ACS CAN, the nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, supports evidence-based policy and legislative solutions designed to eliminate cancer as a major health problem. ACS CAN works to encourage elected officials and candidates to make cancer a top national priority. ACS CAN gives ordinary people extraordinary power to fight cancer with the training and tools they need to make their voices heard. For more information, visit www.acscan.org.
The American Council of Engineering Companies of Mississippi (ACEC-MS) is the business association of the engineering community. Over 90 member firms (with over 1400 employees) design the environmental, transportation, educational and recreational infrastructure that allows the residents of Mississippi to drink clean water, take advantage of new technologies and travel safely. Founded in 1969, ACEC-MS is affiliated with the American Council of Engineering Companies in Washington, DC.
Katherine Bryant, Senior Director, Government Relations and Advocacy
Founded in 1924, the American Heart Association is the nation's oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke. To help prevent, treat and defeat these diseases-America's No. 1 and No. 3 killers-we fund cutting-edge research, conduct lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocate to protect public health. Our mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. That single purpose drives all we do. The need for our work is beyond question.
Associated Builders & Contractors was founded on a strong belief in the Free Enterprise System and the Merit Shop Philosophy. We are the largest construction trade association in Mississippi and one of the largest chapters of ABC in the nation. We represent approximately 600 member companies and their some 55,000 employees.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company and one of the most honored companies in the world. Its subsidiaries and affiliates - AT&T operating companies - are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services and Warner Media. A leader in mobile broadband and emerging 5G capabilities, It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verseÂ® and AT&T DIRECTV brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world.
A native of Kosciusko, Serena earned a BA, in English from Delta State in 1997, & in 2001 a Master of Liberal Studies at Millsaps. A Herrin Hess Scholar at MCSOL, she earned a J.D. in 2004 & joined ButlerSnow.
In 2008 Serena joined Gov. Barbour as policy advisor & legislative liaison for technology, communications, energy, gaming, bonds, tax & economic development. In 2010, she joined MCSOL as an adjunct professor, & established AvantGarde Strategies LLC, a government relations consulting firm.
Serena is Leadership Attala graduate, a life member of Junior Auxiliary, Secretary of the DSU National Alumni Assoc., a class of 2010, MS Business Journal's 50 Leading Business Women, the 2011 Kent Wyatt Outstanding Young Alumnus, & in 2012 was selected for the MS Bar Leadership Forum.
Brent Alexander is Senior Public Policy Advisor at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell and Berkowitz, P.C.,one of the nation's top 100 largest law firms. Baker Donelson's State Public Policy and Government Law professionals provide a wide array of services to governmental entities and those seeking to work with governmental entities or governmental programs. Our team is extremely effective in achieving state and federal legislative solutions for our clients, including drafting, monitoring, testifying and lobbying for and against specific appropriations and legislation, in addition to message development, media strategy, advocacy campaign management and strategic business consulting. While our experience covers all areas of public policy and government law, we have extensive experience in Health Care, Gaming, Transportation, Banking and Corporate Finance, Environmental, Economic Development, Airports, Housing, Insurance, Procurements and Contracts, Government Investigations, Public Infrastructure and Public Finance.
John Milner has been a member of the Brunini, Grantham, Grower & Hewes law firm since 1978. John has been a registered lobbyist in Mississippi for over 25 years, representing private business and industrial clients regarding bills being considered by the Mississippi Legislature, as well as regulatory issues being considered by Mississippi administrative agencies. Simultaneously with his government relations practice, he is an environmental law specialist, having been recognized by Woodward/White as one of the Best Lawyers in America in the fields of Environmental Law and Litigation-Environmental in Mississippi. He is a Past Chair of the American Bar Association's Section of Environment, Energy and Resources. He has received the highest ranking by Chambers & Partners and is counsel for the Mississippi Manufacturers Association, the Mississippi Poultry Association and the Mississippi Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores Association. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Mississippi Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.
Matt Hartley, Lobbyist Spencer E. 'Buddy' Medlin, President
Spencer E. "Buddy" Medlin is a Mississippi native and graduate of Northwest Mississippi Junior College. He is an Air Force veteran with experience in consumer finance and the restaurant business. Buddy started lobbying over 50 years ago while in the consumer finance business. He liked it so much that he started Buddy Medlin & Associates and never looked back.
Matt Hartley received a Political Science degree from the University of Mississippi. He has been lobbying with Buddy Medlin & Associates since 2005.
Sidney P. Allen, Jr., Senior Government Relations Advisor Caroline W. Sims, Senior Government Relations Advisor Kathryn B. Stewart, Senior Government Relations Advisor
Butler Snow Government Relations Group operates directly in the legislative arena coordinating and directing lobbying efforts for our clients. The firm's legislative work consists of monitoring for statutory changes on behalf of business clients, drafting and reviewing legislation of interest to clients, preparing arguments on draft legislation, intelligence gathering and providing strategic and political guidance for lobbying efforts. This legislative work requires an intimate understanding of the legislative process, the rules under which both houses operate and the individuals who control the flow of legislation. Often a legislative issue requires such frenetic work inside the Capitol that the project requires a manager for the entire effort, whose scope is broader than the fight of the day and whose perspective is more dispassionate than the emotional setting of the legislative process often allows. This skill is the value that Butler Snow offers to clients in the legislative arena.
Capitol Ag Services, Inc. was founded in 2003 by its President, Harry Dendy. Dendy is a 33-year veteran of the Farm Credit System having served in the mortgage lending profession for 22 years and as Director of Public and Legislative Affairs for the Farm Credit Bank of Texas for 11 years.
Capitol Ag Services, Inc. specializes in issues that face Veterinarians, Health Care Providers and agriculture organizations in Mississippi.
