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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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Sep 20, 2017
This week's guest spent some time around our host's old stomping grounds: Washington D.C. Charlotte Henson Tucker relocated to our area a few years ago with her husband and setup MetaMatch Professional Services. A staffing organization that specializes in medical, creative, off-shore, and professional services recruiting. Marcus and Charlotte originally met through a mutual client and we are excited to finally have her on the podcast; so let's jump into the conversation!
Sep 13, 2017
If you follow Blue Fish on social media, you know we have a favorite Friday lunch spot. Today we're pleased to have Cris Eddings, a partner with the restaurants Chuck's Fish and, our favorite, 5. Cris gives some great insights into how this area was picked for their newest locations and what he loves about the area. And seriously, if you haven't tried the cheeseburger at 5, go grab one. The Blue Fish team will see you there on Friday!
Sep 6, 2017
This week we have the pleasure to sit down with yet another local entrepreneur who moved away and just had to move back home! Devin Ford trained with celebrity photographers in California and has brought that knowledge back to Mobile to serve her business clients via Devin Ford Photography. Marcus was audibly impressed when he finds out the college she attended while studying photography. The bulk of the discussion is focused on the conference Devin has helped start here in Mobile: FOCUS Women's Conference.
Aug 30, 2017
This week we had the pleasure of sitting down the Brad Custred, CEO of Slingshot. Brad is local who started out wanted to be a veterinarian and changed trajectories after realizing he had a better connection with people. He has honed that ability to grow a tightknit group over at Slingshot. The culture he brings to his workforce is inspirational; let's jump into our conversation with Brad.
Aug 23, 2017
This week we're joined by a Bradley Flowers. A former golfer and a planned-to-be teacher turned insurance agent. Bradley is with Alfa Insurance and has a very different approach to selling insurance that has truly set him apart from the competition in his market. He was given free reign to try some new approaches to reach as many people as quickly as possible. And on top of that, he has adapted his strategy to the changes in social media and marketing to stay relevant. Now let's jump into our conversation with Bradley Flowers.
Aug 9, 2017
This week we are joined by Michael Chambers. He is the Assistant Vice President of Research Innovation at the University of South Alabama. Michael serves as an Adjunct Professor of Oncologic Sciences at the Mitchell Cancer Institute where some amazing new treatments and cancer detection procedures are being developed. Their research is aimed at helping countless woman around the world by detecting cancers earlier than previously thought possible. Instead of re-hashing the entire conversation, let's jump right into our interview with Michael Chambers.
Aug 2, 2017
We sit down with Mike Rogers and hear his story of being laid off and a happen-stance offer that lead to where he is today: Rogers & Willard, Inc. He and his team have won numerous awards over the years and is actively involved in the revitalization of downtown Mobile. They have built restaurants, churches, banks, retail locations, and so much more. Let's jump into our conversation with Mike Rogers!
Jul 26, 2017
This episode is not your normal entrepreneur story; it is more of a rags to riches story, but even that isn't what you'd expect. Our guest, Chris Coleman, has gone from excelling at school to working at Circle K and realizing he wanted to be in control of his life, to being homeless, all the way to today owning his own business: Health is Wealth Nation! That journey has pushed Chris to be in control of his life and he loves helping others take control of their life via their health. Without further ado, here is our conversation with Chris.
Jul 19, 2017
This week we sit down with the owner of a new local favorite mobile vendor: Jeff Robert's with Yellowhammer Coffee, Mobile's first mobile coffee and espresso bar! He and his wife left their previous careers to dive head-long into this new adventure together, and just celebrated their first year a little over two weeks ago. Jeff is passionate about people, and coffee. Keep an around town, and follow them on social media to find out where they will be! Now let's jump right into our conversation with Jeff Roberts.
Jul 12, 2017
In this episode, we have the pleasure of sitting down with a pioneer of the Mobile restaurant scene. Chakli Diggs started his first business back in the 90's because he saw the potential for a renaissance. That renaissance is something we are just now starting to see, and it has us excited! Chakli has a story filled past and those experiences undoubtedly have impacted the food scene here in Mobile through his restaurants. If you haven't had the chance to check out NoJa or Saisho, they need to be on your list! Now let's jump into our conversation with Chakli.
Jul 5, 2017
In this episode, we're joined by a rare breed of business owner. Our guest, Stephen McNair knew he wanted to work around historic buildings from a very early age. Mobile has seen a renewed interest in renovating some of our older buildings downtown, a large portion is due to the renewed federal historic tax credits. Stephen's company, McNair Historic Preservation, helps companies across the US navigate the process of receiving those tax credits by maintaining the unique charm of a building while it is renovated to provide more jobs. Tune in to hear the great insights Stephen has during our conversation.
Jun 28, 2017

In this episode we sit down with Lorenzo Ferguson. The death of a close family member from heart failure sparked a change in him. Lorenzo wanted to help people get into shape and eat healthy. While working at Waffle House to raise his capital, he started his personalized fitness business and food prep service: Your-Way Fitkits. Check out our full conversation with Lorenzo Ferguson:

Jun 28, 2017
In this episode we sit down with Lorenzo Ferguson. The death of a close family member from heart failure sparked a change in him. Lorenzo wanted to help people get into shape and eat healthy. While working at Waffle House to raise his capital, he started his personalized fitness business and food prep service: Your-Way Fitkits. Check out our full conversation with Lorenzo Ferguson:
Jun 21, 2017
This episode is focused on hospitality. Though our guest is not from Mobile, he has been an integral part of rejuvenating the hospitality of downtown Mobile. Mike Cowart with Cowart Hospitality Services discusses bringing 3 hotels (the Hampton Inn, Candlewood Suites, and Hilton Garden Inn) to the area and a new feature we're excited to try out: the Backlot food-truck court! Mike talks about the unique history behind some of those sites and drops some great business knowledge.
Jun 3, 2017
In this episode, we have the pleasure of chatting with one of our neighbors, Julie Burrus with Inspire Salon & Gallery. Julie has been in the salon business for 15 years, but before that, she had an interesting job right out of high school as a Russian linguist for the military. She went through an apprenticeship, 3000 - 3500 hours of training! Now that she owns her own salon, she has some great insights for business owners or soon-to-be business owners. Julie has a unique perspective on running a business that I think you'll really enjoy. That's enough of my perspective, let's jump into our conversation with Julie Burrus.
Jun 3, 2017
This episode is for all of the guys that want to look sharp. I don't know of any other shop in Mobile where you can go and get clothing of the quality and style as G Harvell Men's Clothier. Taylor Harvell is the son of Greg Harvell and has been handed the keys to the business. Retail is a difficult business to be in and the fact that G Harvell's has managed to thrive for the last 15 years is a testimony to the service and quality that they provide. Listen in as Taylor gives us some insights into his journey as a second generation clothier.
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.
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