Posts Tagged ‘Martin Willoughby’

Bill and Liz Brister take American pride in products

by Martin Willoughby Published: December 14,2012

Tags: American Station, Made in the USA, Martin Willoughby

It’s the time of year to open up our pocketbooks and participate in supporting our retail economy in this country. Between Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, we have been prodded to get in gear to do our holiday shopping. A few years ago, Bill and Elizabeth (Liz) Brister were lamenting the loss […] [...]

David Camp leads sales operations at Greenwood behemoth Staplcotn

by Martin Willoughby Published: November 23,2012

Tags: agriculture, cotton, Greenwood, Martin Willoughby, Staplcotn, textile industry

One of Mississippi’s largest privately held businesses is Staplcotn located in Greenwood, which was founded in 1921 as a cooperative. The organization is the oldest and one of the largest cotton marketing cooperatives in the United States and serves over 7,300 members from 11 states. Staplcotn markets between 2.5 million to three million bales of […] [...]

Reginald Nichols impacting Mississippi youngsters at Piney Woods School

by Martin Willoughby Published: November 2,2012

Tags: Martin Willoughby, Piney Woods School, Reginald Nichols

Leadership is not just about leading with our heads. It is not just about strategizing, planning and problem solving. It is also about leading with our hearts. Great leaders are those who have a strong sense of purpose, character and passion. Their courage and commitment helps others be their best. John Quincy Adams is attributed […] [...]

Robert Cannada on leadership succession

by Martin Willoughby Published: July 15,2012

Tags: Martin Willoughby, Reformed Theological Seminary, Robert Cannada

In 1944, a Life magazine photo captured the way you don’t want to transition out as a leader. In the photo, two National Guardsmen were carrying Sewell Avery, then CEO of Montgomery Ward, in his executive chair as they physically remove him from his office. Avery was a staunch opponent of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s […] [...]

Mississippi Leaders: Terry Powell

by Martin Willoughby Published: July 8,2012

Tags: Martin Willoughby, Powell Place Landscape Services, Terry Powell

If you have never been on www.TED.com to watch a TED talk then you are missing out. This site contains hundreds of videos by the world’s leading thinkers. Two of the most watched videos in the history of the organization are by Sir Ken Robinson, PhD. Dr. Robinson’s 2006 and 2010 TED talks have been […] [...]

Working with the Phil Hardin Foundation has been a success story

by Martin Willoughby Published: June 25,2012

Tags: Martin Willoughby, Phil Hardin, Rebecca Combs Dulaney

Phil Hardin was one of Mississippi’s most notable entrepreneurs. In the 1930s, Hardin bought a bankrupt bakery business in Meridian and built the Hardin Bakeries Corporation into a highly successful business operation with production plants for bread and buns in Meridian, Jackson, and Tupelo and a sweet goods plant in Columbus. In addition to being […] [...]

Doing what you love is the ultimate when it comes to profession perfection

by Martin Willoughby Published: June 10,2012

Tags: Artful Hours, Austin Peay University, Jillian Legg Romano, Madison, Martin Willoughby

For a lucky few, there is a point of intersection where what you love to do merges with what you do best and the market is willing to pay you for it. In other words, your passion and occupation become one and work truly does not feel like “work.” Tommy Newberry, founder of the 1% […] [...]

Paxton Farese making his mark on Mississippi business

by Martin Willoughby Published: May 27,2012

Tags: Martin Willoughby, Paxton Farese, The Farese Group

We live in an age of the “free agent” workforce. This can present a real challenge in keeping great employees. For leaders, an often overlooked issue is building loyalty within the organization. I recently interviewed Paxton Farese, the founder of The Farese Group, which provides retirement and income distribution planning. The firm has built a […] [...]

From Piggly Wiggly to agriculture commissioner

by Martin Willoughby Published: May 20,2012

Tags: agriculture, Cindy Hyde-Smith, Lester Spell, Martin Willoughby

Cindy Hyde-Smith made history as the first woman in the United States to be elected as Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce. She succeeded longtime Commissioner, Dr. Lester Spell, Jr., who did not seek re-election for a fifth term in office. Her election followed a 12-year career as a Mississippi State Senator for District 39 where […] [...]

WILLOUGHBY: Jan Graham, Regions Financial Corp.

by Martin Willoughby Published: April 15,2012

Tags: banking, Commercial Real Estate, Jan Graham, Martin Willoughby, Regions Financial Corporation

Juggling motherhood and a successful career is no easy task. I only have the smallest glimpse into what it really involves when my wife is out of town, and I try to manage my work schedule and my children’s active schedules. I watched my wife Nicki for years balance the tensions of home and work […] [...]

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