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Past Chairmen & Past Presidents

Current Chairman: Sam Powers, North Carolina

Thank you to our past SEDC chairmen and SEDC presidents.

1952: W. Porter Grace, Arkansas 

1953: Frank K. Shaw, Georgia 

1954: Harry W. Clark, Mississippi

1955: Harold A. Martin, Florida

1956: Hugh H. Bowers, Jr., Louisiana

1957: Thomas F. Finney, Texas

1958: Everett Tucker, Jr., Arkansas

1959: George I. Whitlatch, Georgia

1960: Warren H. Farmer, Mississippi

1961: Paul W. Miller, Georgia

1962: Rex Jennings, Texas

1963: Henry W. Pyne, Mississippi

1964: Glover H. Cary, Jr., Kentucky

1965: Allen H. Douglas, Georgia

1966: James A. Latta, Florida

1967: Nicholas N. Gordon, Louisiana

1968: Robert B. Cassell, Georgia

1969: Robert B. Seal, Texas

1970: William T. Hackett, Jr., Louisiana

1971: Jack D. Suiter, Florida

1972: Wallace A. Gieringer, Arkansas

1973: Bill L. Teuton, Tennessee

1974: W. N. Galphin, Jr., Georgia

1975: John I. Rucker, Jr., Mississippi

1976: Joe W. Lee, Kentucky

1977: E. Julian Ford, North Carolina

1978: Guy H. Kissinger Jr., Virginia

1979: Carter K. Hooks, Tennessee

1980: Marvin L. Wynn, Kansas

1981: Harry K. McLemore, Mississippi

1982: Jerry Heare, Texas

1983: A. James DeBellis, Virginia

1984: William J. Argo, Colorado

1985: Ernest D. Faucett, Arkansas

1986: James T. Newland, Georgia

1987: John M. Lovorn, Jr., Mississippi

1988: Julius A. Denton, III, Virginia

1989: James A. Garver, Florida

1990: Ronald R. Clemons, Texas

1991: Robert C. Butler, Arkansas

1992: Larry E. Danielson, Kansas

1993: W. Alex Poe, North Carolina

Past Chairmen

Robert E. Leak, Jr.
Robert E. Leak, Jr.
President Winston-Salem Business Inc. 7238955
2017
Charlton Whipple
Charlton Whipple
SCCED Executive Director Midlands Technical College (803)691-3899
2016
Michael M. Philpot
Michael M. Philpot
Director Delta Council (662)686-3366
2015
Hal H. Johnson
Hal H. Johnson
Chief Development Officer NAI Earle Furman (864)232-9040
2014
Dan Motley
Dan Motley
CAPT, CEC, USN ret, MBA Industrial Development Manager Norfolk Southern Corporation (540)521-3541
2013
Mallie J. Combs
Mallie J. Combs
Executive Director Hardy County Rural Development Authority (304)530-3047
2012
Susan Peacock
Susan Peacock
Principal The Peacock Group (404)904-2647
2011
Angela Cognevich Collins
Angela Cognevich Collins
Regional Manager, Southeast Regional Office Mississippi Development Authority (601)266-6484
2010
Kirkley Thomas
Kirkley Thomas
Vice President of Governmental Affairs Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas (501)570-2263
2009
Robert D. Ingram
Robert D. Ingram
President & CEO Common Sense Economic Development LLC (251)752-0139
2008
Tucson Roberts
Tucson Roberts
President Tucson Atlantic Consulting (334)333-0964
2007
H. Garrett Hart
H. Garrett Hart
Director Chesterfield County Economic Development (804)318-8561
2006
Victor Raoul Lafont
Victor Raoul Lafont
President/CEO South Louisiana Economic Council (985)448-4485
2005
Burdette (Pete) Fullerton
Burdette (Pete) Fullerton
PhD, EDFP, CEcD, PCED, HLM Assistant Director KC Aviation Department (816)243-3005
2004
Duane A. O'Neill
Duane A. O'Neill
President/CEO Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership (601)948-4300
2003
John J. Smolak
Director, Economic & Business Development Appalachian Power Company (540)985-2605
2001
Tom Seth Smith
President Community Solutions (580)380-6158
2000
William Stennett
(601)580-5031
1999
Linda P. Swann
1998
William A. Martin
Executive Director Greater Osceola Partnership for Economic Prosperity (407)742-4251
1997
Joyce I French
The French Connection (434)372-9760
1996
Michael J. Olivier
CEO Committee of 100 for Economic Development, Inc. (225)382-3750
1995
J. Eades
CEcD Director of Economic Development Lexington County (803)785-6818
1994
Ronald R. Clemons
4470469
1990