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.
Stanton Moore’s dozens of recordings, contributions to other’s recordings, appearances on multiple soundtracks, and appearances on late night TV are a testament to two things: talent + work ethic. It’s his work ethic, though, that has made him a go-to source for the music industry. Once he proved predictable, he says, the magazines, drum manufacturers, and music industry veterans came calling. Today he tours the nation and performs about 100 dates a year with the band Galactic of which he, along with the four other founding members, is a twenty percent partner. The band also now owns New Orleans iconic live music venue Tipitina’s. He’s popular. He’s busy. And he’s a surprisingly nice guy.
Glenda Snodgrass says you and I have probably already been hacked. Many times. And our information is for sale on the Dark Web – which is a real place – to the highest bidder. Even little ole you and little ole me are targets for these industrious and entrepreneurial criminals. Glenda walks us through what to know, what to do and, most importantly, how things work in the world of internet cyber crime.
Also on this episode David Webb talks about a product with no peer, no equal, and a special place in his heart and belly.
When Shawn Cushing moved her oldest daughter into college in 2012 she was shocked at what she spent, how heavy it was, and how much work it was. An entrepreneurial spirit, Shawn dove into finding ways to make the whole process quick, easy, less expensive, and light-weight. In 2019 she and Annie Henseler will fill between 500 and 600 orders for their dorm decor and the products will be shipped to campuses all over the USA. Listen to a great story of finding a market need and expertly filling it.
Chef Chris Rainosek brought The Noble South restaurant to downtown in Mobile at the beginning of Dauphin Street’s recent renaissance. Many restaurants have come and gone since, but The Noble South remains. It’s busy every day and night due to ambitiously setting customer’s expectations as soon as they walk through the door to consistently providing a quality dining experience day after day. It’s not a fluke nor luck that it happens this way. We talk to Chef Chris and learn how he stays current with the trends shaping the restaurant business, how he works with growers to get local ingredients, and how he sets the tone for his team in both the kitchen and the front of the house.
George Adams leads SA Recycling based in Anaheim, California. Don’t think glass bottles and aluminum cans. Think shredded automobiles and old railroad tracks. He’s grown the company to over $1B in sales and his employees LOVE him. He’s a fan of bottom-up leadership: Let the employees who do the hard work make the suggestions for improvement, then follow their lead. His stories and examples clearly show he practices what he preaches.