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Beau Renfro picks and makes us grin this week on Up in Your Business

Beau Renfro, Rockabilly Hall of Famer Beau Renfro is a member of the Rock-a-Billy Hall of Fame in Jackson, Tennessee. He is an entertainer, song writer and singer. Beau's music career started in a church in Forrest City, Arkansas. He learned to sing by listening to his mother and sisters sing old Gospel songs. All nine of his sisters played a role in the evolution of Beau’s music. His sister Jean paid for his first guitar and sisters Lou, Joyce, Naomi and Helen made sure he paid attention...


Your life is a movie and you’re the star! Arnessa tells you how to act the part.

Arnessa Bennett has been a nationally and internationally life coach, motivational/inspirational speaker and talk show host. She is the executive director and founder of the Arnessa Bennett Personal and Professional Development Institute (ABPPDI), based in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Its mission is to offer specialized training, educational programs and health awareness that empowers and inspires individuals youth and adults to personally navigate through life and develop professionally,...


Janis Kearney talks about being a newspaper woman, the first Presidential Diarist and Wow Publishing

Dreamer and History Maker Janis Kearney talks with Kerry about being the first Presidential Diarist. Born in Gould, Arkansas, Janis Kearney was one of eighteen children of parents Ethel V. Kearney and James Kearney. After graduating from Gould High School in 1971, Kearney attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, earning a B.A. in journalism in 1976. She continued on with her education while working, earning thirty hours towards a M.P.A. from the University of Arkansas at Little...


Warwick Sabin | Ep 0086 | 05-04-18

Warwick Sabin has spent his professional life bringing energy and ideas to improve the lives of people. During his time in the state legislature, he worked with Democrats and Republicans to reform Arkansas’ ethics laws, promote cleaner energy, and encourage public/private partnerships to create economic growth. He was named one of the top ten legislators of 2013, and the Arkansas Times called him the "Freshman of the session." In 2014, he was one of only 24 national leaders awarded the...


EP0085 | MadonnaBadger | 04-27-18

Kerry McCoy will speak with New York advertising executive Madonna Badger, creator of the We Are #WomenNotObjects ad that debuted at Cannes Film Festival and has been viewed more than 2 million times on YouTube. Badger left the advertising industry for more than a year after a tragic house fire on Christmas morning that claimed the lives of her three young daughters and both her parents. After the tragedy, Badger spent a few months in psychiatric hospitals for manic depression and suicidal...


Brandon Thornton | Ep 0084 | 4-20-2018

Dr. Brandon Thornton is Co-Owner & CEO of Steep Hill Arkansas a cannabis science company with a focus on analytical testing. He also provides pharmacist consultant solutions to cannabis businesses, including development of formulations, staff training on compounding methods, and creation of educational materials for patients. He formerly served as the Vice President of Pharmacy Operations for Custom Pharmacy Solutions in Birmingham, AL from 2009-2017. While originally hired as the Director...


Greg Hatcher | Ep. 0083 | 04-13-18

In September of 1990, with a bank loan, an assistant and 500 square feet of office space, Greg Hatcher started The Hatcher Agency. He signed a 3 year lease on that 500 square feet of office space thinking it would be all he would ever need. At the end of the first year, he had already outgrown his office space and had grown to 7 employees, producing more insurance in his first year of business than any agent in the state of Arkansas. Three years later in 1993, The Hatcher Agency was named...


Vic Fleming | Ep 0082 | 04-06-18

Judge Vic Fleming was born in Jackson, Mississippi, and grew up in Greenville, Mississippi. He holds a B.A. in English from Davidson College and a J.D. from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law. He has taught at Bowen as an adjunct faculty member since 2003. He was elected as a district judge for the City of Little Rock in 1996, and reelected in 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016 without opposition. The position is now officially known as State District Court Judge, Little...


Brandy McNair| Ep 0081 | 3-30-18

Listen to this podcast to learn: How Brandy Thomason McNair's lifelong love of beads transformed into Bella Vita Jewelry How Bella Vita Jewelry began as a truly grass roots business How she started her passion project Boss Lady Brandy McNair comes from a long line of entrepreneurs. Born and raised in Harrison Arkansas, she observed the art and struggle of owning a business on both sides of her family from her maternal and paternal grandparents. That same spirit was passed to her father and...


Kerry McCoy | Ep 0078 | 3-9-2018

This week the tables are turned on Up in Your Business when Wilson Kanaday interviews host Kerry McCoy! Wilson Kanaday has been a good friend of Arkansas Flag & Banner for nearly a decade. He and Kerry became friends through Wilson's various roles working with the e-commerce team at FlagandBanner.com. Wilson is passionate about the American Dream and loves hearing and telling the stories of people who have lived it. So, naturally Wilson and Kerry formed a bond. She originally thought she...


