125 Walnut Street • Indianola, Mississippi 38751
228.458.8393 Res • 228.434.1356 Cell • [email protected]
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT / CHAMBER EXECUTIVE
Success-driven visionary with 14 years of experience driving dramatic results in economic development
Practiced in revitalizing strategies and staff to meet a wide variety of challenges including those of an economically diversified, rapidly growing county. Skilled in economic analysis and implementing strategies, processes and technologies that position communities to effectively compete in the global marketplace. Adept at working with multiple political subdivisions and facilitating change in a community to support organizational objectives. Strong background in budgeting and management, cross-departmental project management, information technology utilization, human resources development and public speaking. Additional expertise in:
Industrial Recruitment – Retail & Commercial Development – Program Development – Strategic Planning – Team Building – Business Credit Analysis & Finance – Real Estate Finance – Rural Development – Organization Development – Industrial Park Development
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR | 2003 – PRESENT
FLOWER COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT | TOPTER, MS
Challenged to locate growing companies in a stagnant economy and increase visibility and attractiveness of 34,000 population county located in the Mississippi Delta. Directly responsible for functions involving strategic planning and implementation; program development, implementation and coordination; fund-raising; marketing plan development; implementation and coordination of an existing business and industry visitation program; industrial recruiting activities including prospect acquisition; development and coordination of incentive packages, and developing relationships with internal and external economic development allies.
Overhauled entire program to tighten focus, streamline operations and foster an atmosphere of empowerment and accountability. Outsourced selected operations to local providers and Chamber of Commerce to reduce costs, improve effectiveness and sharpen internal focus on development activities. Leveraged extensive database of site selection consultants to raise awareness of county incentives. Prepared numerous targeted direct mail campaigns.
PRESIDENT | 1994 – 2003
BILL COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT / CHAMBER OF COMMERCE | DURVIS, MS
Recruited by search committee to turnaround failing ED program for 40,000 population county located in the Hattiesburg MSA. Directed functions involving strategic planning and implementation; program development, implementation and coordination; marketing plan development; industrial park acquisition and development; existing business and industry support and industrial recruiting activities including prospect development and development and coordination of incentive packages.
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BILL COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT / CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, CONTINUED
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR | 1992 – 1994
AREA DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP | HATTIESBURG, MS
Managed the economic development and research departments of this countywide program representing the City of Hattiesburg and Forrest County, population 68,000. Raised $1.25M in working funds through community outreach program and built a professional marketing program to significantly increase new business recruitment and expansion.
MANAGER, SOUTHEAST REGIONAL OFFICE | 1991 – 1992
MISSISSIPPI DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY, SOUTHEAST REGIONAL OFFICE | HATTIESBURG, MS
Directly responsible for delivery of all Mississippi Development Authority programs in a 15-county region in Southeast Mississippi. Delivered consulting services to area businesses in the areas of cash flow management, inventory control and other business related activities. Assisted entrepreneurs in the development of business plans including financial pro formas and marketing plans. Directly responsible for delivery of strategic planning assistance to local municipal and county governments including facilitation of strategic planning retreats.
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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR | 1989 – 1991
WAYNE COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT | WAYNESBORO, MS
Directly responsible for the management and program development of the county's first economic development agency.
_____EDUCATION, CERTIFICATIONS & AFFILIATIONS_____
Master of Science, Economic Development
Bachelor of Science, American Studies • Cum Laude
University of Southern Mississippi • Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Professional Education & Certification
Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) • National Development Council • Certified Economic & Community Developer • International Economic Development Council • Brownfields Redevelopment Workshop • International Economic Development Council • Entrepreneurial and Small Business Development Strategies Workshop • International Economic Development Council
International Economic Development Council
Mississippi Economic Development Council
Southern Economic Development Council
Mississippi Delta Developer's Association
Mississippi Manufacturer's Association
Mississippi Economic Council