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Q&A: Mike Chaney, Commissioner of Insurance, MS Dept. of Insurance

The Commish Chaney brings legislative experience to Insurance Dept. Mike Chaney has led the Mississippi Insurance Department during the tough post-Katrina years. But, he still sees much to be done, and plans to run for reelection. The MBJ recently caught up with Chaney and asked him about the wind mitigation program, his dual role as insurance commissioner/state fire marshal, his ...

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Kelly-Green is Lenny’s leading lady

Oxford native owns 11 sub shops in state, which is tops in Mississippi   Before she became a successful entrepreneur, Edith Kelly-Green worked for almost 30 years in the button-down, suit-and-tie world of corporate America. The Oxford native spent 26 of those years as a FedEx vice-president. “When I retired from FedEx at 50, I retired to do nothing, which ...

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‘Legal’ homemade liquor

Forty-four years after prohibition ended in Mississippi, its first distillery is opened Spirits consumers around the state can now enjoy a homegrown product. That is, a legal homegrown product. After all, Mississippi, which had banned alcohol in 1907, was the last state to repeal Prohibition. The year? 1966. But it’s a new day in the Magnolia State. Cathead Distillery, Mississippi’s ...

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Barksdale: Name change won’t alter business

Regions Bank acquired bonding and insurance company in Jan. 2008 The name may have changed but the company formerly known as Barksdale Bonding & Insurance will operate the same. A long-time presence on the Jackson business scene, Barksdale officially became Regions Insurance on May 17. Regions acquired Barksdale Bonding & Insurance in January 2008. Along with the change of its ...

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Q&A: Marty Milstead, Executive Vice President, Home Builders Association of Mississippi

Good times ahead Milstead believes economy will be stronger than ever The son of a Mississippi high school basketball coach, Marty Milstead is the executive vice president of the 3,000-member Home Builders Association of Mississippi, which serves as the voice of the state’s housing industry.  He recently sat down with the Mississippi Business Journal to discuss the impact of the ...

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Butler Snow’s Robinson uses time for stint in Iraq

    Last year, E. Barney Robinson III was all set to spend his hard-earned three-month sabbatical from Ridgeland law firm Butler Snow with his family in Scotland.   They would rent a house, enroll their children in a Scottish school and Robinson and his wife would rejuvenate and recharge while soaking in another culture. But after careful consideration, Robinson ...

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Taking time to unplug and reflect

Some Mississippi companies urge employees to take paid sabbaticals Most employees in the business world would admit that working 40-plus hours a week for 49-plus weeks a year is a lot of time behind a desk. So it’s no surprise that professional men and women might imagine all the things they could be doing with their time besides committing the ...

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Without tax credit, there’s fear in housing market

The bell tolled on the first-time homebuyers federal tax credit program April 30. At 11:59 p.m. CDT, to be exact. To spur the nation’s moribund housing market, the federal government dangled a tax credit worth up to $8,000 for first-time homebuyers and up to $6,500 for those who already owned homes.  To collect the credit, the buyer must have signed ...

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Q&A: Glenn Owens, Vice-President, Digital Marketing, GodwinGroup, Jackson

Beyond marketing Owens pushing tactics into the future A native of Natchez, Glen Owens is the vice-president of digital marketing for Jackson advertising firm GodwinGroup.  The Mississippi State University graduate recently sat down with the Mississippi Business Journal for a conversation about marketing in the digital age. Q —  Please explain what is meant by the term “digital marketing?” A — ...

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Bomgar Corporation – Medium Category Winner

While working for another employer, Joel Bomgar created a solution to enhance his own productivity as a systems engineer. Now CEO of Bomgar Corporation, Bomgar was continually frustrated by the wasted, non-billable hours he spent each day traveling to customers for in-person support calls. So, he created his own remote support solution – the Bomgar Box, the only appliance-based remote ...

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