In 2016, Anna partnered with her father to create a home textile brand that utilizes her families cotton grown in North Alabama to create luxury linens fresh from the farm. Red Land Cotton currently offers bed sheets and bath towels, and will expand into baby bedding and quilts in 2018.
Brian Manning is in his tenth year as a Senior Vice President. As a financial advisor, Brian and his team serve small businesses and nonprofits across middle Tennessee. He advises his clients as they launch new concepts and navigate growth, and he helps them efficiently manage cash flow.
Heather Ainsworth has taken her passion for luxurious home fragrances to over 600 retail partners and over a million dollars in sales. She has worked with celebrities, Frye Boots, and Ritz-Carlton to create their exclusive brand candles with features in Southern Living and Good Morning America.
In 2014, Joel launched his consulting agency bringing together the twin components of marketing: Story + Data. He loves helping startups tell their story better, measure their success through data, and optimize their digital platforms to increase revenue. Recent results include helping double the conversion rates for several e-commerce businesses.
Throughout his career, Kevin has had the opportunity to serve influential individuals such as Dave Ramsey and Oprah Winfrey. He is currently the CEO of Junction 32, a brand and content marketing consultancy, which helps organizations grow their brand, increase revenue, and impact people by telling stories that sell.
As publisher, Laura has heard more times than she can count that “the magazine industry is dying,” or “digital is taking over.” Since 2015, Good Grit has grown to 300,000 readers, 2,500 retailers and circulation in 17 states. Good Grit is a progressive Southern culture magazine with content curated to bust through stereotypical glass ceilings about “southerners” and inspire social responsibility.
A Senior Executive with more than a decade of experience, Madeline Long oversees sales operations, personnel and revenue generation. She also leads Go-to-Market Product Initiatives, Pricing Strategy and has oversight of contractual Affinity Partnerships. Her strengths are evidenced by driving a record breaking 66% revenue growth and achieving 12% revenue growth year-over-year at national, leading payment processors that provide solutions to small and mid-size businesses.
Mary Morgan Gentry has more than 8 years of retail experience and currently works for White’s Mercantile, a growing retail brand based out of Nashville. She works as a store manager, visual merchandiser and is part of the buying team that constantly strives to find the best and most unique products on the market.
Michael Jones has been the general manager for West Elm Nashville for 2 years. He is has the ability to collaborate with local artist and furniture makers and make them apart of the LOCAL collection in the Nashville store. He works closely with corporate partners to ensure they are representing the artist in the best possible way.
Patrick Russo is co-founder of LUCA, a tech-enabled financial operations team that powers a modern accounting back office for growing maker/artisan businesses. By setting entrepreneurs and early stage companies up with the most strategic and efficient accounting function possible, LUCA tries to build long-term value for (and friendships with) its clients.
In 2008, Phillip Nappi sold his first business to a Fortune 200 Company for more than 200 times the original purchase price. He subsequently founded the Peter Nappi Brand, reviving his grandfather’s shoemaking legacy. Designed in Nashville and handmade in Italy, Peter Nappi embodies a distinctive blend of Italian heritage and American soul.
A graduate of the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Rachel is a marketing professional with a passion for social media, digital strategy, and everything Southern. As Good Grit’s Digital Strategist, Rachel builds relationships with Makers across the Southeast to help them tell their stories on The Merc by Good Grit—an exclusive marketplace collection of gritty handmade goods.
Ryan Carter is an entrepreneur with a nationally recognized social media agency called Parachute Media, and is the founder of Camping With Dogs. He’s grown the Camping With Dogs brand from 0 to 500k Instagram fans in just over two years with 600k in revenue.
Stephen Rose is the CEO of The Peach Truck. Marketing and selling Georgia Peaches nationwide, Stephen has used Facebook advertising to grow his business. As a member of Facebook’s Small Business Council, Stephen stays at the front line of Facebook’s continual updates.