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Chris Tisch, Times Business Editor

Chris Tisch

Chris Tisch was born and raised in Oconto Falls, Wis., a town of about 2,500 people just north of Green Bay. Chris has lived in Seattle, Chicago, Cincinnati and St. Petersburg. His hobbies include music, movies, travel and reading. He also is an urban farmer and has a large garden, a pot-bellied pig, chickens, rabbits, two cats and two dogs. He has been a journalist in Florida since 1995. He spent five years at the Bradenton Herald before coming to the Times in 2000, where he covered police news, legal affairs and the death penalty. He is a graduate of Northwestern University.

Phone: (727) 892-2359

Email: tisch@tampabay.com

Twitter: @ChrisTisch1

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  1. 'Better Call Saul' Roundtable: Chimp With a Machine Gun

    Blog

    "Slippin' Jimmy with a law degree is like a chimp with a machine gun." And there we go: When Space Blanket Chuck absolutely nuked his brother with that icy dismissal, it certainly seemed like the final soul-crushing shove for our favorite legal anti-hero, Jimmy McGill, to finally cross-over into shady Saul Goodman territory. Last night's ep of AMC obsession Better Call Saul -- titled "Pimento" -- was a doozy. And to think: There's one more hour left in the debut season. Holy moly. Herewith, our fervent Saulers Sean Daly and Chris Tisch get all heavy & stuff in dissecting the best show on television.

    CHRIS: "Hail, Satan. I submit to the dark side." Oh, Jimmy. How prophetic that statement will come to be. But Jimmy's transition to the dark required a betrayal -- and with last night's episode, Sean, we got it in a big way. Chuck sold his brother out. And Vince Gilligan and crew uraveled that betrayal with heavy foreshadowing and a brooding eventuality....

  2. 'Better Call Saul' Roundtable: Go Land Crabs!

    Blog

    With only two episodes left in the debut season of Better Call Saul, University of American Samoa alums Sean Daly and Chris Tisch are in a frenzy. Surely something awful yet awesome (and holy-moly Breaking Bad-ish) will be cliffhung soon, right? Space Blanket Chuck doesn't seem long for this world. Saul loves Kim more than we thought -- but will that end in nookie or tragedy? And as for Mike -- our favorite fixer is about to go dark for the sake of his granddaughter. Herewith, the boys sound off on last night's installment, "Rico."
    ...

  3. CEO of Clearwater's Tech Data attributes financial success to being 'nimble'

    Corporate

    When talking about his company, Tech Data Corp. CEO Bob Dutkowsky uses the word "nimble" a lot. It's a trait the company needs in the constantly changing world of technology, where today's gadget can be obsolete in a year and the next hot thing can pop out of nowhere.

    "This is a really dynamic time, and it demands that companies like Tech Data be very nimble to be successful," Dutkowsky said Thursday afternoon, hours after the company released yearly and quarterly financial results. "Even though we're big, this year we proved that we're very nimble . . . but we have to work hard to be even more nimble."...

    Bob Dutkowsky, Tech Data Corp. chief executive officer, believes it’s important for technology companies to be nimble. “This is a really dynamic time and it demands that companies like Tech Data be very nimble to be successful,” he said. 
  4. 'Better Call Saul' roundtable: Thoughts on episode 7, 'Bingo'

    Blog

    Chris: Well that was fun!

    What a great episode, Mike's apple-chow-down break-in scene a highlight of the season so far, like something out of a Steven Soderbergh movie, complete with funky soundtrack and panache to burn.

    I know this ep featured two things that haven't really struck your fancy so far, Michelle - the Kettlemans and Jimmy's relationship with Kim. But I think both storylines coalesced beautifully here, adding depth and nuance to Jimmy's character. Another little thing I noticed: While Jimmy was thumbing through his law books in search of embezzlement, he first flipped through the entry electricity - perhaps a reference to Chuck, his strange illness and his efforts to overcome it. Throw in Jimmy's clever little trick leaving the files behind for Chuck to review, and the show seems to be striking at the theme of pondering whether questionable means can justify the ends....

