Penn State and NCAA – Putting Football First Sends a Bad Message

As I continue to follow the Penn State crisis, now in its 8th month, I am disappointed in the decisions that all the parties involved continue to make. The NCAA has never been a popular organization when it comes to managing the process of keeping student athletes students first athletes second. Continue reading

NFL Fantasy Owners – Visit to Eagles Training Camp

This past Friday I took my annual visit to Lehigh Universityto check out Philadelphia Eagle’s training camp. This year I brought along my uncle Hank and his life-long friend Roy. Both are owners in our fantasy football league. I tied in the trip to camp and lunch at P.J. Whelihan’s as reward for help with a furniture move.  Continue reading

A subsciber’s advice to the Morning Call newspaper

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I have been a subscriber/reader of the Morning Call since taking my first job in the Lehigh Valley in 1989 at the old George Washington Lodge on McArthur Rd. The paper does a better job than anyone turning over leads for sales professionals in the tourism business. They get all the news and PR releases before anyone else and their stories in the morning paper are a great source. Continue reading

Prepare for Recovery: Build a Better Team in 2010

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Since fall of 2008, hotels small and large alike have been shedding jobs and reducing expenses to weather this economic storm not seen since the Great Depression. Each month leaders look to the numbers on new job losses and unemployment applications for a glimmer of recovery. Most analysts are now saying that recovery will come sooner than later and hopefully by 4th Quarter of 2010. With better days ahead, I offer a little advice to area business hotel leaders, “Invest in training today to let your employees know you care.” Continue reading

Baseball Gods – Please forgive the Morning Call

I opened my Morning Call Sunday inserts to see the glossy poster celebrating the Phillies Playoff success, only to be stunned by the complete insult to the Team. Not sure what kind of thought goes into making a decision as to which players are named on the poster, but obviously not much. Continue reading

Support your Zoo – Tell Lehigh County Commissioners to support Quality of life initiatives

Dear Friends of the Lehigh Valley Zoo:

We need YOUR help today!

At Lehigh County’s Budget Hearing Overview on September 25th, Gregg Marzano, Lehigh Valley Zoological Society’s Chairperson and Stacey Johnson, Lehigh Valley Zoo’s Executive Director presented a solid case for support to the Lehigh County Commissioners to request an additional allocation of $200,000 in the 2009 County budget, thereby continuing taxpayer support of the Zoo at the level of $350,000 annually. Continue reading

Passenger Rail – Now is the time!

Regional rail to NYC and PHL will open the Lehigh Valley to millions of potential visitors from NY, Boston, PHL, Baltimore and Washington, DC. As residents of the region we would not only benefit from access to high paying jobs, but also access to some of the finest parts of our country for vacations and weekend escapes. Continue reading