Posts Tagged ‘Top 40 Under 40 2011’

Top 40: Ryan Beckett

Ryan Beckett says practicing law at Ridgeland firm Butler Snow is very special. After all, the Oxford native began his legal career there fresh out of college and is now ensconced as one of Butler Snow’s commercial litigation attorneys. Beckett has represented Gov. Haley Barbour and Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann in election litigation and […] [...]

Top 40: Chad Vaughn

Life is good for 32-year-old Chad Vaughn and why not? After all, the Meridian native is married to the love of his life, a doting father to two children and vice president of The Service Company of Mississippi, recognized by INC. magazine for the past four years as one of the fastest-growing privately-held companies in […] [...]

Top 40: Heather Flathau

It may be hard to believe for some, but Heather Flathau launched her gourmet cookie company with a mere hammer and handful of peppermint candies. Let the CEO of Flathau’s Fine Foods explain the method of her supposed madness. “I was outside and wanted to try to combine a cookie with a snap of flavor,” […] [...]

Top 40: Jonathan Duhon

Helping residents of the Mississippi Gulf Coast return to normalcy after last spring’s devastating BP oil spill has been rewarding to Jonathan Duhon. As chief financial officer for the Jones Companies, he witnessed the man-made disaster and the dire effects the spill had on the beaches and the psyche of local residents and business leaders. […] [...]

Top 40: Kristen Allen

Though she grew up a Tar Heel, Kristin Lee Allen has proven to be a Mississippian through and through. Now public relations officer for BankPlus, the North Carolina-reared Allen learned her trade with a variety of Washington, D.C.-based periodicals, including DC Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly and Washitonian. A graduate of the University of North Carolina’s […] [...]

Top 40: Kenneth Forbes Grogan IV

Helping his clients achieve their dreams, be it a new home or owning a small business, brings a lot of happiness to Kenneth Forbes Grogan. A senior vice president of BancorpSouth’s Vicksburg division, Grogran oversees eight loan officers and manages a large loan portfolio. Dreams aside, however, he says earning the trust and respect of […] [...]

Top 40: Brad Reeves

Brad Reeves has a lot of respect for entrepreneurs, especially those who take significant risks to reach their personal goal. “People who give up a comfortable lifestyle to pursue a career related to something they are passionate about and puts everything on the line have my total respect,” he said. “In the best case scenario, […] [...]

Top 40: Ben Cole

Serving others remains a central theme in the life of Ben Cole, no matter his profession. Now the director of business/trust services for Laurel’s Central Sunbelt Federal Credit Union, Cole worked previously in the hospitality industry. At age 27, the Holly Springs native became the youngest general manager to operate a full-service hotel with the […] [...]

Top 40: Justin Barnard

According to Justin Barnard, a chance visit to a Tony Robbins seminar changed the path of his professional life. “A friend asked me to go and I was a little skeptical at first,” Barnard said. “But God stirred something in that day in Denver, Col. I had made it big professionally as a salesman for […] [...]

Top 40: Rick Moore

The creative architect of Ridgeland film production and advertising agency Mad Genius says the inspiration for his life comes from none other than the late Walt Disney. “His ability to dream, and get other people to dream with him, has always inspired me,” said Rick Moore. “I say that with all sincerity – Walt Disney […] [...]

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