It started when my sons were young kids. Husband Doug and I wanted to install values in Ben and Sam, now 27 and 22, respectively—one of which was a work ethic. You're never sure if they are picking up on it at the time, because mainly they are sighing heavily when you insist, “I've asked you three times, now turn off the TV and finish cleaning your room!”
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Here are a couple of “outtakes” that didn't fit in our Fast and Serious cover story this month. Retro Fitness's Eric Casaburi said if he had a nickel for every time someone told him they needed to get into shape before they could join a gym, “I wouldn't be on this call, I'd be on an island.”
Donna Alexander grew up on the South Side of Chicago so she knows angry people. She was just 16 when she says she came up with the idea for a place where people could take out their aggression without hurting other people or other people's property.
When the King of Jordan couldn't make the dinner at which he was to deliver the keynote speech to the Republican Congressional Institute Retreat last January, Dwyer Group Co-chair Dina Dwyer-Owens was elevated from break-out session speaker to the main stage.
Charles Bonfiglio, a Brooklyn native with the accent to prove it, started his business career in high school, when he opened a pizzeria. Next he designed a clothing line and then sold it, while working at a car stereo shop. Then he discovered Meineke, and “all of a sudden things turned on for me,” he says.
It's not enough to sell products in a beautiful setting anymore. Now, customers want to feel part of something special, a panel of retail trend-watchers say. From pizza to cupcakes, roomy pants to tech cashmere, they proclaim what's in or out.