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Up in Your Business is a weekly radio talk show in which Kerry McCoy, owner of Arkansas Flag and Banner, interviews successful business owners who share their story of ambition, entrepreneurship, and luck. It airs live every Friday, 2 pm CST, in Little Rock, Arkansas, on KABF, FM 88.3. Guests inspire listeners with their insights and life experiences. Join Kerry for this personal and provocative hour of engaging biographies. Listeners are encouraged to call with comments and questions. Read more of Kerry’s story…
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Dec. 8, 2017
Edmond Davis is currently a history professor at Arkansas Baptist College and was educated at Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University. His work in education includes facilitator and program coordinator for a pilot program at Covenant Keepers Charter School called RESPOND-I-BILITY targeting 6th-8th grade students to help them understand how to respond to law enforcement in the 21st century. Davis has also taught history at the University of Phoenix (Little Rock main campus) and at Pulaski Technical College as well as worked with various other mentoring and workshop programs for students from grade 6 through college aimed at helping students excel in the classroom and beyond. Read More ...
Air Date: Nov. 24, 2017
Dr. Gayle Seymour received her Ph.D. in art history from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1986. She teaches upper-division courses in American art and Women in Art. Her specific research interests encompass a wide range of topics, including Pre-Raphaelite art, American Depression-era post office murals, Japanese American Internment art, and women artists. In 2005, for instance, she contributed the lead essay to the exhibition catalogue Love Revealed: Simeon Solomon and the Pre-Raphaelites for a centenary exhibition that toured Birmingham (England), Munich, and London. Read More …
Air Date: Nov. 17, 2017
Aaron Lubin is President of Executive Recruiters Agency, Inc, Outplacement Consultants, and Aaron Lubin Consultants. Aaron also works as a consultant, trainer, speaker and executive coach working with individuals and organizations in helping them grow their businesses. He has almost 40 years experience in the recruiting industry helping organizations from Fortune 500 to small business owners. For 20-years he was CEO of one of the most successful temporary help staffing organizations in the southwest with eight offices. His staffing organizations were in the top 10% of sales in the United States. Aaron hosted a CBS affiliate radio talk show, an NBC affiliate television program, and was the play-by-play baseball announcer for Arkansas State University. Read More …
Air Date: Nov. 10, 2017
Retired Lieutenant Colonel David Cooper of the United States Army joined Kerry on the Friday before Veteran's Day to talk about his service. Colonel Cooper was a Medivac Helicopter Pilot in the Vietnam DMZ. After watching the recent AETN Vietnam War documentary, I understand just how dangerous helicopter missions were. The interview includes war stories about Vietnam from his time flying DUSTOFF. Even in retirement David is still serving his country through his advocacy work as President of the Arkansas Association of the United States Army. Read More …
Air Date: Oct. 27, 2017
Arkansas Small Business Administration Director Edward Haddock holds a MBA from Rutgers University and Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management from John Brown University. Prior to working with the SBA, Haddock served on active duty with the U.S. Air Force. In his last assignment, Haddock was instrumental in the development and implementation of several international aircraft maintenance training programs. Haddock’s 12 years of active duty service included several deployments spanning the globe supporting both humanitarian and combat operations. Haddock began his SBA career in 2011 as an Economic Development Specialist in SBA’s Newark, New Jersey Office where he led the delivery of Veteran Business Development programs throughout New Jersey. Read More …
Air Date: Oct. 27, 2017
Poolboy is a graduate of Little Rock’s Catholic High and the University of Arkansas. Poolboy has been a part of mornings on Alice 107.7 since 2005.