Dendy gives council and advice to key legislators when considering legislation that affects the members and the organizations that represent these industries.
His background and his knowledge of the legislative process qualify him
to represent his clients in a professional and credible manner.
Henry Barbour Blake Bell Reed Branson Clare Hester Evelyn Johnson John Lundy Lee Ann Mayo Erin Nail
Capitol Resources LLC, the South's leading government relations firm with 25 team members, offers an unparalleled breadth of services to our diverse array of clients. We provide a full scope of government relations services, including strategic planning, procurement, contracting, crisis management, grassroots advocacy, public affairs and direct lobbying. Headquartered in Jackson, Miss., Capitol Resources knows what it takes to win. Our team members are seasoned by decades of lobbying experience in Mississippi and enriched by diverse backgrounds. Our clients include businesses, trade associations, and non-profits. We focus on lobbying state executive and legislative branches, local government, as well as the United States Congress and the Administration. We maintain offices in Mississippi, as well as in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia and Washington, DC. Learn more about our team at www.capitolresourcesllc.com.
Catchings Strategic Consultant Group, LLC is thoroughly familiar with and experienced in the legislative process. Our lobbyists' relationships with legislative members and staff, as well as agency executives and their staff, have been built during the last decade. The Catchings Group provides experience as a public policy advisor, analyst, strategist, and consultant to businesses. We have built relationships with decision makers across all levels of government.
Austin Barbour, Partner Arnie Hederman, Partner Michael Goode
Clearwater Group, LLC is a full-service consulting firm specializing in federal, state, and local government relations, fundraising, political consulting, business development and grassroots advocacy. Current clients represent a wide range of the business community; from environmental and energy to audit and healthcare companies. The firm's partners are proven in navigating complex issues before the legislative and executive branches, and cite decades of success directing political campaigns. The Clearwater Group team develops an aggressive and strategic approach for each client, designed to best accomplish their specific goals.
Copeland, Cook, Taylor & Bush, P.A. was formed in 1985 and has grown to over eighty attorneys. A progressive, full-service law firm, CCTB possesses the superior knowledge, experience, and resources needed to deliver exceptional service to its clients. Whether the client is an individual, a small business, or a large corporation, CCTB attorneys offer legal services with emphasis on quality, professionalism, client service, and efficiency. CCTB attorneys distinguish themselves by their willingness to try lawsuits and their record of success. With offices located in Ridgeland, Biloxi, and Hattiesburg, the firm is capable of handling all of your state and federal needs.
Elliott Flaggs, Vice President Joe Sims, Senior Vice President Camille Scales Young, Principal & Director
Cornerstone Government Affairs, LLC is a full-service, bipartisan public affairs consulting firm specializing in government relations. Our team provides professional and hands-on government affairs representation, public affairs and community relations, strategic consulting and advocacy for a myriad of clients. Utilizing a broad array of policy expertise and experience in Mississippi state government, we build relationships and alliances on behalf of our clients to enable them to work effectively in state and local government and to accomplish their business development goals.
Elliott Flaggs, Joe Sims and Camille Scales Young are the professionals in Cornerstone's Jackson, MS office.
Corporate Relations Management is a highly regarded public affairs firm that specializes in government relations and lobbying. Our clients find that we are their trusted partner, sharing our expertise, experience and relationships to help them reach the desired outcome when working with the Mississippi legislature and other government entities and issues. Whether your goal is new legislation, modification of a regulation, or stopping legislation, CRM has a proven track record of success in achieving results even in the most adverse circumstances.
JAMES T. COX, JD, is the presiding member of Cox Law Group, PLLC, an innovative group of health care lawyers who provide clients a full range of health care related legal services. With more than thirty years of experience in the representation of health care clients, Mr. Cox has a unique understanding of the details of health care delivery. He helps clients meet their critical objectives by developing and executing customized strategies that successfully navigate Mississippi's legislative, political and regulatory processes. He has extensive regulatory experience including advising clients in the areas of coalition development and management, legislative monitoring and representation, lobbying/government affairs, and strategic public policy development. Mr. Cox is licensed in the states of Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, Kentucky, and the District of Columbia. He has been selected as one of the Best Health Care Lawyers in America by Best Lawyers in America: Directory of Experts.
Delta State University is a public institution providing a comprehensive undergraduate curriculum to over 4,000 students representing 34 states and 20 countries. Delta State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor, master, educational specialist, and doctorate degrees. Acknowledging its beginnings as a teacher's college, the University sustains excellence in teacher education while continuing to expand offerings in traditional as well as unique programs of study. From the core disciplines such as arts, humanities, and sciences, to unique programs such as Commercial Aviation, the Delta Music Institute, and the nationally-recognized Geospatial Interdisciplinary Technology program, the University is committed to meeting the evolving needs of the students it serves. While the Statesmen and Lady Statesmen are the official mascots, the student-adopted Fighting Okra is a unique mascot that is also present at university events.
Dickson Strategies LLC provides legislative and regulatory advocacy to a limited number of clients whose interests do not conflict or overlap in major Legislative committees. Steve Dickson, President/CEO, is a 30-year veteran of providing association and contract lobbying services in Mississippi, as well as providing select corporate clients with issues management and litigation support. Current legislative clients include: Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, American International Group (AIG), Boyd Gaming Corporation (Sam's Town and IP), and several health care and hospital clients.
Kern Hoff, Director, Legislative Affairs Paul Purnell, Vice President, Government Relations Hunter Walters, Director, Regulatory Affairs
The Electric Cooperatives of Mississippi serves as the unified voice of all electric cooperatives in Mississippi. While we do not generate or distribute power, we represent the people who do, the 25 electric power associations and one generation-and-transmission electric power association. These associations distribute electricity to more than 1.9 million Mississippians and serve more than 784,000 meters. They maintain more than 94,500 miles of distribution line. The Electric Cooperatives of Mississippi functions as a united service organization for the mutual benefit of all electric power associations and their members.
