Chaparral Energy


Energy to Power the Future


Fleet of foot and highly adaptable, the chaparral bird, commonly called a roadrunner, thrives in harsh desert environments. What better moniker for a company that maintains aggressive, but steady, growth in the often unpredictable oil industry.

“Like our namesake, we too are extremely adaptable,” says Mark Fischer, CEO and co-founder of Chaparral Energy, an independent, Oklahoma City-based oil and natural gas exploration company. “We have multiple growth drivers investing heavily in horizontal drilling in two resource plays and in the decades-old process of …Read More

Express Employment Professionals


America Needs to Focus on Supporting Businesses to Create Jobs


Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan stated it most accurately: “The best social program is a job.”

And Bob Funk, leader of the largest privately held staffing company in the nation, bears witness to that fact on a daily basis.

Seeing a person find a job is one of Funk’s greatest joys in life. He serves as CEO and chairman of the board for Express Employment Professionals, a fully franchised staffing company that has 675 locations in the U.S., Canada and South Africa. Under Funk’s leadership, …Read More

H&H Shooting Sports Complex


Hitting the High Mark:
Teaching Gun Safety and Responsible Ownership While Spreading the Joy of the Sport


Miles Hall may run “the most unique gun business in the U.S.,” but neither he nor his wife, Jayne, had much experience with guns when they opened their first shooting range in 1981. However, practice makes perfect. And, with the addition of  business partner Leroy Ussery, H&H Shooting Sports Complex has grown into the success it is today. The range and retail facility they founded and own in Oklahoma City has revenues exceeding $25 million, with three-year growth exceeding 45 percent, and it employs nearly 120 people. …Read More

St. James Place

Enjoy Your Retirement in Style and 
Comfort at St. James Place
Southern Hospitality, Vibrant Living Epitomize This 52-Acre Community

Retirement at St. James Place is about new beginnings. And new opportunities abound at this Southern oasis, located just outside of downtown Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Situated on 52 acres of rolling farmland, St. James Place is the Gulf South’s largest and most established continuing care retirement community and full-service life care retirement community. …Read More


Customized CRM Solutions Increase Revenues, Improve Efficiencies

Configero — A Trusted Consulting Partner

By helping companies harness the power of Salesforce customer relationship management technology, Atlanta, Ga.-based Configero has solidified its standing among the nation’s leading providers of CRM applications and consulting services. In less than five years, Configero CEO & founder Jody Hamlett leveraged his extensive knowledge of Salesforce’s groundbreaking cloud-based solutions to drive the development of a series of highly customizable …Read More

Nead Werx

Fed Up With the Status Quo?
Customer Software Developer Has the Fix

In 1999, in his dorm room at Georgia Tech, computer engineering major Nikolas Downey was itching to do something big. He understood how to program Internet software better than most, knew a handful of clients willing to pay, and had meticulous standards he was determined to meet. With passion and promise, he founded his own custom software development firm, Nead Werx, Inc.

Word of mouth was the engine that drove Nead Werx in its earliest days, just as it does today. Downey was the firm’s sole proprietor and employee until …Read More

Emerald Data Networks, Inc.

Aligning Your Technology to Achieve Your Business Goals
Local or Cloud-based. Microsoft or Apple. Office or Salesforce.

“It doesn’t matter what technology a company uses,” says Darrell Rodgers, president of Emerald Data Networks, Inc. “I’m vendor agnostic. The important thing is that a company’s technology achieves its business objectives.”

The Atlanta-based IT firm works with businesses of a variety of types and sizes, on both an ongoing and project basis, setting up data networks, implementing communication solutions, installing security and audiovisual systems. …Read More

Lambeth House

Where Aging Well Is a Choice

Just ask Lambeth House, a retirement community located in the heart of New Orleans’ Uptown neighborhood.  As a continuing care retirement community, Lambeth House offers a LifeCare program. For residents, the program is an investment in peace of mind—one that addresses their changing levels of care at a comprehensive level should the need arise.

When Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, Lambeth House witnessed firsthand the importance of holistic care. “New Orleans has experienced a tremendous rebirth since 2005,” says Scott Crabtree, Lambeth House president and CEO. “Lambeth House has been an important part of that renewal through an intentional focus on body, mind and spirit.” …Read More

Bluefin Payment Systems


Security, Mobile Solutions Unmatched 
in the Marketplace

Bluefin Payment Systems has become one of the fastest-growing companies in the United States by focusing on changing as rapidly as technology does.

Bluefin provides secure, integrated payment solutions for independent software vendors (ISVs) and SaaS providers. Since a strategy pivot in 2011, it has been ranked sixth (2012) and 501st (2013) on Inc.’s list of fastest-growing private U.S. companies, showing revenue of about $67 million in 2013—up from six-figure earnings in 2007.

John M. Perry, CEO, says he knew the business model needed to …Read More

Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance, LLC


Building Partnerships That Change Lives

Leadership means more than market strength. It’s also a measure of one’s impact.

In Memphis, the Mid-South and beyond, Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance is considered a leader on both fronts. Headquartered in Memphis since 1954, Lipscomb & Pitts is the largest privately held insurance brokerage in the Mid-South, providing some of the region’s largest companies with cost-effective solutions to manage risk. It’s also the owner of the Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club (, whose partner businesses range from some of the world’s leading employers to local …Read More