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Success Failed with Phillip Long

Building a business aint’ easy! Join Phillip Long, a 20+ year entrepreneur and the Gulf Coast’s favorite security expert, as he interviews guests on must-know tips for executives and founders going through the trials and tribulations of growing a business. This business podcast will provide you with a wealth of knowledge to help you succeed in building an organization that thrives whether you’re an established company or are starting from the ground up.

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Season 2 | Episode 6

Mobile-Based CPA Talks Growing Up in a Family Business and How He Branched Out to Build His Own Legacy

Entrepreneur Phillip Long hosts Richard Lindsey from Lindsey and Waldo, LLC, a University of South Alabama marketing grad turned CPA. Lindsey discusses the trials and tribulations of growing up in a family business and why he made the switch to accounting. Both give insight into growing a stable business and leaving a legacy. Listen now for business advice on creating a strong and solid organization for years to come!

Plus, Phillip discusses the Colonial Pipeline hack but this time from the perspective of the people breached. He also explains the difference between a hard worker and someone who works hard.

Special Guest: Richard Lindsey, Lindsey and Waldo, LLC

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Former Member of a Military Special Operations Unit Gives Insight on Cyber Threats and How Business Owners Are Being Targeted – Season 2 | Episode 5

Host Phillip Long discusses cybersecurity with Rudy Messex, a fellow Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) from SonicWall who has Department of Defense (DoD) security clearance and was recruited to a Military Special Operations Unit. They go over ways business owners are being targeted in the Gulf Coast and what you can do to stop them. Listen now for cybersecurity best practices that could save your business!

Plus, Phillip talks about a solution to breaches, his newly launched managed cybersecurity firm Cyber Fortress. He also goes over how he manages his time using Stephen Covey’s four quadrants of time management

Special Guest: Rudy Messex, Security Solutions Consultant at SonicWall Inc.

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Leadership Advice from an Alabama Entrepreneur with Two Successful Businesses – Season 2 | Episode 4

Host Phillip Long exchanges leadership tips with Cord Sachs, President of FireSeeds and Wildsparq. As a business owner of two successful organizations, Sachs gives insight on his motivation to overcome challenges along with how he developed such a powerful platform for entrepreneurs. Listen now for advice on running a business!

Plus, Phillip digs into what went wrong with the Colonial Pipeline hack as well as the compound effect and how your business can prosper from it. 

Special Guest: Cord Sachs, President of FireSeeds and Wildsparq 

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How a Local Gulf Shores Business Owner Went From Teaching School to Running an Insurance Firm – Season 2 | Episode 3

Entrepreneur Phillip Long interviews local insurance owner, Reggie Pulliam, about running an insurance firm in Gulf Shores and how he went from teaching school to running his own company. Pulliam discusses his firm’s unique approach to business and how Hurricane Sally has impacted the industry. Listen now for advice on starting a business and finding the right career for you in life!

Plus, Phillip breaks down the recent oil pipeline hack as well as the threat pattern he’s seeing right now.

Guests: Jim St. Clair, Chief Trust Officer for the Lumedic Exchange

Local Business Owner & Podcast Celebrity Shares Unique Approach to Engaging New Clients – Season 2 | Episode 2

Phillip Long, CEO of Business Information Solutions, interviews Jim St. Clair, Chief Trust Officer for Lumedic Exchange, the first internationally available patient-centric data exchange platform.  

They discuss how Lumedic’s cutting-edge technology is providing digital trust in the patient healthcare setting during the episode. Data protection is a priority as medical records go virtual, and Lumedic’s technology gives a new take on protecting personal identification. 

Guests: Jim St. Clair, Chief Trust Officer for the Lumedic Exchange

Local Business Owner & Podcast Celebrity Shares Unique Approach to Engaging New Clients – Season 2 | Episode 1

Phillip Long, CEO of Business Information Solutions, interviews local business owner and podcast celebrity, Josh Null, from Fairhope, AL on his unique approach to generating new clients. 

Long also discusses the cybersecurity report from Crowdstrike and what it means for your organization.  He ends the podcast discussing peer groups and why it’s important business owners have moral support as well as access to expertise in their community. 

Guests: Josh Null, Owner of Gulf Coast Financial Advisors and Podcast Host of Every Dollar Counts 

How Building Your Personal Value Can Lead to Effective Leadership | Episode 10

In this month’s segment, entrepreneur Phillip Long interviews Ikram Massabini, owner and CEO of MVP Network Consulting. They discuss where Massabini got his start in entrepreneurship, how his business has grown, the core values of his business, and the books that have inspired his success. They also express how doing the same thing expecting different results leads to a plateau and the 5 dysfunctions of a team.

Phillip also discusses the importance of effective modeling in the workplace, family, and relationships. He explains that business models do not reach their full potential when sticking to a single strategy without researching all other avenues they could take to generate results. He stresses the importance of reaching out to see how your peers are excelling. Apply what’s working for successful people. Don’t just stay stagnant. It is through our failures that we find our greatest successes.


Ikram Massabini, Owner and CEO of MVP Network Consulting

Threat Protection: What It Is, How It’s Evolving, And Why It Matters | Episode 9

In this month’s segment, entrepreneur Phillip Long discusses the everchanging threats in the cyberworld with Netsurion’s vice president of channel sales and alliances, Guy Cunningham. Cybersecurity threats are changing at a rapid pace. In fact, it’s estimated that 350,000 new pieces of Malware and unwanted applications are generated every day. Guy explains how Netsurion provides secure and agile networks principally focused on distributed enterprise customers (big companies with multiple smaller locations) and their managed threat protection platform, EventTracker, which is security based on the Predict, Prevent, Detect, and Respond Model.

