The Mississippi Main Street Association has formally welcomed new officers and members to the state board of directors. The following are new officers of the MMSA board for 2012-2014: president Barry Plunkett of B. Plunkett & Associates Inc. in Jackson; president-elect Joey Hudnall of Neel-Schaffer in Jackson; treasurer Mark Loughman of Mississippi Power in Gulfport; and, chairman Randy Burchfield of BancorpSouth in Tupelo.
The following were elected as new members of the board: Allison Beasley, planning director of the Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District in Hattiesburg; Robert E. Smith Sr., mayor of Columbus; Sheila Varnado, executive director of R3SM Inc. in Hattiesburg; Wyatt Waters, artist and gallery owner in Clinton; and, Beth Williams, general manager of The Alluvian Hotel and Spa in Greenwood.
Brent Christensen, executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority, became an ex-officio member of the board.
The other members of the current MMSA board include: Steve Kelly, Entergy in Jackson; Hibbett Neel, Neel-Schaffer in Jackson; Bill Scruggs, St. Dominic Health Services Inc. in Jackson; Suzanne Smith, Renasant Bank in Tupelo; Lise Foy, Canton Chamber Main Street Association (managers’ representative); Mickey Howley, Water Valley Main Street Association (managers’ representative); H.T. Holmes, Mississippi Department of Archives and History (permanent member); Leland Speed, EastGroup/Parkway Properties (permanent member); Jim West, MSU College of Architecture, Art and Design (permanent member); Ken P’Pool, Mississippi Department of Archives and History (designated representative); John Poros, The MSU Carl Small Town Center (designated representative); Joy Foy, Mississippi Development Authority (designated representative); and, Alex Thomas, Mississippi Development Authority (ex officio).