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  • Rep. Byrne to Hold 12 Town Hall Meetings

    From a Congressman Bradley Byrne news release:

    Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) announced today that he will hold twelve town hall meetings during the August District Work Period.

    Known as the “Better Off Now” Town Hall Tour, Congressman Byrne will hold public town halls in each of the counties that make up Alabama’s First Congressional District. Byrne will discuss how the American people are better off now thanks to a booming economy, stronger military, and safer communities.

    Byrne ranks among the top of all Members of Congress for the number of town hall meetings held. Since assuming office in late 2013, Byrne has held over 100 town hall meetings, including meetings over the phone and through Facebook.

    All the town hall meetings are open to the public and free to attend. All the information can be found online below.

  • HudsonAlpha technology director to present at Google Cloud conference

    Excerpt from a HudsonAlpha news release:

    HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology Technology Director Katreena Mullican has been invited to present at the Google Next ‘18 conference in San Francisco, Calif, July 24-26.

    Google Next is an international conference where more than 10,000 developers, technology leaders, and entrepreneurs come together to have a collaborative discussion about the Google Cloud Platform.

    Mullican has more than 20 years of experience in architecting Linux, virtualization and hybrid cloud solutions. As HudsonAlpha’s Cloud Whisperer, Mullican brings her expertise in automation of on-prem composable and public cloud infrastructure for scientific applications and workflows to the Institute.

    “HudsonAlpha is one of the top sequencing centers in the world, so it’s my job to think outside the box to design hybrid platforms appropriate for our sequencing and research workloads,” said Mullican.

    Mullican will participate in a Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) Cloud Talk Tuesday at 1:00 pm in the South Hall to discuss how HudsonAlpha uses the composable HPE Synergy platform for an on-premises Kubernetes cluster that can scale to Google Cloud Platform.

  • Tabitha Isner claims Russia hacked campaign website — ‘Russian meddling in U.S. elections continues to be a real and immediate threat’


    Late Thursday afternoon, Democratic congressional hopeful Tabitha Isner issued a press release claiming “incidents of ‘brute force attacks’ on her campaign’s main webpage.”

    “When investigating the source of these attacks, the website administrator discovered over 1,400 attempts to login to the website as an administrator in the past week,” the release from campaign manager Megan Skipper said. “Of those 1,400 attempts, 1,100 came from Russian I.P. addresses. Russian meddling in U.S. elections continues to be a real and immediate threat.”

WATCH: Real estate investor Brian Trippe discusses overcoming lethargy to reach full potential

In this episode of Executive Lion’s Living Life On Purpose, Andrew Wells and Matt Wilson sit down with Brian Trippe to discuss life, business and overcoming lethargy to reach your full potential.

Brian Trippe is a successful real estate investor, author, family man, servant-hearted leader, and a follower of Christ. Brian has a passion for helping people learn and grow in life and in business through Alareia.



3 Takeaways

1) Brian was at a point where he did not want to work or grow. He had to break through that malaise and now he is seeing the fruits of his labor. We all have to overcome the laziness and push through whether we feel like moving forward or not. Breakthrough is on the other side of that.

2) Sometimes, we have early experiences that we can draw from that will help us in the future. Brian was a coach and now he loves to coach people in business to reach all they are capable of achieving. Try to figure out what experiences you have that you can draw from and teach others from your own trial and error.

3) Purpose is a driver in Brian’s life. When you have purpose, the daily grind becomes less difficult. You know why you are doing something versus simply focusing on what you are doing. Discover your purpose and life becomes fun!

WATCH: Entrepreneur, Autism advocate Brian Schubert talks faith and challenges of raising a child with Autism

In this episode of Executive Lion’s Living Life On Purpose, Matt Wilson and Andrew Wells sit down with Brian Schubert, a successful entrepreneur, and Autism advocate, to discuss overcoming obstacles and persevering in tough times.

Brian is a family man, Chick-fil-A owner-operator, non-profit founder, and follower of Christ. Brian talks about the challenges families with special needs children face as he has battled Autism with his 9 year old daughter Ady. Through his pain, he found purpose and started Ady’s Army, a non-profit that helps families with Autism cope with the condition and get support they desperately need. Brian also talks about the struggles of owning a business and how he has been able to fight through those difficult times to get to where he is now.


3 Takeaways:

1) Never give up. No matter what you are facing, hard work and determination always pays off. Brian had a goal of becoming a Chick-fil-a owner and it was a long shot, however, he showed the company what they needed to see when he had the opportunity.

