June 5 Marks CEO Retirements

June 5 Marks CEO Retirements — June 5 has certainly been interesting in the world of business. Two politically active anti-Trump billionaire CEOs picked today to announce their retirements. David Koch is stepping down from Koch Industries and the open-border activist group Americans for Prosperity Foundation, and totally woke Howard Schultz is quitting Starbucks.

It’s a coincidence worth nothing.

June 5 Marks CEO Retirements

Pope Says Redistribute Wealth

Padula Media Art of Business

Unionville High grad Thomas Padula has started Padula Media LLC.  He works with with real estate teams, brokers, businesses, and organizations to help with their marketing needs. He has completed promotional videos, commercials, 360 tours, and standard photography.

Check out his Art of Business video below:

Padula Media Art of Business

Padula Media Art of Business

 

Home Contracting Costs Shaved With Springfield Man’s MyBidPortal

Home Contracting Costs Shaved With Springfield Man’s MyBidPortal

Home Contracting Costs Shaved
Brian Murphy at a customer’s.

A Springfield  man’s plan is already shaving thousands from plumbing, heating and air conditioning  costs for homeowners throughout Southeast Pennsylvania and it’s just a few months old.

Brian Murphy, a master plumber, began MyBidPortal.com earlier this year. The concept is simple. A homeowner fills an online form about the kind of work desired. A MyBidPortal  representative consults with the homeowner by phone, online or via an at home visit. A system is selected  and the rep then requests bids from local rated installation professionals.

A professional seeking work sees the request on MyBidPortal and submits a bid. Once MyBidPortal gets multiple competing bids the homeowner is contacted. The homeowner compares the pricing with the latest MyBidPortal score and picks a pro.

The bidders are blind to each others offers.

Murphy says these pros are screened either by himself or one of his 11 agents before being allowed to submit bids on MyBidPortal, and their work is reviewed quarterly. The screening and reviews include interviews with their previous customers, ensuring that licenses and insurance are up to date, and observing them at job sites.

Customers are not charged for work requests. MyBidPortal takes a small percent of the fee from the contractor when the bid is accepted.

Murphy says savings for customers are often $4,000-plus for major jobs. Advantages to the contractor include far less idle time and far less expensive leads and sales commissions.

Among the ways Murphy has been promoting his business is with how-to videos YouTube which can be found here.

Murphy has been doing plumbing and HVAC work for more than three decades. With the growing success of MyBidPortal in his line, he says he is working with his wife, Holly, to expand the concept to retail.

 

Home Contracting Costs Shaved With Springfield Man’s MyBidPortal

 

 

 

Steel Mill Reopens, God Bless President Trump

Steel Mill Reopens, God Bless President Trump
MAGA is happening.

Steel Mill Reopens, God Bless President Trump — This is for all the Trump haters. It’s certainly not something you will likely hear via your local media.

The first few paragraphs of an April 24 2016 story from Crain’s Cleveland:

If there’s a city that encompasses the repercussions of the steel downturn, it’s Lorain.

The city is home to two large steel plants, one of which is currently shut down. The other is only running one of its three mills, according to the union. Both have left hundreds without jobs and will contribute to a likely budget shortfall for the city.

The issues plaguing the plants aren’t unique. The steel industry has been facing oversupply globally; domestically, producers have also been struggling with a strong dollar and low oil prices driving down demand for drilling-related products.

“It’s going to be a rough couple years,” said Brian Sealy, staff representative for the United Steelworkers.

Sealy, who worked in the Lorain plants for about 20 years before joining the USW staff, said he hasn’t seen a downturn like this since at least 2009, when the entire economy took a dive. Even then, both mills “limped along” instead of shutting down, he said.

Canton-based Republic Steel shut its Lorain plant at the end of March and is just keeping security and a few people on site to protect its assets.

Now the first few graphs from a story carried by WKYC.com Thursday. (March 8, 2018)

In response to President Trump signing proclamations Thursday imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, Republic Steel has announced plans to restart its Lorain facility.

The move would bring back more than 1,000 jobs to the Lorain plant, which will be positioned to restart its idled electric arc furnace, casters, and rolling mills on short notice.

 

Republic currently has open capacity at its Canton melt shop. Restarting the Lorain facility would provide more than a million tons of new production capacity. The company anticipates that it would take a few months to hire and train employees and restart its idled equipment.

