The Poarch Band of Creek Indians Went from An Impoverished Tribe to Owning 42 Different and Active Businesses

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians Went from An Impoverished Tribe to Owning 42 Different and Active Businesses

Posted On July 31, 2023

This month’s Business Alabama Magazine interview features Stephanie Bryan, the Chairwoman of the Poarch Band of the Creek Indians. In her tenure as chair she’s diversified the tribe’s holdings far beyond gaming into government services, hotels and resort hotels, even processing cattle and many more. She’s active across the state of Alabama as she checks on the tribe’s businesses and even holds a role in Washington, DC representing Native Americans (she entered our interview finishing up a call with the White House). Her vision for the tribe is clear and she dispells some myths around Native American held businesses.  Show… Read More

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Recruiting and retention in today’s market means abandoning old ways of thinking

Posted On July 28, 2023

Businesses in pretty much every industry are having difficulty finding enough employees these days. It’s not uncommon for an employer to need to fill dozens of positions quickly – sometimes even more. Dr. Josh Duplantis’ job is to help fill those vacancies. Duplantis, our guest in the latest episode of “What’s Working with Cam Marston,” is the Dean of Workforce Development at Coastal Alabama Community College, and he says filling your workforce needs these days means abandoning old ways of thinking. First of all, the days of just advertising a job and sifting through resumes is over. “You’ve got to… Read More

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Finding and Keeping Employees: Dr. Josh Duplantis Shares Best Practices in the Tricky Employment Market

Posted On July 25, 2023

Finding and keeping good employees today is very hard. The shortages driven by the Baby Boomer retirement have begun making their mark in the workplace. And even as populous as the Millennials are, there aren’t enough of them to replace the Boomers. Employers are pulling their hair out. Employees have their pick.  Dr. Josh Duplantis is the Dean of Workforce Development for Coastal Alabama Community College and saw this coming years ago. Today he works with employers to help them craft recruiting and retention plans. He and I discuss the essense of the demographic challenge and we get into details… Read More

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Ready to expand into new markets? Know who your customers are

Posted On July 21, 2023

Is your business ready to expand into new markets? How do you decide which ones? The key is understanding who your customers are and where they live and play. So says Casey Biehl, chief operating officer at Fat Boy’s Pizza, a pizzeria based in Metairie, Louisiana, with nine locations in three states that’s looking to expand even further into Alabama and throughout the Southeast. Biehl, our guest in the latest episode of “What’s Working with Cam Marston,” is in a business where the vast majority of Americans consume the product – 93 percent of Americans have eaten pizza within the… Read More

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Casey Biehl and Fat Boy’s Pizza Carefully Select Their Next Location – It’s Less Art, More Science

Posted On July 17, 2023

Casey Biehl is the VP of Operations for Fat Boy’s Pizza based in Metairie, Louisiana. This pizza chain is growing rapidly due to the quality of ingredients and the ambience of the restaurants. I got word they were looking to head further east and became curious of their recipe for selecting new locations for expansion – what do they look for in a community? How far do people travel for to come to their stores? What type of commercial centers work best for them? How much do they spend per visit and what types of neighborhoods does this imply? Casey,… Read More

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Meeting a need for the growing logistics industry in Mobile

Posted On July 12, 2023

With a busy port, plentiful transportation routes and a positive business climate, logistics is a growing sector in Mobile. Philip Burton has a solution to meet its needs. Burton, our guest in the latest episode of “What’s Working with Cam Marston,” is a commercial developer who saw the vast potential for growth in logistics in the area and started the South Alabama Logistics Park. It’s a place where shipments that come into the busy Port of Mobile can be unpacked from their containers and stored before moving on to their ultimate destinations by truck, rail or air. “We saw an… Read More

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Philip Burton Saw a Market Opportunity and is Now Pushing Forward with Logistics Parks In Mobile

Posted On July 10, 2023

The intersection of I-10 and I-65, the Port of Mobile, several rail lines, and the reinvigoration of Brookley Field has the potential to futher transform Mobile into one of the nation’s largest logistics hubs. Philip Burton knew this but one piece was missing – the logistics parks where the product is brought after unloading, sorted, and shipped again. Philip found the land and got started and today his parks are gaining traction. Hear his story, the uncertainty he faced, the need for constant building, and his vision for the future of Mobile and Alabama. This broadcast / podcast is part… Read More

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