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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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Jan 17, 2018
This week we sit down with a local business owner that has been on quite the journey to get where he is today. From teaching special education students in a trailer that required two holding cells in the classroom to prospecting clients in other countries for a well known real estate brokerage to owning his own real estate brokerage with his wife. If that doesn't intrigue you... We're not sure what would. Now let's hear the story of how Jason Will became the owner of JWRE.
Jan 10, 2018
Since it’s the start of a new year, we wanted to introduce you all to a man who helps people, within a gym. But this is no fair-weather trainer. Braxton Gilbert has a huge heart for helping others improve their overall well being. We found out in this interview he gets the most return by understanding his client’s psychological needs. Looking back at more than 3000 clients over the past 4 years, he thinks it is even more important than preparing their physical training regimen. Let’s sit down and have a great chat with the owner of Braxton Gilbert Fitness.
Dec 6, 2017
Downtown Mobile has a lot going on. If you follow Blue Fish on social media you’ve probably seen a post or two about the various spots around town we like to frequent for lunch. Our next guest happens to own one of those restaurants: Rooster’s Downtown. Frankie grew up on a farm here in lower Alabama, and he understands the difference cooking from scratch makes. And since his family spent some time in Columbia, Costa Rica, and Panama, he has taken his love of food and channeled it into an amazing Latin food joint on Dauphin Street.
Nov 29, 2017
This week Marcus sits down with Andy Wood. Andy has roots in Mobile. His father was in construction and helped build some of the buildings that still stand around this city. He is the managing partner of LifeVesting Group and utilizes his PhD in Organizational Leadership to coach business owners. Let’s jump into this conversation between Marcus and Andy.
Nov 22, 2017
This week is a very special episode for us here on the podcast. In the past, we’ve had the opportunity to sit down with owners of large businesses, small businesses, and everything in between. Today, you’ll hear from a new business owner. But this isn’t just any new business owner. Chris Andrews used to work as a crane operator until he started listening to our podcast (among others). After blasting through every episode he knew starting his new business had to happen and was worth the minimal risk. After a lot of planning, Bienville Bites Food Tour has been born and has now had a few tours under its belt. They are currently set up with 7 local restaurants in downtown Mobile and they take a 3-hour tour while stopping at local shops to taste their foods. Now that we have whet your appetite, let’s dive into our first episode with the owner of a business born out of the audience of this podcast!
Nov 15, 2017
This week is we have another guest that sees Mobile’s potential and is doing some great work to keep up that momentum. You’ve probably seen some of the MOBTown Merch being worn around, including the great “Defend the Delta” shirt featuring the majestic BB-60 USS Alabama battleship. Our guest this week started MOBTown Merch with his siblings around 1 year ago to help promote the pride he saw in our town, in the same way they had all seen in other large towns. Let’s dive into our conversation with Louis Maisel.
Nov 8, 2017
This week Marcus sits down with Nathan Lippincott, with STM Asset Management. Nathan is a fiduciary if you’re unfamiliar with the term: he is required by law to put your interests first, making decisions based on what is best for you and your goals. On top of that, Nathan knows the best way to help his clients isn’t always to put their money into “the market” right away. He may start with giving some advice on starting a budget, help you look into life insurance, and make sure you have an updated will. His goal is to truly help you plan out your finances, not just manage some of them for a fee. Now, let’s jump into our conversation with Nathan Lippincott! This podcast is brought to you by the awesome team over at Blue Fish.
Nov 1, 2017
This is one of those great interviews where I get to chat with local business owners for the first time. Although I've been to The Haberdasher previously, I haven't had the opportunity of meeting the owners, Elise Poche and Naude Gouws, until this recording. Elise is a fantastic photographer and Naude is a retired rugby player and together they have handcrafted a truly unique bar & restaurant. Check them out on Facebook or better yet their physical location at 113 Dauphin St Mobile, Alabama 36602. Now let's jump into our conversation with Elise and Naude from The Haberdasher. This episode is brought to you by Blue Fish.
Oct 25, 2017
This week we sit down with the coolest business owners around town. Sam Bloodworth and Beth Smiley own and operate Mobile Cryotherapy (http://www.mobile-cryotherapy.com), and we couldn't help but use that cold pun. Beth has a degree in Entrepreneurship and met Sam working on a previous project. Now they help relieve all sorts of ailments and fatigue by getting you in -200 F for up to 3 minutes. We hope you enjoy this conversation with Sam and Beth of Mobile Cryotherapy!
Oct 4, 2017
This week Marcus sits down with a man who is partly responsible for the start of this podcast. If you've been a long time listener you'll remember Marcus mentioning 1702 and his meeting with two local business owners that he hadn't heard of but felt he should have based on what they were accomplishing in our area. 1702 was founded by Dean Parker, the president/CEO of Vita Capital; Marcus was in the first class when he met those 2 entrepreneurs. Dean has a great story of getting here from his humble beginnings trying to get a pager system to work in the middle of a hospital to win a contract. Instead of rehashing the entire story, let's dive right in with Dean Parker!
Sep 27, 2017
Our guest this week is the Executive Director of Wilmer Hall: Pratt Paterson. Pratt was born here in Mobile, AL and moved away for a few decades while in school and working at various non-profit organizations. Now that's he back home he helps Wilmer Hall serve children and young adults through several on-campus programs that provide tutoring, on-campus living and other tools needed to succeed.
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.
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