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MARTIN WILLOUGHBY: Garrick Combs carves out career in economic development

As regular readers of this column know, one of the things I like to do is spotlight up and coming leaders from around the state. These are the men and women who are on the fast track to success and are actively building Mississippi’s future. This week I had the opportunity to interview one of […] [...]

MARTIN WILLOUGHBY: Hal Miller leaves family business to lead MTA

Leadership guru Ram Charan noted, “Talent, as every leader knows, is the most essential ingredient of business success.” Good to Great author Jim Collins echoed the importance of people when he said “To build a successful organization and team you must get the right people on the bus.” While most business leaders would agree with […] [...]

MARTIN WILLOUGHBY: David Spurk uses creativity in leading Petal Pushers

by Published: October 30,2014

Tags: Business, Martin Willoughby, Mississippi, NEWS

I believe that one of Mississippi’s real economic opportunities is the continued expansion of the creative economy. The state has recognized this opportunity and has been studying and finding ways to encourage its growth. In a state commissioned report titled “Realizing the Economic Opportunity of Creativity in Mississippi,” it was noted, “Mississippi’s creative people, companies, […] [...]

MARTIN WILLOUGHBY: Patrick Tucker takes military lessons to Physicians Urgent Care

by Published: October 23,2014

Tags: Business, column, education, Mississippi

With the pace of life today and the pressures of the now, it can be challenging to take the long view. Understanding what is critically important in life and what isn’t can be difficult. I find that remarkable leaders keep a good perspective and have the ability to separate the good from the great. They […] [...]

MARTIN WILLOUGHBY: Andrew Adams helps grow Addicus

by Published: October 16,2014

Tags: Business, Martin Willoughby, Mississippi, NEWS

Great businesses are built around knowing what the customer wants, understanding what your company does best, and delivering exceptional value. This is much easier said than done.  Hall of Fame quarterback turned business mogul Roger Staubach once said, “There are no traffic jams along the extra mile.” It takes great intentionality and skilled execution to […] [...]

WRESTLING SUCCESS — Ted DiBiase Jr. leaves ring to become entrepreneur

As regular readers of this column know, I enjoy finding outstanding leaders on the rise in Mississippi and sharing their stories. This week I was able to catch up with Ted DiBiase Jr., who is fast becoming one of Mississippi’s entrepreneurial success stories. If his name is familiar to you, it is likely that you […] [...]

WILLOUGHBY: Michelle Phillips grows into role as senior executive at BHN

by Published: October 2,2014

Tags: Bladder Health Network, Business, column, Mississippi

I  have noticed that there is a certain drive that motivates great leaders to try harder, reach further, and persist in the face of challenges. Famed football coach Lou Holtz once said, “Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I’ll show you someone who has overcome adversity.” We all have challenges in life. […] [...]

Martin Willoughby talks to Joel Bomgar

by Published: September 24,2014

Tags: Business, Martin Willoughby, Mississippi, NEWS

Joel Bomgar is the founder of Bomgar Corporation, a leading provider of enterprise remote support solutions.  The company had an ownership change in May when TA Associates, a global private equity firm, acquired a majority interest in the company.   MW: Joel, what has life been like for you after the Bomgar ownership change?   […] [...]

WILLOUGHBY: Harrison uses baseball experience in business

by Published: September 19,2014

Tags: Harrison Homes, Tyler Harrison

One of the great joys I have in writing this column is that I get the opportunities to meet a wide variety of leaders. Some have been leading for decades and are in a stage of life where they are mentoring others while others are in the building phase of their career. Having studied the […] [...]

Following footprints — Josh Gilreath succeeds Buckner as state director of FCA

by Published: September 15,2014

Tags: Business, Martin Willoughby, Mississippi, NEWS

Great achievements in life are never solo endeavors. Sometimes we forget that. We can be like the turtle on the fencepost. As the story goes, “If you’re walking along a fence and spot a turtle sitting atop a fencepost, you know it didn’t get there by itself.” True leaders have the humility to recognize the […] [...]

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