Russell Bennett, Governmental Affairs Executive Lawrence B. Johnson, Jr. , Manager State and Local Affair
Entergy Mississippi, LLC, provides electricity to more than 450,000 customers in 45 counties. It is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation. Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, and it is the second-largest nuclear generator in the United States. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.9 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.
Ron Farris served as a member of the Mississippi Senate from 1996 to 2004 and is a former aide to then-Congressman Trent Lott in his Washington, D.C. office. As a Senator, Farris served on the Joint Legislative Budget Committee; as Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee for Executive Budgets (Governor, Legislature, Attorney General, State Auditor, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, Insurance Department, State Fire Academy); Chairman of the Joint (Senate & House) Legislative Youth Intervention Study Committee; Vice Chairman, Highways & Transportation Committee; and as member of the Appropriations, Judiciary, Public Health & Welfare, Education, Universities & Colleges, Transportation, Insurance, Juvenile Justice, Elections, and Ports & Marine Resources Committees.
He is a frequent panel member and speaker on real estate and economic development for entities such as the Mississippi Development Authority and the International Council of Shopping Centers, which he serves as Southern Division Government Relations Director. He represents Mississippi's YMCAs.
Grant Fox, a native of Chickasaw County, is a graduate of Millsaps College and the Ole Miss Law School, where he served as President of the Law School Student Body. Following law school, he served as a staffer to Senator Thad Cochran in Washington, DC. Grant is admitted to practice law in the states of Mississippi, Arkansas, and Tennessee. In addition to his law practice, he has worked in politics in several different capacities over the last two decades. Grant represents a number of clients with legislative matters at the Mississippi Capitol and with issues concerning both the state and federal government.
The Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership is a full service chamber of commerce representing the business interests in Hinds, Madison, and Rankin Counties. The Partnership is also home for the Greater Jackson Alliance, a six-county regional economic development and marketing cooperative. The Partnership has programs in the areas of leadership development, infrastructure improvements, economic development, workforce development, healthcare and education. The Partnership is involved in governmental issues at the local, state, and national levels. Duane O'Neill, President of the Partnership, is the registered lobbyists for the Partnership.
Hayes Dent Public Strategies is a full-service public affairs firm. Our team is comprised of experienced problem-solvers with a record of winning results. Together our team has nearly over thirty years of experience in both the federal and state governments, political campaigns, public relations, grassroots advocacy, economic development, traditional lobbying, crisis management and business development. Throughout that process, we have built a strong network of contacts throughout the state of Mississippi, in Washington, DC and around the country.
The Home Builders Association of Mississippi (HBAM) serves as the voice of the Mississippi residential housing industry. HBAM has 19 local associations, and represents a diverse membership of over 2,000 member firms. HBAM's mission is to promote, advance, and protect the housing industry. Founded in 1961, HBAM strives to pursue programs and policies that will help "Build a Better Mississippi".
Founded in 2014 by longtime advocacy industry veteran, Imperium Strategies offers a wide suite of services ranging from government affairs to developing corporate and business development strategies. Leveraging our skills and knowledge, Imperium Strategies not only offers direct advocacy services to our clients, but also strategic intelligence and reputational management, including strategic positioning on difficult issues. At Imperium Strategies we are committed to anticipating and managing political challenges in partnership with our clients before those challenges present a true detriment to their interests.
Unlike some government affairs firms, the Imperium Strategies client service culture maintains a collaborative environment where all of our partners and affiliates are engaged on matters of importance to every client. Furthermore, Imperium Strategies is committed to an integrated offering that brings public relations and influence assets to bear on complex client matters in addition to traditional lobbying. Given the changing nature of politics across the country, Imperium Strategies has stayed at the forefront of integrated influence campaigns, designing, managing and implementing these multi-layer efforts on behalf of clients.
Founded in 1899, the Independent Insurance Agents of Mississippi (IIAM) is one of Mississippi's oldest and largest associations, representing hundreds of independent insurance agencies located throughout the state. IIAM has distinguished itself, and is recognized nationally, for its accomplishments in state and national government affairs, public relations, communication and education. Independent insurance agents provide customers with a choice of policies from a variety of insurance companies and offer multiple lines of insurance including property, casualty, life, health, employee benefit plans and retirement products.
INHA (The Independent Nursing Home Association) is a professional Association advocating for and representing traditional long term residential facilities, Alzheimer's care, rehabilitative and assisted living services in Mississippi. INHA's members are dedicated to providing the highest standard of care and enhancing the quality of life for all individuals served.
INHA also provides its members legislative monitoring making sure that they have a voice in the development of public policy that affects those providing care to all Mississippian's in need of INHA's services.
In business since 1995, Inzinna Consulting focuses on the individual needs of each client. Services include lobbying both the legislative and administrative branches of MS government, drafting and introducing legislation, tracking all pertinent bills, attending committee hearings and giving testimony, providing legislative status reports, grass roots campaigning and developing political giving programs.
Jones Walker's Government Relations Practice Group addresses the many legislative issues that affect our clients on a prompt and professional basis. The Mississippi team is highly experienced and is lead by Dennis Miller who interfaces with policy makers during and post session. Dennis has 40 years of experience having worked for the Mississippi Senate, as a public affairs manager for a Fortune 50 company and as an attorney at the firm as a Partner for over 26 years focusing his practice on legislative and government relations. He is also the Mississippi Chapter author in the Thomson Reuters publication: "Lobbying, PACs, and Campaign Finance," a 50 state handbook.
