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.
info_outline Mobilian Gabriella Saab's First Novel is a Break Through Hit. Learn How She Did It. 12/06/2021
Mobilian Gabriella Saab's First Novel is a Break Through Hit. Learn How She Did It. Gabriella Saab's first novel is a smash hit. Her publisher, Harper Collins, thinks so, too, and is prioritizing its publicity. Reviewers are gushing. It's now available in many different languages and is featured in book clubs worldwide. Called The Last Checkmate, the book features a female protagonist, historical fiction, and the game of chess - all trends in today's pop culture. Meet Gabriella and hear our extended conversation on this podcast version of the interview.
info_outline Forester Charles Taylor Explains Carbon Offset Credits, the Need for New Forestry Talent, and Who's Making Money and How 12/02/2021
Forester Charles Taylor Explains Carbon Offset Credits, the Need for New Forestry Talent, and Who's Making Money and How Forester Charles Taylor must keep up with the trends shaping the forestry business today. That includes carbon offset credits, the need for new talent and skilled workers, and the challenges of finding loggers and drivers. Forestry is a HUGE industry in Alabama and this is an important conversation.
info_outline Jim Cox Talks Trends in the Wine Business and We Sample a Couple Goodies 11/29/2021
Jim Cox Talks Trends in the Wine Business and We Sample a Couple Goodies It's the annual holiday wine boondoggle. I invite Jim Cox to the studio to sample some great wines to consider for the holidays. He and his wife Carrie run Southern Napa Wines in Daphne, Alabama. We discuss the cool wines of the season, a huge sale of Napa property by friends of his, and sample some goodies.
info_outline REPLAY: Educator Blair Fisher Discusses the Boy Crisis in Education 11/22/2021
REPLAY: Educator Blair Fisher Discusses the Boy Crisis in Education REPLAY: Educator Blair Fisher discusses the alarming trend of boys performing poorly in school. I asked Blair a simple question after watching my daughter's graduation awards day last spring where about twelve girls won awards and only two boys and he offered insight and I had to get him on the air. I say with confidence this is probably the most important show I've done - this issue needs attention. It's a problem.
info_outline Chef Jule of Fairhope Chocolates - A Primer for High-End Chocolates Just in Time for the Holidays 11/14/2021
Chef Jule of Fairhope Chocolates - A Primer for High-End Chocolates Just in Time for the Holidays Chef Jule creates extraordinary chocolate delicacies in her shop in Fairhope, Alabama. Knowing nothing about high-end chocolate, she takes me on a tasting journey to teach me how her delicacies are made, offering insights on the ingredients she sources from across the US and Europe and even the cocoa trees in Madagascar. If you're looking for a perfect finish to a Thanksgiving meal, take a listen and let Chef Jule offer some delicious ways to cap it off with something truly exceptional.
info_outline Scott Tindle Patiently Explains Bitcoin and Blockchain 11/08/2021
Scott Tindle Patiently Explains Bitcoin and Blockchain Scott Tindle's gifts are that 1) he understands the world of blockchain and crypto currencies and that 2) he can simplify it enough to teach people like me what they are, how they work, and why they're important. His company sets people up for Bitcoin mining amongst other things. His name has been shared with me many many times as the resident expert and I finally sit down and begin my blockchain and crypto education. Know nothing about this stuff? This episode is the place to start.
info_outline Sandifer Wealth Works with Clients to Help Build their Future 10/31/2021
Sandifer Wealth Works with Clients to Help Build their Future Jamey Sandifer and Marc Salyers at Sandifer Wealth Management offer a variety of services designed to steward and grow client assets to create the future clients want for themselves. Jamey, Marc and their team offer a no-nonsense, family-feel approach to client services. In a topsy-turvy economy, Sandifer Wealth Management is predictable calm in an often unpredictable financial environment.
