Southern Business & Development
Michael Randle has been featured or quoted in more than 900 different media properties around the world and was described by Fred Barnes of Fox News and The Weekly Standard as "an expert on the Southern economy." Joe Hollingsworth, author of the book The Southern Advantage, wrote in the forward of that book that "Mike has to be recognized for his amazing knowledge of the South and his enthusiastic support for the Southern economic success story."
* Randle founded his first business publication, The Birmingham Business Journal, in 1983 at the age of 27.
* Sold the Birmingham Business Journal and started Southern Business & Development in 1992 at age 36. SB&D remains the South's most prominent business and economic development publication more than 20 years later. While publishing SB&D, Randle has visited over 2,000 cities and counties in the American South.
* Launched SB-D.com, SouthernAutoCorridor.com and SmallTownSouth.com in the last 15 years. All sites are currently live on the World Wide Web and thriving. Launched RandleReport.com in November of 2010 and its readers currently average 15.3 pages and 19.6 minutes per session. Plans are to launch MadeintheAmericanSouth.com in 2015, which will be an entirely different concept from previous launches.
* Randle and his publications and four Web sites have been quoted and/or featured on CNN, AP, Time, ABC News, NBC News, Fox News, CNBC, MSNBC, PBS, The Huffington Post, Bloomberg, Yahoo, Al Jazeera, BBC, and in dozens of other electronic media and in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, USA Today, The New York Times and The Boston Globe.
Randle and his wife Stacy live in Mountain Brook, Ala., with their five children.
Obion County Joint Ecnomic Development Council
Lindsay Frilling serves as Economic Development Director for the Obion County Joint Economic Development Council. Lindsay started this position August 2009. Prior to joining the OCJEDC, Lindsay was the Director of Marketing and Special Events for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Tennessee in Union City. Lindsay is also the former Customer Service Supervisor Midwest-CBK.
Lindsay holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Management Information Systems from the University of Tennessee at Martin and a Master of Business Administration from UTM.
Lindsay is an active member of Tennessee Chamber of Commerce Executives, Tennessee Economic Partnership, and Southern Economic Development Council and currently serves on the board of directors for all three organizations. Lindsay is a graduate of TN Chamber Institute and will complete her Institute for Organization Management accreditation from US Chamber Institute in June.
She is a graduate of the 2012 TVA Rural Economic Development Leadership class, 2011 WestStar Leadership class, 2005 Adult Leadership Obion County class. Upon graduation, she was selected to serve on the Adult Leadership Obion County board, where she is a past President. Lindsay served as President of Main Street Union City after joining the board in 2007. Lindsay has been a member of the Union City Jâ€™Cettes since 2001. She has held several offices including President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Lindsay also dedicates time to Discovery Park of America, Chimes for Charity, CornFest, United Way, and the Boys and Girls Club.