John H. Baker, III
John H. Baker, III has been the sole proprietor of John H. Baker Interests, a real estate and development company in Houston, Texas, since 1968.
Fred Banks, Jr.
Fred Banks, Jr. has been a partner in the General Litigation Group in the Jackson, Mississippi office of the law firm of Phelps Dunbar LLP since 2001. From 1991 to 2001, he was a justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court, and at the time of his retirement from the court in 2001, he was serving as presiding justice. Prior to serving on the Mississippi Supreme Court, Mr. Banks served as a circuit judge in Hinds and Yazoo counties of Mississippi for six years. From 1976 until 1985, he served in the Mississippi House of Representatives.
John Bierbusse was employed by Duff and Phelps, Corp. from 1981 to 1987, and by A.G. Edwards from 1987 to 2004. Mr. Bierbusse served as Assistant Manager of Securities Research between 1999 and 2002 at A.G. Edwards, and as manager of Research Administration from 2002 until his retirement in 2004. Mr. Bierbusse also served on the New York Stock Exchange’s Series 16 Test Committee from 2002 to 2007 and on the New York Stock Exchange’s Research Analyst Qualification Examination Committee from 2003 to 2007. Mr. Bierbusse has been a Chartered Financial Analyst since 1987 and is currently retired.
Lampkin Butts served from 1996 to 2004 as Vice President of Sales for the company. On October 21, 2004, Mr. Butts was elected President and Chief Operating Officer of the company. Mr. Butts is a member of the company’s Executive Committee, which is a management committee, not a committee of directors.
Mike Cockrell has served since 1993 as Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer for the company. Prior to 1993, Mr. Cockrell was a shareholder and member of the law firm Wise Carter Child & Caraway, Professional Association, of Jackson, Mississippi. Mr. Cockrell is a member of the company’s Executive Committee, which is a management committee, not a committee of directors.
Toni D. Cooley
Toni D. Cooley has served as President of Systems Consultants Associates, Inc., a management training and consulting firm established with the express purpose of assisting Jackson, Mississippi-based minority firms with capacity building, since 1993. Ms. Cooley has also been President of Systems Electro Coating, LLC, a tier one supplier to Nissan of electrocoated frames and other vehicle components, since 2001. Ms. Cooley is also co-owner of Systems IT, Inc., a new horizon computer learning center in Jackson, Mississippi. From 1992 to 1993, Ms. Cooley worked as an International Contract Administrator for the international sales team of the former Turner Broadcasting Systems.
Beverly Hogan has served since May 2002 as President of Tougaloo College in Jackson, Mississippi. Prior to becoming President of Tougaloo College, Dr. Hogan served for one year as Interim President. Prior to that, she served for ten years as a Commissioner for the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Commission.
Robert C. Khayat
Robert C. Khayat has served as the Chancellor of the University of Mississippi since July 1995. Prior to that time he served the university in various capacities, including Professor of Law at the University of Mississippi School of Law from 1982 to 1995. Mr. Khayat serves on the Board of Directors of Mississippi Power Company, a subsidiary of the Southern Company, and Mississippi Valley Title Insurance Company.
Phil K. Livingston
Phil K. Livingston served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Citizens National Bancshares, Inc. in Hammond, Louisiana, from its organization in 1983 until its merger into Deposit Guaranty Corporation on May 19, 1995. Mr. Livingston retired in 1998 but served as a banking consultant to AmSouth Corporation from his retirement until 2001.
Dianne Mooney served as Senior Vice President of Southern Living at Home, a direct sales division of Southern Progress Corporation, from 1999 until her retirement in 2007. She founded Southern Living at Home in 1999. Prior to that time, she was an employee of Southern Progress Corporation for over thirty years in various positions, including Vice President of Business Development and Vice President of Custom Publishing.
Gail Jones Pittman
Gail Jones Pittman has served, since its founding in 1979, as Chief Executive Officer of Gail Pittman, Inc., a Ridgeland, Mississippi-based business creating individually hand-painted, semi-vitreous china dinnerware and home accessories.
Charles W. Ritter, Jr.
Charles W. Ritter, Jr. served from 1967 to 2002 as President and a Director of the Attala Company, which is principally engaged in the business of milling and selling feed and cornmeal. He now serves as a management consultant to the Attala Company. He has also served as President of JRS, Inc., a family-owned real estate investment firm, since 1973. Mr. Ritter is a director of First M & F Corp. and Merchants & Farmers Bank, Kosciusko, Mississippi, and chairs the audit committee of First M & F Corp.’s Board of Directors.
Joe F. Sanderson, Jr.
Joe F. Sanderson, Jr. served as President of the company from November 1, 1989, to October 21, 2004, and has served as Chief Executive Officer since November 1, 1989, and as Chairman of the Board of Directors since January 8, 1998. Mr. Sanderson continues to serve as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors. Mr. Sanderson is a member of the Company’s Executive Committee, which is a management committee, not a committee of directors.