Sponsor or Register Today for MEC's 70th Annual Meeting!

MEC will celebrate 70 years of building and unifying Mississippi's business community at the MEC Annual Meeting on Thursday, April 11, 2019.

Nearly 2,000 business and community leaders and STAR Students are anticipated to attend the MEC Annual Meeting, held at the Jackson Convention Complex.

MEC will honor more than 300 STAR Students at the Education Celebration, held in conjunction with MEC's Annual Meeting.

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In addition to exciting morning panels, 2018-2019 MEC Chair Dan Rollins, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of BancorpSouth, will pass his chairmanship on to 2019-2020 MEC Chair Lex Taylor, Chairman of the Board & President of The Taylor Group of Companies, Inc.

The meeting will feature Governor Phil Bryant and other state leaders as we highlight Mississippi's progress and celebrate MEC's impact over the past 70 years!

Recognition of MEC Leaders

  • James D. “Dan” Rollins III
    2018-2019 MEC Chair
    Chairman of the Board & Chief Executive Officer, BancorpSouth
  • William A. “Lex” Taylor III
    2019-2020 MEC Chair
    Chairman of the Board & President, The Taylor Group of Companies, Inc.

MEC Salute - Governor Phil Bryant
Special Appearance - Miss Mississippi Asya Branch
Featured Performance - Jones College Concert Choir
Invocation - Rev. Neddie Winters - President, Mission Mississippi
Featured Entertainment - HanaLena

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Corporate - $4,200
Leadership - $1,800
Supporter - $900
Entrepreneur - $300

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8:30 a.m.

9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Annual Meeting Morning Sessions

11:45 a.m.

1:15 p.m.

MEC Salute - Governor Phil Bryant

Governor Phil Bryant became Mississippi’s 64th governor in 2012, marking a capstone on a long career in state politics. Over the next eight years, Bryant – a Moorehead native – would go on to lead Mississippi in implementing transformational public education reforms, promoting economic development and building a competitive business climate to attract major employers. Under Governor Bryant’s administration, over 36,500 jobs have been
announced along with $7.4 billion in new corporate investments.

MEC Salutes the dedication that Governor Bryant and his wife,
First Lady Deborah Bryant, have shown to our state.

Featured Entertainment - HanaLena

Hannah and Caroline Melby (better known as HanaLena), on fiddle and mandolin respectively, began as instrumentalists in a string band in Mississippi in the late ‘90s and moved to Nashville in 2010, taking with them all their memories and adoration of their heritage. Though their training was in “ole time” fiddling, folk, and bluegrass, they have performed various styles of music which include country, blues, Celtic, Cajun, and pop/rock over their musical career.

MEC is excited to have HanaLena perform at our 70th Annual Meeting!