George H. Guidry, Jr., Regl. Mgr.,State Gov't Affairs
Koch Industries, Inc. is one of the largest private companies in America. It owns a diverse group of companies involved in refining and chemicals; process and pollution control equipment technologies; minerals; fertilizers; polymers and fibers; commodity trading and services; forest and consumer products; and ranching.
A Mississippi-based governmental relations firm with emphasis on lobbying, administrative law and business development. Founded by Scott Levanway in 1981, he has leveraged his contacts, expertise, resources and reputation to establish a pre-eminent, dynamic lobbying firm. Having served as Staff Attorney for the Mississippi House of Representatives from 1976 through 1979 and as the Executive Director of the Joint Legislative and Congressional Redistricting Committee in 1980-81, Levanway possesses a unique depth of experience that is an asset to clients. His specialty practice areas include transportation, gaming, health, finance, appropriations, general business, business development and local government.
The objects and purposes of this association are to improve communications and understanding within the entire asphalt paving industry; to influence fair and equitable design, specifications and inspection; to protect the doctrine of free enterprise and competition; to stimulate and encourage more extensive research relative to the manufacture and use of asphalt pavements; to educate within the industry for higher standards, lawful trade practices and lawful ethical conduct; to act and function as an educational Association on behalf of the asphalt paving industry; and to do any and all things lawful that may be of benefit to the members of the Association or other business interests and for improving the physical, mental and moral condition of mankind.
The Mississippi Association of Self-Insurers (MASI) represents the self-insured workers' comp and healthcare communities of Mississippi in legislative and regulatory arenas. MASI membership includes self-insured funds and self-insured employers, in addition to many professional members such as third party administrators, attorneys, rehabilitation counselors, healthcare providers, brokers, accountants, and banks. MASI members represent thousands of Mississippi employers and millions of dollars in annualized premiums. Dan Gibson, Executive Director of MASI is a former mayor of Crystal Springs and a graduate of Mississippi State, where he served as student body president. He first entered the insurance profession in 1994, and at the age of thirty was named to the Mississippi Business Journal's Top Forty Under Forty. Dan was a candidate for governor in 1999 and has been an insurance consultant for many years. He is also active in music ministry, both at church and in the community, and owns and operates several Bed & Breakfast properties in Natchez.
Steve A. Gray, Dir. of Governmental Affairs Derrick Surrette, Executive Director
For more than 80 years, the Mississippi Association of Supervisors (MAS) has served as a non-partisan forum for county officials to address important issues facing local constituents, providing a mechanism to share information and to develop a proactive policy agenda.
County supervisors provide regional leadership over critical policy areas, including policies necessary to ensure safe communities, protect public health, promote economic development, and plan and manage land use for sustainable development. Supervisors also provide important oversight of county operations, including overseeing strategies to promote sound fiscal management and to develop a high-quality county government workforce.
The MAS is served by a professional staff dedicated to helping the MAS achieve its ultimate goal of providing efficient and effective governance to the citizens of the State of Mississippi.
Mississippi Automatic Merchandising Association (MAMA) is the association representing the convenience services industry of companies and suppliers doing business Mississippi, which includes the vending and refreshment services industry. Members include Mississippi family-owned operations and broad-based corporate shareholder companies. MAMA is the state council of the National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA) - www.namanow.org
The Mississippi Automobile Dealers' Association is the exclusive representative of our state's 174 franchised new car and truck dealers...both domestic and imported. Since 1941, the association has been dedicated to the effective promotion and protection of its members rights to earn a fair and reasonable profit. As in the past, MADA stands ready to assist members of the Legislature, state agencies and other interested parties to develop a better understanding of the retail automobile industry.
The Mississippi Bankers Association is a 130-year-old trade association located in Jackson, which represents more than 80 commercial banks and savings institutions operating in Mississippi. The MBA's member services focus primarily on education, communication, and government relations. The MBA provides its members with full-time representation at the state and federal levels through its president and vice president of government relations. The MBA is a member-run organization that is comprised of 18 standing committees and a 20-member Board of Directors that governs the association. The MBA annually hosts a convention for its membership and numerous other educational seminars and meetings.
The Mississippi Beer Distributors Association (formerly Mississippi Malt Beverage Association) was founded in 1946 and is the statewide trade association for the Mississippi independent wholesale beer distributors. The association represents 9 owner companies that operate 21 distribution facilities throughout the state. MBDA member companies employ over 1300 Mississippians with an annual payroll in excess of $75 million plus benefits.
MBDA provides public relations, government affairs and membership services to all of its members. The association strives to maintain a strong business-friendly but regulated atmosphere for the continued legal sales of beer.
Currently beer sales are legal in 51 counties (wet) and in 32 cities located in 24 dry counties. There are 7 completely dry counties where the sale, possession and consumption of beer is illegal.
Mississippi Beverage Association (MsBev) is the trade association of non-alcoholic beverage companies doing business in Mississippi. Members include Mississippi family-owned operations and broad-based corporate shareholder companies. They principally manufacture and/or market the Coca-Cola, Pepsi-Cola and/or Keurig Dr Pepper brands, which include regular and diet soft drinks, bottled water and water beverages, 100-percent juice and juice drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks and ready-to-drink teas. Pro-actively committed to Mississippi's physical, economic and environmental health, MsBev is focused on three objectives: "Keep Fit, Keep Refreshed, Keep Recycling." Our industry takes extraordinary steps to be part of the solution - helping meet and provide leadership for a community need; doing our part fighting obesity in schools and sponsoring health and fitness programs; helping form and work with Keep Mississippi Beautiful and Mississippi Recycling Coalition; and making a significant economic impact throughout Mississippi. MsBev is affiliated with the American Beverage Association - www.ameribev.org
Formed in 1946, the Mississippi Cattlemen's Association (MCA) represents the interests of our state's cattle producers. Since its early days, MCA has continued to grow and has seen tremendous accomplishments in many areas. MCA was instrumental in establishing the Dixie National Livestock Show, Agricultural & Livestock Theft Bureau and led the effort to pass one of the first beef labeling laws in the U.S. For the past 20 years, MCA has sponsored one of the nation's largest junior cattlemen's associations with an annual summer leadership camp as well as the scholarship program that, last year, awarded $65,000 to the children and grandchildren of its members. With 3,200 members spread across 67 county cattlemen's associations, the organization serves its members with educational programs, a monthly magazine and a weekly electronic newsletter.
