G.T. LaBorde, IllumiCare

G.T. LaBorde, IllumiCare

There’s An App For That. This profile was originally published 12.20.19 in the Birmingham Business Journal  “Healthcare is the one place where technology has only made people’s lives miserable.” It goes without saying that, as a pitchman, G.T. LaBorde understands the value of a strong lead. So what’s IllumiCare doing to fix the problem? “Today, every clinician who […]

Andrew McMakin, NXTsoft

Andrew McMakin, NXTsoft

Taking a byte out of cybercrime This profile was originally published 12.20.19 in the Birmingham Business Journal  With the city of New Orleans still struggling to recover from an attack launched over a month ago, it’s never hard to find news of a prominent cyber security breach. What’s a lot harder is finding stories that don’t include a […]

Jarrod Morgan, ProctorU

Jarrod Morgan, ProctorU

Time-tested and proven. This profile was originally published 12.20.19 in the Birmingham Business Journal  Having “lost” the Jemison Award to Theranest in 2018, it’s possible soap star Susan Lucci came to mind when Jarrod Morgan learned ProctorU was a finalist again this year. So what fueled the justified confidence that his company could win the second time […]

David Sher, ComebackTown.com

David Sher, ComebackTown.com

A Success Story In Four Acts David Sher has a long list of career accomplishments he can justifiably take pride in, but none in my book greater than his role as the producer of Mr. King’s “T-Buff” commercials. For you unfortunates currently drawing a blank, Mr. King was once a Birmingham furniture store offering easy […]

Dave Gray, Biso Collective

Dave Gray, Biso Collective

“Figure out what business we need to be in, and make it make money.” With that piece of advice from company founder Tom Patterson, Dave Gray was given the reigns of Daxko — the company he led for over 15 years — in early 2003. Sure, the two had conducted several lengthy meeting-of-the-minds conversations before […]

Guest Columnist Lionel Tehini, Quinovas

Guest Columnist Lionel Tehini, Quinovas

THE PIZZA WAR PROVES IT: Every company is a technology company. It’s no revelation that every aspect of business today is driven by technology. That said, one of the most significant areas where smart businesses are using technology to gain a competitive edge is customer engagement — which includes directly interfacing with end users. On […]

Jay Price, Southern Veterinary Partners

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Jay Price, Southern Veterinary Partners

They Grow Up So Fast In 2007, twenty-something Jay Price became owner of the veterinary practice he’d joined just a year earlier, fresh out of school. Seven years later, having bought two other practices, he opened the doors of Southern Veterinary Partners. On January 4, 2019, the company acquired its 72nd animal hospital. To put the […]

Shegun Otulana, Theranest

Shegun Otulana, Theranest

Hello, Customers. I’m Listening. It’s January 2013 and Shegun Otulana is running a software development firm with one programmer: Himself. Five years later, he’s running a company — TheraNest — with 300 employees, of whom nearly 100 focus strictly on its software products. And it all started with a friend’s suggestion. “My friend served on the […]

Jarrod Morgan, ProctorU

Jarrod Morgan, ProctorU

Keeping it real (with artificial intelligence) In 2008, Jarrod Morgan was Director of Technology at Andrew Jackson University (AJU), and his then-employer — an online-only school — had a problem: Namely, ensuring that its students didn’t cheat on tests. “At the time, we had to send them somewhere to take their tests — typically in the presence […]

Scott Simon, Betterhire

Posted by on Oct 9, 2018 in Uncategorized | No Comments
Scott Simon, Betterhire

Birmingham’s Certified Know-I.T.-All I once made the mistake of ignoring Scott Simon’s advice. My all-time greatest Account Executive (Erin Whaley) had decided that, after six years in marketing communications, it was time to try something new. Almost immediately, I found an unbelievable candidate for the position. She had big-time agency experience. She was sharp, she […]