November 25, 2013 |
The Essent Group Ltd. is among the region's largest 50 public companies, and will be on the Philly 50 list when it is refreshed beginning next quarter. The mortgage insurer, organized in Bermuda but with its headquarters in Radnor, went public Oct. 31, with an initial offering of 19.7 million shares for $13.50 to $15.50. Wall Street immediately declared the shares undervalued, driving the price to $22.00 as of closing Friday. That would give the company a market cap of about $1.84 billion.
August 6, 2013
Nishon and Laura Yaghoobian, both 35, of Claymont, Del., own Wild Flour Bakery, a wholesale commercial bread and pastry bakery whose clients include restaurants, cafes and coffee shops. The Holmesburg company, which began in 2003, also sells breads and pastries at weekend farmers' markets in the city and Collingswood. Nishon oversees baking and Laura handles customer service, sales and payroll. I spoke with Laura. Q: How did you come up with the idea for the bakery? A: Nishon worked in pastry shops at [now closed]
May 27, 2013 |
'Horrible customer service. " That's what the newly fired Internal Revenue Service commissioner averred was the agency's only sin in singling out conservative political groups for discriminatory treatment. In such grim proceedings one should be grateful for unintended humor. Horrible customer service is when every patron in a restaurant finds a fly in his soup. But when the maitre d' screens patrons for their politics and only conservatives find flies paddle-wheeling through their consomme, the problem is not poor service.
May 22, 2013
By George Parry Dear Internal Revenue Service: Regarding your targeting of conservatives before the presidential election, I found last week's testimony by your former commissioner to be very reassuring. As he explained it, what appeared to be your intentional and politically motivated punitive, totalitarian, and chilling measures against conservative groups and individuals in a clandestine effort to affect the outcome of the election were, in fact, simply the inadvertent consequences of "horrible customer service" provided by a bunch of flunkies in Cincinnati.
May 19, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The firestorm buffeting the Internal Revenue Service intensified Friday as lawmakers began what they promised would be an extensive effort to learn whether there was any political motivation or White House involvement in the agency's recently acknowledged misdeeds. Fueling those concerns, J. Russell George, the Treasury Department's top tax watchdog, said Friday that he had informed top Treasury officials last summer about problems related to the special attention the agency was paying some conservative organizations seeking tax-exempt status.
April 15, 2013 |
Last fall, ironically right around the time I wrote about Vernon Hill, the banker whose evangelical emphasis on customer service has utterly disrupted the banking industry, I found myself encountering a string of customer service headaches. First, our newly installed gas heater went out. We'd been paying hundreds of dollars a year to F.C. Haab, the company that installed it, for a service agreement. They came out and told us we had a faulty blower motor. We'd have to wait for days - in the cold - for a replacement part.
February 4, 2013
I WOULD LIKE TO thank the Daily News for the help concerning my SEPTA issue ("Gripe from a bus rider," Jan. 30). The same day my letter was printed, director of customer service Rohan K. Hepkins called and stated he would look into the matter and apologized for the service and staff problem. Way to go, Daily News , for getting matters addressed. Maryann Zindell Philadelphia Take his word for it Re: "What Obama's up to" (letter, Jan. 29). Just want to give Tom Bell of Philadelphia a great round of applause for his comment.
January 2, 2013 |
During a recent fashion-insider breakfast marking the opening of the C. Wonder store in the King of Prussia Mall, Philadelphia Style editor Kristin Detterline stood chatting next to a wall of the brand's oversize shades. Detterline was in midsentence when she spied a pair of black-tinted aviators - nearly identical to the Tory Burch sunglasses perched atop her layered tresses. The only difference was the logo on the hinges - Detterline's featured Tory's trademark T, while the C. Wonder versions had a similarly stylized C. "Wow," Detterline said.
December 11, 2012 |
On 1,200 acres of Philadelphia waterfront, where some of the Navy's most historic ships were built, a fleet of another sort will soon make what Anthony Bucci hopes will be a high-impact entrance. And not just because of the noise coming from the tailpipes. RevZilla.com L.L.C., an online motorcycle-gear retailer created five years ago by three friends wanting to indulge their proficiency with technology and love of bikes, will move to Philadelphia Navy Yard in February. It will leave its 35,000-square-foot, low-profile headquarters in an old South Philadelphia toy factory on Jackson Street and bring something novel to the business campus redevelopment site along the Delaware: shopping.
November 5, 2012 |
Utilities in the Philadelphia area were frantically restoring electricity knocked out by Hurricane Sandy, though some customers were growing impatient after four days without electrical service. Peco Energy Co. says it was on target to restore service by midnight Friday to 90 percent of the 850,000 customers who lost power. It says most of its remaining customers will be restored by Sunday. Most of the Peco outages are concentrated in Bucks and Montgomery Counties. In South Jersey, power companies were on a similar pace: 19,300 customers remained powerless in Burlington County; 7,500 in Camden County; 544 in Gloucester County; 5,553 in Atlantic County; 876 in Cape May County; 2,525 in Cumberland County; and 331 in Salem County.