Sarah is a business strategist, speaker and author of the Amazon best-selling book, Fierce Loyalty: Unlocking the DNA of Wildly Successful Communities. Based in Birmingham, Alabama, Sarah advises her international clients, including m-Wise and Microsoft, on how to build thriving, successful communities and set their companies apart from the pack. She is a regular guest expert at MSNBC and is ranked by both Forbes and Dun and Bradstreet as a top Twitter expert on entrepreneurship and small business. Sarah has also been a featured business expert at Inc.com, Entrepreneur.com, AOL.com, The Credit Union Executive Society, the Association for International Information Managers and the International Spa Association. Read more
We asked for advice from Rich Bielen, President and Chief Operational Officer of Protective Life Corporation and the 2016 United Way Campaign Chair. He joined Protective Life in 1991 with responsibility for the company’s Securities portfolio, became Chief Investment Officer and Treasurer in 2002 and served as Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer since 2007. Read more
We asked for insight from Marcus D. Carson, MBA, Founder and CEO of Growing Kings. He is a native of Birmingham, AL, and grew up in the Titusville neighborhood.
After two years of living in Charlotte, NC and working as a financial analyst, Marcus soon realized that his passion lies in helping young men who have similar backgrounds of his own, but lack the direction and/or support that were provided to him by his family and through his faith. The lessons learned growing up in an economically disadvantaged environment, coupled with the life skills and exposure opportunities presented to Marcus during his collegiate and professional career provided the framework for a vision that led to the founding of Growing Kings. Read more