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Q&A: Denny Bruns, River Oaks Hospital

Dennis R. “Denny” Bruns has served as president and CEO/president of River Oaks Hospital for more than three years. Bruns earned his undergraduate degree in chemistry and a master’s in health care administration degree from Indiana University.  He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Prior to joining River Oaks, he served […] [...]

Saving on travel expenses via technology — Solutions better, easier, cheaper

What does Iran have to do with Mississippi? Controversy over the country’s nuclear program has caused oil prices to rise again. When oil prices spike, gasoline prices do, too, and that means higher travel expenses for businesses nationwide. Mississippi businesses are increasingly saving on travel costs by embracing web and video conferencing technologies. They are […] [...]

Q&A Thomas Gregory, chief administrative officer, City of Greenwood

Thomas Gregory, chief administrative officer, City of Greenwood Thomas Gregory is the chief administrative officer for the city of Greenwood and one of his home town’s biggest fans. Gregory earned an undergraduate degree from Mississippi State University in business administration and a master’s in city and regional planning from the University of North Carolina at […] [...]

Rob Adams: Faculty member, University of Texas at Austin

Rob Adams is on the faculty of the MBA program at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is also director of Texas Venture Labs. Dr. Adams a former software executive, entrepreneur and institutional fund manager. He has served on many corporate boards, and has founded or financed more than 40 companies which have […] [...]

William Carey College of Osteopathic Medicine — Interest in the college is growing

William Carey University in Hattiesburg opened its College of Osteopathic Medicine (WCU-COM) in fall 2010, and interest in Mississippi’s second medical school is growing. The University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson produces more than 100 doctors annually. WCU-COM will soon be doing the same — only their graduates will be DOs, or doctors of […] [...]

Q&A: Jim Raines, president and CTO, Synergetics DCS Inc.

Jim Raines is founder, president and chief technical officer of Synergetics DCS, Inc., which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Raines is a Starkville native who earned a degree in management information systems from Mississippi State University. Synergetics which was named one of America’s 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in 2011 and 2009 by Inc. […] [...]

Q&A: Thomas Broadus, director of interactive & news media, The Focus Group

Thomas Broadus enjoys educating Mississippi’s business community on social and media and trends in communication technology. He is the director of interactive and new media for The Focus Group in Gulfport. Broadus earned a bachelor’s degree in management information systems and a master’s in communication from the University of Southern Mississippi. For several years he […] [...]

KIPP charter group interested in Mississippi

The Knowledge is Power Program, or KIPP, charter schools are well-respected nationwide for having a proven track record of charter school success. Of more than 100 KIPP schools serving 32,000 students nationally, the majority of whom are minorities qualifying for free lunch programs, more than 85 percent have entered college upon graduation. The mission of […] [...]

Advocates want more flexible charter school bill

Charter school advocates believe this is the year for Mississippi to make progress in school choice through more flexible charter school legislation. In his first State of the State address, Gov. Phil Bryant said now is the time for Mississippi to pass a “workable” charter school law. A 2010 law passed by the state Legislature […] [...]

Q&A: Paul Lacoste, owner, Paul Lacoste Sports

Paul Lacoste, owner of Paul Lacoste Sports, has dubbed himself “Mississippi’s Coach” and has a passion for getting Mississippians healthy. Lacoste grew up in Jackson and played football at Mississippi State University, where he also earned a master’s degree in sports administration and exercise science. He has played for the Buffalo Bills and Indianapolis Colts […] [...]

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