Category Archives: Guest blogger

Why we escaped the Mountain Brook bubble

Maury Shevin & Joyce Spielberger
Maury Shevin & Joyce Spielberger

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham.

Today’s guest bloggers are husband and wife Maury Shevin & Joyce Spielberger.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

Having lived much of our lives outside of the City, why move into the City?

We’ve made our livings in the City of Birmingham, but so do many other non-residents.

So, what compelled us to want to make the City our home?

First, and foremost, we were done being in the suburban bubble.  Continue reading Why we escaped the Mountain Brook bubble

My Birmingham battle scar: How I fought for life

Megan Gagliardi
Megan Gagliardi

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham.

Today’s guest blogger is Megan Gagliardi.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

Take one look at me and you’ll see a normal 24 year-old-girl standing before you.

Take another look and you’ll most likely notice a 9-inch scar running down my chest. It’s a constant reminder to me that I should never take anything for granted – not even the little things. It’s my battle scar showing others how hard I have fought for life.
Continue reading My Birmingham battle scar: How I fought for life

What Birmingham can learn from Ruben Studdard

Willie Chriesman
Willie Chriesman

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham.

Today’s guest blogger is Willie Chriesman.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

It’s hard to believe but it’s been 14 years since Ruben Studdard beat Clay Aiken to win Season 2 of American Idol.

Studdard, known as the ‘Velvet Teddy Bear,’ was memorable for his ‘205’ printed t-shirts.

Yes, a charismatic young man who grew up singing in church choirs around Birmingham and played football for Huffman High was singing the praises of Birmingham on national TV…and we loved him for it. Continue reading What Birmingham can learn from Ruben Studdard

Mtn. Brook man thunderstruck by fun and opportunities in Birmingham

Nadav Raviv
Nadav Raviv

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham.

Today’s guest blogger is Nadav Raviv.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

Over the past few years, I have gone through a period of awakening.

I have been on many adventures and taken many different paths, and funny enough, I ended up right back where I began, but only in the physical sense.

My name is Nadav and I am a child of a wonderful family in Mountain Brook.  Continue reading Mtn. Brook man thunderstruck by fun and opportunities in Birmingham

Birmingham about to disrupt babysitting world

Tommy Mayfield, Founder & CEO at Wyndy
Tommy Mayfield, Founder & CEO at Wyndy

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham.

Today’s guest blogger is Tommy Mayfield .  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

Birmingham is known as the Magic City because it sprang into existence, as if by magic, in the years following the Civil War.

In many respects, the story of our city’s unlikely beginning mirrors my own, which began while I was practicing law at Maynard Cooper & Gale.

My wife Ginger and I had a crazy idea. Continue reading Birmingham about to disrupt babysitting world

Was it worth spending $200 million on Birmingham’s airport?

Al Denson, President and CEO of the Birmingham Airport Authority
Al Denson, President and CEO of the Birmingham Airport Authority

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham.

Today’s guest blogger is Al Denson.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

You probably don’t remember how dilapidated our airport was.

The infrastructure was no longer able to accommodate what we needed in order to offer the public and our stakeholders a first class facility.

We desperately needed to beef up security.

And visitors to Birmingham probably thought they were arriving in a third world country.

Continue reading Was it worth spending $200 million on Birmingham’s airport?

Birmingham millennials: I have great news for you!

Cindy Martin, Founder & President of Bham Now
Cindy Martin, Founder & President of Bham Now

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham.

Today’s guest blogger is Cindy Martin.

Editor’s note: WARNING:  This piece is a shameless effort to suck up to Cindy Martin who invited me to speak at her BOLD Speakers’ Series on April 13th.  HINT:  Please click on link for tickets.

There’s a gaping hole in our local media.

Sure, we have the established al.com and The Birmingham News.

Business people depend on the Birmingham Business Journal.

African-Americans lean on The Birmingham Times.

There are weeklies like Weld…and there are suburban newspapers like The Vestavia Voice and The Homewood Star.

But what about millennials? Continue reading Birmingham millennials: I have great news for you!

Is it okay for Chattanooga to beat us too?

Scott Crawford
Scott Crawford

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham.

Today’s guest blogger is Scott Crawford .  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

Chattanooga used to be a sleepy, smelly, backward southern industrial town.

Not anymore.

Chattanooga has made one shrewd decision after another.

Chattanooga built a great Riverwalk, an amazing Aquarium, and it saved its historic train station.  (Chattanooga Choo Choo) Continue reading Is it okay for Chattanooga to beat us too?

Birmingham becoming epicenter for technology, startups, and entrepreneurs

Kathleen Hamrick
Kathleen Hamrick (Photo by Bob Farley)

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham.

Today’s guest blogger is Kathleen Hamrick.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here.

I’m a 29 year old millennial living here in Birmingham with a passion for entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology.

I travel often to the East and West coast and I’ve seen other innovation ecosystems, met investors, and gotten to know successful startup founders from all walks of life, and I can tell you that it’s a real doggone good time to be in Birmingham. Continue reading Birmingham becoming epicenter for technology, startups, and entrepreneurs

Oh! No! They forced me to move downtown!

Taylor Johnson (City dog)
Taylor Johnson (City dog)

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham.

Today’s guest blogger is cute and cuddly Taylor Johnson.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click or place you ‘paw’ here.

I was the new dog on the block when I moved to downtown Birmingham with my humans in the fall of 2010.

I was used to a back yard and had never seen the big city before.  I had no idea how to be a city dog or exactly what there was to do in the city.

I was worried… Continue reading Oh! No! They forced me to move downtown!