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Top 40: Jay Baggett

To most people, banking and church music wouldn’t seem to have a lot in common with each other. However, the good people of Collins and Covington County just might disagree with that assessment.

Meet Jay Baggett, who by day is the assistant vice president for PriorityOne Bank in Collins. But on Sundays and Wednesday evenings, you will find the young banker leading the adult and children’s choirs as minister of music for Willow Grove Baptist Church.

A 2004 graduate of Mississippi College, Baggett majored in mathematics and minored in music.  During his college days, the Collins native sang with The Naturals, the school’s show choir.

Banking, like music, appears to be a natural fit for him.

At PriorityOne, Baggett manages 12 employees and leads the bank’s relationships with the U.S. Small Business Administration’s American Recovery Capital program.

“It’s a government-funded program to assist small businesses with cash flow during this economic recession,” he says. “As a lender, I service customers in the community by funding commercial loans for them.”

Baggett’s boss at PriorityOne, Janice Bryant, calls her employee an “extraordinary leader” and one who gives his best effort at all times.

“Jay is very eager to learn all he can about banking, and is willing to take on new and challenging projects,” she said. “He has never failed to amaze me with his dedication and commitment to family, job and the Covington County community.”

Baggett says his most gratifying personal accomplishment is his marriage and family.

“Life is most often fun and exciting with my wife and children,” he said. “I’m just beginning life with her and my son and daughter. This may be a simple part of life to some, but for me, it is extremely important and means the world.”

Since 2007, the banker/musician has served as team leader for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event and the Mississippi Scholar program. Baggett also has volunteered for the Collins’ Christmas in the Park, Christmas Light Parade and the Okatoma Festival.

For Baggett, there’s no place like the City of Collins and Covington County.

“I have lived my whole life here and I enjoy promoting the town and the county,” Baggett said. “We have so much to offer, and the people are great. I couldn’t ask for more.”

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