Three new members and a new slate of executive officers have been elected to the Mississippi Main Street Association Board of Directors.
Chris Chain, president of Renovations of Mississippi, Inc. in Columbus, Kagan Coughlin, executive director and trustee of Base Camp Coding Academy in Water Valley, and Kevin Stafford, professional engineer with Neel-Schaffer in Columbus have been elected as new members of the statewide board.
The newly-elected executive officers are: President Suzanne Smith, Renasant Bank in Tupelo; President-elect Allison Beasley, Southern Mississippi Planning and Development in Gulfport; Treasurer Ed Gardner, Entergy Mississippi in Jackson; and Past President Mark Loughman, Mississippi Power Company in Gulfport.
Chain has received state and local awards for his work in downtown restoration projects, such as the upper stories of commercial buildings in Columbus he renovated into residential apartments. Chain has developed more than 100 buildings statewide. He is past president of Main Street Columbus as well as a board member for 15 years. In 1996, Chain started his own company — Renovations of Mississippi, Inc. He is a licensed general contractor specializing in historic restoration and new construction with extensive experience in obtaining Historic Tax Credits and working with city officials.
Coughlin worked as an analyst for Fannie Mae in Washington, D.C. until 2006 when he accepted a position with the software company FNC Inc. in Oxford. He has renovated three historic residences in Water Valley, serving on the board of Water Valley Main Street for three years, including vice president and chair of the Economic Vitality committee, renovating six buildings on Main Street in Water Valley, co-founding the B.T.C. Old Fashioned Grocery with his wife Alexe Van Buren. He has received two state Main Street awards for his renovation efforts.
Stafford joined Neel-Schaffer in 1999 and now serves as the firm’s North Mississippi manager in Columbus. Stafford has served as president of the Columbus Air Force Base Community Council and president of the Columbus Main Street Association. He has been an executive board member of the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link, president of the Columbus Planning Commission, vice president of the Columbus Zoning Board of Adjustments and Appeals, and an active member of several other local organizations.
In addition to the executive officers, other members of the board are Matthew McLaughlin of Baker Donelson; Hilary Burroughs, Sanderson Farms, Inc.; Steve Kelly, Board Member Emeritus; Chip Johnson, Mayor of Hernando; Keith A. Williams, Hancock Bank; 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, Mississippi Development Authority; Ken P’Pool, Mississippi Department of Archives and History; Leah Kemp, The Carl Small Town Center at Mississippi State University; and Joy Foy, Mississippi Development Authority.
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