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The Mobile, Alabama Business Podcast

We will be conducting interviews of local business owners and leaders in the business community. We’ll be asking questions about their business. What it is exactly that they do (a chance to plug their product/services). How they got started. Things they’ve learned along the way. Advice they would give to a new entrepreneur and more.
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May 10, 2017

This episode is for all of the entrepreneurs our there with big ideas. Bo Megginson is the Mobile Area Executive Director for an angel investor group called Angel Investor Management Group. He is part of the movement of change for the start up community here in Mobile. AIM's existence in our start-up ecosystem means if you have an idea, and know that you will need funding, you have options. Their last investment was $6.4 Million... but it was for a company out of Atlanta. And frankly, Bo wants to see some of their investment dollars stay in the Mobile area. So tune in to learn more about Bo and the AIM Group.

May 4, 2017
This episode is super manly and definitely meets the facial hair quota. Barcus Patty is the Owner of Thrice, a maker of natural beard grooming products in Mobile, AL. Barcus is a Mobile entrepreneur that is harnessing the power of the internet to sell his products to a larger audience. He gets into that a bit and talks about his experience with Shopify and Amazon as a small products manufacturer. I find his story interesting because he is right on the cusp of breaking through with his business and I love seeing people make that jump. Barcus, besides having an almost perfect name, is a really genuine guy and it is my pleasure to be able to share this discussion with you. Make sure to follow Thrice on Facebook and Instagram. And check out the products on his website.
Apr 26, 2017
In this episode we sat down with Casey Williams. Casey is the "new" President of the Eastern Shore Chamber. Full Disclosure: Marcus is on the Executive Board for the Chamber and was head of the committee that hired Casey. The Eastern Shore and Mobile are intertwined in many ways. Casey understands this. She has accepted the challenge of heading up the ES Chamber with gusto and the Board is extremely pleased with the direction things are heading. Make sure to follow the ES Chamber on Facebook and Instagram or visit their site. So, let's dive right in with Casey Williams!
Apr 19, 2017
This episode is extra rad, if I do say so myself. Bear Walker is the Owner of Kodiak Boards, a maker of premium longboards headquartered in Fairhope, AL. I originally met Bear when I asked him to make a custom board for Blue Fish. We hit it off and we've stayed in touch since. It has been amazing to see the recognition he is getting in the industry for his innovative designs. He is a really genuine guy and it is my pleasure to be able to share this discussion with you. Make sure to follow Kodiak Boards on Facebook and Instagram. And check out the products on his website.
Apr 12, 2017
In this episode we sat down with Gabe Holloway. Gabe, and his partner Eric, run and operate Soul Caffeine. At Blue Fish we lovingly refer to Soul Caffeine as Blue Fish's Eastern Shore office. Gabe and Eric started Soul Caffeine out of a desire to create a "third place" where people could gather and feel welcome. Make sure to follow Soul Caffeine on Facebook and Instagram or visit their site. They make a mean v60 and take great care in brewing each cup of coffee. So, let's dive right in with Gabe Holloway!
Apr 5, 2017
In this episode we had a chance to sit down with Chris Yokley. Chris owns Altegra Technologies and CigarClub.com. Cigar Club was birthed out of last year's Startup Weekend in Mobile. I love the idea and am excited that Chris and his business partner, Jeff, have been chosen as finalists in Alabama Launchpad. They will be competing this month for their slice of the $250,000 pot. Anyway, Chris and I talk about everything from dropping out of high school, to how he got started in tech, and he also mentioned falling out of the sky on an ultralght. You can find CigarClub.com on Facebook and Instagram too. Make sure to follow them!
Mar 30, 2017
In this episode of Mobile Alabama Business Podcast, I sit down with Solomon Davis. Solomon and I met through Von Larson even though we are both part of Order of Fuse. Every time I see him he has a welcoming smile and positive vibe. Solomon spends a lot of his time giving back to the community now through his involvement with the community in Prichard, Board of Directors for Fuse Project and many other activities. Oh, and he is really tall! He is a really great guy and I can't wait for you to learn more about him, so let's dive right in with Solomon Davis!
