Day: May 26, 2016

$40,000 to $65,000: job duties that’ll make your head spin faster than a pizza tossed overhead

time-clockBoulevard reports extensively on executive pay at big local employers. But we also look at what folks are making down in the trenches and, in this case, elbow-deep in the dough. We caught this Craigslist help-wanted ad placed yesterday for a clutch of Boston-area Papa John’s restaurants. Because time is money, we’re giving you a condensed job description first, followed by the full monty for those with too much time on their hands.

The job: Papa John’s restaurant general manager.

The duties: Turn a profit. Hire lots of part-time employees every year, because turnover is high at fast-food restaurants. Find new customers, make sure they’re happy, and don’t give them food poisoning. Keep enough dough, tomato sauce, etc., on hand — but don’t waste any, either. Watch the till. And process a mind-numbing amount of paperwork.

What it pays: $40,000 to $65,000, including a potential $15,000 annual bonus. That would work out to $19.23 an hour on the low end and $31.25 on the high end, assuming a 40-hour week all year long. But let’s face it, this job could require twice as many hours, which means those hourly wages would be slashed in half.

And speaking of spinning dough:

Read on for the full text of the recruiting advertisement. Continue reading “$40,000 to $65,000: job duties that’ll make your head spin faster than a pizza tossed overhead”

Louisville to London for $7,800 to visit the stately country house made famous by ‘Brideshead Revisited’

An occasional look at premium travel from Louisville.

Boulevard truly enjoys Voice-Tribune columnist Carla Sue Broecker, and not just because of our shared love for exclamation marks!!! Latest reason why: In this week’s just-published issue, Broecker continues her travel journal about a recent holiday in Merry Old England. But what left us right chuffed was her visit to the iconic Castle Howard (photo, top) — better known as the setting for the 1981 British TV series “Brideshead Revisited.”

The 317-year-old country house is in York, 215 miles north of London. Imagine one of Newport’s summer “cottages” — on steroids. The Howard family still lives there, helping finance its upkeep with year-round public tours, starting daily at 10:30 a.m. Adult tickets are $26 at current exchange rates. Buy them online.

So, let’s escape Louisville’s August heat, and pay the Howards a visit!!!!!

When: Aug. 3-10. Airline: United. Route: Louisville to Chicago to London (Heathrow); total travel time is 10 hours 40 minutes, including layover. How much: $5,076 per ticket, first class all the way. United reservations.

Broecker stayed at The Rembrandt in London’s posh Knightsbridge. One of the hotel’s Grand Rooms is available during our travel week for $381 a night, or about $2,700. Reservations. TripAdvisor rates it no. 228 of 1,067 hotels there. As always, Airbnb London apartments are an option, too.

Fans of the 1981 Brideshead series, based on the Evelyn Waugh novel, will also enjoy the excellent 2008 film adaptation starring Emma Thompson and Matthew Goode. Here’s the trailer:

Photo: Wikipedia.

OMG, it’s already 344 days, 9 hours and 22 minutes away

Big smiles, big personalities and big business networking — yes, it’s everyone’s favorite feature in the society shiny sheets: party photos! Boulevard picks through the pics, choosing our favorite coverage. Today’s entry is from the just-published Voice-Tribune.

Champagne smaller[Insert exhausted sigh here.] Nearly three weeks later, we may have finally reached the apotheosis of this year’s horsey soirée news here: “More than 167,000 eager spectators enjoyed beautiful weather at Churchill Downs on May 7 for the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby,” the Voice-Tribune says. “The mint juleps flowed as excitement built toward the call to post, and the most exciting two minutes in sports saw Nyquist triumph over his 19 competitors.”

Related: Introducing Boulevard’s exclusive 2017 Derby Countdown Clock™. Plus, more Voice-Tribune party photos.

Photo, below: Derby mainstays and identical twins Priscilla Barnstable (left) and Patricia Barnstable Brown. (Or is it the other way around?)

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Massie won’t pay six-figure tribute to congressional campaign fundraisers

Thomas Massie

Republican U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie is the lone holdout in the state’s Washington delegation, refusing to make six-figure contributions to congressional committees from their own campaign funds and PACs — a system both parties impose.

Massie, who represents the fourth congressional district from Lewis County, likened the dues system to “extortion,” because he said those who give win an edge in better committee assignments, according to a USA Today report this morning. He’s given only $6,000 of an expected $240,000.

