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MEC elects new board officers

Jack Reed Jr., mayor of Tupelo, has been elected as the 2010-2011 chair of the Mississippi Economic Council – The State Chamber of Commerce. Reed, a Tupelo native, was elected mayor in 2009. He is also president of R.W. Reed Company, the parent company of Reed’s Department Store. His father, Jack Reed Sr., served as MEC chair in 1963-64.

Tommy Dulaney, president and CEO of Structural Steel Services Inc., was elected as the 2011-2012 MEC chair. Jerry Host, president and COO of Trustmark National Bank, has been elected as the 2012-13 MEC chair. Carl Chaney, president and CEO of Hancock Holding Company and Hancock Bank, was elected as treasurer.

Reed received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and earned a law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law. Prior to joining Reed’s, he practiced law at the firm of Mitchell, McNutt & Bush from 1976 to 1980.

Dulaney founded Structural Steel in 1975. He is currently serving on the board of directors for Meridian Community College, Meridian Community College Foundation, The Riley Foundation, Meridian Little Theatre, Hope Village for Children, Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Center, the Mississippi Partnership for Economic Development and the East Mississippi Business Development Corporation.

Host, who was MEC treasurer from 2008-2010, serves as a director on the boards of Trustmark National Bank and Trustmark Corporation. He is also a director on the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, New Orleans Branch Board and board of directors of the Mississippi Bankers Association. Host is past chairman of the Mississippi Museum of Art Board and currently serves on the executive committee. He is the past director for the Mississippi Chapter of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. He volunteers with Stewpot Community Services and Habitat for Humanity.

Chaney is a member of the Mississippi Bankers Association board of directors and serves as treasurer and chairman elect. He is also a member of the American Bankers Association, the Florida and Louisiana Bankers Associations, the American Bar Association and the Mississippi State Bar. Chaney is a member of the boards of directors of the Gulf Coast Renaissance Corporation and the Gulf Coast Business Council. He is active in many community activities, including the Gulf Coast Carnival Association and the American Heart Association.

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