Mar 22, 2017
In this episode of Mobile Alabama Business Podcast, I sit down with Keith Sherrill. Keith is the owner of Haint Blue Brewing in Mobile. I really enjoyed getting to learn more about Keith's story and where his desire to bring a brewery to Mobile stems from. He's really a friendly guy that makes a really stellar Porter, so let's dive right in with Keith Sherrill
Nov 1, 2016
Hi everybody, welcome to podcast Episode #10 of Season 2 of the Mobile Alabama Business Podcast. My name is Marcus Neto and I’m your host. This is a podcast about the people behind the business community here in the Mobile area. I know you have a lot of choices when it come to podcasts so I’d like to thank you for spending time with us today. In this episode we had a chance to sit down with Brian Kane. Brian adds to the count of lawyers that have appeared on the podcast. Brian is no longer lawyering though. He is part of the small group that owns Fairhope Brewing Company. Fairhope Brewing Company has taken this area by storm. They have gone from making small batches to share with friends to being sold in all of the local supermarkets in just a few short years. Brian shares a lot about the struggles of trying to start a brewery in Alabama and I think there is a lot of good business advice in here as well. So let’s dive right in with Brian Kane.
Oct 11, 2016
Hi everybody, welcome to podcast Episode #9 of Season 2 of the Mobile Alabama Business Podcast. My name is Marcus Neto and I’m your host. This is a podcast about the people behind the business community here in the Mobile area.  I know you have a lot of choices when it come to podcasts so I’d like to thank you for spending time with us today. In this episode we had a chance to sit down with Jim Walker. Jim is the owner of several hot spot restaurants on Dauphin Street. He owns the Bicycle Shop, Liquid Sushi, and The Union. What I did not know prior to starting this interview was that he is also a major part of the Roundhouse incubator that is gaining traction in Mobile. The conversation shows how big Jim’s heart is for Mobile. He really does love this city. So let’s dive right in with Jim Walker.
Oct 3, 2016
Hi everybody, welcome to podcast Episode #8 of Season 2 of the Mobile Alabama Business Podcast. My name is Marcus Neto and I’m your host. This is a podcast about the people behind the business community here in the Mobile area. I know you have a lot of choices when it come to podcasts so I’d like to thank you for spending time with us today. In this episode we had a chance to sit down with Ty Bullard. Ty and I are involved in a lot of the same organizations. I asked him to come on the podcast to talk about things people might not know about what it takes to run a car dealership. He has been handed the keys to the family business and I think he is driving it in the right direction. He is a great guy that gives a lot to our community and I thoroughly enjoyed having this conversation with him. So let’s dive right in with Ty Bullard.
Sep 13, 2016
Hi everybody, welcome to podcast Episode #7 of Season 2 of the Mobile Alabama Business Podcast. My name is Marcus Neto and I’m your host. This is a podcast about the people behind the business community here in the Mobile area.  I know you have a lot of choices when it come to podcasts so I’d like to thank you for spending time with us today. In this episode we had a chance to sit down with Megan Kowal. Megan is the owner and creative mind behind Mermania Swimwear. She is part of a small but growing fashion community here in Mobile. She has been active in the Mobile Fashion Council. Mermania has an online store and is also located in the Urban Emporium in Downtown Mobile on Dauphin Street. She is also convinced Mermaids are real. So let’s dive right in with Megan Kowal.
Sep 1, 2016
Hi everybody, welcome to podcast Episode #6 of Season 2 of the Mobile Alabama Business Podcast. My name is Marcus Neto and I’m your host. This is a podcast about the people behind the business community here in the Mobile area. I’d like to thank you for spending time with us today. In this episode we talk to Chad about how he got started as an entrepreneur. He tells us how he opened a concession stand at the age of 7! That was 21ish years ago and since then Chad has started a whole lot of enterprises. The thing I love about listening to Chad is he makes is sound so easy. As if it was just so obvious to start some of these businesses. Listening to his story is also very encouraging to me as he describes how his family was not well off at all. And yet, he managed to build and sell businesses that mean he does not really have to work any more. But we all know how that goes. Driven people like Chad do not just go into early retirement so he is working as a Real Estate Agent on the Eastern Shore. I know you are really going to like this episode. You may even have to listen to it multiple times.. So let’s dive right in with Chad Hurley!
