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Keeping Our Eye On Richard Patrick

As one-half of the micro-brewing duo behind Cathead Vodka, Richard Patrick gets to work every day on two of his passions — small business management and entrepreneurship. Mississippi has come a long way since being the last state to repeal Prohibition. State regulators gave permission for Patrick and Evans to open their Gluckstadt distillery in 2010 and they have since ...

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Keeping Our Eye On Jordan Downs

Jordan Downs is carrying on a family tradition of public service started by his grandfather, state Rep. Ray Rogers. As U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper’s senior policy advisor, Downs has been on hand for everything from fiscal cliffs to sequesters and all legislative points in between. Each week, Downs is faced with daily challenges involving real world issues from the environment ...

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Keeping Our Eye On Kassi Rushing

Kassi Rushing is quick to assure us she has no political aspirations. The daughter and granddaughter of two mayors of Golden, Mississippi (population: 300) has been the communications maven for Horne LLP in Ridgeland since 2007 and says she learned to love her state and be proud of her small town roots from her parents Janie and Ronnie Brown. While ...

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Keeping Our Eye On David Sprayberry

David Sprayberry says his professional passion is public relations. Born and raised in Jackson, Sprayberry was a preacher and art teacher’s kid and like his parents combines both message and medium in his role as assistant director of communications for Belhaven University. “The challenge of finding creative ways to interact with and inform the public is enthralling,” he says. The ...

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Keeping Our Eye On Lauren Smith

Lauren Smith spends most days at work with her head in the clouds, the cyber clouds that is. As communication and marketing strategist for Venture Technologies in Ridgeland, Smith carries the water for one of Mississippi’s pioneers in the datacenter and cloud computing industries. Founded in 1986, the company also operates locations in Alabama, Louisiana and Tennessee. Smith moved to ...

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Keeping Our Eye On Sandy Sanford

“Keeping Our Eye On” is a continuing online series highlighting young professionals (under 40) in Mississippi. If you would like to be featured in this series please contact Stephen McDill at stephen.mcdill@msbusiness.com. Gordon “Sandy” Sanford, III Sandy Sanford says he has always had an interest in solving problems. “When you’re a lawyer a lot of time you’re resolving disputes,” he ...

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Keeping Our Eye On Carrie Reeves

BY STEPHEN MCDILL Carrie Reeves has racked up more frequent flyer miles than James Bond. “When I was four, we moved to Costa Rica so my missionary parents could go to language school and then from there we moved to Colombia and then Ecuador,” Reeves says. While she never acquired a taste for the coffee, Reeves credits South America with ...

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Keeping our eye on: Dorsey Carson

Age: 39 Hometown: Jackson Education: JD (University of Georgia), BA (Mississippi State University) Current position: Partner, Burr & Forman LLP There are two reasons why Dorsey Carson wants to be in our column. One is obvious– he is precipitously close to the “Keeping Our Eye On” cutoff age of 40. His second reason for agreeing to be featured here can ...

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Keeping our eye on: Emily Ray

Age: 24 Hometown: Greenville Education: BFA in graphic design, Mississippi State University Current Position: Graphic design & marketing, Downtown Jackson Partners Shocked. That’s the effect Emily Ray had on her customers when she temporarily moved to South Dakota with her occupational therapist sister and spent the summer working in a coffee house. “They were dumbfounded by my ‘yes ma’ams’ and ...

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Keeping our eye on: Neal Stephens

Age: 25 Hometown: Magee Education: BA in Economics, Harvard University Current position: Owner & Vice-President, NeuEdge LLC With an Ivy League education in hand, Neal Stephens is back home in Simpson County to raise awareness about the Dore Program, a year-long series of drug-free cognitive development exercises that have helped everyone from elementary students to 80-year-olds. Founded in England in ...

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