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Q&A: Paul Lacoste, owner, Paul Lacoste Sports

Paul Lacoste, owner of Paul Lacoste Sports, has dubbed himself “Mississippi’s Coach” and has a passion for getting Mississippians healthy. Lacoste grew up in Jackson and played football at Mississippi State University, where he also earned a master’s degree in sports administration and exercise science. He has played for the Buffalo Bills and Indianapolis Colts of the NFL as well ...

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Q&A: Carol Hardwick touts MEDC’s new exchange, Y.P. programs

Carol Hardwick is executive director and COO of Jackson-based Mississippi Economic Development Council, which serves economic development and chamber professionals statewide. Hardwick studied political science at Millsaps College before working for Sen. Thad Cochran, coordinating to his 1990 and 1996 campaigns and handling PAC fundraising. Hardwick joined MEDC in 2002. She and husband, Phil, a contributing writer for the Mississippi ...

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Q&A: Keith Jasper, founder and president, Vsporto

Madison native Keith Jasper is founder and president of Vsporto, a start-up company focusing on team-specific, 24-hour online sports radio stations. Inspired by companies like Pandora, Vsporto launched in September 2011 and currently provides mobile apps for Bulldog Sports Radio and Rebel Sports Radio, which cover Mississippi State and Ole Miss football, respectively. Jasper got his start in online sports ...

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Q&A: Bill Rayburn, Co-founder, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of FNC Inc.

Bill Rayburn is co-founder, CEO, and chairman of the board of FNC Inc., a Mississippi-grown mortgage technology company that delivered its first solution in early 1999. Under Rayburn’s leadership, the technology company invented and developed a residential real estate Collateral Management System (CMS) that revolutionized the mortgage industry. Rayburn initially tackled the responsibility of raising funds and establishing the banking ...

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Q&A: Dr. Martha Saunders, President, University of Southern Mississippi

University of Southern Mississippi President Dr. Martha Saunders is working to enhance the College of Business, as the university continues to partner with businesses and foster economic development in the Hattiesburg area. Saunders has a 30-year career in higher education and previously served as chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater before joining USM in 2007. A Hattiesburg native, Saunders holds ...

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Q&A: Richard Sun, Vice chairman and chief strategy officer, Best Tech Brands

Richard Sun is vice chairman and chief strategy officer of Best Tech Brands, maker of Synergyn fuel additive, the first fuel additive to actually increase gas mileage. A transplanted Jacksonian, Sun is the son of an Air Force officer who worked in missile development and grew up traveling. Sun earned his undergraduate degree at Princeton and master’s from New York ...

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Q&A: Eddie Smith, Co-founder, Tremoto

Eddie Smith is co-founder of Tremoto. He and business partner, Rob McIver, have just received their patent for a leaning vehicle suspension system that allows their retrofitted, three-wheeled motorcycles to ride with the feel of a traditional motorcycle. Smith earned a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Mississippi and works as a stamping engineer for Nissan in Canton. Q ...

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Q&A: Brooks Mosley, President, Independent Pensions Solutions

Brooks Mosley is president of Jackson-based Independent Pensions Solutions, a retirement plan administrator catering to small companies in the region. IPS is a subsidiary of Security Ballew that oversees more than 7,000 participants in 250 plans and specializes in teaching small business owners about changes in 401(k) plan administration, including new rules taking effect in 2012. Mosley is a Starkville ...

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Q&A: Ralph Smith, President of edaptIT.com

Long-time Mississippi resident Ralph Smith is president of Jackson-based edaptIT.com. To streamline his own online selling processes, Smith developed edaptIT software to better manage the backend aspects of selling online through multiple channels, such as eBay, Amazon and Buy.com. EdaptIT has four employees and is raising additional capital. He and wife Martha have three children. Q — What led you to ...

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Q&A: Ginger Whitwell , President and CEO, The Donor Tree

Ginger Whitwell is president and CEO of The Donor Tree, an online marketing tool targeted to political and nonprofit causes that integrates social media and e-mail and tracks donations raised. Whitwell has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from the University of Mississippi and University of Southern Mississippi, respectively, and has a background in fundraising. The Donor Tree operates from ...

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