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ALAN TURNER — NEWK’S, one of the great Mississippi success stories

Since its founding in 2004, Newk’s has rapidly grown into a Mississippi institution, expanding into more than 120 operations in 16 states throughout the Southeast and Gulf Coast regions. The company employs more than 845 people in its corporate-owned locations, and looks ahead to a bright future. Recently, I talked with Madison Newcomb, Marketing Coordinator for Newk’s and daughter of ...

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MISSISSIPPI PROFILES — Pinpoint Commercial Real Estate

Recently, I had an opportunity to visit with Sam Cox, President of Pinpoint Commercial Real Estate, and learn about his firm. Sam and his father, Perry Cox, are partners in the venture, and Sam told me that they make a great team. “We understand each other very well,” he said. “And that’s vital in any partnership.” Sam grew up in ...

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MISSISSIPPI PROFILES — FCCI: A commitment to communities and people

Recently, I talked with Tiffany Hawkins, Regional Vice President for FCCI’s Gulf Coast region, to get an overview of the company and how it has grown through the years. As one of the region’s larger commercial insurers, with over $2.4 billion in assets, FCCI works through a network of agencies that are grounded and committed to their communities and clients. ...

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ALAN TURNER — Southern Farm Bureau: An award-winning workplace

Recently, I visited with Matt Gin, Manager of Corporate Training and Communications for Southern Farm Bureau, and learned about a coveted award that SFBLI recently won. Matt is a native of Jackson and holds a degree in communications from Ole Miss. He’s been with SFBLI since 2008, having previously worked with the Memphis Red Birds. Southern Farm Bureau is one ...

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ALAN TURNER — PEOPLE LEASE: A Mississippi success story

It’s always inspiring to learn about business success stories in Mississippi. Our state has many successful entrepreneurs who have made a strong mark in the Mississippi business environment. People Lease is one of those. Recently, I talked with Ken Lewis, Director of Operations for People Lease, which is headquartered in Ridgeland. Born and raised in Mississippi, Ken spent 8 years ...

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MISSISSIPPI PROFILES — Hardy Reed: A business built on trust

In a recent conversation with Scott Reed, CEO of Hardy Reed, I asked what differentiates Hardy Reed from other investment firms. “The key focus for our company is Objective Fiduciary Guidance,” Scott said. “Whereas most investment firms earn commissions from the transactions they manage, we work on a fee basis with our clients, and our prime objective is in creating ...

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ALAN TURNER — Help us spread the good news about Mississippi’s great people, businesses, and institutions

A frequent complaint that most media people hear is “you only publish bad news.” It’s certainly true that not all news is good news, and covering important issues and topics is one our our key jobs. With that said, we’d like to talk about some of the good news that we regularly publish for our readers and viewers. The Mississippi ...

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ALAN TURNER — BCI: Keeping a sharp eye on the future of technology

Recently, I talked with Jonathan Hollingshead, President of BCI, a technology firm headquartered in Ridgeland. We talked about the accelerating pace of technology in Mississippi and in the U.S. in general, and he offered some interesting insights on what the coming years will bring. Jonathan became president of BCI in February 2018, having previously worked for the company from 2011-2013. ...

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MISSISSIPPI PROFILES — Ascentium Healthcare Resources committed to supporting rural healthcare providers in Mississippi

  I recently had a conversation with Brian Enis, COO of Ascentium Healthcare Resources, based in Magee. Officially founded in early 2018, Ascentium’s primary focus is in supporting the challenging billing and collections effort for rural hospitals, medical groups, and clinics. Given the challenges in American health care today, and most especially for rural health care, the work that Ascentium does ...

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