Big Brands have a Problem, Pear Has a Solution

Whether it’s beer, food or service, more and more people are finding the quality products and services they need locally. With food alone, it’s estimated that big brands have lost over $18 billion in sales to local farms and restaurants. Aside from quality issues, consumers also want to feel like the dollars they are spending are making a bigger difference in their communities. Purpose-driven marketing and social brands are becoming common place as 80% of

RIP: Frank Batten Sr – The Billionaire You Never Heard Of

Most people have never heard of Frank Batten Sr outside of Hampton Roads, Virginia. When I first left the US Navy and went to work at The Virginian-Pilot, I heard nothing but great things from the Pressmen that worked for the newspaper when they spoke of Frank Sr. He was known to come out to the presses and chat it up with all the employees – most of which he knew by name until his