January 16, 2016 |
William S. Latoff, 67, of West Chester, a bank executive, accountant, developer, and volunteer civic leader, died Monday, Jan. 11, of complications from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Latoff was the chairman and CEO of DNB Financial Corp., a holding company whose subsidiary, DNB First, National Association, is a community bank headquartered in Downingtown with 12 branches. "Bill . . . through his vision and leadership, did so much to build and strengthen our company," said DNB Financial president William J. Hieb in a statement to employees announcing Mr. Latoff's death.
January 9, 2016 |
Gov. Christie blasted President Obama this week as a "dictator" and "petulant child" for taking executive action on guns, accusing the president of wrongly circumventing Congress. "If I tried to do that in New Jersey with my Democratic Legislature, they would be opposing me tooth and nail in the courts and every place they could oppose me," Christie said Tuesday in a radio interview. Yet Christie's own use of executive powers as New Jersey governor also has drawn accusations of overreach.
January 7, 2016 |
John C. Hackney Sr., 91, of West Chester, a General Electric executive, D-Day veteran and musician, died Wednesday, Dec. 30, of cancer at Bellingham Retirement Community. Born in Germantown to Oscar D. and Ruth E. Hackney, he was the fourth of six siblings. He grew up in Ocean City, N.J., where he was valedictorian of his class at Ocean City High School. He attended Georgia Institute of Technology to study engineering in the Army ROTC program. In 1942, he left Georgia Tech for the Army, and served as a technical sergeant and radio operator in the 116th Anti-Aircraft Gun Battalion during World War II. He landed at Utah Beach after sunset on D-Day during the Allied invasion of Normandy, part of a group that manned a truck outfitted with communications gear.
January 7, 2016 |
Ronald Rubin is stepping down from his executive role at Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, a company with which he has been identified since it acquired his Rubin Organization in 1997. Rubin's employment as executive chairman of the Philadelphia-based shopping-mall developer and operator will end June 7, when his current contract expires, the company said Tuesday in a statement to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. "I have benefited tremendously from Ron's leadership, the invaluable relationships he has created, and his real estate savvy," Joe Coradino, PREIT's current chief executive officer, said in a separate news release.
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.