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Greg Hanks and Southernerds looking to promote education

Greg Hanks is founder of Southernerds, a retail company in Meridian focused on advancing education and promoting “nerd and geek culture.” Q — What’s the idea and the goals behind Southernerds? A — The company is my attempt to try and make changes in the perception that some people have of the region. I started the business in hopes that ...

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Lolly Barnes takes reins at Mississippi Heritage Trust

Lolly Barnes was recently named executive director of the Mississippi Heritage Trust. Barnes, a Biloxi native, brings 20 years of preservation experience to MHT. A Biloxi native, she received a B.A. in history from LSU, and a M.A. in history from the University of Southern Mississippi. Q — What’s the mission of the Mississippi Heritage Trust? A — The Mississippi ...

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Bradley Lum provides mental tools, education for aspiring athletes

Bradley Lum is president of Guardian Elite in Jackson. Lum is a former Ole Miss baseball player and teacher and coach. Q — What kinds of services does Guardian Elite provide for amateur and professional athletes? A — Our mission is to educate and equip athletes to leverage their skills and abilities into life-long success. With that said, our primary ...

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Brad Fuller makes events available with social media start-up

Brad Fuller is a 2004 Mississippi State agribusiness graduate who left Washington to found YeHive, a start-up whose social media app and website launched last year. Blending features from several social media outlets, YeHive takes photos and videos from an event and deposits them in a central location. Q — What is YeHive? A — YeHive is an event-centered social ...

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John Damon leads Children's Home Services' efforts to help kids thrive

Dr. John D. Damon is the CEO of Mississippi Children’s Home Services in Jackson. Damon has been with MCHS for 20 years. He received his bachelor of science degree in psychology from Mississippi College, his master of arts in marriage and family therapy from Reformed Theological Seminary, his doctor of philosophy in clinical psychology from Jackson State University and completed ...

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Russell Turley looks to impact young people

Russell Turley is president of the Phoenix Club of Jackson, which started in 2007 and raises money for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi. Q — How did the Phoenix Club get started? A — As a result of experiences with the original Phoenix Club in Memphis, a group of young professionals (Brad Reeves, Bo Zimmerman, Travis Ezelle ...

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Zach Jex is forward-thinking with development of new apps

Zach Jex is a Natchez lawyer and businessman who has developed several mobile apps, the latest of which is Pushlocal. Geared toward small businesses, Pushlocal is in nine cites with plans for expansion. Q — Tell us about Pushlocal. How does it help businesses? A — Pushlocal is a local, mobile platform that allows businesses and organizations to push information, ...

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Fredie Carmichael works to keep young business minds in state

Q — What is the mission and what are some of the goals of Mississippi Young Professionals? A — Mississippi Young Professionals serves to create a network that will connect, develop, empower and retain young professionals in Mississippi through community involvement, professional development and social interaction. The organization works to create a shared vision that will help retain and recruit ...

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The Green Door Company is making its mark on the industry

Will and Missy Hopkins own the The Green Door Company in Oxford, which specializes in custom-made furniture crafted from repurposed material. Their shop sits at 1501 Molly Barr Road. Q — How long has The Green Door Company been open, and how did it get its start? A — We opened in our current location in August of 2011. We ...

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