December 31, 2015
By Noah Feldman This was supposed to be the year President Obama would use unilateral executive action to accomplish major goals of his administration that had been blocked by Congress: relaxing deportations, closing the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and restricting access to guns. But all three goals stalled. Obama's executive action on immigration, announced in November 2014, was stymied in the federal courts, and the Supreme Court has yet to decide whether to hear the administration's appeal.
December 12, 2015 |
Philly is getting a lot of positive hype these days, but a majority of senior executives say they'd skip town for the right opportunity. "We're more at risk of losing talent than gaining talent," said John Touey, a principal at Salveson Stetson Group, an executive-search firm in Radnor that surveyed 863 upper-management executives in its database of potential or prospective job candidates. Even though seven in 10 said they were satisfied with their jobs, eight in 10 said they were either actively looking for new positions or would consider moving for the right jobs.
December 10, 2015 |
Gary S. Levitt, 72, formerly of Philadelphia, a consummate adman whose slogans such as "If it's Frank's, thanks!" added to the local lexicon, died Tuesday, Dec. 1, of a heart ailment at his retirement home in Delray Beach, Fla. In the 1970s, Mr. Levitt and his ad agency put a young used car dealer on the map with the slogan "Ron Levitt Sells Creampuffs. " That campaign, widely imitated, was followed by others: "Are you secure enough to spend less?" - an arm twister to get men into Mitchell Daroff clothing stores - and "The seat you'll never sit in" - an attempt to fill the arena at 76ers games.
December 5, 2015 |
No health-care organization, including one legally considered nonprofit, wants to make less money. But as costs become more a part of public debate, all organizations are grudgingly searching for ways to justify their place and prices. Some more grudgingly than others. "Let's not fold to advocacy pressure," Gilead Sciences executive Kevin Young wrote to colleagues, anticipating protests once the company's high-priced hepatitis C medicine, Sovaldi, hit the market in late 2013, in an email released Tuesday as part of a Senate investigation.
November 23, 2015 |
Joe Bender still can't believe it, but that giant new sign on the building where he works was a "complete surprise. " Of stainless steel, in capital letters, it reads: JOSEPH S. BENDER BUILDING. "Normally I'd see the invoices" for such a purchase, Bender, 65, said with a shake of his head last week. After 38 years as executive director of the Occupational Training Center (OTC) in Burlington Township - it trains and employs hundreds of area residents with intellectual and physical disabilities - "it's very seldom that I get good surprises," he said.
November 17, 2015 |
Josh Garfield, 64, of Ardmore, a marketing executive and oil painter, died Wednesday, Nov. 4, of cancer at his home in Boca Raton, Fla. He and his family had just relocated to Florida after 26 years in Ardmore. Mr. Garfield was marketing director of Garfield Refining Co., a precious-metals business that has been in the Garfield family for three generations. He held the position for many years, working from an office in the 800 block of East Cayuga Street in Philadelphia. Born in the city and educated in Lower Merion and Boston, Mr. Garfield aspired to become an artist.
November 12, 2015 |
John J. Leahy, 84, of Bryn Mawr, a longtime executive for Strawbridge & Clothier, the former department store, died Friday, Nov. 6, of pneumonia at Bryn Mawr Hospital. When he retired in the mid-1990s, Mr. Leahy was senior vice president for operations and also general superintendent, capping a 42-year career. He had served as vice president for 25 years starting in 1969. At the time of his retirement, he was the longest-serving vice president within the department-store chain.
November 9, 2015 |
Robert "Bobby" Bonds, 61, of Bala Cynwyd, an Amtrak executive who used his own recovery from addiction to fuel a program designed to help others, died Thursday, Oct. 29, of cancer at home. A 39-year Amtrak employee, Mr. Bonds devoted his life to Operation RedBlock, a drug and alcohol intervention and prevention program at the rail company that has grown to be a model for the nation and Europe. Developed more than 30 years ago, it provided guidelines for employees' families and friends on how to persuade loved ones to kick their addictions and stay substance-free.
November 2, 2015 |
John D. Backe, 83, of Gladwyne, the CBS chief executive who led the network to reclaim its top prime-time TV ranking in the 1970s, only to be forced out in a power struggle, died Thursday, Oct. 22, of heart failure at Waverly Heights. Mr. Backe took the reins of CBS in 1976 and began making marketing and technological changes designed to reverse the drop in network revenue and the exit of programming executives. He restructured the company and pressed for expansion into cable television, TV movies, and video, but the moves put him at odds with network founder William S. Paley, who was slow to embrace the new areas, according to the New York Times.
October 28, 2015 |
AS A NAVY MAN, Chuck Coleman traveled extensively, but it did not interfere with his religious duties. In fact, the travel helped propel him into greater church responsibilities. He served churches in Hawaii and in South Carolina, and became assistant chaplain at the Navy Chapel in Rota, Spain. Also, while still in the Navy, he attained a degree from Thomas Edison State College in Trenton. Later, after leaving the Navy, he received a master's degree from Widener University in Chester.