God bless President Trump. MAGA.

Steel Mill Reopens, God Bless President Trump

Carol Hatton-Holmes Taking Flight Disc Profile

Carol Hatton-Holmes Taking Flight Disc Profile

By Kate Rainey

Josephs People Central Delco (JPCD) welcomes Carol Hatton-Holmes, CSP, who will present a new assessment tool, Taking Flight Disc Profile. The program will be held from 7-8:30 p.m., March 6, at Media Presbyterian Churchs Hassler Chapel, 30 E. Baltimore Ave., Media, PA 19063. The chapel can be accessed from the Baltimore Avenue side, to the left of the main door, or around back on East Franklin Street, enter the back door and go up the stairs. All are welcome, without regard to religious affiliation.

Ms. Hatton-Holmes is a Special Project Staffing Consultant for Monarch Staffing. She has owned a business and worked for IBM, SunGard, GTE and Sprint. Carol speaks on generational topics and the Taking Flight DISC program.

The DOPE Bird Personality Test, which is an acronym for Dove, Owl, Peacock, Eagle, will assist individuals in creating more effective work relationships and understanding how to communicate among different personality styles. This 4-Bird personality test promotes self-assessment, intensifies self improvement, complements career and personal development and can be used to improve how we interact with others.

 Employees who are self-aware, are more likely to maximize their talents, recognize and manage their challenges and produce better results. Every employee is a co-creator of workplace culture. When people understand their own style and show respect for individual differences, they impact the culture in a positive way. By applying the wisdom of the styles, each person improves the culture, one interaction at a time. Theres an expression in neuroscience, what wires together fires together. This training wires DISC to existing knowledge and thus it fires at just the right time.

JPCD is a joint program of Media Presbyterian Church and St. Laurence Church in Upper Darby. The group has an active, free forum on LinkedIn, named Josephs People of Central Delaware County-Free Job Search Groupin the LinkedIn directory. To join, send a request and an email will be generated confirming membership.

JPCD is affiliated with Josephs People, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping unemployed and underemployed workers. Local, affiliated chapters provide networking opportunities, guidance and emotional support to job seekers and career changers. For more information, send a message through the LinkedIn group listed above, visit www.josephspeople.org or email contactus@josephspeople.org.

Carol Hatton-Holmes Taking Flight Disc Profile

Carol Hatton-Holmes Taking Flight Disc Profile

Scottevest Mocks Customers Or Idiocracy In Action

Scottevest Mocks Customers Or Idiocracy In Action — ScotteVest advertises heavily on Fox News and seems like a good idea. It’s a lot more practical, after all, to carry a smart phone in a vest pocket than one’s pants or purse, and this is equally true of things like wallets and keys.

So it was getting a lot of sales. It was by his own admission making founder and CEO Scott Jordan rich.

Then on Sunday (Jan. 14) he put this on Facebook:

“I love meeting new people that recognize me and my company from all of our television commercials. I am on the ski lift and the following exchange just happened and happens often. I ask “what network they saw me?” Invariable people say FOXNews. I laugh to myself, and tell that that we primarily advertise on Fox because we find their viewership to be extremely gullible and much easier to sell than other networks. The look on their face at that time is priceless. I am not kidding you. I get to tell them they are f*cking idiots while getting rich off them.” 

Whoa.

Beam me up Scotte. Real slick move there.

The rest of the corporation quickly went into damage control mode saying “In 2017, Mr. Jordan stepped down from the management of SCOTTeVEST and he is not involved in our daily operations. We are extremely sorry for his unacceptable comments. Mr. Jordan’s post was impulsive and inappropriate for too many reasons to list, and rightfully offended so many people.”

Just the same when the founder thinks only idiots would buy his product it does make one go hmmm.

Conservatives are far more likely to choose substance over style and, as noted, pocketed vests are practical so it makes sense for a vest maker to target conservatives. On the other hand it is equally true that ScotteVests are ugly as all. There is no reason one can’t have looks and practicality. Pick up a old suit vest at a thrift store. Make your own fashion statement. Go for the Mississippi gambler look. Yancy Derringer had taste. Eventually, someone in the clothing industry will get it right.

