• Signature Q&A: Jamie Farris

    Jamie Farris earned a Bachelor degree from Mississippi State University, and a Master’s in Business Administration and Master’s in Public Health from the University of Southern Mississippi. He is married to Misty Farris, and they have two daughters – Abby, 13, and Madelyn, 9. When he is not working, he enjoys hunting, fishing, working out, golf and trying to educate himself on new wine or spirits for the store.


    What is your idea of happiness?
    At the beach with my wife and a drink


  • Signature Q&A: Abigail Allen

    Abigail Allen is a native Southern Californian who graduated from The Music Institute of Technology in 1988. Directly after graduating she was hired by Sam Harris in the musical theater production of "Hardcopy". She then toured with Adam Ant as a back up singer and worked as a singer/songwriter in the music business for the next 15 years writing music for Melrose Pl., Beverly Hills 90210, the Olympics ad campaigns and the X games just to name a few.

  • Signature Q&A: Michael Dixon

    Michael Dixon is a native Floridian who graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University in 1997 with a degree in Psychology.  In 2003 he completed his Masters of Divinity degree at the McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University.  In 2003 he married Sarah  (who is unequivocally out of his league), and they moved to Hattiesburg to begin a young adult ministry at First Baptist Church.  In 2007 Michael founded Ekklesia Hattiesburg which is a non-denominational community committed to serving those in need in Hattiesburg.  Soon thereafter Ekklesia began the

  • Signature Q&A: Dave Brandon

    Frederick David Brandon was born Jan. 17, 1946, at The Pensacola Naval Station. He still has family there. Golf was his favorite sport, beginning at age 11. He had a three handicap in high school. He graduated from Pensacola High School, June 7, 1965. He attended USM, where he was a member of Kappa Alpha Order. He entered the U.S. Navy December 1969, and was discharged September 1971. He is a Master Mason, 32nd Degree Scottish Right Mason and a Shriner. He tried teaching, but it wasn’t for him, so he went to work for Nick Kolinsky (Moby Nick’s) in 1975.

  • Signature Q&A: Shane Lott

    Shane Lott is a 15-year Hattiesburg transplant from Williston, ND, via Hazlehurst. He is a proud 2006 alumni of the University of Southern Miss. He is  formerly the sales manager at Southern Prohibition Brewing, and just took a job with Pratt Industries in Raleigh, NC. He will be selling 100 percent recycled paper packaging and displays to manufacturers. Pratt puts a huge focus on recycling and sustainability efforts, and he’s proud to be joining their team. 

  • Signature Q&A: Brian Jordan

    Brian was born and raised in Arkansas. He moved to Memphis after high school and attended Memphis College of Art as a sculpture major. While living in Memphis Brian worked in a bronze foundry, blacksmith shop, painted murals, and also began his tattoo career (he has been tattooing for 17 years). 
    He moved to the Hattiesburg area 7 years ago and opened Hattiesburg Tattoo with Stone Sherman 2 years ago. 
    Brian is married to Emily Jordan and has 3 children in his life. He trains Jiu-Jitsu at Sumrall Jiu-Jitsu and enjoys traveling to beautiful places. 

  • Signature Q&A: Kelly Dunn

    Kelly Dunn has been Staff Photographer for The University of Southern Mississippi for 15 years. Her work has been published in various news outlets as part of USM promotion and communications, including the New York Times.  She has worked with non-profit organizations locally, regionally, and internationally documenting their work. Kelly’s work has recently been featured in Photographers Without Borders’ blog as part of a documentary workshop in Costa Rica in which she participated in September.

  • Signature Q&A: Jamie Arrington

    Jamie Arrington graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2002. He is a former NCAA, NFL and NHL mascot. He is the co-founder of Hub City Comedy, a group of Mississippi stand-up comedians who promote and perform in their own shows. Notable comedians who have performed with Hub City Comedy are Hannibal Buress, Tig Notaro, Tom Segura, Todd Barry, Doug Stanhope, Rory Scovel, Kyle Kinane, Nate Bargatze, Brooks Wheelan, Sean Patton and Mark Normand. He is also host of To The Top Talk podcast on SuperTalk.fm and Airing It Out with Jamie Arrington podcast.

  • Signature Q&A: Gay Polk-Payton

    Gay Polk-Payton, 47, was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi to the late Ollie and Fannie Miller Polk and she is the mother of one son, Gaybriel “Kobe” Payton. She was admitted to the practice of law in the state of Mississippi in September 1996 after completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration at the University of Southern Mississippi, a Master’s in Business Administration at the University of New Orleans with and a Juris Doctor at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) School of Law.

  • Signature Q&A: Vaeda Mann

    Vaeda Mann is 18 years old and the daughter of Mark Mann and Andrea Marx. She graduated from Oak Grove High School in 2015, and is now working and traveling as a freelance model. During the past two years, she's had the opportunity to work for designers in Chicago, Fort Myers, Miami, Nashville, Houston and New Orleans, and it was a dream come true to be seen in two issues of Seventeen Magazine.

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