Posts Tagged ‘Q&A’

Q&A: Drew St. John, CEO, New South Equipment Mats

by Amy McCullough Published: September 25,2011

Tags: Drew St. John II, New South Equipment Mats, Q&A, small business

Mississippi company nearly has more business than can handle Drew St. John II is the CEO of Madison-based New South Equipment Mats, which has made Inc. magazine’s annual list of the top 500 fastest-growing privately held companies in the United States. St. John studied landscape architecture at Mississippi State University and worked in commercial landscaping […] [...]

Q&A: Don Byington, Police Chief, Clinton Police Department

by Amy McCullough Published: September 18,2011

Tags: Clinton Police Department, Don Byington, MBJ Q&A, Police Chief, Q&A

Don Byington became chief of the Clinton Police Department in 1985, and has worked for the department for a total of 40 years. Clinton has a population of approximately 26,000 and 45 police officers. Byington grew up in Byram and was active with the U.S. Air Force for three and half years during the Vietnam […] [...]

Q&A: Rob Wells, President of YoungWilliams Child Support Services

by Amy McCullough Published: September 11,2011

Tags: Q&A, Rob Wells, YoungWilliams Child Support Services

Wells says job is much more than just collecting money Rob Wells and his law partners started YoungWilliams Child Support Services in Jackson in 2000. The company has now grown to work in 12 states, contracting with state governments to perform various aspects of child support services, and has revenues of more than $50 million. […] [...]

Q&A: Jerry & Larry Glass, Small business owners

by Amy McCullough Published: September 5,2011

Tags: Heartwood, Jerry Glass, Larry Glass, Oval Office, Q&A, small business

Brothers have used the Oval Office to make great strides The Glass family sells tens of thousands of bird houses made by hand at their Heartwood manufacturing operation in Star every year. Jerry Glass and his wife, Lynda, began selling bird houses at small Mississippi craft shows on Saturday mornings 20 years ago. Later joined […] [...]

Q&A: Tony Jeff, president and CEO of Mississippi Technology Alliance

by Amy McCullough Published: August 28,2011

Tags: Mississippi Technology Alliance, Q&A, Tony Jeff

Ball State report highlights need for more venture capital Tony Jeff is the president and CEO of the Mississippi Technology Alliance, a nonprofit organization striving to drive innovation and technology-based businesses in Mississippi. Jeff is a Clinton native who studied industrial engineering at Mississippi State University and earned an MBA as well as a master’s […] [...]

Q&A: Chris Newcomb, founder, Newk’s Franchise Company, LLC

by Amy McCullough Published: August 21,2011

Tags: Chris Newcomb, McAlister's Deli, Newk's, Q&A

Key to success is appealing to folks wanting more than fast food Chris Newcomb is a founder of Newk’s Express Café, which is headquartered in Jackson and will comprise 50 stores by year end. Newcomb’s family began the successful McAlister’s Deli chain in Oxford in 1989, sold it in 2001 with 50 stores, and opened […] [...]

Q&A: Paul Bonds, Founder, BeanFruit Coffee Company

by Amy McCullough Published: August 14,2011

Tags: BeanFruit Coffee Company, coffee, Paul Bonds, Q&A

Bonds hopes to have coffee business going strong in a year Paul Bonds, 28, started BeanFruit Coffee Company with the motto “coffee, character and cause” two years ago. A graduate of Mississippi College with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, he works full-time in the aerospace industry. Originally from Liberty, Bonds and his wife of […] [...]

Q&A: Lester Diamond, Executive Vice President-Operations, St. Dominic Hospital

by Amy McCullough Published: July 31,2011

Tags: Lester Diamond, Q&A, St. Dominic Hospital, St. Dominic's

Lester Diamond was born in St. Dominic-Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he has worked since 1992, and currently serves as executive vice president of operations. He grew up in Millington, Tenn., and attended Memphis State University before earning a master’s degree in healthcare administration from the University of Mississippi. Diamond and his wife, Gina, have two […] [...]

Q&A: Sen. Billy Hewes, Candidate, Lt. Governor

by Amy McCullough Published: July 24,2011

Tags: Billy Hewes, Lt. Governor, Politics, Q&A

Billy Hewes has served in the Mississippi Senate for 20 years and is a Republican candidate for lieutenant governor. He is a Gulfport native and graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi where he studied business administration. In 2008, Hewes was elected by his peers to serve as president pro tem, the second-highest leadership position […] [...]

Q&A: Tate Reeves, state treasurer, Republican candidate for lieutenant governor

by Amy McCullough Published: July 17,2011

Tags: lieutenant governor, Q&A, republican, State Treasurer, Tate Reeves

Reeves believes leadership, thoughtfulness is what’s needed Tate Reeves has served as Mississippi state treasurer since 2003. He is the first Republican treasurer in the state’s history. Tate is a Rankin County native and a graduate of Florence High School. He is an honors graduate of Millsaps College and holds a bachelor’s degree in economics. […] [...]

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