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Tupelo’s Jason Shelton named MBJ’s Under 40 Business Person of the Year



Jason Shelton, mayor of Tupelo, was named Mississippi’s Under 40 Business Person of the Year for 2016 Thursday by the Mississippi Business Journal.

Shelton was joined by 10 finalists and 39 other honorees at an event at the Hilton Hotel on County Line Road in Jackson.

For Shelton, a native of Tupelo, he is mayor of his hometown. He was elected in 2013 at the age of 37 – one of the youngest mayors in recent memory, the first Democrat in nearly 30 years and the first mayor elected from “East Tupelo,” the site of Elvis Presley’s birthplace.

Tragedy struck early in his administration – a police officer ambushed and killed in the line of duty and an EF- 3 tornado that damaged more than 800 houses and commercial buildings and destroyed the beautiful tree canopy in the affected areas. We were battered, but not beaten, Jason told residents as he led them through physical and emotional recovery, earning MSNBC host Chuck Todd’s list as one of four “Rising Stars” in Mississippi.

As mayor, Jason oversees nearly 2,000 full- and part-time employees, manages a combined budget of nearly $180 million that provides services to approximately 38,000 residents. Jason is a proud graduate of Tupelo High School; earned a bachelor’s in political science, graduating magna cum laude from Mississippi State University and a law degree from The University of Mississippi School of Law. He is engaged for the former Miss Mississippi Chelsea Rick. Jason enjoys attending Mississippi State and Ole Miss home football games, boating, travel and going to political functions.

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The Top 10 are as follows (alphabetically) …

» Hollie Caldwell — Ingalls Shipbulding

» Doug Davis — Secretary of State office

» Kathryn Fuller — C Spire

» Jill Gordon — Community Bank

» Katie Hoggatt — Haddox Reid Eubank Betts

» Jason McNeel — CraftCroswell

» Matthew Summers — Spectrum Capital

» Steven Warren — Warren Paving

» Ashley Wicks — Butler Snow

» Greg Word — Greater Jackson Alliance

These were also named Top 50 Under 40 by the Mississippi Business Journal.

Amanda Green Alexander

Anna Bell

Blake Bell

Danny Bolanos

Dewitt Bolton

Talamieka Brice

Jared Burns

Ralph Clark

Tanny Crawford

Jennie Bradford Curlee

Gretchen David

Josh Davis

Rodney Deese

Emmanuel Edmond

Aaron Edwards

Kendall Poole Ellis

Jennifer Gregory

Jennifer G. Hall

Ryan Kelly

Craig Kittrell

Davetta Lee

Dr. Michael Lorence

Megan Sumrall Lott

Duvalier Malone

Joel May

Mary Clay Morgan

Katie Pickett

John B. Pope

Robert Ridgway

Clare Rush

Randall Saxton

Benjamin Scott

Melissa Siebert

Bridget Confait Smith

Joseph Songy

Blakely Ward

James Wier

Sarah Beth Wilson

Matt Wyatt

» Read more about all the honorees in next week’s Mississippi Business Journal.


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About Ross Reily

Ross Reily is editor of the Mississippi Business Journal. He is a husband to an amazing wife, dad to 3 crazy kids and 2 dogs. He is also a fan of the Delta State Fighting Okra and the Boston Red Sox.

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