Bill-E Stitt is Still Makin’ Bacon. Lots of it. And Shipping It Worldwide.

Bill-E Stitt is Still Makin’ Bacon. Lots of it. And Shipping It Worldwide.

Posted On November 28, 2022

Fairhope, Alabama has lots to brag about. The biggest is that it’s the home of Bill-E’s Bacon. It’s the best bacon in the world. Bill-E Stitt and I sit down to check in on how his business is growing since I first met him a while back. He’s now shipping bacon all over the country and the country’s top chefs are using his bacon in their masterpiece dishes. His is a story of fantastic growth with new opportunities arriving every day. Show Sponsors: Alabama Center for Real Estate (ACRE) – Show Sponsor E3 Termite & Pest Control Allison Horner –… Read More

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I Jinxed ‘Em

Posted On November 26, 2022

I think by talking too much about my superstitions, I ended up jinxing the team. ————————- Well, I think I jinxed them. My sons’ football team fought hard all season and last Friday night they were bested by a very fast and athletic opponent. The boys were gloomy for just a little while. They quickly realized they had overachieved and then they held their heads high. I’m very proud of them. I guess a jinx and a superstition are two different sides of the same coin. Superstitions are proactive and meant to bring hoped-for results. I once carried a tiny… Read More

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Keeping Our Best and Brightest – Dr Jim Purcell Works to Retain Alabama’s Talent and to Coax Others Back to Our State

Posted On November 21, 2022

Dr Jim Purcell is Alabama’s Commissioner on Higher Education. Each year the state’s colleges and universities send students into the workplace and too many of them find work outside the state. Dr Purcell is trying to get them to stay. Alabama has the jobs available and needs the talent. Additionally, Dr Purcell is working to lure those with roots in the state back to Alabama through targeted campaigns. He fights historic deep-south stereotypes as well as the reputation of low pay. Listen as he explains the challenge, highlights the opportunities, and discusses his strategy. This broadcast in collaboration with Business… Read More

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Trying to Control the Magic

Posted On November 18, 2022

I don’t believe in superstitions unless they work. ————– When I told my wife the topic of today’s commentary, she warned that people are going to get tired of hearing me talk about this. However, I feel I’m kind of obligated to discuss it. Let me explain. I think it was Dr. Gerald May – who’s an author, psychiatrist, and theologian – who wrote in one of his books that superstition is best defined as “trying to control the magic.” And I like that definition. And I like that a guy who is both a medical doctor and theologian acknowledges… Read More

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Lane Zirlott and Murder Point Oysters – Extraordinary Growth Continues

Posted On November 14, 2022

When I first interviewed Lane several years ago he had about 600,000 oysters growing at his oyster farm in Bayou La Batre, Alabama. Today it’s about 30 million. His distribution is now far and wide but he’s still going through the back doors of restaurants, shucking his oysters for the chefs, and taking their orders when they’re surprised to learn these tasty delights orginate in the Gulf. Lane’s kindness, generosity and optimism stands out each time I speak to him and I learn that it springs from a wound that, Lane says, he hopes never heals. Check out the Oyster… Read More

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Survive and Advance

Posted On November 12, 2022

My sons won their football game last Friday night in an upset giving parents like me one more game and…it’s a home game. ——– If you heard last week’s commentary, you might like to know that my sons’ football team won their playoff game in an upset in Montgomery Friday night. My favorite oldest son – a wide receiver – made a nice catch on a screen play and was tackled from behind by a savage mountain of a full-grown man. My son said it was a clean hit and was all good but…I can’t bring myself to like that… Read More

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RFID is a Ubiquitous Technology that We Never See – Justin Patton Leads the Research

Posted On November 7, 2022

Justin Patton leads Auburn’s RFID team and has participated in most of the seminal business case research for RFID in the United States for retailers. His client list is full of national retail brands and major manufactorers. The technology is everywhere, from embedded in the tag the airline puts on your luggage to the wristband you wear at a theme park. This tech is changing the way companies interact with their customers – from spending hours and hours counting inventory and finding things to letting the tech do it (better) and return to serving the customer.  Show Sponsors: Alabama Center for… Read More

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Final Game

Posted On November 5, 2022

I used to complain about the amount of time I spent on the sidelines of my children’s sports. Today I worry that those days are running out too quickly. And – a special think yo to a listener. ———– Randy Fowler came to my house Saturday morning with his daughter Julie. Randy was in Mobile from Tuscaloosa to see his grandson’s football game and wanted to meet me – his daughter, Julie, lives a few doors down. Randy listens to these Keepin’ It Real commentaries each Friday morning sitting in his car outside 5 Java in downtown Tuscaloosa and then… Read More

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Office Space Update: Who’s Returning to the Office? Who’s Not? And How is Office Space Changing?

Posted On October 31, 2022

James Lomax manages boatloads of office space in and around Huntsville. He tells me who is returing to tradiational office environments and why, who is not, and how some companies are changing their office design to lure employees back. I then talk with friends of What’s Working Johnny Gwinn and Stacy Wellborn who are part owners of a co-working space in Mobile called The Container Yard about the surge of interest in their space since Covid has let up. Show Sponsors: Alabama Center for Real Estate (ACRE) – Presenting Sponsor Roy Lewis Construction Persons Services Corps Burr Forman Attorneys United… Read More

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Flight Disruption

Posted On October 29, 2022

Sometimes when escaping the rat race you find yourself becoming a rat.  ————- Air travel brings out something in people that, in normal life, stays hidden. It’s the combination of the expense, non-negotiable departure times, lots of uncertainty, and lots and lots of people packed into tight confines. Then add travel disruptions, crying babies, potentially rude airline staff and it escalates the tension. During air travel you see who people really are. And you may learn some unpleasant things about yourself. Years ago, I watched a father change his baby’s diaper while laying his baby across two tray tables during… Read More

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