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.
2017
Charlton Whipple
Charlton Whipple
SCCED Executive Director Midlands Technical College
2016
Michael M. Philpot
Michael M. Philpot
Director Delta Council
2015
Hal H. Johnson
Hal H. Johnson
Chief Development Officer NAI Earle Furman
2014
Dan Motley
Dan Motley
CAPT, CEC, USN ret, MBA Industrial Development Manager Norfolk Southern Corporation
2013
Mallie J. Combs
Mallie J. Combs
Executive Director Hardy County Rural Development Authority
2012
Susan Peacock
Susan Peacock
Principal The Peacock Group
2011
Angela Cognevich Collins
Angela Cognevich Collins
Regional Manager, Southeast Regional Office Mississippi Development Authority
2010
Kirkley Thomas
Kirkley Thomas
Vice President of Governmental Affairs Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas
2009
Robert D. Ingram
Robert D. Ingram
President & CEO Common Sense Economic Development LLC
2008
Tucson Roberts
Tucson Roberts
President Tucson Atlantic Consulting
2007
H. Garrett Hart
H. Garrett Hart
Director Chesterfield County Economic Development
2006
Victor Raoul Lafont
Victor Raoul Lafont
President/CEO South Louisiana Economic Council
2005
Burdette (Pete) Fullerton
Burdette (Pete) Fullerton
PhD, EDFP, CEcD, PCED, HLM Assistant Director KC Aviation Department
2004
Duane A. O'Neill
Duane A. O'Neill
President/CEO Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership
2003
John J. Smolak
Director, Economic & Business Development Appalachian Power Company
2001
Tom Seth Smith
President Community Solutions
2000
William Stennett
1999
Linda P. Swann
1998
William A. Martin
Executive Director Greater Osceola Partnership for Economic Prosperity
1997
Joyce I French
The French Connection
1996
Michael J. Olivier
CEO Committee of 100 for Economic Development, Inc.
1995
J. Eades
CEcD Director of Economic Development Lexington County
1994
Ronald R. Clemons
1990