Aug 24, 2016
Hi everybody, welcome to podcast Episode #5 of Season 2 of the Mobile Alabama Business Podcast. My name is Marcus Neto and I’m your host. This is a podcast about the people behind the business community here in the Mobile area. I know you have a lot of choices when it come to podcasts so I’d like to thank you for spending time with us today. In this episode we had a chance to sit down with Jeff Jones. Some of you may remember Jeff from his days with Big Daddy Weave. He was their drummer for a number of years until deciding that he wanted to spend more time with his family and come off of the road. Jeff has taken an interesting route in that he has started an online business selling customized drumsticks. He also touches on how his business is expanding into the FBA or Fulfillment by Amazon arena which is super interesting to me. Jeff also talks to us about how he stats disciplined and how that helps to keep him motivated. So let’s dive right in with Jeff Jones.
Aug 18, 2016
Hi everybody, welcome to podcast Episode #4 of Season 2 of the Mobile Alabama Business Podcast. My name is Marcus Neto and I’m your host. This is a podcast about the people behind the business community here in the Mobile area.  I know you have a lot of choices when it come to podcasts so I’d like to thank you for spending time with us today. In this episode we had a chance to sit down with Scott Tindle. Scott is the owner of the Duck Boat Tours that are getting ready to launch here in Mobile. Scott is truly an entrepreneur. You might have also seen him on an episode of The Shark Tank. He had a business that was essentially the Netflix for ties that he was pitching to the Sharks. I think he has a great vision for Mobile and he is putting his money where his mouth is in an effort to help make this city better. He’s funny and great to talk to... So let’s dive right in with Scott Tindle.
Aug 11, 2016
Hi everybody, welcome to podcast Episode #3 of Season 2 of the Mobile Alabama Business Podcast. My name is Marcus Neto and I’m your host. This is a podcast about the people behind the business community here in the Mobile area. I’d like to thank you for spending time with us today. In this episode we had a chance to sit down with Elyse Goonan. Elyse is the Executive Director of One Mobile. She describes the projects One Mobile is working to bring to life and the impact she believes those will have on the city. She also talks to us about her love of Rugby and how she is part of a core group of people that is working to bring Rugby to Mobile. And we also talk about her desire to bring a TEDx conference to Mobile, which I am super excited about. So let’s dive right in with Elyse Goonan.
Aug 3, 2016
Hi everybody, welcome to podcast Episode #2 of Season 2 of the Mobile Alabama Business Podcast. My name is Marcus Neto and I’m your host. This is a podcast about the people behind the business community here in the Mobile area. I’d like to thank you for spending time with us today. In this episode we had a chance to sit down with Von Larson from Von’s Bistro. If you have not eaten at Von’s then I would highly suggest you move it to the top of your list. Von is an incredible chef and her daily specials are ridiculously good. And no, she did not pay me to say that. Anyway, in this episode we talk about where von learned to cook. What some of her early influences were. How she just jumped straight into being a restauranteur. And what suggestions she would have for someone thinking of going down that path. So let’s dive right in with Von Larson
Jul 19, 2016
Hi everybody, this week we have a special episode for you. This episode is one that we recorded out of order so we have lovingly marked this episode #1.5 in Season 2 of the Mobile Alabama Business Podcast. Anyway, my name is Marcus Neto and I’m your host. I am an entrepreneur and run Blue Fish which is a digital marketing firm located on Dauphin Street. I know you have a lot of choices when it come to podcasts so I’d like to thank you for spending time with us today. In this episode we sat down with Brandon Maye. Brandon is the owner of Diamond Touch car detailing. He was an elite football player at Clemson but don’t hold that against him. He was close to going into the NFL before he got sidelined with an Achilles injury that ended his career. But instead of having a pity part, Brandon decided to make the most of it. He graduated with a Masters degree and decided he wanted to start a business. This is a great story because Brandon had a lot of of reasons to not be successful. But instead of dwelling on all of the negative, Brandon got to work. He has also started a non-profit and hopes to use that to promote speaking engagements. He regularly gives back to our community by speaking to youth at local schools. His story is really compelling.