Other delegation members denied they were giving under duress. How much the Republican members donated during the 2013-14 campaign cycle to the Republican Congressional Committee, according to The Courier-Journal:

The delegation’s lone Democrat, John Yarmuth of Louisville in the third district, gave $265,000 during the 2014 cycle to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.


New boomers on Brown-Forman board; Kindred’s got stock awards; big love for KFC’s threatened buffet, and big bucks for U of L’s Ramsey

A news summary, focused on big employers; updated 7:40 p.m.

Brown Forman board 2015
In this most current board photo, retiring directors are Martin Brown (fourth from left); James Welch (seated, eighth from left), and Sandra Frazier (seated, 11th from left).

BROWN-FORMAN shifted its 13-member board of directors, electing Campbell Brown, Marshall Farrer, and Laura Frazier, effective today. The company also announced a regular quarterly dividend, and a special two-for-one stock split for both voting Class A and non-voting Class B shares. The split shares are expected to be issued to stockholders of record around Aug. 8, and distributed about Aug. 18 (press release). This is the 12th split since shares were first listed in 1933 after Prohibition’s repeal; the most recent was a three-for-two in July 2012. (Dividend history.)

The three new directors are all fifth-generation descendants of George Garvin Brown, who founded the distiller in 1870. “This election continues a multi-year evolution of Brown family representation on the board,” the company said. “As part of this process, Martin S. Brown Jr.Sandra Frazier, and management director James Welch Jr. — who’s retiring as vice chairman on Tuesday — have elected not to stand for re-election at the annual stockholders’ meeting in July” (press release also includes bios of new directors). Brown-Forman said the directors’ decision to exit the board wasn’t due to a disagreement with the company (SEC filing).

Laura Frazier
Laura Frazier

The company didn’t disclose the new directors’ ages; those retiring are in their 40s and 50s. (Executive and board profiles.) Today’s moves were not unexpected; the Brown descendants effectively control the company through their ownership of more than 50% of the Class A voting stock, and have historically voted as a bloc (2015 proxy report). Of particular note, Laura Frazier is owner, chairman, and past-CEO of Bittners, the more than 160-year-old high-end interior design firm on East Main Street in NuLu. At the end of trading today, Class A shares closed at $104.21, down 25 cents.

KINDRED just filed a raft of documents disclosing stock awards to members of the board of directors (SEC filings; look for all Forms 4 on today’s date). Also, the hospital and nursing home giant disclosed the breakdown of yesterday’s shareholder vote tallies at the annual company meeting; no surprises (SEC filing). Yesterday, Kindred had only reported that stockholders approved the executive compensation plan, and re-elected the full slate of 11 directors to the governing board — but without providing details.

KFC Canada says a much-loved, one-of-only-two-left, all-you-can-eat buffet-style restaurant in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, won’t be shut down after all — yet, anyway. Residents had taken to social media this week when rumors circulated the buffet was a goner. A sit-in was planned for yesterday. Even high government officials got involved: Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall took to Twitter (see below) on Tuesday, asking Yum to reconsider. The Weyburn KFC buffet was the first to open among the Canadian franchises in 1988; there’s now just one other left, in Saskatchewan’s Humbodlt (Global News).

Elsewhere in KFC land, actress Ann Hathaway jokingly compared comedian James Corden to a 16-piece you-know-what during a rap battle on The Late Late Show last night. “You look like a KFC bucket with a lot of extra breasts,” she said (Express).

UPS and its 2,500-member Independent Pilots Association union are making progress on bargaining a new contract (Courier-Journal). The pilots have been working under the terms of their previous contract for five years, and the union late last month set up a strike center here in Louisville.

GE: Qingdao Haier Co. has launched India’s first 44-lb. capacity washing machine. The Chinese company’s pending $5.4 billion purchase of Appliance Park is expected to close this summer (Newkerala and Courier-Journal).

James Ramsey

In other news, the University of Louisville Foundation paid President James Ramsey $2.8 million in 2014, according to its newly disclosed IRS tax return (WDRB). The return “appears to belie Ramsey’s claim last year that his compensation in 2013 was an anomaly” (Courier-Journal). The disclosure came one day after a published report that the foundation lagged many other Kentucky school foundations in annual investment performance.

Finally, Louisville Magazine has released the finalists in its annual Best of Louisville awards for businesses and individuals (Louisville).