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!