Brian Garish leads Banfield Pet Hospitals. One of the Mars family of businesses (think M&Ms), the pet care industry is booming. More pets today than ever before are leading to a major shortage of veterinarians. And the Millennial generation, per Brian, is much more interested in pet preventative health care than previous generations of pet owners which requires more vet visits and better foods. We talk pets, vets, compassion fatigue, and the future of pet care. Plus a Mardi Gras commentary from David Webb.
Corey James is the Director of Operations for Mobile, Alabama’s Innovation PortAL, overseeing startup consulting, community development initiatives, marketing, and communications. Cullen Millsap is a Parter and Vice President of Legal Imaging in Mobile, performing digital forensics and eDiscovery for the legal field. Both are members of Mobile Bay Monthly’s 2019 Forty Under Forty class and join me to discuss the workplace in 2020 and what those of us well beyond our fortieth year don’t get about today’s workplace. Listen to their thoughts, ideas, and predictions for the workplace’s future and get some tips about working with them and their colleagues.
LuAnn Pappas began her casino and hospitality career in a casino gift shop in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Today she’s the CEO of the Scarlet Pearl Casino in D’Iberville, Mississippi. LuAnn recognizes the need to know your customer in HER entirety, and the for the Scarlet Pearl, LuAnn’s customer is a fifty-year-old female who’s coming to play the slots. This customer demands a clean, safe, and friendly environment, and LuAnn’s job is to make sure she gets what she wants. “It’s like family here,” LuAnn says. And her customers agree.
David Greene went from owning a landscaping company out of college to deciding to go to law school and starting a law firm. Today they have six attorneys and employ sixty support staff and have opened an office in Atlanta. He’s prolific advertiser in our area and the motivation for it? Many people, he says, don’t know a lawyer and he wants to be theirs. Yet for all the advertising, most of his business is referral and repeat. It’s a great growth and success story.
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.