Michael Philpot

Executive Director, CEcD

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Mike has been the Executive Director since January of 1996. Prior to returning to Tennessee, Mike worked for the Shreveport Chamber of Commerce.

He received his undergraduate degree from Harding University and earned a Master’s of Science, Community and Economic Development, from the University of Central Arkansas.  Professionally, Mike earned the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) designation from the International Economic Development Council and has taught economic development courses in various venues.

Board of Director Positions include:  2015 Chairman of Southern Economic Development Council; WestStar Leadership Board of Trustees—University of Tennessee, Martin; Tennessee College of Applied Technology, and Chairman of United Way of West Tennessee.


Mark Hawk

Assistant Director

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Mark began as Assistant Director in March of 2016 and brings his experiences in sales, networking, ministry, and interpersonal skills to our staff. He has called Jackson home since 1979. Prior to returning to West Tennessee in 2006, Mark spent 21 years in youth ministry across the southeast.

A graduate of Freed-Hardeman University, Mark has served 6 churches, two boards of directors, spoken to thousands, trained leaders and volunteers, organized and led foreign and domestic trips, and built his own small business.

Mark lives in Three Way with his wife and six children.

Kimberly Kee

Operations Director


Nita Henry

Administrative Assistant