Made In Mississippi

As an entrepreneur myself, I’ve learned so much from podcast. It’s an amazing platform to grow and educate yourself. Yet, all of the podcast I listen to are about entrepreneurs and business leaders in NY, LA, and Silicon Valley. There’s not a podcast to highlight those winning in Mississippi. I feel strongly this is one of the reasons many entrepreneurs are leaving our state - they feel it’s easier to succeed in bigger cities. This is the reason I almost left a few years ago. But It’s not true. These are the stories of Mississippians who have made something. I hope you are challenged and encouraged by their stories of entrepreneurs winning in our state.
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Jul 11, 2018

Ted J. Duckworth is Co-Manager of TDLDC, and President and CEO of Duckworth Realty, Inc. Ted has been the architect of the company's recent growth into development projects and has provided a vision for the company's downtown revitalization efforts in Jackson, Mississippi. This vision carries over into the overall company philosophy of making a difference in the community where we live and work. His $16 million renovation of the mixed-use Electric 308 Building in 2005 sparked an interest in downtown development and created an atmosphere of energy in the downtown market.

Ted has coordinated the acquisition of multiple investment properties throughout the southeast totaling over $150 million. The transactions have allowed Duckworth Realty to expand its operations across the region, with projects located in Jackson, Shreveport, Baton Rouge, Mobile, Pensacola, Gulf Breeze and Atlanta.

Ted is a recognized leader of economic development in Metro-Jackson. He has served as Chairman of The Board of Downtown Jackson Partners which manages the Central Business District, and on the Downtown Strategic Plan for the City of Jackson. He currently also serves as President of the Eastover Neighborhood Association.

Jun 28, 2018

In this Bonus Episode I interview Randi Zuckerburg at the C Spire MVMT Conference. Randi talks to us about the importance of learning about technology early, female entrepreneurship, and her new book Pick 3. I trust you guys will enjoy this episode of Made In Mississippi. 

Jun 13, 2018

Episode 10 wraps season 3 up with a someone I look up to a lot. You'll hear from our conversation that David White is a dynamic entrepreneur that's excited about his business. David co-founded Morgan White Group. From a small, 2 person insurance agency, to over 150 million in revenue, Morgan White Group has accomplished so much in our state. MWG is a 6 time Inc 5000 company focused on serving it's clients around the world. I trust you guys will enjoy this interview with David White. 

May 30, 2018

From my guest on the show to listener request - Robert's name is constantly mentioned as a suggested feature. After this interview it was clear to me why so many Mississippians wanted to hear from him. Not only is he an accomplish restauranteur, but he's founded an amazing non-profit and somehow finds time to write a column each week in over 20 publications. I trust you guys will enjoy this interview with Robert St.John

expanded bio:

Robert St. John is a restaurateur, chef, columnist, and author. Robert St. John has spent almost four decades in the restaurant business. Thirty of those years have been as the owner of the Purple Parrot, Crescent City Grill, Mahogany Bar, Branch, Tabella, and Ed’s Burger Joint in Hattiesburg, MS. For 20 years he has written a weekly syndicated newspaper column.  

St. John was just named a part of the 2017 ‘Mississippi Top Fifty’ by Y’all Politics and Supertalk Mississippi.  St. John has been named the state’s top chef three consecutive years and was honored as Mississippi Restaurateur of the Year.   

His restaurant— The Purple Parrot Café— has been named the best fine dining restaurant in Mississippi and just received its sixth Four-Diamond rating from the AAA Travel Guide. Additionally, in 2011, AAA named Purple Parrot Café the second-best fine-dining restaurant in the South (just behind Commander’s Palace). Tabella has been voted “Best Italian” in Mississippi, Crescent City Grill has been voted one of “Mississippi’s Top Ten” restaurants, and the Mahogany Bar has been voted among the “Top 100 Beer Bars in America” for the past three consecutive years.

St. John is the author of ten books, including three previous collaborations with watercolorist Wyatt Waters. His 11th book, A Mississippi Palate, another collaboration with Waters was released November 1st. Their book, An Italian Palate, was written in Europe while St. John, his wife, and his two children traveled through 17 countries on two continents for six months. He and Waters lead group tours to Italy twice a year.

St. John is the creator, producer, and host of the Public Broadcasting series Palate to Palette with Robert St. John and Wyatt Waters which begins airing on October 12th.

St. John has been featured in USA TODAY and appeared on The Food NetworkThe Travel ChannelNational Public RadioMartha Stewart Living, and the Turner South network, among others.

In 2009, St. John founded Extra Table, a non-profit organization that purchases healthy foods and provides them to soup kitchens and mission pantries throughout Mississippi.

May 16, 2018

It's me, Casey, the host of Made In Mississippi. Let me tell you something I've learned over the last few years. As I've gotten to know more and more of the C Spire team, I've been constantly amazed at one thing. With no microphones on, no one watching, C Spire REALLY FREAKING cares about our state. Seriously! This interview with Suzy Hays of C Spire has me jacked. Listen to learn more about the Tech MVMT and how Mississippi shouldn't shoot for not being last, but we should aim for being first. There's opportunity, talent and excitement. 

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Mar 21, 2018

On this episode of the Made In Mississippi podcast, I'll be interviewing Dudley Wooley CEO of 100% employee owned Ross and Yerger.

Mar 6, 2018

On this episode of Made In Mississippi we speak with Founder and CEO Kendall Poole. 

Feb 21, 2018

On this episode of Made In Mississippi we speak with Founder and CEO of Venture Tech, Gerard Gibert. 

Feb 7, 2018

Season 3 is here! Thanks for your patience guys! Really stoked about this episode with our Secretary of State, Delbert Hosemann. 

Aug 31, 2017

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. 

Aug 16, 2017

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. 

Aug 9, 2017

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. 

Jul 26, 2017 is not just a site. It’s a brand and an agent of change. Chane got their start in 1988 as a tee-shirt line and have exploded onto the indie lifestyle scene over the last 18 years with their retail stores: Swell-O-Phonic, Wilai Boutique and Studio Chane, and screen printing shop. Their retail philosophy is simple ‐ never sell out for a buck! I know you'll enjoy this interview with Chane.
Jul 12, 2017

I know you guys will enjoy this episode with David Landrum founder of the (new) town of Livingston in Madison County, MS. 

Jun 28, 2017

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.”

Jun 14, 2017

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.

May 31, 2017

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.

May 17, 2017

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. 

May 3, 2017

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!

Oct 19, 2016

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.

Oct 5, 2016

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. 

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