Success Stories

CEO's Efforts Integral in the Success of his Firm and Community

How does one go from meager beginnings to being CEO of a multi-million dollar firm and named as a Champion for Change by the White House?

The story of John Calhoun, Chief Executive Officer of Integrated Management Services (IMS) located in Jackson, Mississippi, is that of the classic entrepreneur overcoming hardship through intellect and a strong work ethic.  His entrepreneurial drive began early when he, at the age of 12, mowed lawns with his older brothers for their business.

In February 1996, he and Rod Hill founded IMS, a full-service consulting, engineering, emergency response, management and operations firm helping public and private clients improve the environment and infrastructure.  However, he was no overnight success story.  Prior to starting IMS, he and Rod had two businesses that – in their words – “failed miserably”. They learned from the obstacles and stumbling blocks and successfully started IMS Engineers.

Since its inception, the firm has grown... Read More

Those who know Meredith Smith Anderson are probably not surprised at her selection as the U. S. Small Business Administration's Prime Contractor of the Year for Region IV. As Managing Member of Can’t Be Beat Fence & Construction, LLC, Anderson has led the limited liability company to stability and multi-state growth.  Established in 1982, the company provides wood, vinyl, chain link, and cable barrier fencing to residential, commercial, and governmental entities.

Anderson sort of backed into the fencing business. She married Lloyd Anderson who for years managed Pit Grills on the Coast while working in his uncle's residential fencing business on weekends. Meredith started helping him and they picked up jobs while her grandmother helped with the couple's four children, Olen, Davy, Vicky and Dusty.  "That was in the 1970s and those were tough times”, she said.   “We grew the business from residential to commercial fencing when the casinos came to the Gulf Coast.”  The next... Read More