. 29 on charges of filing false personal and business income taxes along with improperly collecting unemployment. Lorraine DiSpaldo, Keller's former chief of staff, is also scheduled to change her not-guilty plea after being indicted on Sept.
April 11, 2013 |
HIS NICKNAME is "Danger," the kind of guy who doesn't need a gun to end a fight. Michael K. Castro fought most of his battles in rings and the gyms where he trained as a Muay Thai kickboxer. But Atlantic County authorities say he allegedly shot and killed a 77-year-old Army veteran during a burglary last year in rural Mullica Township. Castro, 32, was arrested Tuesday in Dania, Fla., where he had moved and was in the process of opening a new Muay Thai gym. The former Burlington County resident described himself as a two-time Muay Thai world champion who has worked as a kickboxing instructor at gyms throughout South Jersey.
January 31, 2013 |
IT HAS BEEN nearly 2 1/2 years since teams of FBI and IRS agents raided homes and offices in Pennsport connected with state Rep. Bill Keller. So far, three of the 11-term state legislator's close allies have been indicted. Mark Olkowski, Keller's longtime business partner, is the latest to fall. Olkowski was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury on charges of filing false personal and business tax returns, as well as wire fraud for improperly collecting unemployment. Keller's chief of staff, Lorraine DiSpaldo, and a former staffer, Robert Mulgrew, were indicted in September on charges of misusing hundreds of thousands of dollars in state grant money meant for two nonprofits.
January 20, 2013 |
A Marlton man who helped con $500,000 from clients with the promise of obtaining millions of dollars in venture capital for their projects was sentenced Friday to five years in state prison. Albert A. Paramito Jr., 40, pleaded guilty in June to a charge of second-degree conspiracy after posing with a Canadian partner as investment bankers and financial advisers to steal the money. He has agreed to pay $200,798 in restitution, representing his share of the stolen funds. A guilty plea also was entered for his company, Paramito Global Holding Inc., a Nevada corporation with an address in Voorhees.
January 6, 2013 |
Louis James LaCorte was a man of many sayings, of which the following was his favorite: "This piece of jewelry is one that people will look over, as opposed to overlooking. " It summed up a business acumen that served him well as co-owner of the Owl's Tale, a Haddonfield shop brimful of antiques, estate gems, and figurines. Known for his banter, sartorial taste, and arresting handlebar mustache, he presided over a lively heirloom trade for more than three decades. In the last year, though, illness increasingly came between Mr. LaCorte and the Owl's Tale.