2) Sometimes your family situation can make life difficult. You can either embrace it, and take on your challenges with God’s help, or you can let the circumstances overcome you. Brian and his family chose to help others through their own struggles with Autism and they created a great support system for that community in Birmingham.

3) The first business you start might not always be successful. The economy, timing, business associates, whatever, may change your outcome. Failure is not final unless you quit. Learn from your mistakes and use those to grow and become better in the future. If you learn from the situation, this will be bought experience.

WATCH: Birmingham CEO Mike Herron talks Non-Fiction Coffee and loving God, people through great coffee

In this episode of Executive Lion’s Living Life On Purpose, Matt Wilson and Andrew Wells sit down with Mike Herron, CEO of Non-Fiction Coffee.

Mike is the Owner of Non-Fiction Coffee, a company that is focused on loving God and loving people while brewing great java at the same time.

The company is designed to support farmers live better lives as they get paid more to sell their coffee beans, therefore bettering their way of life in Honduras. Mike is a serial entrepreneur who loves God and he has had much business success throughout his career in the medical and pharmaceutical industry.

Mike shares his faith, struggles he has faced, and how he has overcome these things and grown in his walk with the Lord.



3 Takeaways:

— All the material success in the world won’t buy you happiness. Only a relationship with Jesus can fill the whole in your heart.

— When we walk in our purpose, life becomes so much more fulfilling.

— No matter how long it takes us to figure out the first two points, God is always waiting and He will patiently until we decide to follow him. He is so good and He will never force us to submit to His ways. He will continue to show Himself to us, we just have to pay attention.

WATCH: Barry Moore discusses an extremely difficult time in his life and how God guided him through it

In this episode of Executive Lion’s Living Life On Purpose, Matt Wilson sits down with Barry Moore to discuss his faith, family, and an extremely difficult time in his life where God guided and protected him.

Barry Moore is a businessman and an Alabama legislator who loves God and serves him in all aspects of his life. He is a husband, father, and follower of Christ. He has been successful in business and loves to serve people and recently he felt called to higher office. He is running for Congress against U.S. Rep. Marth Roby in the Republican primaries Tuesday.



3 Takeaways:

1) It is through our toughest trials that our faith in God can grow stronger than we ever thought possible and if we let Him, the Lord will give us peace that cannot be explained.

2) God is speaking to us constantly and sometimes he would rather have our attention than anything else. Most importantly, he prefers our obedience more than our sacrifice.

3) The Lord can restore anything, no matter how bleak the situation or dire the circumstances. He is greater than anything we ever face.

Yellowhammer Presents: Living Life on Purpose with Will Ainsworth

In this episode of Executive Lion’s Living Life On Purpose, Andrew Wells and Matt Wilson sit down with Will Ainsworth, a businessman and Alabama legislator to discuss how God guides his life.

Ainsworth is a husband, father, successful businessman, and Christian. He talks about how his faith guides him in his decision-making process and how he feels led to run for lieutenant governor.



3 Takeaways:

1) A former minister, Will has let the Lord guide him in his decisions for most of his life and he asks the Lord to help him in his leadership today.

2) Sometimes our plans don’t go anything like we expected and God will call us to do things we don’t understand. However, His ways are always perfect. We just need to trust Him.

3) Tough decisions are hard to make sometimes and a strong moral compass has to be our guide. If you don’t have a basis for how you lead, you will have no clear path or consistent track record.

WATCH: Hancock Construction owner, president shares how faith affects life and business

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Executive Lion’s Living Life On Purpose with Andrew Wells and Matt Wilson sits down with Mark Hancock to discuss how faith has guided him in his life and business and how God lead him into his current role.

Mark is the owner and president of Hancock Construction, a leading residential and commercial construction firm in Birmingham. Mark is a great leader, husband, father, and businessman but most importantly, he is a follower of Christ.



Three Takeaways:

1) Sometimes we want to tell God what to do and go our own way and sometimes He just wants us to sit there and listen.

2) God can use us in ways we never thought possible if we will be obedient to him and follow his call for our lives.

3) God’s timing is always perfect and Mark discusses how he had some supernatural Financial blessings in his life.

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WATCH: Rep. Gary Palmer on growing up ‘dirt poor’ in Alabama and what led him into politics

In this episode of Executive Lion’s Living Life On Purpose, Matt Wilson and Andrew Wells sit down with U.S. Congressman Gary Palmer to discuss how he lives with character and conviction in a place that tends to lack both traits.

