January 29, 2016 |
GROUNDHOG DAY came early for Michael "Danger" Castro when he was arrested again Wednesday for the murder of a 77-year-old man. Castro, 34, of Pemberton Township, Burlington County, had been arrested in 2013 for the Feb. 5, 2012, shooting death of John Kingsbury in rural Mullica Township, Atlantic County. Authorities contended that Castro, a Muay Thai kickboxer, had planned to rob Kingsbury's residence, which belonged to Castro's business partner, Glenn Kingsbury, the victim's son. Castro, authorities said, encountered the older man and put two bullets in John Kingsbury's head.
November 5, 2015 |
Federal prosecutors on Tuesday called Chaka "Chip" Fattah Jr. a "cheat," a "deadbeat," and a "scam artist" who duped banks, clients, and the Philadelphia School District out of thousands of dollars to support his extravagant personal tastes. Fattah lobbed accusations of his own, saying government lawyers had no concept of how business works and only prosecuted him because "he spent money in ways they don't agree with. " Those barbs - traded across a courtroom - came as both sides made their final pitches to the eight-man, four-woman jury that will soon decide Fattah's fate on federal bank- and tax-fraud charges.
October 22, 2015 |
CHAKA FATTAH JR. had connections, a name and access - and he dreamed big - a former roommate and business partner testified at Fattah's federal trial yesterday. "He had a name. His father's a congressman," Matthew Amato told a federal jury. Fattah could get in the front of lines at clubs and get hard-to-get seats at restaurants. How? "Just by saying, 'Hey, I'm Chaka Fattah Jr. Can I have a table or get in front of the line?' " Amato said. With that access, Amato testified, he thought Fattah's idea of launching a high-end luxury concierge service for "high-net-worth individuals" would be successful.
July 30, 2015 |
Georges Perrier - shaking off notions of a post-Le Bec-Fin dotage - is coming to the aid of one of his former employees, a restaurateur who is recovering from a nightmarish situation: the jailing of a business partner accused of the sexual abuse of a child . Perrier is now chef-adviser at Crow & the Pitcher , on 19th Street just south of Rittenhouse Square. Michael Franco, who worked for Perrier as a sommelier and general manager for six years, opened the bar-restaurant last year with chef Alex Capasso and an investor.
June 30, 2015
J ULIA KURNIK, 31, of Bella Vista, is co-founder and CEO of Focus Foods, a for-profit startup dedicated to social enterprise. Focus creates greenhouses that use waste from fish to grow naturally organic vegetables, fruits and herbs, which in turn clean the water and return it to the fish. The greenhouses will be installed on rooftops of supermarkets so produce can be harvested faster than traditional farming and sold in hours. Focus expects to launch its pilot next month. Q: How'd you come up with the idea?
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.