Editor’s note: Yep. It’s me. My wife and I started AntiochTenn.com in November 2014 for some specific reasons. The article, I think, provides the insight to understand. Maybe.
Tell us something personal readers and customers may not know (hobbies, a bit of personal history, etc).
I’m a pretty serious stamp collector and I write quite a lot. I’ve published plenty of fiction, lots of newspaper stories, and tons of articles in magazines. I’ve practiced journalism for a long time and won quite a few awards, especially for column and editorial writing. I’m a U.S. Coast Guard veteran and I’m also a black belt in judo, though seriously out of practice.
What motivates you in your business?
To be honest, there are two things. One is I think journalism is important to a free nation. We’re seeing a lot of contraction in the industry, and maybe this is my little part in helping keep things going.
The second is the idea of doing something of a community service to Antioch by providing news and information other media outlets no longer provide. They tend to cover serious crime and major real estate transactions, but there is a whole lot more to Antioch than that.
Can you name one mentor or person you admire, and why?
There are a lot of people I can name including my wife, my parents, and even my kids. Professionally, there is a guy named Jim Choinsini, who owns a chain of small-town newspapers down in Texas. I worked for him for many years and was always struck by how much he cares for the communities where his papers are located.
Another one I admire is Nellie Bly. She had many accomplishments in journalism, including faking insanity to be admitted to a mental health institution. She wrote a number of reports in the New York World, as well as the book “Ten Days in the Mad House.” She revealed deplorable conditions and her work launched a grand jury investigation into how the mentally ill were treated, resulting in $850,000 increases in investments in mental health and increased oversight. This was in 1887.
What is the greatest challenge to doing business in Antioch?
I think the hardest part for me is convincing local businesses that we can help them grow their business. We have a lot to offer and a lot of ways to expand a company’s reach in Antioch. Just getting that word, that advertising works, out there is most difficult.
What do you think is the key to success in business in Antioch?
I’m still working on that one, but what I’ve seen is a lot of tenacity and grit from those businesses that have been here in Antioch for years. It’s a great place but can be a tough market. Business owners have to be invested for the long haul. We’ve been at it for 19 months now, so hopefully that’s a good start!
What can the readers of AntiochTenn.com do to help you succeed?
Keep reading and tell businesses that you saw them on AntiochTenn.com.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers about you or your business?
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