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Top 40: Dusty Rhoads

Helping create and maintain the strong business relationships required for a company that earns more than a billion dollars a year in revenues is not an easy task for Dusty Rhoads.

Doing so in the ever-competitive construction industry makes the Rankin County native’s job almost daunting but the manager of business development for Yates Construction Co. takes it all in stride.

That’s because Rhoads, a former Belhaven College football captain, employs a relaxed but business-minded approach that works for him.

“I believe in hard work and having the courage that if you believe in something, then you should stand-up for it, no matter the consequences,” he said.

There’s little doubt that Rhoads’ philosophy helped get him elected as an alderman for the City of Flowood at the tender age of 27.

“Being elected at my age showed that my constituents believed and trusted in me,” he said. “It also proved that I could relate to multiple generations while earning their respect.”

In spite of a poor national economy for the past three years, Rhoads has assisted the Jackson division of Yates Construction in securing over $1 billion in construction values for projects at the new federal courthouse, Madison County school district, Toyota Manufacturing in Blue Springs and the federal prison in Yazoo City.

State Treasurer Tate Reeves has known Rhoads for several years and has great admiration for his work as an alderman.

“As a Flowood resident,  I deeply appreciate what Dusty has done in office to stimulate business and attract new business,” Reeves said. “He cares about the residents and always has our best interests at heart.”

Active in service to his community, Rhoads volunteers his time with the Flowood Chamber of Commerce, Rankin First, the Greater Jackson Alliance and the Mississippi Economic Council.

Congressman Gregg Harper, who represents Mississippi’s Third District, calls the 30-year old Rhoads a positive role model for young people.

“Only a few times in my dealing with young adults have I encountered someone like Dusty, who possesses all the intangibles,” Harper said. “He has strong leadership skills and is an encouragement to those around him.”

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