Fuse Project plans to open a new co-working space for local nonprofits in early 2016 thanks to a partnership with the city of Mobile, according to a news release. The space will be on the 4th floor of 200 Government St.

“Our goal is to foster a diverse group of businesses who will increase their net revenue through collaboration, networking and weekly best practice seminars with other local nonprofits,” Adrienne Golden, Fuse Project executive director, said. Businesses must be able to move into the space in early 2016, have five or fewer employees, be “outside-the-box thinkers” and open to suggestions, and “show a willingness to improve our community and share our overall goal of making a big impact in South Alabama,” Golden said.

Estimated rent for each space will be well under market value at $12 per square foot or about $100 per person per month (not including utilities). The space will feature a glass-enclosed conference room with seating for 12 as well as a collection of phone booths, swings, lockers, long tables and a coffee bar.
Fuse Project is a local nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. The organization’s primary goal is to support projects that promote health, fitness, education and social responsibility to further benefit children along Alabama’s Gulf Coast.
The company will host an information session Monday, Sept. 14 at 5:30 p.m. at 205 Government St. in the mayor’s 10th floor conference room to provide additional information on the new space. Contact adrienne@fuseproject.org if interested in attending and/or call 251-377-3484.

Commercial real estate moves
The former Betty Lou’s Lounge in Citronelle sold to a local investor for $80,000. The 5,050-square-foot metal construction building sits on 2.6 acres on Highway 45. David Dexter with NAI-Mobile worked for the seller and Alice Turner of BayLeaf Realty in Citronelle represented the buyer.  

John M. Delchamps, associate broker with Merrill P. Thomas Co. Inc., recently leased a 1,540-square-foot exercise space at 6414 Hillcrest Park Court in Mobile to a local fitness trainer. A one-acre ground lease on a lot for a used car dealer was also set up at 207 Saraland Blvd. (Highway 43) in Saraland. Both were three-year leases, according to Delchamps.

Mobile Infirmary names new president
Infirmary Health recently announced in a news release that Jennifer Eslinger has been tapped as the new president of local hospital Mobile Infirmary. A Georgia native, Eslinger comes to Infirmary Health with more than 19 years of experience as a health care executive.

Her health care career began in physician practice management before joining HealthSouth’s corporate offices in Birmingham, where she worked in business development. For the past 10 years, Eslinger has served in hospital leadership roles for both Tenet Healthcare and Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), most recently as executive vice president and COO for HCA Medical City Dallas and Medical City Children’s Hospitals in Dallas.

Eslinger received her undergraduate degree from Georgia Southern University and an MBA from the University of Georgia. She and her husband, Brent, have relocated to the area.

Chamber Expo sees surge in attendance       
According to Susan-Rak Blanchard, director of communications and marketing at the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, attendance at the 2015 Mobile Expo was up about 25 percent from two years ago.

In 2013, estimated attendance was around 2,000 people and 2,100 in 2014. This year about 2,500 attended what is consistently marketed as the Port City’s largest annual business-to-business trade show and networking event. More than 200 company sponsors (including Lagniappe) filled the Arthur Outlaw Center this year with booths of various sizes displaying a broad selection of the latest products and business solutions for attendees.

Basing 2015 turnout on anecdotal evidence alone, the preponderance of bulging gift bags toted around by visitors from vendor giveaways indicated it was a banner year for the Chamber-sponsored event.

“As the voice of business and as a business advocate, we give our members a chance to showcase their products and services at Business Expo. This year, there was more energy in the room, and everyone was upbeat about Mobile’s business community,” Dawn Rencher, the Mobile Area Chamber’s director of member relations, said.  

Verizon Wireless taps new president over Gulf Coast region
According to a news release, Verizon Wireless, operator of the nation’s largest cell phone network, has named Keith Gladhill president of the Houston and central Gulf Coast regions. He replaces Krista Bourne, who was named president over the Carolinas and Tennessee region for the company.

In this role, Gladhill leads more than 1,500 employees and is responsible for directing sales, marketing, operations and financial performance across an area stretching from Southeastern Texas along the Gulf Coast to the Florida Panhandle. The Houston/Gulf Coast region is headquartered in Houston, Texas, which is part of the company’s South Area.

Gladhill’s experience in the wireless industry spans 21 years with Verizon Wireless and its legacy companies. He has experience in the region as a previous director of retail and indirect sales and also served as acting president of the Houston/Gulf Coast region during 2011-2012. He holds a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications management from Western Michigan University and received his MBA from the University of Houston.

“Keith’s expertise in the Houston/Gulf Coast region, coupled with his long-standing track record of outstanding achievements in the business, ensure a bright future for this region, its teams and its fine leaders,” Roger Tang, south area president, said.

“Working in various roles throughout the company has given me a unique perspective and understanding of how great customer service and increased sales go hand in hand.  I’m so pleased to return to the Houston/Gulf Coast region, become involved in the city and support the company’s initiatives,” Gladhill said.