Maxi Dominguez - Ep 0077 - 3-2-2018

Maxi Dominguez appeared on our December 9, 2016 show and discussed developing and building a fledgling startup business in today's marketplace. Raiz Apparel was described as a self-started project mixed with hard work and entrepreneur mindset. Dominguez has utilized the internet and edgy photography aimed at a specific demographic as a selling and marketing platform for their clothing line with a website hosted by Square Space, along with Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, Twitter, Vimeo,...


Mark Abernathy | Ep 0076 | 2-23-2018

Mark Abernathy is an idea man, a founder, an owner and the chef of many restaurants; some you may recognize and some you may not: Abernathy’s, The Bijou, Juanita’s, Blue Mesa Grill, Red Door, Bene Vita and Loca Luna. During his 46 years’ experience in the restaurant industry, he has had the distinction of many ‘firsts.’ Mark introduced the first White Cheese dip in America at his restaurant, Blue Mesa Grill. He served Arkansas’ first fajita dish and had the state’s first Wood Fired Brick...


John and Mark of Mainstream Technologies | Ep 0075 | 2-16-2018

John Burgess and Mark McClelland, co-founders and President and Vice President, respectively, of Mainstream Technologies went from promising careers as Financial Application Managers at Dillard to starting a new tech business in 1996. Although the internet was young and internet support businesses were few at that time, these two mavericks were brave enough to take that entrepreneurial leap of faith and visionary enough to know their futures would be bright. Mainstream Technologies began...


Bob Bidewell | EP 0074 | 2-9-18

Bob Bidewell is the founder, Resident Music Director, and Executive Director of The Studio Theatre in Little Rock. He has worked on over one hundred productions with community theatres in Jonesboro, Paragould, Little Rock and North Little Rock. Prior to The Studio Theatre, Bidewell taught public school music for ten years and has served as a church musician for almost forty years. He holds both Bachelor and Master Degrees in Music from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. Read more:...


Up In Your Business Trey Reid FInal

Trey Reid of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Air Date: 1-26-18 Born and raised in Pine Bluff, Trey Reid is the Assistant Chief of Communications for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. His primary role is executive producer and host of Arkansas Wildlife TV, the AGFC’s weekly television show that documents The Natural State’s many outdoor recreational opportunities and AGFC’s myriad conservation work. Trey makes more than 250 radio and TV appearances per year representing the...


Dr. Chris Keller | Ep 0070 | 1-12-18

Dr. Chris Keller, Dean of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral discusses the role of science and religion and how they can co-exist and also gay marriage and welcoming the LGBT community in the the church.


Donnie Ferneau | Ep 0069 | 1-5-17

Executive Chef Donnie Ferneau is a critically acclaimed and nationally recognized award-winning chef. This past fall he competed on the Food Network's Great American Food Truck Race. The ‘Southern Frenchie’ truck came in fourth, remaining in the competition until the Nashville round. Read more at: https://www.flagandbanner.com/radio-show/donnie-ferneau-1-5-18.asp


Tommy Jameson | Ep 0068 | 12-29-17 | Reprise

This episode is a rebroadcast of Kerry's interview with Tommy Jameson, who was recently featured in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s High Profile section. We knew Tommy was a big deal – glad the #DemGazcaught on! Tommy’s architectural firm focuses on the development of thoughtful, creative solutions for preserving historic structures. A cause that Kerry can certainly identify with.And for even more proof of how great this guy is, on January 19, 2018 the Arkansas Preservaton Awards will...


Ann McCoy | Ep 0067 | 12-22-17

Ann McCoy, really needs no introduction because everyone (in Arkansas) knows her as either the successful million dollar club (when that meant something) real estate agent, or as the Governor’s Mansion Administrator for Governor Clinton, or as the Special Assistant to the President, Deputy Social Secretary and Director of Personal Correspondence for President Clinton’s administration. There was a time when she could have boasted that she had met all the leaders of the Free World and had...


Kate Askew | Ep 0066 | 12-15-17 | Reprise

Our guest is Kate Askew, owner of Yella Dog Press in Little Rock, Arkansas. Kate is a native of Little Rock who graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1985. She worked for many years as a book, paper, and ephemera specialist for estate sales, and in 2002, she started her own business buying and selling rare printed materials. Eventually, buying and collecting antique texts led her to a desire to create her own. Kate saw a printing press for sale in the classifieds of the Arkansas...