info_outline The High Pressure Job of Health and Safety Supervisor on a Major Motion Picture 10/24/2021
The High Pressure Job of Health and Safety Supervisor on a Major Motion Picture It's a rare workplace where one person getting Covid shuts down the entire operation. But that's life on the set of a motion picture. Emily O'Banion is in charge of preventing the spread of any illness on the set. She, along with local testing provider and support, David Lane of Coast Diagnostics, jump through high hoops and manage thorough protocols to keep the set illness free and the production on schedule. After all, the show must go on.
info_outline T. Bruce MacKinnon Teaches Us how to Dominate a Niche Market 10/18/2021
T. Bruce MacKinnon Teaches Us how to Dominate a Niche Market T. Bruce MacKinnon is the President of Elevator World, Inc. With offices across the globe, the HQ is in Mobile, Alabama where their team puts out several publications throughout the year focusing on the elevator industry. While the business of elevators is certainly interesting, what MacKinnon offers in our conversation is a tutorial on how to dominate a niche market - something which he and his family know quite well.
info_outline Author Stephen Cope on Discovering the Great Work of Your Life 10/11/2021
Author Stephen Cope on Discovering the Great Work of Your Life I have not been stirred by a book or a message like the one I discovered reading Stephen Cope's book The Great Work of Your Life. Many of my colleagues today search for work that provides meaning and purpose as they navigate the final third of their working career, myself included. Cope's book taught me what questions to ask and what types of answers to listen for. Enjoy this conversation.
info_outline Chuck Thuss makes Compassionate Connections with Athletes in Transition 10/04/2021
Chuck Thuss makes Compassionate Connections with Athletes in Transition Chuck Thuss' career as a hockey goalie surged at Miami (Ohio) and then in the minors, including a gig at the Mobile Mystics. When it ended, Chuck struggled to find purpose - common among athletes at the end of their playing days. Now Chuck co-hosts a podcast with a former NHL player where they talk with athletes about their struggle to transition into life after athletics. Chuck also runs Compassionate Connection where he works with people of all types who simply feel lost.
info_outline Checking In on Smac's Shack, MB Greene, and The Noble South. 09/27/2021
Checking In on Smac's Shack, MB Greene, and The Noble South. I revisit some former show guests and learn how they used the pause in business caused by the pandemic over the past eighteen months to reinvent themselves. These entrepreneurs don't ever stop. Artious Walker and Smac's Shack Food Truck, Mary Beth Greene and MB Greene bags, and Chris Rainosek at The Noble South restaurant.
info_outline Flowerwood Nursery - Growing and Delivering Plants to Nurseries Across the Southeast 09/20/2021
Flowerwood Nursery - Growing and Delivering Plants to Nurseries Across the Southeast Ellis Ollinger began as a summer employee for Flowerwood Nursery and today is the company CEO. Flowerwood grows and distributes plants from Maryland to Missouri to Texas and all points in between. With 650 employees, shared patents on plants, and a business relationship with Southern Living magazine, Flowerwood is a third generation success story that you'll want to hear. Hear how Covid has driven more to gardening but supply chain issues continue to ham-string the industry.
info_outline The World View of Our Next Gen Workforce: A Chat w My 18 Year Old Daughter 09/13/2021
The World View of Our Next Gen Workforce: A Chat w My 18 Year Old Daughter Known variously as the iGen or Gen Z, the next generation workforce has experienced some doozies that will shape their take on the workplace and our world in general: Covid, election disputes, Afghanistan, vaccine division. The list goes on. How will it impact them? My guest is my 18 year old daughter the day before my wife and I took her to college. I interrupt her and my conversation to add context to what my generational studies have revealed about her world and the workplace's future.
info_outline Writers on Writing: I Sit Down with Rob Holbert (Lagniappe Weekly) and Watt Key (Fiction author) 09/06/2021
Writers on Writing: I Sit Down with Rob Holbert (Lagniappe Weekly) and Watt Key (Fiction author) Rob Holbert is the managing editor of Lagniappe Weekly in Mobile, Alabama. Watt Key is a fiction writer with at least dozen published books under his belt. I write weekly commentaries for Alabama Public Radio. The three of us read a five hundred word commentary we prepared for this broadcast and then discuss how we go about our writing.
