First and foremost, Reeves Price loves music and is a connoisseur of music festivals. He’ll hold Gulf Shore’s Hangout Music Festival up against any in the world in terms of quality of the acts, fan experience, and the care and attention given the talent. He manages festivals in the deep south for AEG and gives us an insider’s look at what it takes to pull it off successfully. Hint: Though he may be rubbing shoulders with today’s most popular and in-demand entertainers, it is not an easy or glamorous job. It’s hard work.
Clyde May was never without a still somewhere in the woods of Bullock Country, Alabama. His special Christmas offering, which he only sold to family and friends, was flavored with apple slices and aged in oak barrels. Today Clyde May’s Alabama Style Whiskey is sold in all 50 states and is represented by his grandson, LC May, who carries the family’s reputation with great pride. We discuss the whiskey business, how social media is selling whiskey, and how LC prefers his whiskey after a long week on the road.
One would think a milkshake that runs upwards of $10 would have a very limited market. Not true. Begun in Gulf Shores, Chelsea and Logan Green have discovered a robust market for their magnificent creations and are now operating several stores with plans in the works for franchise operations. And the cherry on the top is an offer from Mark Cuban on ABC’s Shark Tank to help them grow. Listen to their story.
Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar, PhD is a professor at Columbia University and has a book called Happier in which he explores the topic of gratitude and how exhibiting gratitude makes you more grateful. It’s an upward spiral, he says. Following Dr. Ben-Shahar we meet Stephanie Anderton and Rob Stuardi, both of Mobile, who experienced significant illnesses and, as a result, have a true sense and depth of gratitude that only the challenges caused by their illnesses could have awakened. It’s an uplifting show for the holiday season. Gratitude – Getcha Some.
Joel Sartore has grand ambitions. Photographing every animal in human captivity requires exhausting travel to the four corners of the earth. But he’s on a mission to catalog these creatures, great and small, for human posterity. He’s lived most of his life with a camera in his hands and his eye for backgrounds, expressions, and framing the subject matter has gained him accolades throughout his career. And while you’d think he may be over good photography, he’s still captivated by a really good picture.
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.