The Insider by Marc Kramer

Wealth manager Stephen Cohn shares lessons from three decades of running a family business

Stephen Cohn and his brother Alan lead Sage Financial Group, a wealth-management company with 25 employees, 600 clients and more than $1.5 billion in assets. The Cohn brothers started the business with their father David in 1989. In the following interview, Cohn talks about the ups and downs of running a family business for nearly 30 years.
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Serial success: Entrepreneur Denise Devine shares insights from a 25-year career

Denise Devine has more than 25 years of leadership experience, ranging from startups to Fortune 100 companies. As founder and CEO of Nutripharm, Inc., she led the development of a technology platform that generated a portfolio of composition and process patents for natural food as well as pharmaceutical products.
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All about relationships: Ryan Clark explains how PeopleShare has navigated its fast growth

In 2005, Ryan Clark co-founded staffing company PeopleShare. At the time, the company had a sales team of two — Clark and his co-founder, Dave Donald. Since then, PeopleShare has hired more than 150 employees, and its rapid sales growth has earned it a place on the Inc. 500 list. Here, Clark shares the ups and downs of working closely with a co-founder, and how
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How Dr. Mark Reed is building St. Joseph’s University into a 21st-century learning institution

In 2015, the board of trustees at St. Joseph's University elected Dr. Mark Reed as the first lay president in the Jesuit institution's 165-year history. In his time leading the university, Reed has found quick acceptance among the faculty because of his energy, directness and always present sense of humor. Here, he discusses his vision for St. Joseph's, and how a 21st-century university can best
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Steve Jurash is working to keep manufacturing healthy, in Philadelphia and beyond

As president and CEO of the Manufacturing Alliance of Philadelphia, Steve Jurash’s job is to market an industry that many politicians would tell you is disappearing. Fittingly, his office is located in a building that provided dye for Union uniforms during the Civil War. Today, Globe Dye Works has been transformed into a community of artists, artisans and fabricators.
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Former POW Ralph Galati helps veterans become entrepreneurs

In 1972, while serving in the Air Force during the Vietnam War, Ralph Galati was shot down and captured. He spent the next 14 months at the infamous Hanoi Hilton prison — the same place where senator and former presidential candidate John McCain was famously held. This horrible experience didn’t keep Galati from having a successful career at IBM. Today, he runs the St. Joseph's
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How venture capitalist Harry Edelson bootstrapped his career

Harry Edelson’s energy could light up all five boroughs. Raised by a single mother, Edelson ascended from poverty and is now managing director of Edelson Technology Partners. His list of accomplishments is exhaustive, and includes everything from serving on 140 boards of directors (12 as chairman) to investing in nearly a dozen billion-dollar unicorn companies throughout his career.
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How Wil Reynolds got Seer Interactive on the first page of SEO consulting firms

Over the years, Wil Reynolds has gone from not being able to find a suitable opportunity in the field that interested him, to building Seer Interactive, a fast-growing, 110-employee business with Fortune 500 clients.
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James Cuorato is helping Philly tourism enter the 21st century

In his office, the former drummer of a Beatles cover band is surrounded by pictures and paraphernalia of the Fab Four. Ironically, his job is to promote Philadelphia, and in particular Independence National Historical Park, which celebrates the foiling of a much earlier British invasion. With a knack for serving visitors and a passion for government work, president and CEO James Cuorato is leading the
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Highway to success: Anthony Bucci and RevZilla are picking up speed

In 2006, Anthony Bucci, Nick Auger and Matt Kull decided to build an ecommerce business with no venture capital funding, believing there wasn’t a good enough place to buy motorcycle gear online, and that there had to be a better way. The result of their bootstrapping, RevZilla, is already approaching 200 employees and $100 million in revenue.
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Marc headshotABOUT MARC KRAMER: Marc Kramer, author of six books, is the Executive in Residence at the Erivan K. Haub School of Business at Saint Joseph’s University and executive director of the Private Investors Forum. Contact him at marc@kramercommunications.com.