Jul 4, 2016
In this week's episode we sit down with Johnny Gwin. Johnny is the owner of Deep Fried Studios where he is focused on helping businesses understand why they should be podcasting. He also helps get them started. He and his wife have all of the knowledge and equipment needed to record and process the audio. But most importantly they understand the business application of why businesses should be podcasting. Johnny is also a partner at Hummingbird Ideas, one of the local advertising agencies. In this episode we talk about how Johnny got started in design. We also talk about his days as a musician and who he is listening to now. And we talk about how skateboarding and music has influenced his work in the Advertising Industry. So let's dive right in with Johnny Gwin.
May 23, 2016
Welcome to Podcast Episode Number 34 of the Mobile Alabama Business podcast with Sean Sullivan. My name is Marcus. I own Bluefish Design Studio. We are a digital marketing and Web design company located downtown on Dolphin Street. I'm the host of Mobile Alabama Business Podcast where we talk to local entrepreneurs and business owners about their businesses and how they got started. I'd like to thank you for spending time with us today. In this week's episode, we sit down with Sean Sullivan, one of the owners from FM Talk 106.5. Sean and I have been friends for a number of years, so I was really excited to get him on the show. He's now used to being interviewed, and I think I may have seen him squirm just a little. Anyway, Sean talks to us a bit about the complexities of the radio business, how he got started in that, and the short answer to that is it was women. We also talked to Sean about his love of hunting, fishing or nearly anything that gets him outdoors including gardening or doing the lawn. He also waxes poetic about his love for waking up before the roosters to get to the station and do his morning show. Let's dive right in with Sean Sullivan.
Feb 18, 2016
In today's episode, I sit down with Mobile Baykeeper's executive director Casi Callaway. We talked with Casi about how she ended up in the nonprofit world and specifically how she ended up in the environmental protection arena. She tells us about returning to the Mobile area after spending some time away to take Mobile Baykeeper to the next level. She also talks to us about a few of the initiatives that they are putting a lot of effort into. I do hope you enjoy this, so let's dive right in with Casi Callaway.
Jan 19, 2016
In this week's episode we sit down with Heiko Einfeld, the Executive Director of the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce. I ask Heiko questions about his background as the owner of a hotel, where he would like to see the eastern shore in the year 2020, and what resources the local chamber has for new entrepreneurs and business owners. Let's dive right in with Heiko Einfeld.
Jan 12, 2016
In this week's episode, we sit down with Kate Carver, the Executive Director of Dumas Wesley Community Center. Dumas Wesley has the mission statement of educating, empowering, and enriching the local community. They have a handful of programs that are not just handouts. Kate describes how they work with the participants over the course of months to educate them on how to move their lives to the next level. She also talks about a huge need that they have that could impact their ministry in a huge way. Let's dive right in with Kate Carver.
Dec 15, 2015
In this weeks episode we sit down with Jonathan McConnell. Jonathan connected with me a few months ago on LinkedIn and I remember my inner Jason Bourne getting a little gitty. You see, Jonathan is the CEO of Meridian. Meridian provides security services for all over the world. When [00:00:46] Jonathan started Meridian after the Maersk Alabama was hijacked. He is a former Marine that provides jobs to Marines, and since we recorded this episode, Jonathan has announced his candidacy to challenge Senator Shelby for his seat. Jonathan is a great guy and a very astute businessman. He shares some great stories as part of this interview, so let's dive right in with Jonathan McConnell.
Dec 7, 2015
In today's episode I sit down with Mobile's mayor, Sandy Stimpson. We talk about the mayor's experience working at Gulf Lumber Company and the things he learned working his way up in that business. We also talk about some of the changes he's trying to push for to make Mobile more business friendly. He gives a peek into the day of a mayor and the busy schedule he keeps, and I think this is a different look of the mayor of our fine city. I do hope you enjoy this, so let's dive right in with Mayor Stimpson.
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