Long also discusses the consequences of the absence of trust and the fear of conflict within teams, both in the corporate world and in everyday life. He explains the connection between building trust, allowing vulnerability, having courage, and engaging in healthy conflict in order to reach a common goal.


Guy Cunningham, Netsurion

How to Manage a Fast-Growing Business with Remote Employees | Episode 8

Gulf Coast native and entrepreneur, Phillip Long, explains how to manage a fast-growing business with Ryan Shirley, President and CEO of Vona Case Management. Shirley discusses how he expanded his company’s success in only 5 years, landing them on the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in America list. He also goes over the skills necessary to successfully run a business with employees that work remotely across the country.

Long also discusses how to protect yourself and your company from a data breach and how to handle reporting a cyber breach. Phillip speaks on how to take the challenges you face and use them to motivate and empower you.


Ryan Shirley, Vona Case Management

How to Help Your Local Community by Preparing Kids for Success | Episode 7

Phillip Long, CEO of Business Information Solutions, interviews Mrs. Barbara Brown from Light of the City in Bay Minette, Alabama on how we can help our local community and some of the great things we can do to prepare kids for success.

Long also discusses the latest cyber threat called the Joker where it infects your phone from downloading apps. He’ll also cover how to determine if your phone has already been infected. He’ll end the podcast by defining what success looks like as well as understanding the challenge is going to be the way and how opportunities come from those obstacles.

How to Hire or Get Hired and Keep the Economy Going After the Pandemic with Expert Advice from the Alabama Career Center | Episode 6

Gulf Coast native and entrepreneur, Phillip Long, talks about how to keep the economy going by hiring or getting hired with local experts Hank Lahti and Kristi Mitchell from the Alabama Career Center. Lahti and Mitchell discuss how to write a good resume, rock an interview and find current job openings. If you’re looking to hire or get hired, this is the segment for you! Long also discusses how to protect yourself from cyberattacks on remote desktop protocol applications as well as interviews a very special caller, his daughter Brooke, on how she’s strategically building out her career.


Kristi Mitchell and Hank Lahti, Alabama Career Center Brooke Long, Troy University

Building Better Relationships with Your Staff for Business Success | Episode 5

Business owner, Phillip Long, interviews two local female entrepreneurs, Karla Hardin and Pamela Denham, on utilizing employee emotional intelligence for business success. Both Hardin and Denham give expert input on behavior skillsets and how the Enneagram can assist in creating a better relationship with your staff.

He also gives his expert advice on working from home securely and vulnerabilities with Zoom as well as his thoughts on the current COVID 19 pandemic and how BIS is prevailing through the crisis.


Karla Hardin, Hardin Life Resources Group Pamela Denham, Pamela Denham Associates

Leadership Tips from a Marine Corps Veteran and Former Stock Car Racing Pro | Episode 4

Entrepreneur Phillip Long interviews Marine Corps veteran and former stock car racing pro, Rickey Stokes, about his failures and successes in leadership throughout his career. Stokes gives insight into providing top-notch service in the service industry. Are you struggling with customer service and leadership? Listen now for advice on concurring leadership issues and providing the best service to your clients!

Plus, Phillip discusses the ransomware trend and the current threat landscape. Later on, he talks about changing your perception on challenges and seeing opportunities come from them.

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The Challenges of Growing a Successful Non-Profit | Episode 3

Entrepreneur Phillip Long interviews local philanthropist, Deann Servos, about the challenges of growing a successful non-profit on the Gulf Coast and how Prodisee Pantry is making a difference in the community today. Have you gone through similar struggles with your organization? Listen now for advice that could help you overcome some of the obstacles you presently face.

Plus, Phillip discusses the recent cyber attack that hit (and impacted) the City of Pensacola. He also talks about setting up proper processes and the importance of team input – something he’s learned from trial and error as a business owner.

Withstanding a Cyber Attack | Episode 2

In this month’s episode, entrepreneur Phillip Long sits down with his business partner, Kevin Welch, to discuss data breaches and how small businesses CAN survive once they’ve been attacked. Throughout the interview, these two experts break down their process for combatting data breaches into 3-parts: prepare, prevent and prevail. Are you prepared for a cyber attack? Would your business be able to endure the aftermath?

Plus, Phillip goes even more in-depth on the Equifax data breach he discussed last month as the significance of the incident continues to grow. He also talks about the importance of having a mantra to focus on each year, such as his theme from 2019, “Delegate, Elevate and Automate”.

Mitigating Risks in Business | Episode 1

In this month’s segment, business entrepreneur Phillip Long interviews Jonathan Krasner from Breach Secure Now!, an end-user education firm. These two cybersecurity gurus discuss mitigating risks within an ever-evolving threat landscape and the implications of data breaches on the individual. Is your personal information being targeted right now by hackers? What should you do to put a stop to it?

Plus, Phillip breaks down the Equifax data breach and its lingering effects seven months later. He also talks about sending kids to college ready to tackle the obstacles heading their way and how he personally dropped off his daughter at university only two short months ago.