We're so thankful to have Stephen Johnston on Made In Mississippi. Founder and CEO of smart energy company SmartSynch, that sold for 100 million in 2012, Stephen has a ton of great advance for companies and founders. After leaving the company, he now spends his days producing films. He is lead investor and a Producer of Same Kind of Different As Me, a major motion picture to be released in 2017 in partnership with Paramount Pictures Corporation. I trust you guys will enjoy this episode with Stephen Johnston.
Azxd is a stop motion artist who has built an unreal following around sports claymation. He's worked with ABC, ESPN, Reebok, and Under Armor to name a few. I trust you guys will enjoy this episode.
Jim is the VP of Marketing for telecomm giant C Spire. C Spire was born and raised right here in our home state. Jim shares a bit about the story of C Spire, his time their, and some valuable advice for small businesses.
I know you guys will enjoy this episode with David Landrum founder of the (new) town of Livingston in Madison County, MS.
Husband and wife team Justin and Amie Nunez stand behind the curtain of Groove House, a business that provides private music education to all ages in Hattiesburg, MS and the surrounding areas. Groove House was born out of the idea that musical education absolutely needs to be rooted in strong theory and technique, regardless of your instrument; but it needs to be equally balanced with freedom to play any style. Justin states, “The driving force behind Groove House is the goal of creating musicians. Being a musician requires being creative, flexible, and skilled. With Groove House, we have created an environment where anyone can have fun learning to play music that they love.”
Lucas Simmons runs Luckytown Brewery in Jackson, MS. Not only do they have a delicious Belgian Pale Ale called Ballistic Blonde, there an awesome brewery. There's some great practical advice about crowdfunding, building interest in your brand, and learning from your mistakes. I trust you guys will enjoy this episode with Lucas.
If you're a band, entertainer, or professional athlete you've heard the name Mike Frascogna. While Frascogna Courtney Law do not talk about who there clients are, let's just say if they're famous and from Mississippi, they've represented them (It's killing me not to tell you guys #dying). This interview with Mike is jam packed with wisdom and practical advice. I left the interview with a ton of take-aways and I know you will too.
Christopher is the founder of Mantle co-working space in Fondren (Jackson). Mantle is a beautiful space that offers the amenities of having an office like the big guys, but the flexible pricing and commitments that entrepreneurs need.
Rodney is the founder and chief designer at Rare Designs in Hattiesburg, MS. Rare has worked on some awesome projects like the logo for the Memphis Grizzles, Charlotte Hornets, and Southern Miss to name a few. But Rare does more than branding, they help further establish a brands identity and direction. This is a killer way to start Season 2. Hope you enjoy!
Tony Jeff is the CEO of Innovate Mississippi. Innovate Mississippi is a nonprofit organization with the mission to drive innovation and technology-based economic development for the state of Mississippi. They have helped a ton of Mississippi Startups and Investors team up. I trust you guys will enjoy this interview with Tony Jeff.
Patrick is the owner of Fondren Guitars in Jackson, MS. A guitar expert and Jackson native, Patrick gave up Austin, TX to come back to Mississippi and start his business. In this episode you'll learn some great tips about seeing opportunities in the market and how his experience in High School helped prepare him for what he spends his days doing.
Will Primos is the founder and CEO of Primos Hunting. Primos Hunting manufactures calls for elk, deer, turkey, predator, and waterfowl as as blinds, shooting assessors, game cameras, attractants and supplements. They also produce the popular video series PRIMOS TRUTH ABOUT HUNTING.
Jeff Good is an extremely accomplished restaurateur. He spends his days running 3 of Mississippians most successful restaurants. After college, Jeff spent 7 years working as a computer salesman for a Fortune 100 technology company. After that time Jeff opened BRAVO! with his partner Dan Blumenthal in the spring of 1994. They later opened Broadstreet Bakery and Sal and Mookies. In this episode, you'll hear about the hard work and sacrifices that it takes to establish and run a restaurant. This episode is loaded with practical tips and advice that I know you will enjoy.
Tripp Douglas is a graphic designer by trade, but as you'll hear, a serious entrepreneur. Running Crema Design Studio, and Fusion Coffeehouse keeps this Mississippi Entrepreneur busy. Crema Design Studio specializes in creating beautiful and effective web, print, and logo designs. Fusion Coffeehouse is located in Ridgeland, MS and offers an incredibly high level of coffee and cozy, but elegant atmosphere. Tripp and I discuss the struggles of running two business, creating intentional white space in our lives, and the importance of gratitude.
Joel Bomgar, formerly of Bomgar Corperation and now a State Representative, started a technology company in 2003 and grew that company to a pretty insane scale. In this episode we’ll talk about how entrepreneurship is scratching your own itch, what’s holding Mississippi back as a state, and what it feels like to sell your company. We also talk about the importance of enjoying the journey of entrepreneurship. This is crucial. If we don't enjoy the journey, then what's the point?