Marketing wizard Richard Vague, others, honored by entrepreneurship alliance

Written by Joseph N. DiStefano, Philadelphia Inquirer

At last night’s 24th annual Enterprise Awards, the Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies (PACT) gave affinity-marketing guru Richard Vague its lifetime-achievement award. Vague is in a second act of his career: In the 1990s, he ran credit card giant First USA Bank down in Wilmington (now part of JPMorgan Chase & Co.), and other credit card operations, before moving north, founding EnergyPlus in University City, and selling it to NRG for $190 million in 2011.

Philadelphians know Vague in his current varied career — as a tech angel (Gabriel Investments), philanthropist (hands-on at Penn Medicine, and through his own Governor’s Woods Foundation), blogger, and public-affairs patron (DelanceyPlace.com, and his economic and foreign-policy writings, research and events sponsorship), and political kingmaker (most recently, he headed the finance committee for Rebecca Rhynhart’s successful campaign for the Democratic City Controller nomination.)

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