Gary Palmer was born and raised “dirt poor” in Alabama without indoor plumbing and says it hit him one day when he was walking through the White House that he had gone “from the outhouse to the White House,” and called his mother from a hallway to share the humorous moment.

“You’re not defined by where you start,” Palmer said he often tells young people who come from difficult backgrounds. “I really believe God has a call on everybody’s life and you never know what it is. It might be in one of your children or grandchildren, but the whole thing is to trust that God is directing your life and to allow him to unlock what is in you.”



Palmer serves with servant leadership as the 6th District Representative for Alabama and is a huge proponent for a strong family and constitutional principles. He also has a heart for raising up young leaders and wants to see future statesmen, not politicians, emerge in our country. He has been shot at for his beliefs and still does not back down in the face of danger to his person or career.

VIDEO: Planet Fundraiser CEO left his comfortable job to be with dying dad — led to him starting his first business

In this episode of Executive Lion’s Living Life On Purpose, Andrew Wells and Matt Wilson sit down with Kasey Birdsong, founder and CEO of Planet Fundraiser; a startup tech company that helps organizations and merchants streamline the endless fundraising process.

Birdsong is a serial entrepreneur, a husband, a father, and a follower of Christ. Planet Fundraiser is his third business although he is still relatively young. He shares his journey of leaving a job to be with his dad while he was dying, which ultimately led to him starting his first business. Birdsong opens up about his successes, his failures, and how he continues to pursue his passion with purpose.

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3 Takeaways:

1) No matter how many businesses you have started or been a part of, there will always be struggles when you are launching something new. Keep going anyway.

2) Times get extremely difficult sometimes when you are a business owner and you have to surround yourself with a strong network that will support you and allow you to be transparent. If you don’t, the effects can be deadly.

3) Sometimes you can see a solution to a problem and bring it to market that will help so many people and make money at the same time. This is a win-win in business. Whatever you are selling should be beneficial for all parties if you truly want to achieve success.

How an Alabama businessman turned his tragic loss into triumph

In this episode of Executive Lion’s Living Life On Purpose, Matt Wilson and Andrew Wells sit down with Mike Bailey to learn more about the devastating loss of his daughter Ashlynn, and how tragedy has turned into triumph for him and his family. You do not want to miss this episode!


Mike is the President of C.N. Bailey & Company, Inc., a commercial construction company that has been very successful throughout the Southeast and other parts of the country. The firm builds Taco Bells, Jack’s, Hardee’s, Taziki’s and Milo’s among other construction projects. He is also the Founder of the Ashlynn Bailey Foundation in memory of his late daughter to assist in Restoration of the reformed addict’s life. Mike is an amazing man of faith, a devout husband, father, and businessman.



— God can take our pain and turn it into our purpose and Mike is the epitome of that as he is now fueled by the tragedy that would have crippled many other people.

— Sometimes God can speak to us in the most unlikely situations to do things we never dreamed we would be doing and we can touch many lives because of it.

— When your faith is rooted in Him, no obstacle or circumstance is too difficult for you to walk through without peace.

VIDEO: Advocate against sex trafficking, porn interviewed on Living Life on Purpose

In this episode of Executive Lion’s Living Life On Purpose, Matt Wilson and Andrew Wells sit down with Melea Stephens, a Christian Counselor at Wellspring Christian Clinic in Vestavia Hills and an advocate against sex trafficking and pornography to discuss the effects these issues have on our society. This gripping episode tackles tough situations that are happening all around us and what we can do to help.


Stephens has been a successful counselor for many years in private practice and through her work with couples, she is working to shed light on root issues that lead to problems in life, marriage, and emotional and physical health. Stephens volunteers to fight against sex trafficking and is active in making people aware of the crimes and hurt that takes place as people view porn.


— Melea has used her faith and experience to go after root causes of the issues she helps people battle on a daily basis. She is trying to eradicate the evil practices that lead to some behaviors that cripple relationships and cause all sorts of issues.

— God can shine light on a situation and you can see it as though you have never seen it before, then he can put the cause on your heart and allow you to make a positive difference.

— Sometimes we have to have tough conversations about uncomfortable topics in order to solve problems. We can’t just sweep certain things under the rug and pretend as though they don’t exist.

Learn more about this critical issue and the National Center on Sexual Exploitation here.

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