He has been a Little Rock ‘celebrity’ since he was just an intern on Alice 107.7 where he earned the nickname Poolboy. His life has played out on the air since then, going from being a single guy against marriage and children to married with a young son. Read More …
Air Date: Oct. 20, 2017
Robbi Davis of the Robbi Davis Agency, Inc., will discuss Obamacare and the Executive Order that President Trump signed last week and how it will effect individual and group insurance in Arkansas. She will also talk about Medicare supplements/drug plans/Advantage plans. Open enrollment for Medicare is 10/15-12/7 and for individual plans 11/1-12/15…shorted to 45 days from 3 months in 2016.The Robbi Davis Agency, Inc. just celebrated its 21st anniversary, has 9 full time employees and just finished adding additional office space to a new office that they moved to in July 2016. The new office is located at 1909 Hinson Loop Road in west Little Rock. Read More …
Air Date: Oct. 13, 2017
Chelsea Wakefield, PhD, LCSW is a Jungian oriented psychotherapist, couples therapist, dream worker, workshop and retreat leader who works with individuals, couples and groups. She has spent twenty five years facilitating people in moving beyond the wounds of the past, accessing their archetypal potential and living more vibrant and meaningful lives. Chelsea draws from a depth of training in clinical and transpersonal methods, helping people to integrate the insights of inner work into daily living. She has published two books, which are valued by both clinical professionals and educated lay audiences, Negotiating the Inner Peace Treaty and In Search of Aphrodite: Women, Archetypes and Sex Therapy. Read More …
Air Date: Oct. 6, 2017
Marla Johnson is co-founder and CEO of Aristotle Internet and a renowned Internet marketing keynote speaker. Johnson is known for delivering captivating and constructive keynote addresses, breakout sessions and half-day sessions to companies, industries and associations across the nation. Her topics include search marketing strategy, mobile innovation, strategic branding and design, social networking, trends, online analytics, market segmentation and integrated PR and advertising just to name a few. Johnson began her career in commercial production and marketing for technology firms when she and a group of computer-oriented friends became fed up with the quality of their Internet access service. Together, members of the group realized, they had all the expertise needed to run an Internet access company, Aristotle. Read More …
Air Date: Sept. 29, 2017
Mayor Mark Stodola began his first term in January 2007. He was re-elected to a 2nd term, capturing 84% of the vote. Under his tenure as Mayor, the City’s homicide rate has fallen more than 50% with the violent crime rate falling 34%. The Mayor has partnered with the State Arkansas Economic Development Commission and the Chamber of Commerce to bring over $1 billion in new capital investment to the City and more than 4,100 new jobs since taking office. In 2009, he crafted a major bond initiative that resulted in $6.9 million dollars in improvements to the City's park system.Mayor Stodola has been key in promoting the revitalization of Little Rock's Main Street...Read More …
Air Date: Sept. 22, 2017
Terry Hartwick, Director of North Little Rock Parks and Recreation and former North Little Rock Mayor, appeared on Up in Your Business with Kerry McCoy. As a lifelong resident of North Little Rock and graduate of North Little Rock High School, Hartwick has spent a great deal of his life serving his home town. Hartwick served his nation in the Air Force and later went on to serve his city as Mayor from 1984 until 1989 and then later served as President and CEO of the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce for 15 years before being appointed to lead North Little Rock Parks and Recreation. Read More …
Air Date: Sept. 15, 2017
Susan Cowen, executive director of Legends of Arkansas, was the featured guest on the Sept. 15th episode of the Up In Your Business with Kerry McCoy radio show.
Cowan, a Pine Bluff native, started her career in radio and worked at a business community station, KTRN, in Pine Bluff for almost a decade. While there, from 1997 to 2006, she was the mid-day disk jockey where she operated the sports board, did public relations, was the outside sales representative and assistant traffic director. Read More …
Air Date: Sept. 8, 2017
We all know attorney Gary Green from is ads. Yes, he is the lawyer on TV with a successful law practice, but did you know he is an author of children’s books, a farmer, a developer, a husband and father of four? Listen to the podcast to hear how he does it all and how his career developed. “I’ve known Gary a long time,” Flag and Banner and Up In Your Business host Kerry McCoy said. “I had no idea he had so many interests. I can’t wait to dig into his story and find out how he went from the law student living above me, to the Gary Green of ‘Gary Green and Associates.’”Read More …
Air Date: Sept. 1, 2017
Kerry interviewed Arkansas native, painter and sculptor Kevin Kresse, has exhibited his work around Arkansas, in New York, Washington DC, Memphis and Atlanta.
His work has been featured in articles in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the Arkansas Times, the North Little Rock Times, the Little Rock Free Press, Active Years magazine and Soiree magazine. He has also been featured in pieces produced by the local affiliates of ABC, CBS and PBS television, as well as a short film by Garret Larkin. Read More …
Air Date: August 25, 2017
Kerry interviewed Little Rock Chief of Police Kenton Buckner who has said that the business sector and public safety must work together to promote security and protection of people and property in Little Rock.
The rampant crime spree Little Rock has seen over the past few months has no doubt kept Kenton Buckner quite busy and why we are grateful to have him stop in to talk with us today. But the Little Rock Police Department Chief of Police has certainly seen a lot during his law enforcement career that spans more than two decades. Read More …
Air Date: August 18, 2017
Rivka Kuperman is the Stage Manager for the Arkansas Children’s Theatre at the Arkansas Arts Center. While growing up in Little Rock, Kuperman gained a strong work ethic as a young child thanks to her mother, a bankruptcy attorney, and her father, a gynecologist. Helping out with administration duties like taking phone calls, setting appointments, filing and even cleaning exam rooms in her spare time, Kuperman completed her high school education at Mount Saint Mary's. Afterwards, she attended the University of Central Arkansas where she majored in Theatre and minored in Interdisciplinary studies. Read More...
