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Rosemary Smith wins MBJ's Businesswoman of the Year

2015 MBJ Businesswoman of the Year — Rosemary Smith

2015 MBJ Businesswoman of the Year — Rosemary Smith

Rosemary Smith was named the 2015 Mississippi Business Journal Businesswoman of the Year today in front of a crowd of nearly 500 at the Hilton Hotel on County Line Road in Jackson.

Smith, who grew up as one of eight children in the small town of Raleigh, is the Owner, President and Sole Stockholder of R & R Rentals and Hotshot, Inc., which she started 30 years ago.

R & R Rentals and Hotshot, Inc., provides over 80 percent of all Oil Field Rental Equipment on Drilling Sites for the State of Mississippi, Alabama and parts of Louisiana. They also offer a complete line of Trucking Services for the Oil Field Industry. In 2011 Smith was recognized as one of the “Top Five Women Owned” businesses in the State of Mississippi. Prior to starting R & R Rentals and Hotshot, Inc., Smith served in the Army. In early 2013, Smith’s entrepreneurial spirit led her to open Quarter Century, LLC, a high-end fashion boutique, selling the thriving business later in the year. Active civically in Jones County, Smith donates her time and money to many organizations, including Zac’s House in Laurel. In her spare time, Smith writes poetry and enjoys golf.

The Top 10 are as follows:

Linda Bynum — The City of Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce

Mary S. Graham — Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

Pam Files Gregory — Fisher Brown Bottrell Insurance

Lori Harper — Ingalls Shipbuilding

Donna Harvey — CF Industries
Shelia C. Jackson — Regions Bank

Cheryl J. Lee — Haddox Reid

Cathy L. Northington — Mississippi Economic Council

Amy Tate — Tennessee Valley Authority

Shirley R. Tucker — Greater Jackson Chamber of Commerce

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


Kristie Aylett — The KARD Group

Rachel Beech — WDAM

Julie Polk Breazeale — Polk’s Meat Products, Inc.

Hilary Burroughs — Sanderson Farms, Inc.

Emily Chance — BankPlus

Karen Jones de Kock — Protea Dekor

Shane E. Dubois — Community Bank

Charlotte W. Dupré

Jennie A. Eichelberger — Southern Poverty Law Center

Karen Galyon Flowers — Mississippi College School of Law

Trina N. George — U.S. Department of Agriculture – Rural Development 22

Monica Gilmore-Love — Terracon

Mary Martha Henson — Mississippi Economic Development Council

Beth Kellogg — Creative Partners

Susan Floyd King — Jones Walker, LLP

Lenita Knight — Madison County Economic Development Authority

Kelly Kyzar — Comcast Spotlight

Keri Herrington Ladner — Covenant Health & Rehab of Picayune, LLC

Renee Simon Lee — Reeds Jewelers

Lanet McCrary — Magnolia Federal Credit Union

Stephanie S. McCrary — Southern Bone and Joint Specialist, P.A.

Bethany Boone McNease — M.G. Dyess, Inc.

Tonya Nations — Millsaps College

Dr. Ruth R. Nichols — Alcorn State University

Sally Williams O’Callaghan — University of Mississippi Medical Center

Stephanie Patton — The Leland Progress

Melissa Peters — Community Trust Bank

Elizabeth J. Randall — Randall Commercial Group

Cindy Rich — Neel-Schaffer, Inc.

Pat Robertson — PERS of Mississippi

Debbie Rubisoff — Legislative Budget Office

Kassi Rushing — HORNE LLP

Emily Sanders — Fairview Inn

Kelly Scrivner — Office of First Lady Deborah Bryant

Anne Ligman Turner — Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

Chan Brewer Vessell — First American Home Buyers Protection Corp.

Evelyn Ricks Walker — Office of Health Disparity Elimination / Office of Preventive Health Mississippi State Department of Health

Marlana Walters — The Everyday Gourmet

Rebecca Lee Wiggs — Watkins and Eager



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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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