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Manufacturers group names Hillman, Wright to positions

The Mississippi Manufacturers Association (MMA) named Shannon Hillman as Director of Membership and Educational Services, and Kelly Wright as Director of Government Affairs.

Hillman will have the responsibilities of recruiting new and retaining current members, conducting board elections, coordinating and fundraising for MMA events, tracking union activity in the state, and assisting members as needed.

Prior to joining MMA in 2007 as Membership and Marketing Manager, Hillman worked at the Rankin County Chamber of Commerce in Brandon, and has more than 25 years experience in sales and marketing.

Hillman is also involved with the following organizations: Mississippi District Export Council, Mississippi State Rehabilitation Council, AbilityWorks, Mississippi Construction Education Foundation, Southcentral Mississippi Works, Mississippi Lumber Manufacturers Association, Mississippi Economic Development Council, Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, Mississippi Society of Association Executives, and SEUS Canada.

Hillman is a graduate of Draughon’s Business College, where she received a bachelor’s degree in business administration. She is originally from Pearl and lives in Brandon with her husband, Greg.

Wright has been named Director of Government Affairs. Wright will have the responsibilities of monitoring legislation at federal and state levels, and lobbying at the state capitol during the legislative session. She will also serve as the staff liaison for MMA’s Governmental, Environmental, and Political Action committees, coordinate MMA’s annual environmental conference, and assist with coordinating MMA’s annual PAC golf tournament.

Wright has been with the MMA since 2011 as Associate Director of Government Affairs and Deputy Director of Government Affairs. Prior to MMA, Wright worked for the Mississippi Legislative Budget Office and Van Scoyoc Associates, in Washington, DC.

Wright is a graduate of the University of Mississippi, where she received bachelor’s degrees in history and psychology. Wright is originally from Jackson, where she currently resides.

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