Mississippi Commercial Fisheries United, Inc. (MSCFU) serves to protect the common interests of Mississippi's commercial fishing industry; promote sustainable fisheries through leadership in stewardship; and advocate on behalf of commercial fishermen, fishing businesses and consumers of the resources our industry provides. MSCFU is a registered non-profit Corporation with Mississippi Secretary of State. Originally established as the Mississippi Gulf Coast Fisherman's Organization, Inc. in 1974.
The Mississippi Credit Union Association (MSCUA) is the state trade association for credit unions in Mississippi and their more than 650,000 consumer member-owners. Credit unions are not-for-profit, member-owned financial cooperatives/institutions.
MSCUA advances their mission of "Advocating Mississippi Credit Unions' Success" by being a premier source of advocacy, collaboration & knowledge for their members.
The Association connects credit unions and their professionals and volunteers with peers, legislators and consumers through activities that include: advocacy, compliance, education/training, consulting/planning, information, collaboration & strategic partnerships.
Founded in 1937, the Association is owned by its member credit unions and is governed by a twelve-member Board of Directors, elected by, and from, affiliated credit unions in six districts.
DBCF is the state agency responsible for: supervision and regulation of Mississippi's state-chartered banks, credit unions, and trusts; licensing and regulation of residential mortgage industry participants in Mississippi; and licensing and regulation of nine (9) different industries generally classified under "consumer finance" including: small-loan lenders, money-transmitters, check-cashers (pay-day lenders), title-pledge lenders, pawn shops, motor vehicle sales finance lenders, consumer loan brokers, debt-management (repair) companies, and insurance premium finance lenders.
As an organization, the Mississippi Department of Human Services is dedicated to serving others throughout the state and seeks to promote integrity, self-development, outstanding program delivery and excellent customer service. The agency also seeks to empower families being served to become self-sufficient and responsible for their future success. The mission of the agency is to provide services to people in need by optimizing all available resources to sustain the family unit and to encourage traditional family values thereby promoting self-sufficiency and personal responsibility for all Mississippians.
Chris Howard, Executive Director Billy Taylor, Chief of Staff
Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services is a state agency that provides a quality program of comprehensive rehabilitation services, independent living services and disability determination services for people with disabilities. These services result in social and economic independence, employment opportunities, improved quality of life and integration into the community.
Scott Waller, IOM, President & CEO Jason Word, IOM, Manager, Programs, Administration & Policy
The Mississippi Economic Council - The State Chamber of Commerce has been the voice of Mississippi business since 1949. MEC deals with broad issues that relate to businesses through advocacy, research, resources and leadership. MEC has more than 8,500 members from 1,200 member firms in 2,400 locations throughout Mississippi. MEC deals with broad issues that relate to Mississippi businesses. MEC pulls together coalitions to make overall statewide progress, to focus on issues with a bottom line return, and focus on fairness and equity. MEC is building a base of involvement to create a statewide business community.
Mississippi Farm Bureau Insurance Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Company.
Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Company began operating on September 30, 1947. The Company is Mississippi's largest domestic property and casualty insurance company.
Mississippi Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance was licensed September 1, 1986. Mississippi Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Company specializes in writing automobile, homeowners, farm liability, farm property, standard fire, and inland marine policies.
Mississippi Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Company is currently the second largest automobile and homeowner writer in Mississippi. The Company has become a leader in the insurance industry through the marketing of competitive products and the extensive training of its underwriters, claims staff and insurance agents.
Mississippi Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Company is committed to providing superior customer service to all of our policyholders.
The Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation is the largest general farm organization in the state, with more than 198,000 member families in 82 county Farm Bureaus. It is voluntary, non-governmental, non-partisan organization of farm families seeking solutions to the problems that affect their lives, both socially and economically. Farm Bureau is organized on a county, state, and national level. The policies and programs of Farm Bureau are developed from grassroots recommendations originating from the county Farm Bureau level. From these recommendations, policy resolution are prepared and submitted to the Mississippi Farm Bureau House of Delegates for action at its annual meeting each December.
The Mississippi Health Advocacy Program (MHAP) strives to be a strong, effective voice for all throughout the state of Mississippi. MHAP promotes health system change by developing innovative health and human services policy and monitoring implementation around issues of Medicaid/CHIP eligibility, food policy, and health care reform. Mississippi Health Advocacy Program combines research, analysis and grassroots organizing to improve health policies, practices and funding in Mississippi, especially in support of the state's poor and underserved people.
The Mississippi Hospital Association is the statewide trade association that serves and represents over 100 Mississippi hospitals, their patients, their employees, and their communities. MHA ensures that members' perspectives and needs are heard and addressed in state and national health policy development, legislative and regulatory debates, and judicial matters. Founded in 1931, MHA also provides education and services for health care leaders and is a source of information for health care issues and trends.
The Mississippi Hospitality & Restaurant Association is a non-profit association composed of over 2000 food service operators, lodging properties, attractions, convenience stores, casinos, suppliers, manufacturers, and other professionals who realize the importance of working together for the good of our industry.
