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6 Fashionable Philly Men Who Are Pushing Philly Forward

By Kristin Detterline | October 3, 2016 | People

A new vanguard of Philadelphia leaders are fashionable, forward-thinking, and fiercely devoted to family.

Robert Zuritsky
Parkway Corporation


First Job: At 8-years-old, I used to clean up trash and direct traffic at Parkway parking lots.
Words to Live By: Treat everyone the way you would like to be treated.
Best Business Practices: Work hard, create solutions, have integrity, and enjoy what you do.
Building Bridges: My father and grandfather showed me that one of the keys to success is the network of relationships you build throughout your career. My father expanded Parkway Corporation from a mom-and-pop company to a business that is a best-in-class parking operator and good-sized real estate developer with offices in nine markets including Toronto. We have had over 40 joint venture relationships throughout our 87 years.
Life Lessons: The Great Recession was a difficult time for everyone at Parkway. From that, I learned that it’s important to take risks, but it’s more important to be prepared for unexpected problems.
Giving Back: My parents taught me that if you see a way to help, you try to help.
Philly Favorites: Butcher & Singer, Parc, Independence Beer Garden, biking along Forbidden Drive.
On My Nightstand: Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton.
What’s Next: I feel like I’m just starting to hit my prime as a parent and businessperson.

Lenny Bazemore
The Bazemore Gallery and The Juice Merchant


First Job: A newspaper delivery boy. I was an entrepreneur back then, too. I handed out extra routes to my friends.
On Philly’s Art Scene: It is always changing. People should definitely do a Mural Arts tour and visit the smaller galleries that desperately need their support. Buying art is a great way to enhance your life.
Words to Live By: In my office, I have a huge quote on the wall so that everyone can see it: "Do the right thing, the right way, until you get the right results."
Life Lessons: I believe that integrity and a great smile are two of the best qualities a person can have.
World Travels: I have seen most of America and different parts of Europe, China, Canada, and the Caribbean. In August, my family and I visited parts of Africa and Dubai. I am truly blessed to have traveled well.
Role Models: James Baldwin and Dr. Martin Luther King. Best Business Practices: Running multiple businesses is not easy. I rely on my employees to keep everything operating smoothly. Daily phone conversations, text messages, and meetings are crucial.
Philly Favorites: I enjoy shopping at Boyds. Jeff Glass is a cool dude and working with Bill Bolling is always a blast. I love dining at 1862 at The Union League, Volvér, and Del Frisco’s. I go to Land Rover Main Line and F.C Kerbeck—they come to the house to pick up the Bentley when it’s time for service. Walking along Penn’s Landing or by the river near the Art Museum is always a peaceful time.
Family Ties: I am where I am today because of my family. My wife and kids have given me the most amazing support system that is reinforced with love, respect, and friendship. I owe them everything.
Social Media Handle: @bazemoregallery

Wayne Kimmel
SeventySix Capital


First Job: Working at a ticket agency during the Michael Jackson Thriller tour.
Words to Live By: Get off the couch and go make it happen! Best Business Practices: Work with smart, nice people who are trying to change the world.
Definition of Success: Helping others achieve their hopes and dreams while taking care of my family.
Philly Favorites: Any major sporting event and the veal parmigiana at The Palm—I can’t wait for the re-opening.
Giving Back: It is my belief that we are here to help others and make this world a better place for our children and our children’s children.
The Future of Philly Business: Our innovation ecosystem is flourishing and will continue to grow. I was able to attract Microsoft to Philly. The city’s future looks bright to me.
College Pastimes: I did play-by-play for the University of Maryland football and basketball games.
What’s Next: I’m going on a global tour for my book, Six Degrees of Wayne Kimmel.
Biggest Book Takeaway: It is possible to network your way to success.
Social Media Handle: @waynekimmel

Mark Nicoletti
Philadelphia Suburban Development Corporation


First Job: I was a DJ at Smokey Joe’s.
Words to Live By: God brings people into our lives for a purpose.
Best Business Practices: Show up and be on time.
Philly Favorites: Tredici and The Rittenhouse’s Library Bar.
Giving Back: It’s simple: Live each day grateful for the opportunities God gave you while you also look for the opportunities he expects you to help create for others.
Life Lessons: In February, I lost my dad, who I have worked with for 35 years. Despite how hard it has been not having him in my life, not a day goes by that I don’t draw on his great examples and feel his spirit with me.
On My Nightstand: A tall glass of water and today’s New York Times and Wall Street Journal.
Building Bridges: I thrive on genuine social interaction and have enjoyed most of my adult life connecting people personally and professionally without any agenda. It is so much fun to see people you have introduced end up working together or building friendships.
What’s Next: At work, we will be managing our family business next year more conservatively with the idea that there may likely be economic headwinds for commercial real estate in 2017 and 2018. Personally, my five wonderful kids are my primary focus.

Don Bell - CBS3
Sean Bell - Fox 29


First Job: I worked at WWSB in Sarasota, Florida. I was straight out of Northwestern where I received my Master’s in Broadcast Journalism. I didn’t put a single picture frame on my desk for the first three months because I was pretty sure I was going to get fired. Luckily, I was wrong.
Odd Hours: There are a ton of sacrifices, missing holidays or working 18 hours for an Eagles game. People call my schedule nuts; I call it a dream come true.
Words to Live By: My boss at my second job gave me the best professional advice I’ve ever heard: Don’t let work get in the way of having fun. From that moment on, I allowed the work to be the fun.
Passion Projects: I’ve held solo photography exhibits in Connecticut, Miami Beach, and Venice Beach—I’ll have one in Philly eventually. I’ve had a love affair with photography since I was 16 years old.
Philly Favorites: Cheesesteaks at Amada, cocktails at The Franklin Bar, dancing at Silk City until the walls sweat.
Dream Assignment: Me with Jimmie Hendrix, Gordon Parks, Snoop Dogg, Wanda Sykes, Barack Obama, and a bottle of Lagavulin 16. No more details necessary.
Family Ties: I’ve covered the Super Bowl, Final Four, Triple Crown Horse Racing. But the highlight of my career was covering a game with my brother for the first time when the Eagles hosted the Cowboys in Week 2 last year. We sat in the pressbox cracking jokes.
Social Media Handle: @donbelloncbs3

First Job: Social worker in Newark, New Jersey. I worked with kids and families in bad situations. It gave me great perspective.
Philly Favorites: Every time I eat at North Third my inner fat boy jumps for joy.
Definition of Success: Constant laughter and enjoying what you do while living comfortably.
Favorite Assignment to Date: I haven’t been around too long so I would say when the Sixers got the numberone draft pick. I’ve never seen sports fans so excited after being so desperate.
Role Models: That’s easy: my brother, dad, and mom.
On being a Philebrity: Who? Me? Nah.
Odd Hours: I love it. I hate the mornings. I’m like a zombie at 9 am. Give me the late shift every time.
Favorite Philly Athlete: Charles Barkley. Sir Charles is the man. Big man taking it coast to coast and dunking on you. Not afraid to fight, speaks his mind, and is funny doing so.
Dream Assignment: Covering an Eagles Super Bowl win. This city would absolutely go nuts.
Family Ties: Me and Don live around the corner from each other. I get to go by his house, eat his food, and watch TV whenever I want. We haven’t lived close to each other in a long time so it feels great to be able to hang out all the time. It’s dope!
Social Media Handle: @seanbellfox29

Photography by: photography By Michael Persico; Location: AKA Washington Square