  5. 'Better Call Saul' roundtable: Thoughts on Episode 6, 'Five-O' (a.k.a. the one about Mike)

    Blog

    While Sean is off trying to make himself look more like Matlock, Chris and Michelle take on the latest episode of Better Call Saul, "Five-O," focused on the one and only Mike Ehrmantraut.   

    "He put me on a pedestal and I had to show him I was down in the gutter with the rest of them." - Mike 

    Michelle: Excuse me, Chris, while I continue to mop up the tears from last night's Better Call Saul. By far the show's most meaningful episode yet, "Five-O" is an excellent showcase for Jonathan Banks' Mike and a triumph for the show in terms of weaving the longtime Breaking Bad character's fascinating backstory into the Jimmy McGill-centric dramedy we've been watching so far. If this is an indication of what Saul can do as a TV show, I'm definitely all in....

    Mike.
  6. Tampa Bay ranks low on 'Hardest working cities in America' list

    Business

    A new study ranking the "hardest working cities in America" has Tampa and St. Petersburg pretty far down the list.

    The study by WalletHub ranks 116 of the nation's most populated cities. Tampa tied with Miami for 66th and St. Petersburg came in tied with Minneapolis for 78th.

    Orlando was the highest-ranking Florida city at No. 28.

    Anchorage, Alaska, topped the list. Burlington, Vt., came in last....

    St. Petersburg ranks 78th in WalletHub's list of the "hardest working cities in America.'' [DIRK SHADD   |  Times (2012)]
  7. 'Better Call Saul' Roundtable: Here Comes Mike

    Blog

    Sex toilets aside, Episode 5 of Better Call Saul went to a very dark place at the end of its hour on Monday -- and that place is called Mike's House. Ooooh, Breaking Bad chills! Herewith, our resident weekly Saulers (Sean Daly, Michelle Stark, Chris Tisch) gush, debate and predict how the AMC hit show will unfurl as it creeps into the (hopefully twisted) second-half of its debut season...

    SEAN: You guys are gonna eye-roll at me again (or maybe you never stopped), but I realized my affections for Better Call Saul were approaching Breaking Bad-ish intensity last night when I kept peeking at my clock to see how much time was left. I wanted more, to cram two hours into one. But I also felt that giddy-nervous stir when it blinked to 10:50 p.m. That's Vince Gilligan's magic window, always has been. All inventive, never-saw-it-coming hell would break loose on BB in the closing ticks; it does with Saul & Co. too. And Ep 5 finally, thankfully took us into a dark storm cloud, with fixer Mike (who loves his granddaughter -- and considers killing everyone else) finally seeing his story arc creak open. We might be happy about it -- but he sure isn't. Actor Jonathan Banks is the master of the deadpan deathstare; so much going on in that smooth-pated terrifying dome. The ex-cop is casing someone (hey Michelle, is that his daughter?) and the cops don't like it. Presumably, Mike is gonna call on Saul, and that's how America's Bittersweethearts will start doing business together....

    Mike is in a dark place -- and here's hoping 'Better Call Saul' follows him there.
  8. 'Better Call Saul' roundtable: Thoughts on episode 4, 'Hero'

    Blog

    Chris: So I've been more down on Better Call Saul than most for the first three episodes, but I feel like the show hit a bit of a stride with its fourth installment - "Hero." What's grabbing me the most is the relationship - both present and past - between Jimmy and his lawyer friend Kim, played by Rhea Seehorn. I loved how she smirked at Saul's efforts to undermine Hamlin; she is the most compelling supporting player in the show so far.
    Oh, and what about her invitation to go see - of all things - John Carpenter's 1982 remake The Thing? Some "Kurt Russell action," she said. How about some Wilford Brimley as a bad guy action? What's next week's feature, The Firm? (Really, Tisch? Michelle and Sean invite you to join them on this and you give them Wilford Brimley jokes?)...

  9. Where do rich people die? This list will tell you

    Personal Finance

    Call it the places-a-lot-of-rich-people-die list.

    Financial technology company SmartAsset compiled a list of U.S. counties with the most annual inheritance and ranked them.

