Always a popular event at the EXPO, the luncheon honoring the Top 40 Under 40 recipients is expected to have a full house again this year. The event, which honors some of Mississippi’s best and brightest young leaders, takes place Wednesday at noon at the Trademart. Long-time sponsors are BancorpSouth and Cellular South. The speaker for the event is Dr. Bob Litro, a Jackson-based speaker, trainer, author and consultant. Entertainment will be provided by Raphael Semmes’ Swing de Paris band.
Top 40 Under 40 is the Mississippi Business Journal’s longest-running recognition program. Each year the Top 40 class includes a wide range of professional and business leaders from the fields of healthcare, education, accounting, law, technology, finance and banking, insurance and government.
Tupelo-based BancorpSouth is pleased to support this program again. “As the lead sponsor for the Top 40 Under 40, we at BancorpSouth take this opportunity to help recognize many of the aspiring young business and civic leaders throughout our state,” said Randy Burchfield, senior vice president of communications. “We see our role as business partner, financial counselor and friend to everyone in Mississippi who has aspirations to making this an even better place to live and work.
“Just as we encourage all of our staff members to take a vital part in their communities, sponsoring the Top 40 Under 40 program is BancorpSouth’s visible commitment to a policy we have practiced for more than 13 decades of banking and commercial development.”
A Cellular South spokesman says the Top 40 Under 40 program is a great fit for the telecommunications company. “One of our core values is continuous improvement and equipping our staff with the resources and opportunities to become future leaders in our company and the industry,” said Jim Richmond, director of corporate communications.
He added that identifying and honoring the state’s most dynamic and influential young business leaders also helps create a culture in Mississippi for professional development, excellence and community involvement.
“Those things, coupled with strong character values and leadership abilities, are important attributes in both the public and private sectors, and help make our communities better places to live and work,” Richmond said. “At Cellular South, we’re encouraged every year by this program with renewed optimism about the future of our state and look forward with excitement to this year’s honorees.”
Michael Lindsey, senior vice president of the retail banking division for BancorpSouth, was one of last year’s honorees.
“I am privileged to have been selected. Being named among others in Mississippi who have been acknowledged for accomplishments in their business and personal lives is a great honor,” he says. “As I look back at the Top 40 Under 40 alumni, and as I think of the friendships and connections I have made that have helped me over the years, I am truly humbled. Congratulations to this year’s recipients.”
Another Top 40 Under 40 alumnus with fond memories of the program is Roger Davis, a partner of Woodridge Capital of Jackson. “The Top 40 Under 40 is a well recognized honor. Having been aware of it for many years, I was very glad to have been selected last year,” he said. “I see a number of familiar names on this year’s list and am reminded of the vital role young business leaders will play if our great state is to reach its enormous potential.”
BancorpSouth also supports Habitat for Humanity, United Way, Operation Shoestring, Junior Achievement and the American Heart Association statewide, and is involved with Brandon Day and Madison’s Swing into Summer in the central part of the state.
Contact MBJ contributing writer Lynn Lofton at email@example.com.