The Mississippi Independent Pharmacies Association (MIPA) is the seen as the premiere pharmacy association in the State of Mississippi and one with great prestige in the United States. MIPA is made up of locally owned independent pharmacies that are located across our great state. The independent pharmacists are small business entrepreneurs and multifaceted health care providers who represent a vital part of Mississippi's health care delivery system. MIPA members believe very strongly in the legislative process and are very dedicated to working with state and federal officials for the profession of independent pharmacy as well as improvement of health care in Mississippi. MIPA members are dedicated to providing the best quality health care to the patients of Mississippi.
Jennifer Hall, Executive Director Lorie Hanson, Director Of Communications
The Mississippi Manufactured Housing Association is a statewide trade association representing member firms and individuals who are engaged in manufactured housing dealerships (retail sale), manufacturing, service/supply, park operations and developing. The MMHA, founded in 1965, is primarily involved in member services, legislative and governmental relations, legal affairs, public and media relations, education, communications and standards of practice. It lobbies the state legislature and U.S. Congress on matters pertaining to the industry.
John McKay, President & CEO Jay C. Moon, CEcD, FM, HLM, Senior Policy Consultant Kelly Wright, Director of Government Affairs
The Mississippi Manufacturers Association was organized in 1951 to represent industry in legislative, regulatory and public affairs activities, and to serve as a central source of information and assistance in all areas of manufacturing.
Today, MMA serves more than 2,000 member firms throughout the state. Practical, accurate information is provided to members through active committees, seminars, workshops and regular publications addressing key areas of interest. Resources and unlimited consultation are available on topics such as state and federal laws and regulations, hiring and firing practices, drug testing policy, safety and OSHA compliance, and union activity.
The MMA staff works closely with members of the Mississippi Legislature and the Mississippi congressional delegation to support the development of a strong manufacturing base in our nation, state and communities.
MML is the Official Non-Profit private organization of Cities and Towns of Mississippi. The MML lobbies the state and federal legislatures, provides education for municipal elected officials, provides technical support, represents municipalities with public and private entities, and is a networking organization for municipal members.
The Mississippi Petroleum Marketers Association was founded in 1953 & the Mississippi Association of Convenience Stores was founded in 1981. On October 1, 2002, the two merged, forming the Mississippi Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Stores Association. Our membership represents approximately 250 petroleum marketers and convenience store owners and operators along with the companies that supply and service the industry. MPMCSA members operate more than 2,100 convenience stores and employ more than 10,000 Mississippians. MPMCSA members are neighborhood businesses close to the families they serve, furnishing them with the necessary commodities of food and fuel on a daily basis. Members of the association fuel Mississippi's economy by supplying petroleum products to our armed forces, municipalities, thousands of farmers, and businesses.
The Mississippi Pharmacists Association, or MPhA, represents all pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. Founded in 1871, MPhA is the united voice for the profession of pharmacy and represents pharmacists at the Capitol as well as providing continuing education, networking, and social opportunities.
The Mississippi Poultry Association represents the interests of all segments of the state's largest agricultural industry. Poultry and egg production pumps an estimated $6 billion into the state's economy. The association includes five broiler companies, one egg company, 100 allied members who provide services or sell goods to companies or growers, and more than 870 grower members. The Association was founded in 1937 and celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2012. Mississippi ranks fourth in the nation in poultry production.
Gifford Ormes, Manager, Gov't & Comm Affairs Willie E. (JR) Robinson, Governmental Affairs Representative Brad Cates, Communication Manager
Mississippi Power is an investor-owned electric utility with 456 preferred stockholders. All of our common stock is held by Southern Company, which is owned by 195,261 registered stockholders, of which more than 5,300 live in Mississippi. Mississippi Power has 1,253 employees.
Mississippi Power directly serves at retail, most of the cities, towns, and communities within the 23 counties of southeast Mississippi.
We also serve six REA-financed electric cooperatives (Coast EPA, Singing River EPA, Southern Pine EPA, Dixie EPA, Pearl River EPA and East Mississippi EPA) and one municipality (City of Collins) with wholesale electric power which, in turn, they resell to customers in southeast Mississippi.
The Mississippi Propane Gas Association was founded in 1941 by a small group of dealers who recognized the need for a unified voice representing their interests. Mississippi dealers, propane suppliers and industry related businesses continue to work together to promote the views and good will of the propane industry. Through a staff lobbyist, MPGA members are kept abreast of legislative actions on both a state and national level.
Ronald (Ron) D. Farris, General Counsel Beth Hansen, CEO Clarke R. Wise, Vice President of Government Relations
The 6,900 member Mississippi Association of REALTORS® is the voice for real estate in Mississippi. MAR represents real estate professionals who are active in all phases of brokerage, development, property management and appraisal, and who adhere to a strict code of ethics and are members of the National Association of REALTORS®.
The Mississippi Retail and Grocery Association has been the "voice of retailers" for almost 50 years. The purpose of the Retail Association of Mississippi is to lobby and work with local, state and national levels of government to secure fair legislation for all members of our Association. Our goals are to strengthen old laws and pass new laws to ensure the survival of our retailers.
Since 1937, Mississippi Road Builders Association (MRBA) has been the leading voice promoting the building and maintenance of Mississippi's roads and bridges. Membership in MRBA reaches to every corner of the state. Membership is not just comprised of road and bridge contractors but the many businesses that support the industry. MRBA's primary mission is serving as the principle liaison for membership with elected officials both at the state and federal levels. Additionally, much collaboration is accomplished with state and federal agencies relating to road and bridge construction.
David Roberts, Chief of Staff / Director of Government Affairs
The Mississippi State Medical Association (MSMA), founded in 1856, is a physician organization serving as an advocate for its 4,600 members, their patients and public health. The Association promotes ethical, educational and clinical standards for the medical profession and the enactment of just medical laws and provides a way for members of the medical profession to unite and act on matters affecting public health and the practice of medicine.
