What's Working with Cam Marston

What's Working with Cam Marston

Interviewing guests to better understand the trends shaping their workplace, workforce, and marketplace with the hopes that something they say will make each of us a little bit better at whatever it is we do.

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May 16, 2022 49 min
Cliff Kennedy tells a wonderful story of being stuck in traffic and pulling over to take a break and try a gourmet popsicle. In short order he became CEO of Frios Gourmet Pops with franchises across the country and aggressive plans to get in to making private label product. His bet is paying off.

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Phillip Faulkner owns Avid Boats in Armory, Mississippi. He's the son of a boat builder and once the family business was sold, Phillip knew he needed to be back in the business as a innovator and decision maker. He's created new tools that shape the aluminum in a unique way, giving the boat the light-weight and low-cost of aluminum with appearance and elegance of a fiber glass boat. He's a millennial, in his early thirt...

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Scott Tindle is fresh off a trip to the Middle East and Egypt with the US State Department to represent the US's interest in web 3.0 technology. Johnny Gwin adds to the conversation with his deep understanding of the technology and I try to keep quiet or risk total embarrassment and I do a poor job. 

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Hurricane Ivan wiped out Beatrice, Alabama's Monroe Meats but a small team of investors brought it back. Their flagship product is Monroe Sausage and it is fantastic. Hear managing partner David Steele tell the story of the company and of today's surging growth. And, heck, go find some and try it for yourself - you'll be happy you did. 

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Solar technology continues to advance. More energy can be gained from a solar panel than ever before. And the panel's are lasting longer than ever. Sam Yates sees huge opportunity in Alabama because of abundant sunshine and the fact that the state lags behind neighboring states in deploying solar technology. And lags by a LOT. Hear Sam's plan for growing his company and find out why Alabama is so far behind. Foreshadowing: ...

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This week my favorite economist in all the land returns to address the status of the world today. Tulane's Peter Ricchiuti makes predictions for inflation, addresses rumors I've heard about corporate bankruptcies, and addresses what the government's huge infusion of cash post Covid may do to us. He also updates us on his MBA program call The Burkenroad Reports. 

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Farmers from Mississippi, Georgia, and Alabama bring their peanuts to Atmore, Alabama and sell them to Coastal Growers, LLC run by Dirk Lindsey. Dirk's been in the peanut industry for a long time, traveling the world consulting on growing, harvesting, and shelling peanuts. He now makes his home in Alabama (his final stop, he says) to oversee the new facility in Atmore. The farmers also have ownership in the facility, keeping th...

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Tony McCarron is Public Safety Recruiter for the City of Mobile. Formerly in the Air Force and a firefighter, Tony took on the job of Public Safety recruiter for the City of Mobile the Monday after he retired from his job as firefighter the previous Friday. Passionate about public service, Tony discusses the difficulties of the jobs and how he has learned to "sell" the job to the next generation - lessons for any business o...

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Checking in on past guests: Carla Williams' album is now out and surging in London! 

Bert Scarbrough says the price of hardwood remains high and some of it is due to Putin.

Bill-E Stitt has never seen such high demand for his Bill-E's Bacon

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Bill Wasden is a partner with law firm Burr Foreman and advises clients on the do's and don'ts of managing and supervising a remote workforce. I share with him stories of abuse from both sides of the contract and we discuss the importance of the hiring agreement and what does / does not classify an employess as a 1099 contractor. 
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Susan Whitfield is director of HR at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville. Rocket scientists are in demand these days, and NASA competes with Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and Richard Branson for them. Learn how a government agency successfully competes with the private sector to attract and retain this cherished talent.

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One of life's most difficult transitions is from the purpose driven world of work to the often ambiguous and aimless world of retirement. David Topus of Revision Retirement has created a service to help retirees find a way through this difficult transition. He has listed nineteen different ways to find purpose in retirement along with consultants and guides to help with the process if needed. With 10,000 Baby Boomers retiring d...

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REPLAY: The "Great Resignation" has not impacted Threaded Fasteners like it has other organziations. Why? Their intentional and methodical cultivation of a culture of service to the customer and, more importantly, to one another. This focus on a culture of service began long ago; it is not a reaction to Covid or low unemployment. It's who they are. And it works.
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Baldwin County's Christina Woerner McInnins has made the once cumbersome process of collecting and diagnosing soil samples for the DIY homeowner simple and easy through her innovative product SoilKit. Lowe's Home Improvement stores loved the idea and the product is now carried by Lowe's nationwide. After sitting down with her for the interview, my gut tells me this first product is only the beginning for this remarkably...

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Dr Ramon Rodriguez explains the remarkable new technology that is shaping orthopedics today. He's second generation orthopedist and today practices at the Alabama Orthopaedic Clinic. We discuss custom 3D printing replacement ankles for total ankle replacements and the future of the profession. 
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Described as Alabama's commercial real estate's futurist, Derek Waltchack of firm Shannon Waltchack, sees what's possible for commerical real estate. Blockchain will be a part of it. Real-time retail customer tracking, too. Hear him paint a compelling and very exciting and picture of what's to come. Derek  will also be the keynote speaker at the upcoming ACREcom conference in Birmingham on Feb 11. Hear his BrokerLor...
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Edward Dismukes' father and grandfather sold fish, then appliances, then small engine lawn and garden equipment (chainsaws, lawn mowers, weed eaters, and such) in an ever evolving attempt find a toe-hold in a shifting marketplace. Today, Edward works to grow Wilson Dismukes through calculated investments and growth plans. He talks about talent management, succession planning, a plague of smash and grab robberies, and the respon...
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When the Alabama economy was soaring in February of 2020, the state's unemployment rate was very low. Today, though the pandemic and government assistance, it's nearly as low as it was then. What are employers who desperately need workers doing to find people? Where are the workers? Alabama Secretary of Labor Fitzgerald Washington gives us an update and discusses what employers can do. He'll be a panelist at an upcoming...

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Threaded Fastener's culture is a retention tool. Billy Duren is the company president and Chief Motivational Officer. When asked about the company, Billy spends more time describing the culture than the products. Hear how the former company leaders chose an ESOP for the company as they retired and how Billy works to perpetuate the culture day-in and day-out. 

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Episode 200!! WooooHoooo!!

Stephen Fitzgerald gave up an enviable career to pursue a passion that began with him building the mountain / gravel bike he always wanted but couldn't find. That passion led to him making bikes for others. Word got out. People showed up. His customers became advocates and followers and his company, per one customer, is now an ethos. That's powerful. Learn what that means and how to make it happen...

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