ScotteVest doesn’t deserve your business and Scott Jordan doesn’t deserve to be rich.

Scottevest Mocks Customers Or Idiocracy In Action

Scottevest Mocks Customers Or Idiocracy In Action

 

 

Hypocrite Charles Barkley Spouts Economic Stupidity

Hypocrite Charles Barkley Spouts Economic Stupidity — Charles Barkley, who became rich playing a child’s game,  provided this bit of economic wisdom concerning the just passed tax bill, Dec. 21, on TNT’s “Inside the NBA”:

“Shaq, they said it’s going trickle down, I’m going to trickle my fat ass down to the jewelry store to get me a new Rolex. They’re not going to pass it to nobody. Thank you, Republicans, I knew I could always count on y’all to take care of us rich people, the one-percenters. Sorry, poor people. I’m hoping for y’all, but y’all ain’t got no chance.”

Leaving aside he’s likely going to pay a hefty sales tax on that Rolex, leaving aside the clerk’s job became safer because he bought the Rolex and leaving aside the store owner — who is probably not a one-percenter — is going to put the profit he made from the sale to things like providing food and shelter and transportation for himself and family, what exactly is stopping him from just giving half his wealth to the poor?

He’d still be richer than most of us.

Hypocrite Charles Barkley Spouts Economic Stupidity

Hypocrite Charles Barkley Spouts Economic Stupidity

Cuban Bicycle Diary Shows Socialism Fails

Cuban Bicycle Diary — A friend has forwarded us the below article:

TRIP TO CUBA . . .well worth the read!

A 77 yr. old guy goes to Europe, Canada, Mexico and now Cuba for bicycle road trips.  I  thought you might enjoy reading his report of his bicycle trip to Cuba:

On February 1st I flew to Atlanta, met some friends  and we flew to Cancun, Mexico.  We spent 4 days there, mostly touring  the Mayan ruins of Tulum and Chichen Itza and getting ready for the next  part of the adventure.  Seven more people flew in and we all boarded a Mexican airline, Interjet, and flew to Havana for a week of bicycle riding in Cuba.

Cuba, where nothing works, including the people.  Unemployment is 48% and of those who do work, 8 out of every 10 work for the government.  Before heading to the western part of the island, we spent a night in Havana at the Riviera Classic, the finest hotel at the time.  20 stories with 3 elevators, but only one worked.   Contrary to what I found in the rest of  the country, my shower only had hot water.  Turn the knobs all you want, but you only got hot, scalding water.

The stories about the old cars is quite true, but many of those cars are used to take tourists on tours of the city.  $30.00 gets you 2 hours in 1952 Cadillac convertible and you can pile in as many people in as you want.  Old Chevys seem to be the most  popular and a few are quite nicely restored.  They all fell in the 1941 to 1957 range.  I saw nothing newer than a 57.  By restored, I  mean they look good on the outside but, as our Cuban tour guide said, there would not be a V8 under the hood.  The original had failed decades ago and with no parts to fix it, other means had to be found.  Generally that involved putting a 4 cylinder Russian made diesel in and making the necessary changes to get it to fit and mate up with an unknown transmission.

Outside Havana, the country is still in the 19th century.  Many people walk, but equally as many use horses, both to ride and to pull carts.  I saw wagons pulled by oxen on the highway.  We traveled by motor coach, stayed in crude motels, and ate in restaurants – all owned by the government.  Staying clean was a challenge.  In the public restrooms, washing your hands was interesting.  You need 3 things to wash your hands — water, soap, towel to dry.  Well, the towel was your shirt or pants, because there never were any towels.  In 1/3 of the toilets there was no water and in one case there was a lady standing beside the sink with a bottle of water to pour over your hands.  In an equal number of places, there was no soap.

If you thought not having soap and water in the restroom was a problem, imagine not having a toilet SEAT.  Yep, no toilet seat and it wasn’t just confined to public facilities.  One of  the rooms we stayed in had no toilet seat, which was matched by the fact  there was no toilet paper.  In its place, somebody had carefully torn individual sheets of toilet paper from a roll and placed them on the back of  the toilet.

