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Larry Checco Columns

Larry Checco is president of Checco Communications.  His latest book is entitled Aha! Moments in Brand Management: Commonsense Insights to a Stronger, Healthier Brand.  Checco Communications is a consulting firm that specializes in branding.  It helps organizations clearly define who they are, what they do, how they do it and, most importantly, why anyone should care enough to support them. Where most branding professionals focus on making sure an organization has an attractive logo, catchy tagline and perhaps a marketing plan, Larry’s take is different.  His message is that good branding is far less about marketing, advertising and public relations and far more about quality leadership and staff, appropriate and ethical behavior, and an organization’s willingness, ability and commitment to live up to the promises, or covenant, its brand represents. His first book, Branding for Success: A Roadmap for Raising the Visibility and Value of Your Nonprofit Organization, has sold thousands of copies worldwide. Click here for full bio.

October 22, 2013 Privatizing Profits, Socializing Losses—A Continuing Saga

Source: Larry Checco

Washington DC -- As if we needed another example of how profits are privatized and losses socialized by corporations and top earners in this country. A recent study found that taxpayers are spending nearly US$7 billion a year to...[more]

September 18, 2013 Capitalism vs Cannibalism

Source: Larry Checco

We are eating our own—and it’s all perfectly legal. Millions of Americans are still reeling from the aftermath of predatory mortgage lenders who would do or say anything to make a commission. Some preyed on first-time homebuyers...[more]

August 23, 2013 All Jobs Are Not Created Equal

Source: Larry Checco

Soon we will be treated to another round of government job reports. The stock market most likely will rejoice if the unemployment rate ticks down a tenth of a percent or so, and agonize if it inches up, depending on what it...[more]

August 9, 2013 Fabrice Tourre: Poster Boy for the Great Recession

Source: Larry Checco

At last! The Securities and Exchange Commission is offering us a poster boy, someone symbolic of all that went wrong leading up to the Great Recession.[more]

June 24, 2013 Study Finds Banks Still Making it Difficult for Borrowers

Source: Larry Checco, president, Checco Communications

The banking industry still can’t get it right. The Washington Post recently reported that a new study found that the nation’s biggest banks—those, so-called too big to fail—have been violating the terms of the US$25 billion...[more]

April 22, 2013 If Congress Can’t Fix Social Security, Forget Medicare and Medicaid

Source: Larry Checco

Social Security is all the rage again—but in reality it has been since its inception. Enacted in the 1930s when life expectancy for both men and women was around 60 years of age, people could start collecting Social Security at...[more]

March 21, 2013 Our Institutions Need to be Reformed

Source: Larry Checco, featured commentator

Question: What’s the core problem with these United States of America? Answer: Our institutions are failing us—miserably! And the problem is systemic. [more]

February 25, 2013 How to Revitalize the Middleclass

Source: Larry Checco

My father, who endured the Great Depression, survived World War II and returned home a decorated war veteran, barely had an 8th grade education. But in the 1950s, while my sister and I were growing up, he worked three jobs...[more]

December 21, 2012 Newtown Tragedy Forces Hard Questions

Source: Larry Checco, featured commentator

Five days after the horrific Newtown, Connecticut school shootings, I happened to learn that someone I hadn’t spoken to in nearly 25 years lives there. I always liked Jim (not his real name) and innocently decided this might be...[more]

November 21, 2012 To Regulate or Not to Regulate?

Source: Larry Checco, featured commentator

Last week, the Washington Post reported that David Trone, managing director of JMP Securities, a full-service investment bank headquartered in San Francisco, said that his industry faces more “misery” as a result of President...[more]

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