Founded in 1942, the Mississippi Trucking Association is a non-profit corporation operating as a trade association and serves as the voice of Mississippi's trucking industry. Representing an industry that is the sole transporter of consumer goods and manufactured products to most of the state's communities, MTA's membership consists of member firms that include for-hire and private truck operators as well as allied industry members who equip and service the trucking industry. MTA's mission is to serve as the trusted resource for safety, education, advocacy and member services to promote the trucking industry.
La Shon F. Brooks, Ed.D., COS & Legislative Liaison
Mississippi Valley State University, as a Carnegie Classified Master's University, provides comprehensive undergraduate and graduate programs in education, the arts and sciences, and professional studies. The University is driven by its commitment to excellence in teaching, learning, service, and research - a commitment resulting in a learner-centered environment that prepares critical thinkers, exceptional communicators, and service-oriented, engaged, and productive citizens. MVSU is fundamentally committed to positively impacting the quality of life and creating extraordinary educational opportunities for the Mississippi Delta and beyond.
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), known as the "Voice of Small Business", is the nation's and Mississippi's leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small- and independent-business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business and provides members a legislative voting record on key small-business votes. NFIB's powerful network of grassroots activists sends its views directly to state and federal lawmakers through our unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting America's free enterprise system. NFIB's mission is to promote and protect the right of members to own, operate and grow their businesses. NFIB/MS' state director is Ron Aldridge, a third-generation former state legislator,practicing attorney, tree farmer and former retail bakery co-owner. www.nfib.com/ms
Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is committed to preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Norfolk Southern Corporation is one of the nation's premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway subsidiary operates approximately 20,000 railroad route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is a major transporter of coal, automotive, and industrial products.
Ochsner is a nonprofit, academic, multispecialty healthcare delivery system that owns, manages or is affiliated with 28 hospitals, and more than 60 health centers across the region, all connected electronically to provide convenience and the best possible care for our patients. Close collaboration between our clinicians and scientists helps to bring innovative medical discoveries from the laboratory to our patients bedsides. We are deeply dedicated to our patients and are honored to have been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a Best Hospital across three specialty categories. Ochsner is also a national leader in medical research, conducting more than 1000 clinical research studies every year and producing 200 annual publications in medical literature. We are one of the largest non-university-based physician training centers in the U.S.
Point One Strategies LLC is a full service governmental relations and lobbying firm. The firm represents several clients on a contractual basis at the State Capitol. These clients cover a broad range of interests including, but not limited to, gaming, utilities, law enforcement, prosecutors, business owners and local government. Point One Strategies LLC works very closely with its clients to determine their needs and how best to strategically meet them. The firm currently has two full time lobbyists employed with professional offices located within walking distance of the State Capitol. The firm's manager is also an attorney which is very helpful to clients in drafting and interpreting proposed legislation. Point One Strategies LLC also offers its services to clients and vendors who do business with state government as well as various local governmental entities. The firm has a solid track record of success working on behalf of its clients.
Contract lobbyist, 1994-present. Client interests are independent pharmacy, law enforcement - constables, commercial fishing (saltwater), environmental, tobacco - manufacturing and wholesale distribution, real estate appraisal, bail bonds, crime victims rights, municipal - City of Madison and consumer lending.
Executive Director - Mississippi Municipal Association, 1991-1994.
Associate Director - Mississippi Law Research Institute, 1979-1990. Legal research and drafting. Also served as lobbyist for Ole Miss, 1987-88.
Law Practice, Oxford, 1975-1979.
Graduate of Mississippi State, B.A. (1969) and M.A. (1971) (History) and Ole Miss Law School (1975).
Lindsey Tew Simmons, Partner Steve Simmons, Partner
Simmons Consulting is a governmental relations firm founded on integrity and results. Simply put, we position our clients for success in the Mississippi market. Our clients' success depends on a year-round, ongoing approach to governmental relations. We continuously improve existing relationships with key decision makers, as well as develop new contacts for future endeavors. We keep our clients involved in the process from start to finish. We also provide the best presence for our clients in all state regulatory and agency departments.
Spectra Energy Corp (NYSE: SE), a FORTUNE 500 company, is one of North America's premier natural gas infrastructure companies serving three key links in the natural gas value chain: gathering and processing, transmission and storage, and distribution. For more than a century, Spectra Energy and its predecessor companies have developed critically important pipelines and related infrastructure connecting natural gas supply sources to premium markets. Based in Houston, Texas, the company's operations in the United States and Canada include approximately 19,100 miles of transmission pipeline, more than 305 billion cubic feet of storage, as well as natural gas gathering and processing, natural gas liquids operations and local distribution assets. The company also has a 50 percent ownership in DCP Midstream, one of the largest natural gas gatherers and processors in the United States. Spectra Energy is a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America Indexes.
Beth Clay, Founder and Principal Stephen Clay, Partner Hope Ladner Karen Newman, Consultant and Lobbyist
Founded by Beth Clay, The Clay Firm specializes in Mississippi-focused legislative, government relations and public affairs consulting, providing a full range of services - from direct lobbying to public policy and grassroots advocacy to contract procurement support at both the state and local levels. Our goal is to deliver results for our clients. We work hard. We work smart. Our preeminent lobbying firm is respected across Mississippi for our integrity, strategic relationships and proven results.
Beth Clay is backed by a team of strategic, detail-oriented analysts who draw upon direct experience in state, federal, public and private sectors to advance client objectives. The Clay Firm team has been successful in helping to pass, defeat or amend countless pieces of legislation.