Free health care and education is one of the things Castro brought with his revolution.  The health care is generally limited to the bigger cities.  Our guide told us that a taxi driver in Havana earned more in tips each day than a medical doctor earned  in salary in one month.  Oh, and the doctor can be arrested and jailed if he attempts to treat people on the side for extra money.  Education is free, but the reality is that most people cannot afford to stay in school.  Our tour guide was the exception.  He completed college and got a Master’s degree in computer technology, but can’t find a job in that field, so he conducts tours.

We visited a tobacco farm, where we had the opportunity to purchase genuine Cuba cigars for $3.25.  The farm had been in this man’s family for 3 generations, but only recently had actual title been put back in his name.  The  government claimed it after the revolution.   After harvest, the  government takes 90% of the tobacco, leaving the farmer with just 10% for his own personal use.  He chose to demonstrate how to hand roll a cigar, then sell it to tourists.  I asked our guide if all farmers lost 90% of their crop to the government.  His reply, “Oh no, vegetable farmers only give up 60% of their crop.”

The roads looked like they had been carpet bombed with huge pot holes everywhere.  Add that to the very steep hills we encountered and it made for slow biking.  While I am no speed demon, one day I averaged just 4.5 MPH as I attempted to find bits of pavement between the holes in the road.  In many cases, there was no road, just dirt.  When trucks went past, we were engulfed in a storm of dust and exhaust fumes.  A few of the  trucks were leftover Russian military vehicles.  Personal  transportation in the rural area was provided by stake bodied trucks.   People would stand by the side of the road and climb aboard when such a  truck came by.  The fare was around 8 cents and you stood packed in the bed of the truck with several dozen other people.

Those on welfare receive $25 a month, plus a ration of beans, rice and  cooking oil.  The money came from the Cuban government, but the Russians provided the food.  Each month a supply cargo ship docks with beans, rice and cooking oil sent by the Russians.  Speaking of them,  the Cuban version of the Missile Crisis is quite different from what we heard in the US.

Glad I went, but have no desire to return.  Cuba makes our inner cities look like paradise and the poverty is staggering.  After 2 weeks abroad, we flew home and I spent the night in a Hampton Inn at the Atlanta airport, before catching an early morning flight back to Seattle.  Took the longest hot water shower ever after having a cheeseburger, fries and two gin & tonics for dinner.  I was really glad to be back.

Dedicated to all Bernie Sanders supporters and others who believe “Government Socialism” is so much better than our country that was built on “Capitalism.”

 

Cuban Bicycle Diary Shows Socialism Fails

Cuban Bicycle Diary Shows Socialism Fails

 

 

Chester Amazon Would Make A Good Match

Chester Amazon Would Make A Good Match — Chester, which not-so-long-ago was listed as one of the 10 places in America to avoid, is among the sites being pushed for Amazon’s second HQ.

And a pretty good case can be made for it.

It has under-used, under-taxed land along what could be a lovely waterfront, and easy access to I-95, the Philadelphia International Airport and numerous institutions of higher learning.

Go for it Chester and good luck.

Chester Amazon Would Make A Good Match

Chester Amazon Would Make A Good Match

 

 

Samantha Harris Explains Sally Ladd Case

Samantha Harris Explains Sally Ladd Case — America’s Future Foundation which describes itself as “the premier network for liberty-minded young professional” will have a meeting 6:30 p.m., tonight, Sept. 18 at the Heritage Ballroom in Ridley to address Sally Ladd injustice.

Samantha Harris and her family hired Sally Ladd to get tenants for their vacation home at Arrowhead Lake in the Poconos and were very happy with her performance.

Unfortunately she did not have a real estate broker license. Getting one would have required 300 hours of approved instruction, pass two exams, and spend three years working as an apprentice under an already-licensed broker.

Ms. Ladd was 61 years old.  She said she was quitting her business rather than deal with burden.

Mrs. Harris, who is vice president of policy research at Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, talked her into filing suit  against the Pennsylvania Real Estate Commission and the Pennsylvania Department of State. They are seeking relief from the law—the Real Estate Licensing and Registration Act, 63 Pa. Cons. Stat. Ann. § 455.1.

Heritage Ballroom is at 2107 MacDade Blvd. Homes, Pa. 19043.

Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

Hat tip Kim Kennedy

Samantha Harris Explains Sally Ladd Case

Samantha Harris Explains Sally Ladd Case