Rosemary Smith was named the 2015 Mississippi Business Journal Businesswoman of the Year today in front of a crowd of nearly 500 at the Hilton Hotel on County Line Road in Jackson.
Smith, who grew up as one of eight children in the small town of Raleigh, is the Owner, President and Sole Stockholder of R & R Rentals and Hotshot, Inc., which she started 30 years ago.
R & R Rentals and Hotshot, Inc., provides over 80 percent of all Oil Field Rental Equipment on Drilling Sites for the State of Mississippi, Alabama and parts of Louisiana. They also offer a complete line of Trucking Services for the Oil Field Industry. In 2011 Smith was recognized as one of the “Top Five Women Owned” businesses in the State of Mississippi. Prior to starting R & R Rentals and Hotshot, Inc., Smith served in the Army. In early 2013, Smith’s entrepreneurial spirit led her to open Quarter Century, LLC, a high-end fashion boutique, selling the thriving business later in the year. Active civically in Jones County, Smith donates her time and money to many organizations, including Zac’s House in Laurel. In her spare time, Smith writes poetry and enjoys golf.
The Top 10 are as follows:
Linda Bynum — The City of Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce
Mary S. Graham — Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
Lori Harper — Ingalls Shipbuilding
Cheryl J. Lee — Haddox Reid
Amy Tate — Tennessee Valley Authority
Shirley R. Tucker — Greater Jackson Chamber of Commerce
These were also named Top 50 Businesswomen by the Mississippi Business Journal.
Kristie Aylett — The KARD Group
Rachel Beech — WDAM
Julie Polk Breazeale — Polk’s Meat Products, Inc.
Hilary Burroughs — Sanderson Farms, Inc.
Emily Chance — BankPlus
Karen Jones de Kock — Protea Dekor
Shane E. Dubois — Community Bank
Charlotte W. Dupré
Jennie A. Eichelberger — Southern Poverty Law Center
Karen Galyon Flowers — Mississippi College School of Law
Trina N. George — U.S. Department of Agriculture – Rural Development 22
Monica Gilmore-Love — Terracon
Mary Martha Henson — Mississippi Economic Development Council
Beth Kellogg — Creative Partners
Susan Floyd King — Jones Walker, LLP
Lenita Knight — Madison County Economic Development Authority
Kelly Kyzar — Comcast Spotlight
Keri Herrington Ladner — Covenant Health & Rehab of Picayune, LLC
Renee Simon Lee — Reeds Jewelers
Lanet McCrary — Magnolia Federal Credit Union
Stephanie S. McCrary — Southern Bone and Joint Specialist, P.A.
Bethany Boone McNease — M.G. Dyess, Inc.
Tonya Nations — Millsaps College
Dr. Ruth R. Nichols — Alcorn State University
Sally Williams O’Callaghan — University of Mississippi Medical Center
Stephanie Patton — The Leland Progress
Melissa Peters — Community Trust Bank
Elizabeth J. Randall — Randall Commercial Group
Cindy Rich — Neel-Schaffer, Inc.
Pat Robertson — PERS of Mississippi
Debbie Rubisoff — Legislative Budget Office
Kassi Rushing — HORNE LLP
Emily Sanders — Fairview Inn
Kelly Scrivner — Office of First Lady Deborah Bryant
Anne Ligman Turner — Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
Chan Brewer Vessell — First American Home Buyers Protection Corp.
Evelyn Ricks Walker — Office of Health Disparity Elimination / Office of Preventive Health Mississippi State Department of Health
Marlana Walters — The Everyday Gourmet
Rebecca Lee Wiggs — Watkins and Eager