June 17, 2014 |
Had the Phillies shown up on Father's Day and played like men intent on having some say in the National League East race, this would have been a good time to point out that they are about to begin a brutal sequence of games against a lot of good teams and some great pitchers. There is no reason to do that, however. None whatsoever, because it was obvious after the offense's latest disappearing act that this team has no chance to be anything but dead and buried by the end of the 35-game stretch that begins Monday night against the first-place Atlanta Braves.
June 17, 2014 |
Carl Ortell gets the problem. He runs a big company: $1.6 billion in revenues, 2,800 employees, global, growing, never had a layoff. But his company, Automotive Resources International in Mount Laurel, isn't well-known and its business, fleet management, isn't well-understood. "The only threat to the vision we have to grow the business, to expand our business globally, is whether we could attract the talent that we needed as a family-owned business in an industry that's under the radar," said Ortell, 51, the company's president.
June 14, 2014 |
The two men on the dais Thursday morning at PPL Park could not have dressed more differently. Union CEO and operating partner Nick Sakiewicz, the man tasked with rebuilding the club once more, wore a patterned shirt unbuttoned at the collar, his sleeves rolled up. Work mode, he called it. At his right elbow, interim manager Jim Curtin sat in a dark suit, his tie crisply knotted, the mop of red hair from his MLS playing days neatly shorn....
June 13, 2014 |
THE UNION officially turned the page on the John Hackworth era yesterday, formally introducing Jim Curtin as the club's interim manager. "I'd say, to put it simply, we've had a bunch of very good players have poor first halves of the season," Curtin said in a news conference at PPL Park, 2 days after the team announced the firing of Hackworth and a day after the firing of technical director and assistant coach Rob Vartughian. "We have 18 games left; that's the good news. We have 18 games to get this ship right.
June 12, 2014 |
Chester County Emergency Management Director Ed Atkins, who led the department for 17 years, died Monday, according to the county. Judge Renee Cardwell Hughes, chief executive of the American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania, called Atkins "a great man" who always treated Red Cross volunteers with dignity and respect. "Every single day he committed himself to making Chester County a better place to live, and ensuring that the citizens of Chester County were safe," Hughes said in a video posted by the Red Cross.
June 12, 2014 |
Union CEO and operating partner Nick Sakiewicz said he believes that a disappointing year can be salvaged. That's why, with 18 games remaining in the Major League Soccer season, he made the move Tuesday to fire team manager John Hackworth. Assistant coach Jim Curtin, a former all-star with the Chicago Fire, was named interim head coach. Curtin, a 34-year-old Villanova graduate, will talk to the media Thursday. A year after setting a franchise record for wins during a 12-12-10 season and barely missing the playoffs, the Union stand at 3-7-6.
June 10, 2014 |
Just over a quarter-century ago, Robert "Bob" McClintock, a top executive in the management company that now runs the Convention Center, landed his first real job in convention center management. "I started out as a housekeeping supervisor at the old Philadelphia Civic Center," McClintock said. He was working there as part of an outside management firm hired to improve labor relations at the Civic Center. Does anything ever change in Philadelphia? Maybe not, because now McClintock works for SMG, the management company hired in December by the Convention Center, the Civic Center's successor building.
June 7, 2014 |
The City of Philadelphia's pension system hired some new money managers at its regular board of trustees meeting Tuesday, awarding mandates to a number of investment firms, some known locally and others nationally. Pending completion of their contracts, the Board of Pensions and Retirement awarded new mandates to the following active managers in fixed-income, and domestic- and international-equity sectors: In domestic equity (small, mid-, and large capitalization), Brandywine, Lyrical, Hahn, Herndon, GW, and Apex received commitments of money from the city.
June 5, 2014 |
In a deal that Mount Laurel-based PHH Corp. says will sharpen its overall strategic focus, enhance its financial flexibility, and position it to deliver greater shareholder value, the company has agreed to sell its fleet-management subsidiary for $1.4 billion to Element Financial Corp., of Toronto. PHH will remain in the mortgage production and servicing business. Element's purchase of PHH Arval - which has headquarters in Sparks, Md., $4.6 billion in total assets, and 1,000 employees - is expected to close on or before July 31. Dating from 1946, PHH Arval was the first fleet-management company in the United States, said spokesman Dico Akseraylian.
June 4, 2014
MY 16-YEAR-OLD son will be working for the first time this summer. He already has plans to buy an iPad with his earnings, and he made the mistake of telling me. What followed was another one of my lectures that ended with him shaking his head. I'm sure my many money conversations will weigh heavily when he and his two sisters are possibly faced with determining who I may have to live with in my retirement years. I bet they'll play rock, paper and scissors to decide. Still, despite the moans and groans and threats of putting me in a nursing home, I lecture anyway.