info_outline The Story Behind Today's Extraordinary Lumber Prices - A Perfect Storm of Events 08/30/2021
The Story Behind Today's Extraordinary Lumber Prices - A Perfect Storm of Events Why are lumber prices at an all time high? Is it Covid? Labor shortages? Tariffs? It's all of the above plus many more things including the freeze in Texas last year that froze chemical plants, too few long-haul truckers, bugs in Canada, Chinese goods through Vietnam. The list is overwhelming. It's a perfect storm of random events and there appears to be no end in sight. Bert Scarbrough of Premier Lumber and homebuilder Brian Robertson give me the details.
info_outline REPLAY: Kieron Elliot is the US Brand Ambassador for The Macallan Scotch Whiskey 08/22/2021
REPLAY: Kieron Elliot is the US Brand Ambassador for The Macallan Scotch Whiskey We can't get enough of this guy. Kieron Elliot had us at "sláinte" (pronounced SLAN-ja and meaning "cheers!") when I heard him giving a presentation on Instagram. He agreed to be on What's Working and we discuss The Macallan's plans for bringing Millennials into their brand and he walks me through how to taste two of their signature bottlings for the US - The Macallan 12 and 15 Double Cask. Per Kieron, "chew it." Chewing it gets the salivary gland involved.
info_outline Mobile Author Watt Key Discusses the Business Side of Writing 08/16/2021
Mobile Author Watt Key Discusses the Business Side of Writing Mobilian Watt Key's first published book was Alabama Moon and it hit big. Schools picked it up for summer reading. Movie rights were reserved and then purchased. Since then Watt has published a bunch more books but there have been some headwinds in the publishing industry impacting Watt's ability to tell stories the way he wants to tell them. So, Watt's going to pivot. In this extended interview we learn what's worked, where the challenges are, and hear Watt's plans for the next chapter in his career.
info_outline Long Term Care - How It Works and Why You Need To Know About It 08/09/2021
Long Term Care - How It Works and Why You Need To Know About It Many parents expect their kids to take care of them when they get old. The kids have no plans to do so. Many kids think they'll receive a fat inheritance when their parents die. The parents will spend every penny to stay alive with some quality of life. And it's here that long term care insurance becomes important.
info_outline Tony Award Winning Actor Frank Wood on Quickly Creating High Performing Teams 08/02/2021
Tony Award Winning Actor Frank Wood on Quickly Creating High Performing Teams You've seen Frank Wood on TV or on the movie screen or on a Broadway stage. The process he and a cast go through as they take on a new play is the epitome of how to form a high-performing team. It involves listening to fellow cast members (teammates), taking direction from the director (team leader), taking a strong position on your character (your role in the team), and being eager to be redirected and refocused if the director feels there is something better you can contribute.
info_outline REPLAY: Bill E Stitt Makes the Best Bacon in the Entire World 07/26/2021
REPLAY: Bill E Stitt Makes the Best Bacon in the Entire World Bill-E Stitt impressed us with his bacon when we first met him. Now after sampling his bacon and hearing his story and getting to know the legend that is Bill E Stitt, we can't get enough of him or his product. Seldom do we interact with anything that is the "world's best," but Bill E's bacon is just that.
info_outline Taking The Macallan Scotch Whiskey to the Next Generation 07/19/2021
Taking The Macallan Scotch Whiskey to the Next Generation Based in Los Angeles, Kieron Elliot is national brand ambassador for the Macallan Scotch Whiskey in the US. We discuss the Macallan's strategy for introducing a whiskey typically preferred by older, white, affluent males to the next generation. Kieron tells me their customer is already much more diverse than I'm aware and we sample some of the Macallan's offerings on the air. (Warning - this episode will make you want to sample a good scotch. And you definitely should.)
info_outline The Hidden, Undiscussed Crisis of Boys: Educator Blair Fisher Discusses a Growing Concern 07/12/2021
The Hidden, Undiscussed Crisis of Boys: Educator Blair Fisher Discusses a Growing Concern The overwhelming underperformance of boys in academics has slowly been revealing itself for years and now the data shows the depth of it. The impact ranges from the future of eduction, performance in the workplace, to the competitiveness of the United States. Blair Fisher is an educator and head of school at Mobile's St. Paul's Episcopal School and monitors education trends. He joins me to discuss this alarming phenomenon. Think this doesn't concern you? Think again. (This content will be controversial.)
