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South Alabama remains just under the surface of Beverly Jo (BJ) Scott. Born and raised near Mobile, BJ is now famous in Belgium with her face on billboards and on the sides of busses. Her celebrity comes from her remarkable talent as a singer-songwriter, her own radio and TV show, and her “what you see is what you get” approach to coaching singers on Belgium’s version of The Voice. She also considers herself a “worldly American” which is a rare thing and endears her to her fans. Hear how she manages her fame and maintains a genuine appeal.
Josh Reed has a fantastic story to tell about the birth of Huk Gear, the fishing apparel company he began with his partners not too long ago. They’ve exploded with success due to ID’ing an underserved market, putting a team together, and letting them do their work. And I can vouch that their gear is fantastic.
John Hoyle leads the Alabama School for Math and Sciences in Mobile. The students there are exceptional – wanting to be pushed and stretched to become the best they can be. The faculty, per John, is the best in the state. The students come from across Alabama and are encouraged to return their eduction to their state by finding work in Alabama when they enter the working career.
David Stollmack was worried that his inventory wouldn’t move ever again in March and April of last year. Then he started worrying that he couldn’t find enough equipment to sell. His business boomed once people realized that quarantine meant lots of at-home TV time. David’s years of experience taught him how to manage inventory and how to find and keep customer-centered installers. He takes us on the wild ride he’s had over the past eighteen months and we get a peek inside his Springsteen fascination.
Carla Williams wanted to be a country music singer from the beginning. She had to put her dreams on hold to raise four kids and grow a successful business. Now she’s back at it and her forthcoming album is a tribute to Karen Carpenter and includes a who’s who of the Nashville music scene. This Mobilian is poised for the musical success she’s waited for and she richly deserves.
Charles Head has climbed the ranks of Fairmont Hotels to land at the Fairmont Orchid in Hawaii where he leads a big team who delivers exceptional service to the guests. Charles’ team – he calls them his “ohana” which roughly translates to “family” – is selected to work at the Fairmont based on their service skills which Charles and his leadership group uncover through assessments and, most importantly, personal interaction. It’s a plum job in an extraordinary location and Charles is at the top of his game.
Amy Morin’s start to fame began as a complete surprise. Her blog post titled Thirteen Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do caught fire. Today she’s written multiple books, has podcasts, and is in-demand as a speaker. Why? Her message is needed and her delivery of her message is fantastic. I’ve met her and watched her work and I know you’ll love her story and her message as much as I do.
Todd McGehee won’t push his faith on you. He’s hired by local businesses to visit regularly and if you want to talk, he’ll talk, if you want to pray, he’ll pray with you. And if you want him to leave you alone, he’ll do that, too. Todd sees a great demand for spirituality but people are done with institutions. They want God. They don’t want church. And Todd brings a gentle, un-intimidating approach to God. His clients love him. You’ll like him, too. As promised, Todd’s email: email@example.com.
Bill E Stitt begin experimenting with curing his own bacon in college at Ole Miss. It made him plenty of friends – how could it not? Now his bacon is shipped across the country to the nation’s most demanding bacon palettes. His process is a closely guarded secret but does involve the meat being serenaded by local musicians. Don’t roll your eyes until you’ve tried it, then be prepared to be disappointed with anything less for the remainder of your life.