    Tops in the country? Los Angeles County with more than $9 billion handed down from dearly departed mom and pops to spoiled rotten kids.

    LA's top ranking isn't even close. Cook County Illinois — home to Chicago — was second with nearly $6.8 billion. Hartford, Conn. was third with a paltry $4 billion....

  10. Credit card debt increased in 2014, but that's not all bad news

    Retail

    In another sign that we're gaining confidence in the economy and our ability to pay the bills, a new report shows we whipped out our credit cards more during last year's holiday season compared to the year before.

    Tampa Bay shoppers' credit card debt increased 7.5 percent in December compared to the year before, to $6.4 billion. Nationwide, credit card debt increased nearly 6 percent, to $642 billion....

  11. 'Better Call Saul' roundtable: Thoughts on episode 3, 'Nacho'

    Blog

    The Feed vets Michelle Stark (new Food Editor) and Sean Daly (biz whiz) couldn't stay away from TV forever. For the former Mad Men debaters, the allure of another AMC show proved too strong. And this time, they're bringing Business Editor Chris Tisch, a Breaking Bad fanboy who once paid homage to Walter White's love of tighty-whities at a Halloween party, along for the ride. After drooling over the first two episodes of could-have-been-terrible Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul, the trio take it to the Feed to discuss this week's third installment, "Nacho."...

  12. Magazine: Tampa people among nation's most attractive; Orlando on ugly list

    Business

    The magazine that caused a slight stir in October by naming Tampa one of America's snobbiest cities is now saying Tampa's residents are some of the nation's most attractive.

    Travel + Leisure magazine readers ranked Tampa No. 10 in the country for attractive people. Miami took first prize followed by San Diego....

    Tampa Bay locals enjoy a good platform for their looks at their high-ranking nightclubs, including the swimsuits-and-volleyball Hogan's Beach, owned by Hulk Hogan himself, Travel & Leisure writes. [LUIS SANTANA | Times]
  13. For Small Business Saturday, Yelp ranks St. Petersburg shops

    Retail

    If Black Friday isn't for you but buying local is, a ranking released by Yelp today could help you gear up for Small Business Saturday.

    Yelp has ranked St. Petersburg No. 3 in a list of best cities to buy local. And off that list, they have ranked the top 10 businesses in or near St. Petersburg to shop local based on customer ratings.

    Small Business Saturday is a big deal locally, so if you're not crazy about fattening the wallets of CEOs in New York and Chicago by buying from national chains, head to some local stores....

    Haslam's Book Strore on Central Avenue in St. Petersburg made Yelp's list of top local places to shop on Small Business Saturday. Here, Ray Hinst, Jr., helps Shaquatonia Samuels find books for her kids at Haslam's last year. Haslam's is Florida's largest new and used book store. It was started in 1933 by John and Mary Haslam. LARA CERRI  |   Times



  14. National Gypsum banking on taking its Purple drywall to customers

    Business

    APOLLO BEACH — At the height of the housing boom, the drywall industry was producing 38 billion square feet of product a year.

    National Gypsum, the second-leading producer of drywall in the United States, had 23 manufacturing plants, including two in Hillsborough County.

    When the housing market tanked and demand for drywall shrank, National Gypsum mothballed four of its plants, including one here. The remaining plant on U.S. 41 in Apollo Beach went down to two shifts. The number of employees in Hillsborough fell from more than 200 to about 70....

    Jay Watt, director of marketing, stands in front of wallboard used for mold and moisture resistance. He says the Purple drywall costs about $100 more per room than regular drywall.
  15. Tampa Bay home ownership out of reach for middle class, study says

    Real Estate

    Stung by a median income that ranks dead last among the nation's 25 largest metropolitan areas, middle-class families in Tampa Bay are unable to afford median-priced homes, according to a new study by financial adviser website interest.com.

    Tampa Bay's median income this year is $45,880 — a full $4,000 less than the second-worst city, Miami, and nearly half as much as the highest-income city, Washington, D.C....

    Tampa Bay's lagging median income is making it difficult for the middle class to buy even a median-priced home. | AP Photo Chris O'Meara