Board of Directors
Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association 2017 Board of Directors
Officers–Per the By-Laws: Elected officers are voting members of the Board of Directors.
President - Lucia Randle, Reed's
1st Vice President - Shipman Sloan, JBHM Architects
2nd Vice President - Kim Caron, Caron Gallery
Secretary - Bobby Geno, Renasant Bank
Treasurer - Chris Hussey, BancorpSouth Bank
The By-Laws establish a Board of Directors on not less than 15 nor more than 23 voting members. They must all be members in good standing of DTMSA.
- Russell Conerly-2016, United Furniture
- Sam Waters-2016, Waters Creative
- Louis Marascalco-2016, Renasant Bank
- Shipman Sloan-2016, JBHM Architects
- Chris Hussey-2016, BancorpSouth Bank
- Richie Alvarez-2017, FNB
- Kim Caron-2017, Caron Gallery
- Rashni Barath-2017, Trustmark Bank
- Bobby Geno-2017, Renasant Bank
- Camille Sloan-2017, Reed’s
- Greg Bost-2018, Nowell Agency
- Jon Milstead-2018, CDF
- Jim Beane-2018, Bar-B-Q by Jim
- Jim Stanzel-2018, North Mississippi Medical Services
Presidential Appointment-Jim Stanzel, North Mississippi Medical Services
Design Chair-Brandon Bishop, JBHM Architects
Organization Chair-Shipman Sloan, JBHM Architects
Promotions Chair-Kim Caron
Business Promotions Committee-Bev Crossen
Marketing Committee-Richard Tucker, Robinson and Associates
Economic Vitality Chair-Jon Milstead, CDF
Elvis Festival Chair-Russell Conerly, United Furniture
Immediate Past President-Blair Hughes, Park Heights
Executive Committee–Officers, Committee Chairmen, Sub-Committee Chairmen and immediate-past President are voting members of the Board and Executive Committee. The Vice President serves as Organization Chairman with the immediate-past President as Vice Chair.
Design means getting Main Street into top physical shape. Capitalizing on its best assets — such as historic buildings and pedestrian-oriented streets — is just part of the story. An inviting atmosphere, created through attractive window displays, parking areas, building improvements, street furniture, signs, sidewalks, street lights and landscaping, conveys a positive visual message about the commercial district and what it has to offer. Design activities also include instilling good maintenance practices in the commercial district, enhancing the physical appearance of the commercial district by rehabilitating historic buildings, encouraging appropriate new construction, developing sensitive design management systems, and long-term planning.
Promotion sells a positive image of the commercial district and encourages consumers and investors to live, work, shop, play and invest in the Main Street district. By marketing a district’s unique characteristics to residents, investors, business owners and visitors, an effective promotional strategy forges a positive image through advertising, retail promotional activity, special events and marketing campaigns carried out by local volunteers. These activities improve consumer and investor confidence in the district and encourage commercial activity and investment in the area. The Promotions Committee meets quarterly on an as needed basis. The Promotions Committee is made up of members who chair each of our events. Each event then has a committee of dedicated volunteers that organize and implement each event.
Economic Restructuring Committee
Economic Restructuring strengthens a community’s existing economic assets while expanding and diversifying its economic base. The Main Street program helps sharpen the competitiveness of existing business owners and recruits compatible new businesses and new economic uses to build a commercial district that responds to today’s consumers’ needs. Converting unused or underused commercial space into economically productive property also helps boost the profitability of the district. Coincidentally, the four points of the Main Street approach correspond with the four forces of real estate value, which are social, political, physical, and economic.
Organization involves getting everyone working toward the same goal and assembling the appropriate human and financial resources to implement a Main Street revitalization program. A governing board and standing committees make up the fundamental organizational structure of the volunteer-driven program. Volunteers are coordinated and supported by a paid program director as well. This structure not only divides the workload and clearly delineates responsibilities, but also builds consensus and cooperation among the various stakeholders.
The Marketing Committee is a sub-committee of the Promotions Committee. Members of the Marketing Committee are responsible for planning an advertising and public relations strategy for the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association. This includes co-operative advertising with downtown merchants, event promotion, and public relations campaigns. The committee is also in charge of creating a positive and healthy image for the organization. The Marketing Committee meets quarterly on an as needed basis.
Business Promotions Committee
The Business Promotions Committee is a sub-committee of the Promotions Committee. Members of the Business Promotions Committee are downtown merchants and restaurateurs. The purpose of this committee is to help the downtown district become a cohesive group of individual businesses and property owners. They are responsible for helping to promote the downtown district as a destination for shopping, dining, staying and living.