Air Date: August 11, 2017
A fifth-generation Arkansan and Little Rock native, Rett Tucker carries on a family tradition of business and civic leadership. He has an impressive track record in commercial brokerage and development over the past 33 years. For his professional and civic achievements, he has won numerous awards. Tucker, a Certified Public Accountant, has a B.S. in Commerce from Washington & Lee University and an M.B.A. from the University of Arkansas. Read More...
Air Date: August 4, 2017
Kerry talks candidly with Kate Askew, owner of Yella Dog Press in Little Rock, Arkansas. Kerry says, “Kate is so interesting, her love of books has led her career in a fascinating direction. I can’t wait for Kate to teach us about historical printing, her estate sale escapades and tell us about the business of being an online reseller.”
Air Date: July 28, 2017
We revisited Kerry's interview with Skip Rutherford from the Clinton School of Public Service. He is a long-standing figure in Arkansas politics, working as a key advisor on Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign and later serving as president of the Clinton Foundation and as dean of the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. Rutherford also led the effort to plan the William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park, which would garner him several awards.
Air Date: July 21, 2017
Restauranteur Sami Lal, is innately aware of this human connection as evidenced by the way he speaks and treats everyone, that comes into his establishment. Sami was born in India north of Punjab, near the famed Golden Temple. He started in the restaurant business in 1973 as a supervisor of a continental cuisine restaurant in West Germany. Eventually, Sami landed in Dallas Texas where he lived and worked for several years. He then moved to Little Rock and founded the Star of India, an unassuming restaurant known for its fragrant spices, above average service and Sami’s unwavering hospitality and love of life and people.
Air Date: July 14, 2017
General Wesley Clark, CEO of Wesley K Clark & Associates. During his 38 years of service in the United States Army, Wesley K. Clark rose to the rank of four-star general as NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander, Europe. Since retiring from the military in 2000, he has become an investment banker, businessman, commentator, author and teacher. In September 2003, he answered the call to stand as a Democratic candidate for President of the United States, where his campaign won the state of Oklahoma and launched him to national prominence before he returned to the private sector in February 2004. Clark has chaired several public and private companies, and is a progressive leader in pursuing energy solutions.
Air Date: July 7, 2017
Michele Fincher, owner of Healing Points Acupuncture clinic. Fincher is dedicated to bringing relief and healthy vitality to individuals, children, and families of all ages throughout the Natural State via traditional Chinese Medicine. Fincher is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist in Arkansas and California, and is a nationally certified Diplomat of Oriental Medicine.
Air Date: June 30, 2017
Managing Partner and Founder of Rebecca A. Rice & Associates. Rebecca Rice has been a financial planner for 28 years. Her breadth of experience helps her clients navigate all aspects of gaining financial freedom and wealth management.
Air Date: June 23, 2017
Giovanni (Gio) Bruno, one of the owners of Bruno’s Little Italy – an award winning Italian restaurant in downtown Little Rock. Vincenzo Gennaro Nicolo (Vince) Bruno, Giovanni (Gio) Bruno and their brother, James Earnest Bruno (who goes by Jay) are the local scions of the late restaurateur Vincenzo “Jimmy” Bruno. All of the brothers worked in the restaurant at some point in their lives, and they’ve come back together so they can re-create it in a way that their father would immediately recognize... just in a new location on Little Rock’s historic Main Street. Read more...
Air Date: June 16, 2017
Richard Deutsch, Owner of Piano Kraft located on South Main in Little Rock, came to the Natural State after selling pianos for many years in Dallas, Texas. He and his family made the move and have been committed to the Little Rock community ever since.
Air Date: June 9, 2017
John Cain, is a man who experienced the south go through Jim Crow to desegregation and has been a familiar radio voice for half a century in central Arkansas. He is also known for his efforts to preserve African-American culture in Arkansas. Cain is program director of community radio station KABF-FM 88.3 and host of KUAR's 52nd Street Jazz for more than three decades.
Air Date: June 2, 2017
Tommy Jameson of Jameson Architects P.A. is a native Arkansan who graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1977, and has lived in Little Rock since that time. After becoming interested in historic architecture during his senior year of college, Tommy purchased his first historic home shortly after graduation. Since that time, he and his wife have rehabilitated three more historic homes.