Stan Flint, President Jordan Flint Starnes, Chief Financial Officer
Receive government affairs consulting from experienced professionals when you rely on The Consulting Group of Jackson, Mississippi. We have been in business for more than 20 years working with legislative and executive branches, referendums, campaigns, and more. Stan Flint, our founder and chief advisor, has more than 50 years of experience in the political field.
Stan has maintained and expanded working relationships with all levels of government officials, due in great part to an in-depth understanding of Mississippi politics and legislation. He enjoys impacting people positively where it is needed most, as well as helping those who are less fortunate.
Registered lobbyist in Mississippi since 1987. Founder and President of The Corbitt Company, LLC since 2000. Experienced in state and local governmental affairs. Strives to meet the specific goals of the client with services that may include lobbying, issues management and research, tracking legislation, client training for committee hearings and testimony, guidance on political campaign contributions, coalition building and business development/trouble shooting.
Current clients include Mississippi Concrete Association, Gulf Guaranty Insurance Company, North Mississippi Health Services, Mississippi Physical Therapy Association, Pine Belt Mental Healthcare Resources, LifeCore Health Group, Commonwealth Mississippi and Waldale Manufacturing Ltd.
Steve is a graduate of Mississippi State University. He is a member of First Presbyterian Church of Jackson, The Rotary Club of Jackson and is a Paul Harris Fellow.
When results matter, The Echols Group understands the complexity of state politics and will be a successful addition to your team for lobbying and consulting needs. They'll be your "boots on the ground" and readily available for consultation on issues, their problems and solutions. Led by Donna C. Echols, PhD, ABD. Who is she? Named a Top 50 Businesswoman in Mississippi and a Top 40 Under 40 recipient, winner of a national Pollie Award for the Capitol City Convention Center campaign, EPA Fellow while pursuing her doctoral degree in public administration, honors graduate from MSU, and helped raise over $2.5 million in direct and in-kind donations after Hurricane Katrina. Favorite saying: It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog. So when results matter, The Echols Group is there for you.
Octagon Group is a full service government relations and business development firm. We are unique because of our relationship with local government officials and our ability to convey the business interests of our clients.
Octagon Group provides the synergy between public and private interests. We understand local government dynamics along with a strong understanding of state and federal lobbying practices.
The Talon Group has focused since 2004 on serving our clients in the arena of government relations and public affairs by offering services for clients who need a message, a strategy and distribution channels in the halls of Mississippi state politics and beyond. Our principals focus on efforts in the following broad categories: government affairs, communications, and issues advocacy. In essence, we influence policy and/or gain public support for corporations or causes through proper messaging and interaction. Our Principals have been on the forefront of highly charged issues by passing legislation, consulting politicians, crafting sensitive messages and coordinating grassroots efforts. Our clients receive unparalleled access to a broad network of business and political decision-makers and an unmatched ability to clearly assess issues and set direction. Various partner's careers have included elected office, serving Presidents, and holding political appointments. Our office location is at 1400 Meadowbrook Road, Suite 100, Jackson, MS 39211 and our number is 601-487-2640. Learn more about our firm at www.talonms.com.
Ann over 30 years experience as a in governmental relations/lobbying. She served as a legislative liaison for the MS Department of Mental Health for 25 years. Her educational background includes a Master's degree in Public Policy and Administration. After she retired, she joined her late husband, Senator Billy Thames in his governmental relations company, The Thames Advantage. She has continued to represent clients and now serves as President of the company.
Chad Driskell serves as vice president for external affairs at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM). In this role, he oversees the University's governmental and external relations, which includes the USM Foundation and Southern Miss Alumni Association.
Clifford Thompson, Partner Jim Thompson, Partner Ted Thompson, Partner
Thompson & Associates, LLC provides comprehensive and effective representation in Mississippi state government. Our firm concentrates its work in the fields of lobbying and government relations. As contract lobbyists, we represent a diverse variety of clients including Fortune 500 corporations, private companies, professional trade associations, individuals, and nonprofit organizations. We specialize in building long term relationships and strategic alliances, communicating detailed intelligence, and providing professional advice and guidance for our clientele. Our areas of expertise include agriculture, appropriations, business, economic development, education, energy, environmental regulation, finance, gaming, health care, insurance, oil and gas matters, taxation, telecommunications, tourism, and transportation.
Our firm has over sixty-five years of success and experience in the political arena.
Tom Wallace, President Tommy L. Wallace, II, Vice President
US Consolidated Group is a Goverment Relations firm founded on honesty, effective communication, and most importantly strategic driven results. As lobbyist, our expertise includes private organizations, corporations, trade organizations, and business development on a state and local level. Our ultilmate purpose is to build and sustain pertinent relationships, while promoting strong and continuous advocacy on behalf of our clients. Founded in 2004, we have proven success in our business endeavors.
Worth Thomas, the principal in WT Consultants, has twenty years experience as a registered lobbyist and twenty-seven years as a corporate/government executive. Mr. Thomas is a graduate of Tougaloo College and has a Master of Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Bryce Yelverton, Principal Consultant Joel Yelverton, Owner
Formed in January, 2009, Yelverton Consulting, LLC is a multidisciplinary organization specializing in local, state and federal advocacy, strategic business consulting and professional association management. Joel Yelverton, owner of Yelverton Consulting, has twenty-five years of legislative and association management experience. Joel currently serves as executive director of the Mississippi Railroad Association and the Mississippi Assessors and Collectors Association. A seven year veteran educator, Bryce Yelverton, Principal Consultant, serves as the executive director of Mississippi Ports Council.
Yelverton Consulting has extensive experience in local taxation, information technology, transportation, environmental, geographic information services, public infrastructure and economic development. We work with our clients to develop action plans and employ proven strategies in order to achieve optimum results.