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Keeping Our Eye On: Emily Soen

Age: 31 Hometown: Iverness Education: BBA in finance & economics from Mississippi State University Current Position: Independent distributor, Reliv International It was her husband Philip’s lifelong battle with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease that led Emily Soen to discover Reliv, a St. Louis-based nutritional supplement that she ended up buying for her family. After seeing how Reliv gave Philip more energy, relieved his ...

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Keeping our eye on: Doug Nielsen

Age: 24 Hometown: Monroe, La. Education: University of Louisiana at Monroe (B.A. in psychology) Current Position: Manager, Anytime Fitness in Clinton From selling cars and carpet to working for Poly Processing Company in Monroe, La., Doug Nielsen’s “winding career path” has stayed colorful. That path recently brought him from the Bayou State to the Magnolia State. As manager of Anytime ...

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Keeping our eye on: Toby Hedges

Age: 34 Hometown: Cabot, Ark. Education: B.A. in business administration, University of Central Arkansas Current Position: Agent/owner, Shelter Insurance Toby Hedges has been in the insurance industry since 1998. The native Arkansan admits that he is most proud of starting his own business from scratch in a town and state where he knew no one. As the owner and agent for ...

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Keeping our eye on: Matt Mahan

Age: 30 Hometown: Tupelo Education: B.A. marketing, Mississippi State University Current Position: District manager, Dollar General Mahan is a native Arkansan but says he spent most of his life growing up in Tupelo. After earning an associate of arts degree from Itawamba Community College, Mahan attended Mississippi State University where he bartended at the Cotton District Grill, and was an ...

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Keeping our eye on: Mick Bullock

Age: 29 Hometown: Columbia Education: MA in management, Belhaven University; BA in communication, University of Southern Mississippi Current Position: Director of communications, Lt. Governor Phil Bryant Wherever Phil Bryant is, Mick Bullock is sure to be close by, usually clutching a stack of press releases. The Columbia native relishes his role as an up-and-coming political gatekeeper in the Magnolia State. ...

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Keeping our eye on: Derron Radcliff

Age: 31 Hometown: Meridian Education: B.B.A. in marketing, Mississippi State University Current Position: Box office manager, MSU Riley Center As box office manager for the historic MSU Riley Center in Meridian, Derron Radcliff has overseen an important crossroads of fine arts and community development in East Mississippi. He has also enjoyed the benefit of working with celebrities and performers from Oprah ...

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Keeping our eye on: Shani Murray

Age: 25 Hometown: Hurley Education: B.S. in business administration (marketing), University of Southern Mississippi Current Position: Assistant manager, Standard Life Flats & King Edward Apartments After working for five years as a technician for Singing River Health Systems, Shani Murray started college at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College with an interest in the medical field. Her involvement in the Reflections ...

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Keeping our eye on: Chris Madison

Age: 26 Hometown: Waynesboro Education: B.A. in accountancy, M.A. in professional accountancy; Mississippi State University Current Position: Manager, HORNE LLP Chris Madison started at HORNE LLP as an intern working on oversight analysis and as part of a forensic accounting team for the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. As a specialty accounting manager he served as technical advisor for public assistance compliance ...

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Keeping our eye on: Derek Schiefer

Age: 26 Hometown: Birmingham, Ala. Education: BA in economics, Auburn University Current Position: Owner/Operator, Chick-fil-A Regions Plaza Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy, an Atlanta businessman, once wrote, “It’s easier to succeed than to fail.” Derek Schiefer, a native of Alabama, says he began working for the fast food restaurant chain in his junior year of college. “Working (my way up) from team ...

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Keeping our eye on: Brad Franklin

Age: 38 Education: BS in mass communication, Jackson State University Current Position: Director of media & community affairs, Watkins Development; president/CEO, OurGlass Entertainment Brad Franklin, better known in the Capitol City as “Kamikaze” or just plain “Kaz”, has been director of media and communications affairs for Watkins Development since 2008. “(David Watkins) is a visionary,” Franklin says. “I’m thankful that ...

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