Air Date: May 26, 2017
Kerry’s guest this week is James “Skip” Rutherford. He is a long-standing figure in Arkansas politics, working as a key advisor on Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign and later serving as president of the Clinton Foundation and as dean of the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. Rutherford also led the effort to plan the William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park, which would garner him several awards.
Air Date: May 19, 2017
This week’s guest is DeAnna Korte, Executive Director of Riverfest, Inc. from 2004 to present. Riverfest has become the largest festival in Arkansas. DeAnna leads all aspects of Riverfest operations, manages a $2.8 million budget and leads a team of 250 volunteers. Amazingly she accomplishes this with only one full-time and two part-time employees assisting her
Air Date: May 12, 2017
On the show this week is, Don Dugan, owner operator of Stratton’s Market & Skye’s Bistro. Don was born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1969, and is a Parkview High School grad class of 1987, who went on to attend both ASU and UALR. Over the next 30 years he has built quite an extensive and expansive culinary industry resume, spanning throughout central Arkansas. As many of us have started with humble beginnings so has Don Dugan. His first restaurant job (Shoney’s on Markham 1984) began his career path with the first steps of learning his now current trade. He began as so many in the field of customer service as a dish washer and server. Read More...
Air Date: May 5, 2017
In 1974, Alan Leveritt and a few friends launched the Arkansas Times, an alternative monthly magazine that provided political and cultural news to the state. Leveritt had gotten his start in the media business during his college days in the early 1970s at Little Rock University, now the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR). He founded and operated an independent student newspaper, Essence. On its editorial page, Essence supported Leveritt’s personal politics, which embraced the ideas of libertarianism and the Young Americans for Freedom party. Read More …
Air Date: April 28, 2017
Ann has been actively involved in historic preservation and restoration since 1994. She is co-owner and a conservator of Bryan & Devan Conservation with her daughter, Laura Curtner. Both Ann and Laura are members of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. As a Clinical Instructor at UCA, her courses include History of Architecture, Interiors and Furnishings and Historic Preservation.
Air Date: April 21, 2017
Jean-Paul Francoeur: Jean-Paul built a thriving personal-training business and he owned the a high-end heath club called JP Fitness for 16 years before he sold it in 2008. He was the “Golf Performance and Functional Training Specialist” at Alotian Golf Club several years and now is a certified ARPwave therapist helping people with injuries and chronic pain get back to living life to the fullest.
Air Date: April 14, 2017
Wade Rathke has worked for and founded a series of organizations dedicated to winning social justice, workers rights, and a democracy where “the people shall rule”. He began his career as an organizer for the NWRO (National Welfare Rights Organization) in Springfield, Massachusetts. After beginning with NWRO, Rathke started an organization in Arkansas that would have a base in the general community, not just welfare recipients.
Air Date: April 7, 2017
Kerry’s guest this week is Father Fred Ball of San Damiano Ecumenical Catholic Church. Father Fred Ball, started San Damiano in early 2006 with his wife (yes, his wife — that’s a big difference between Roman Catholicism and ecumenical Catholicism).
Air Date: March 31, 2017
Joe Calhoun of Calhoun Law Firm has over twenty-five years of legal and business related experience in commercial litigation and client counseling, especially in the intellectual property fields.Read More …
Air Date: March 24, 2017
Kerry’s guest this week is 3rd generation jeweler Laura Stanley. She reinvented herself professionally following last year’s closure of her family’s business, Stanley Jewelers Gemologists. Stanley Jewelers closed its doors after eight decades in business. Laura now works by appointment only. She has a great selection of estate jewelry for clients to choose from, can Read More …
Air Date: March 17, 2017
Tune in to hear Kerry’s guests talk about AETN’s up-coming “Dream Land” documentary! Tune in to hear Kerry talk with her guests from AETN and the Dream Land documentary. Her guests will include: DeWayne Wilbur- AETN Director of Operations, Tanisha Joe- AETN Creative Director, Gabe Mayhan- Director of Photography for Dream Land and Casey Sanders-Read More …
Air Date: March 10, 2017
Lorre Moore-Parrish is the co-owner of Sheridan White Rock, Inc. located near Sheridan, Arkansas. Sheridan White Rock, Inc. is a second-generation family business that Parrish runs with her sister, Tera Harper. The sisters have been co-owners for the past 14 years. Sheridan White Rock, Inc. mines a rare, milky white quartz sold for landscaping, epoxy Read More …
Air Date: March 3, 2017
Due to a scheduling conflict, this week Kerry hosted a look back at previous broadcasts. The show featured three guests from various backgrounds with information to help businesses of all types. Barry Corkern, financial expert was featured along with the owner of Chef Shuttle, Ryan Herget and artist and gallery owner Matt McLeod. Read More …