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 […]

VIDEO SERIES: Zane Tarence, Founders Advisors

VIDEO SERIES: Zane Tarence, Founders Advisors

Building Enterprise Value  Zane Tarence loves helping entrepreneurs build value. Which has been a very good thing for a lot of entrepreneurs. Zane founded his first company at the age of 32 — Virtual Learning Technologies, which sold for $15 Million in May, 2000 to Boston’s Houghton Mifflin. Since then, he’s led and completed 85 […]

VIDEO: Jim Cavale, INFLCR

VIDEO: Jim Cavale, INFLCR

Clip 1 (2:06) Jim recalls his most important career & life decision ever — followed by a brief overview of creating a television network from scratch at the University of Montevallo. The first in a series of Jim’s profiles.  

Josh Gates, Saturday Down South

Josh Gates, Saturday Down South

Fourth and long. No timeouts. Go for it. Josh Gates enlisted in the Army in 2000 at the age of 18. He earned a place in the elite 75th Ranger Regiment. He led Post-911 combat missions across the Middle East. But the hardest thing he’s ever done was save Saturday Down South — the website […]