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ALAN TURNER: Healthcare taking a toll on business

by Published: January 17,2014

Tags: Business, column, healthcare, Mississippi

T he ongoing level of turmoil in the health care world is beginning to take a toll on business in Mississippi, and throughout the United States. The primary culprit in this scenario appears to be anxiety, i.e., a general fear and uncertainty about the long-term impact on businesses and employees. From a business point of […] [...]

Regions Bank: From regional bank to Top 20

by Published: December 13,2013

Tags: banking, Business, finance, Mississippi

W e had the opportunity recently to meet and get acquainted with Arthur DuCote, the new Mississippi state president for Regions Bank. In a sense, he says moving to Mississippi is like coming home. “I grew up in a small town near Baton Rouge,” he said. “It wasn’t quite Mayberry, but it was close,” referring […] [...]

SANDERSON FARMS —From family business to major corporation

by Published: November 29,2013

Tags: Business, Mississippi, poultry, Sanderson

  Sanderson Farms was originally incorporated as a feed and seed store in the year 1955. From that beginning, the company has grown to be a $2.5-billion corporation. It is the third largest vertically integrated poultry processing company in the United States, producing over three billion pounds of processed poultry annually. That’s a lot of […] [...]

ALAN TURNER — Has your company considered dropping employee health benefits?

by Published: November 15,2013

Tags: Business, healthcare, insurance, Mississippi, Obamacare

In recent weeks, we’ve talked with a number of policy experts, health care providers and financial professionals about the impact of the Affordable Care Act on Mississippi businesses. There appears to be a solid consensus among these sources that the cost of providing employee health care benefits is going to increase — some think it […] [...]

Commitment to a ‘Noble Profession’ — Raymond James’ Tash Elwyn has always had his eye on the target

by Published: November 15,2013

Tags: Business, healthcare, insurance, Mississippi

One might say that Tash Elwyn, president of the Private Client Group at Raymond James & Associates, was born of parents with a clear literary inclination. “I was named after Tashtego, one of the harponers in the American classic novel Moby Dick,” he told us in a recent meeting. If the harpooneer’s primary mission is […] [...]

Mississippi Power’s Ed Holland is a high-energy CEO in action

by Published: October 25,2013

Tags: Business, coal, energy, Mississippi, power

In a recent meeting with Ed Holland, president and CEO of Mississippi Power, we discussed Mississippi’s energy future and how it will impact people and businesses in the Magnolia State. Ed is fairly new to the job, but he said he has “fallen in love” with Mississippi since moving here a few months ago. “I’ve […] [...]

The humor in economics — Thad Cochran Forum on American Enterprise, to be held on Sept. 26

by Published: September 20,2013

Tags: Business, education, forum, Mississippi, Thad Cochran

At this year’s Thad Cochran Forum on American Enterprise, to be held Thursday, Sept. 26, at the Jackson Convention Center, the focus will be partly on the lighter side of economics. You didn’t know there was a lighter side to economics? Make your plans to attend this year’s Forum, and you’ll find yourself laughing along […] [...]

John Palmer and Martha Hutson receive MGA awards; Geography takes center stage

A mbassador John Palmer is the inaugural recipient of the Geographic Visionary Award from the Mississippi Geographic Alliance. The award is meant to honor a Mississippi business or civic leader who recognizes the importance of global understanding and awareness for Mississipians and promotes understanding about Mississippi in other parts of the world. In his remarks […] [...]

MISSISSIPPI BUSINESS PROFILE — Engineering success for Mississippi in Waggoner Engineering

At a point in his early life, Waggoner Engineering CEO thought he might wind up taking over the family farm. He loves the country and farming, and in fact, does still have the family farm in Newton. He thought of becoming a veterinarian, which would have allowed him to stay close to farming. However, Joe’s […] [...]

TURNER: Even hurricanes couldn’t keep Christi and Mike Alise down

Talking to Christi and Mike Alise, president and vice president of Gulf Coast Produce, one is led to marvel at just what determination, teamwork, and dedication can achieve. The Alises have been in the produce business for most of their adult lives, having grown up in Louisiana and then moving to the Mississippi Gulf Coast […] [...]

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