Shegun Otulana, Therapy Brands

Shegun Otulana, Therapy Brands

Hello, Customers. I’m Listening. (NOTE: This post was published in 2019, when Therapy Brands was a finalist for the Birmingham Venture Club’s Jemison Award). 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 […]

Jay Price, Southern Veterinary Partners

Jay Price, Southern Veterinary Partners

They Grow Up So Fast (NOTE: This post was published in 2019, when Southern Veterinary Partners was a finalist for the Birmingham Venture Club’s Jemison Award). 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 […]

Jim Cavale, INFLCR

Jim Cavale, INFLCR

Self-Made Man? “Hardly.” (NOTE: This post was originally published in 2018) The single most important career and life decision Jim Cavale ever made was to transfer from Ithaca College to the University of Montevallo. He still remembers the moment. “It was after normal business hours in my baseball coach’s liquor store. Which he still owns, […]

VIDEO: Jim Cavale, INFLCR

VIDEO: Jim Cavale, INFLCR

Clip 1 (2:06) (NOTE: This post was originally published in 2018) 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.  

Tony Summerville, Fleetio

Tony Summerville, Fleetio

BirminghamTech, Generation 2.0 (NOTE: This post was originally published in 2018) In 1982, a novelty band calling itself The MBAs released the album “Born To Run Things” — a title which fairly well describes Tony Summerville. “Growing up, I always knew I would start my own company. It runs in the family. My father and […]

Mark Roberge, HubSpot

Mark Roberge, HubSpot

Can you believe he actually would do it differently? As HubSpot’s former SVP of Worldwide Sales — who helped take the company’s customer base from 1 to over 12,000, and revenues from near-zero to more than $100 million — it’s safe to say Mark Roberge can sell anything. Anything, that is, except vacuum cleaners. Yes, […]

Ashlee Ammons & Kerry Schrader, Mixtroz

Ashlee Ammons & Kerry Schrader, Mixtroz

Can we talk? (NOTE: This post was originally published in 2018) It’s safe to say that the Mixtroz brand did not get off to the most auspicious start. Ammons remembers, “We’d come-up with dozens of name combinations. Any number of which involved the word Intro. I dreamed the word Mixtroz, which combines ‘mixer’ with ‘introduction,’ […]

Mazi Rasulnia, Pack Health

Mazi Rasulnia, Pack Health

“It’s time to start feeling better.” (NOTE: This post was originally published in 2017) In the United States today, some 150 million patients live with a chronic illness — which, by definition, is one lasting 3 months or more. That’s less than half our population, but the cost of treating them is nearly 85% of […]

Craig Parker, Guideway Care

Craig Parker, Guideway Care

“Every adventure has its own cycle.” (NOTE: This post was originally published in 2017) Cincinnati native Craig Parker and his wife Andrea moved to Birmingham in 1999 to be near her family. Neither felt comfortable raising their children in London — where he was working for a New York law firm. He almost moved here […]

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 […]