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Q&A: Drew St. John, CEO, New South Equipment Mats

Mississippi company nearly has more business than can handle Drew St. John II is the CEO of Madison-based New South Equipment Mats, which has made Inc. magazine’s annual list of the top 500 fastest-growing privately held companies in the United States. St. John studied landscape architecture at Mississippi State University and worked in commercial landscaping for 27 years before beginning ...

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Q&A: Jerry & Larry Glass, Small business owners

Brothers have used the Oval Office to make great strides The Glass family sells tens of thousands of bird houses made by hand at their Heartwood manufacturing operation in Star every year. Jerry Glass and his wife, Lynda, began selling bird houses at small Mississippi craft shows on Saturday mornings 20 years ago. Later joined by Jerry’s brother Larry, Heartwood ...

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Q&A: Tony Jeff, president and CEO of Mississippi Technology Alliance

Ball State report highlights need for more venture capital Tony Jeff is the president and CEO of the Mississippi Technology Alliance, a nonprofit organization striving to drive innovation and technology-based businesses in Mississippi. Jeff is a Clinton native who studied industrial engineering at Mississippi State University and earned an MBA as well as a master’s in engineering from Northwestern University. ...

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Q&A: Paul Bonds, Founder, BeanFruit Coffee Company

Bonds hopes to have coffee business going strong in a year Paul Bonds, 28, started BeanFruit Coffee Company with the motto “coffee, character and cause” two years ago. A graduate of Mississippi College with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, he works full-time in the aerospace industry. Originally from Liberty, Bonds and his wife of five years, Anita, live in ...

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Q&A: Lester Diamond, Executive Vice President-Operations, St. Dominic Hospital

Lester Diamond was born in St. Dominic-Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he has worked since 1992, and currently serves as executive vice president of operations. He grew up in Millington, Tenn., and attended Memphis State University before earning a master’s degree in healthcare administration from the University of Mississippi. Diamond and his wife, Gina, have two sons. They are members of ...

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Q&A: Sen. Billy Hewes, Candidate, Lt. Governor

Billy Hewes has served in the Mississippi Senate for 20 years and is a Republican candidate for lieutenant governor. He is a Gulfport native and graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi where he studied business administration. In 2008, Hewes was elected by his peers to serve as president pro tem, the second-highest leadership position in the Senate next to ...

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Q&A: Tate Reeves, state treasurer, Republican candidate for lieutenant governor

Reeves believes leadership, thoughtfulness is what’s needed Tate Reeves has served as Mississippi state treasurer since 2003. He is the first Republican treasurer in the state’s history. Tate is a Rankin County native and a graduate of Florence High School. He is an honors graduate of Millsaps College and holds a bachelor’s degree in economics. He and his wife, Elee, ...

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