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3 join Main Street board

Keith Williams

Keith Williams

Jennifer Gregory

Jennifer Gregory

Ed Gardner

Ed Gardner

Three new members have been elected to the Mississippi Main Street Association Board of Directors.

Ed Gardner, Jr., Director of Business and Economic Development of Entergy in Jackson and Keith A. Williams, Mississippi Regional President of Hancock Bank in Gulfport have both been elected to the state board.

Also, Jennifer Gregory, Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Starkville Development Partnership in Starkville has been elected by fellow MMSA Directors to serve as the 2016-2017 Directors’ Representative on the state board.

Gardner recently joined Entergy Mississippi as the Director of Economic Development. He came to Entergy from PowerSouth Energy Cooperative where he worked for five years as the economic development representative for Northwest Florida. Prior to joining PowerSouth, Gardner worked as Vice President of Economic Development and Workforce at the Birmingham (Ala.) Business Alliance. Gardner also has more than 13 years of local economic development experience with the City of Auburn and Pell City in Alabama.

Williams serves as Mississippi Regional President for Hancock Bank where he is responsible for all lines of business in the state. He joined Hancock Bank in 1987 and has held a number of management positions through the years. He is President of the Gulfport Planning Commission, serves on the Executive Leadership Team of the American Heart Association and the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Gulf Coast Carnival Association, the Revelers Carnival Association and is President of the Bayou Bluff Tennis Club. He is a graduate of Leadership Mississippi, Leadership Gulf Coast and the Gulf Coast Business Council’s Master’s Program.

Gregory is the CEO of the Greater Starkville Development Partnership. She joined the organization in 2009. Gregory joins Lori Tucker, Executive Director of Baldwyn Main Street Chamber who is serving through 2016 as Directors’ Representative on the board. Directors’ Representatives serve two-year terms and represent the 51 Main Street programs in Mississippi on the state board.

The 2016 MMSA Board of Directors are as follows:
Board President Suzanne Smith, Renasant Bank; President-elect Matthew McLaughlin of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz P.C.; Treasurer Joey Hudnall of Neel-Schaffer; Past President Mark Loughman of Mississippi Power; Allison Beasley, Southern Mississippi Planning and Development; Hilary Burroughs, Sanderson Farms, Inc.; Steve Kelly, Board Member Emeritus; Mayor Chip Johnson, City of Hernando; Keith A. Williams, Hancock Bank; Ed Gardner, Entergy; Jennifer Gregory, Greater Starkville Development Partnership; Lori Tucker, Baldwyn Main Street Chamber; Katie Blount, Mississippi Department of Archives and History; Leland Speed, EastGroup/Parkway Properties; Jim West, College of Architecture, Art and Design at Mississippi State University; Glenn McCullough of the Mississippi Development Authority; Ken P’Pool, Mississippi Department of Archives and History; John Poros, The Carl Small Town Center at Mississippi State University; and Joy Foy of the Mississippi Development Authority.

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