Joel Salatin took a ragged and depleted farm in Virginia and returned it to a producing plot of land. His methods were very simple yet innovative in today’s farming culture: he studied what nature was already doing and followed its lead. Along the way, Joel learned some marketing skills, gave speeches, wrote articles and books, was featured in a documentary, and has built a following of farmers and consumers who have elevated him to nearly celebrity status. Listen as he tells his story, learn where he gets his next ideas, and learn what’s coming.
Scott Tripoli had to have the GM job at the 1000 room Hilton in Orlando to qualify for his current role as General Manager at the 400 room Grand Hotel in Pt Clear, Alabama. The high quality of guest expectations at the hotel can only be met by someone who has experienced the pressure cooker of managing big properties in Orlando, the “hospitality capital of the world.” Tripoli has guests return year after year, for generations, to experience the charm of the Grand. They know what to expect, they know what they like, and they count on Tripoli to deliver it year after year. He does, and he tells us how.
Jeff Brinson began selling books door to door for the Southwestern Company while he was a college student. It’s tough work, teaching him perseverance and how to overcome lots of rejection. He excelled at the work and today teaches sales managers and sales teams about the right frame of mind to tackle sales. His instruction on how to define your target market, how to mine your contacts for referrals, and finding good sales people is a breath of fresh air in an age old profession. His energy is contagious and it’s easy to see why he’s successful.
Drs Michael Chambers and Andrew Byrd know the questions to ask, the people to talk to, and the processes to explore to get your business idea or invention started. They work with individuals and companies that are trying to break through and offer coaching, feedback, and introductions. If it’s going to fail, they want it to fail fast so that you can quickly pivot and take the idea in a different direction where a market may be eagerly awaiting your idea. It’s intense and rigorous and not for everyone but Drs Chambers and Byrd agree – entrepreneurs are often the most satisfied people they know and their drive can’t be stopped.
Joe Brown owns Your CBD Store of West Mobile. Dr Jan Roberts teaches at the NYU Silver School of Social Work and has a weekly podcast called New Hemp Times. Between the two of them, they know the chemical composition of CBD, how the body reacts to it, and to manage expectations about what it might can do for you. Both Joe and Jan emphasize buying only quality product that has been tested by a third party testers. Listen as they give us insight on CBD and what it might can do for you.
The internet has not destroyed travel agencies. In fact, the internet has given travelers so much information, so many choices, that many travelers want someone to hand craft their vacation for them. Bowden Sarrett and her team at Brownell Travel will do just that. Their exclusive process called Discover More asks customers questions designed to get to the root of customer’s travel goals. From there, Bowden and her team craft the perfect itinerary. We talk with Bowden about trends in travel, hot destinations, and spontaneous versus planned adventures.
Bill Kraus knows the intricate details of moving product across borders all over the world. His clients hire his company to make sending and receiving product easy. Customs can be tricky and very detailed and Page & Jones’ clients leave this responsibility to Page & Jones to manage for them. The product can arrive or depart via ship at any of the nation’s ports or via air cargo at some of the nation’s largest airports. Regardless, Bill and his colleagues get it through customs and into his customer’s hands. We learn how today’s tariffs and a true global economy have impacted his company and what he expects going forward.
Marquis Forge captured our attention when we last spoke in April. Since then the water company he runs continues growth at a break-neck pace with new distribution in Alabama and now in Houston, Texas in one of state’s largest grocery store chains. His humble and matter of fact approach to serving the Lord through his water company is as inspiring as anything we’ve heard in a long, long time. Happy to have this friend of the show back with us.
When Sean Sullivan took over 106.5FM in 2007, the economy was in terrible shape. Sean saw an opportunity to build a radio station that served listeners of southwest Alabama in a way no other talk station was doing at the time. Today, due largely to Sean’s and his team’s tireless efforts, FMTalk 106.5 is a key ingredient for information and entertainment in Mobile and Baldwin counties and beyond. Sean continues to push for more. His days start very early as he begins to plan his two daily shows. And when not on the air, he’s managing and running a small business. Meet the man behind the voice who stays current on the issues and keeps his team focused forward.
Matt Armbruster runs Ransom Ministries in Mobile. Their goal is to simply put marginalized people that we too often overlook back to work and get them off the streets. They learn skills designed to build character, hard work, and loyalty and they learn the skills by being paid to do work that Matt and his team oversee. It’s been foodservice skills in the past. Today its large electronics recycling. Matt is a force for good in this community. He’s an uplifting man of character. And we could all would benefit by hearing his story and the stories of some of his rehabilitated clients.