One on One: Michael Mullins and Rush Garner

Dec. One on One

Photos by Beau Gustafson

We are talking finance, wine and how to negotiate the trials and tribulations of starting and running your own business in Birmingham in this month’s One on One. We paired up Michael Mullis of the financial advisory and services firm Kelley & Mullis, and Rush Garner, owner of Rush Wines.

In August of 2002, entrepreneur Rush Garner founded Rush Wines, a small, Birmingham-based distributor of limited-production wines from independently-owned wineries around the world. Rush Wines promotes wine awareness in Alabama by bringing some of the world’s finest wines to this market, as well as by introducing consumers to the people behind the wines. The company is also involved in the production of its own private-label series of wines, which embodies its focus on higher-quality, handcrafted wines made by small-scale, family-owned wineries.

Garner and his Rush Wines are a fixture at events throughout Birmingham. He frequently utilizes his products and connections to help dozens of non-profits at events throughout the city.

Michael Mullis is the managing partner of Kelley & Mullis Wealth Management–one of the largest independently-owned financial services firms in Birmingham, Ala. Mullis holds a Business Administration degree from Samford University and a Masters of Accounting from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. During the past 15 years, he has developed an investment management style that he feels is unlike anyone else’s in the state. Mullis and his firm enjoy building close relationships with each client, allowing them to become not just a client, but also a friend.

Mullis has built a book of business ranging from individual clients to large corporations. He specializes in financial and retirement planning as well as 401(k) management. Mullis currently resides in Birmingham with his wife and two kids, where he is an active member at Briarwood Presbyterian Church.

See the entire One on One conversation below!



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