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Kerry McCoy

Kerry McCoy's story demonstrates how hard work, intelligence, intuition and a little luck can pay off big in America. McCoy began her business in the midst of the recession in 1974-1975. As a recent fashion merchandising school graduate, McCoy was unable to find work so she simply decided to start a business with her $400 savings and self designed business cards. What began as door-to-door distribution in 1975, quickly changed because of rising gas prices, to a telemarketing sales strategy. Then, after becoming a new mother, McCoy reinvented her company again to a mail order and catalog business. In 1995, when she first learned of the Internet, a “dot com” business emerged. She is now known worldwide as simply with roughly 30% of her current sales coming from e-commerce. During the past four decades, under Kerry’s direction, grew from a sole proprietor to a multi-million dollar distributor, retailer, manufacturer, and internet retailer with a multimedia presence.


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Special Patriot Day Show | Best of Rev Dr Stuart Hoke and Sophia Said
Up in Your Business with Kerry McCoy
Episode #157 | Aired 9/11/2019 Join us this week for a special Patriot Day episode, where we revisit conversations with two guests who were deeply affected by the events of 9/11; the Reverend Doctor Stuart Hoke who recounts his experience at Trinity Wall Street on the day the towers came down, and Sophia Said, who's life as a Muslim was changed forever.
Reprise | Joe Fox, Owner of Community Bakery
Up in Your Business with Kerry McCoy
Community Bakery owner, Joe Fox, is a well-educated man. He attended UA Little Rock for his undergraduate degree in Engineering Technology, then studied Economics at Stanford University and earned an MBA from Harvard. His time in Boston coupled with his love of business led to his weekly habit of reading the Sunday New York Times. When he returned to Little Rock from Boston, he found there were no bagel and coffee shops that carried the Sunday edition of the Times. This inspired him to become a distributor and ultimately led to him buying Community Bakery. The original Community bakery was started by Ralph Hinson in 1947 in Rose City North Little Rock. It changed hands in the late 1970s and was sold to Mr. Fox in 1986. In 1993, Fox relocated the bakery to its current location at 12th and Main. He employs 65 people. Recently Fox partnered with John Brandenberger, whom Fox is grooming to take over the business. In October, 2018, it was announced that Community Bakery would transition over to solar power. They have another location on Shackleford in West Little Rock.
Hank Kelley, CEO of Flake & Kelley Commercial Realestate
Up in Your Business with Kerry McCoy
Episode #155 | Aired 8/28/2019 Hank Kelley grew up in Heber Springs, AR. He received his Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville where he graduated with honors. In the late 1970s he went to work in the northwest Arkansas real estate market and during that time met and married former Little Rock Mayor Jim Dailey’s sister, Stephanie Dailey. In 1980 they moved to central Arkansas and Kelley got his MBA in Finance and a Commercial Real Estate Brokerage License. He has instructed Real Estate courses at University of Arkansas at Little Rock and created the Endowed Scholarship to enable students to attend the U of A. Kelley is the CEO of Flake and Kelley Commercial Real Estate firm and over the past 35 years has represented clients that include AT&T, Panera Bread, McDonald’s, Starbucks, Acxiom, City of Little Rock Parks & Recreation and the Pulaski County School District.
Sophia Said, Program Director of ITSSM Interfaith Center in Little Rock
Up in Your Business with Kerry McCoy
Episode 0154 | Aired 8/21/2019 Sophia Said was born and educated in Pakistan. At 20, she married Qayyim Said. The marriage was arranged by her parents. The first time she ever saw her groom was the night before their wedding. They moved to Utah in 1996 and she received her second Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Utah in 2007. Said, who had the highest GPA among economics majors, spoke at the University of Utah commencement. Later that year, the couple moved to Little Rock so Qayyim Said could teach health economics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. After coming to Little Rock, Sophia attended and graduated from the Clinton School of Public Service and became an American citizen in 2012. In 2015, she was named Peacemaker of the Year by the Arkansas Coalition for Peace and Justice, and earlier this year, Said was presented with Just Communities of Arkansas’ Humanitarian Award. Currently she is the Program Director at the Interfaith Center located at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church.
Jason Beck, M.D. of Arkansas Specialty Radiology, PLLC & Tricore Capital, LLC
Up in Your Business with Kerry McCoy
Episode 153 | Aired 8 - 14 - 19 Arkansas Native Jason Beck MD graduated UAMS in 1999. He did his residency in Diagnostic Radiology at the University of South Alabama in Mobile where he was Chief Resident during his final year. In 2004, he returned to Little Rock and in 2006 opened Arkansas Specialty Radiology, PLLC. In 2010, Beck and his sister started Onsite Imaging Solutions. Their business started with the purchase of a small mobile radiology company in south Arkansas, and along with expanding services, they created proprietary software that allows for the management of a mobile business. By 2015, Onsite Imaging Solutions had 65 employees across the state providing onsite radiological services to 85 percent of the long-term care market in Arkansas. He once again partnered with his sister, Monica, in 2015 to found Tricore Capital, LLC. They leveraged their prior success in the business world to help other businesses grow and succeed. Since Tricore’s inception, they have invested in and consulted with a number of start-up and growth state companies. They are third generation entrepreneurs. With all his success in the business world, Beck present focus is on Lifestyle Medicine and using a whole food plant based diet to prevent and heal chronic diseases. He has recently become board certified by the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.
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Little Rock, AR, USA
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5 days, 16 hours