info_outline Mobilian BJ Scott Understands Personal Branding. It's Key to Managing her Fame in Europe 07/05/2021
Mobilian BJ Scott Understands Personal Branding. It's Key to Managing her Fame in Europe South Alabama remains just under the surface of Beverly Jo (BJ) Scott. Born and raised near Mobile, BJ is now famous in Belgium with her face on billboards and on the sides of busses. Her celebrity comes from her remarkable talent as a singer-songwriter, her own radio and TV show, and her "what you see is what you get" approach to coaching singers on Belgium's version of The Voice. Hear how she manages her fame and maintains a genuine appeal.
info_outline Josh Reed of Huk Brand Fishing Gear - REPLAY 06/28/2021
Josh Reed of Huk Brand Fishing Gear - REPLAY Josh Reed has a fantastic story to tell about the birth of Huk Gear, the fishing apparel company he began with his partners not too long ago. They've exploded with success due to ID'ing an underserved market, putting a team together, and letting them do their work. And I can vouch that their gear is fantastic.
info_outline John Hoyle Leads Elite Students at Alabama's School for Math and Sciences in Mobile 06/21/2021
John Hoyle Leads Elite Students at Alabama's School for Math and Sciences in Mobile John Hoyle leads the Alabama School for Math and Sciences in Mobile. The students there are exceptional - wanting to be pushed and stretched to become the best they can be. The faculty, per John, is the best in the state. The students come from across Alabama and are encouraged to return their eduction to their state by finding work in Alabama when they enter the working career.
info_outline High-End Home Theater Equipment Trends: Stagnant then Skyrocket 06/14/2021
High-End Home Theater Equipment Trends: Stagnant then Skyrocket David Stollmack worried that his inventory wouldn't move ever again in March and April of 2020. Then he worried that he couldn't find enough equipment to sell. His business boomed once people realized what quarantine meant. David's experience taught him how to manage inventory and how to find and keep customer-centered installers. He takes us on the wild ride he's had over the past eighteen months and we get a peek inside his Springsteen fascination.
info_outline Carla Williams Wouldn't Let Her Dreams Die. Now She's Poised for a Huge Album Release 06/07/2021
Carla Williams Wouldn't Let Her Dreams Die. Now She's Poised for a Huge Album Release Carla Williams wanted to be a country music singer from the beginning. She had to put her dreams on hold to raise four kids and grow a successful business. Now she's back at it and her forthcoming album is a tribute to Karen Carpenter and includes a who's who of the Nashville music scene. This Mobilian is poised for the musical success she's waited for and she richly deserves.
info_outline Managing a Prestigious Hawaiian Resort - A Conversation with Charles Head of Fairmont Hotels 05/31/2021
Managing a Prestigious Hawaiian Resort - A Conversation with Charles Head of Fairmont Hotels Charles Head has climbed the ranks of Fairmont Hotels to land at the Fairmont Orchid where he leads a big team who delivers exceptional service to the guests. Charles' team - he calls them his "ohana" which roughly translates to "family" - is selected to work at the Fairmont based on their service skills which Charles and his leadership group uncover through assessments and, most importantly, personal interaction. It's a plum job in an extraordinary location and Charles is at the top of his game.
info_outline REPLAY: Amy Morin Teaches Mental Strength. Never Has her Expertise Been Needed More. 05/24/2021
REPLAY: Amy Morin Teaches Mental Strength. Never Has her Expertise Been Needed More. Amy Morin's start to fame began as a complete surprise. Her blog post titled Thirteen Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do caught fire. Today she's written multiple books, has podcasts, and is in-demand as a speaker. Why? Her message is needed and her delivery of her message is fantastic. i've met her and watched her work and I know you'll love her story and her message as much as I do.