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.
David Barksdale is the Managing Member at Alluvian Capital, a private family office with diversified investments in the telecommunications and software industries. Barksdale also served as co-Chairman from 2015 to 2018, and Chief Executive Officer, from 2009 to 2014, of Spread Networks, LLC, a provider of low-latency fiber optic services to financial and enterprise customers. Earlier in his career, Barksdale was a attorney at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP and a Principal at Marksdale Management Corporation. Barksdale is currently a board member at Servato Corporation and Idea Village. He also serves on the Board of Trustees at Tulane University and the Greater New Orleans Foundation.
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 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.
Edith Kelly-Green is a partner in The KGR Group, who prior to starting this business in 2005, worked for FedEx Express, where she served in many roles including Vice President and Chief Sourcing Officer. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Applied Industrial Technology and of BULAB Holdings, Inc. She previously served as a director of Paragon National Bank and was a senior auditor for Deloitte in Memphis.
Kelly-Green has been an active volunteer holding leadership positions in the Memphis community and through organizations in Mississippi. She is a founding member of the Philanthropic Black Women of Memphis; founding chairman of The Women’s Council for Philanthropy at the University of Mississippi; and former chair of the legal and compliance committee of the board of Regional One Health and member of the advisory board of Baptist Women’s Hospital, both in Memphis.
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.
Mestayer is owner and managing principal of ThirtyNorth Investments, LLC, an independent registered investment advisory firm in New Orleans, Louisiana, which provides investment management and consultation services to families, retirement plans, for-profit and non-profit organizations and trusts. She previously was founder and managing member of Advisean Partners, LLC, a private investing and business consulting company. Prior to this, she held senior management positions in the banking industry with Regions Bank and First Commerce Corporation. She has served on the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, New Orleans branch, since 2014. Mestayer was also a member of the Board of Directors of McMoRan Exploration Co., a NYSE-listed company.
Sonia Pérez is President of AT&T Southeast States, where she is responsible for developing the overall strategic direction of AT&T’s corporate activities throughout her region. She leads AT&T’s workforce, oversees operations including its technology deployment and infrastructure investment, and directs teams responsible for implementing public policy, legislative, regulatory and philanthropic initiatives. Prior to this position, Pérez was named the first female president of AT&T Louisiana in 2010, having previously worked in various management capacities at AT&T in Houston and McAllen, Texas. She currently serves as Chair of the Board of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, and is past chair of the state’s business roundtable, the Committee of 100. Pérez is also a member of the board of the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.
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.
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.