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Contact: Laura Guerin Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC) [email protected] (404) 523-3030 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ANGELA COLLINS, VIC LAFONT, M...

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Contact: Laura Guerin Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC) [email protected] (404) 523-3030


ANGELA COLLINS, VIC LAFONT, MIKE MULLIS, JEFF PIPKIN, ROBERT PITTMAN AND WES STUCKEY ELECTED HONORARY LIFE MEMBERS OF PRESTIGIOUS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC) Honors Members’ Contributions to Economic Development ATLANTA, GA (August 25, 2014) – Angela Collins, Vic Lafont, Mike Mullis, Jeff Pipkin, Robert Pittman, and Wes Stucky received Honorary Life Memberships from the Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC) during the 2014 SEDC Annual Conference held August 5-7, 2014 in Memphis, TN. SEDC Honorary Life Memberships are the highest awards SEDC bestows and are awarded yearly by the SEDC Board of Directors. Each Honorary Life Member must be nominated by a SEDC member in good standing, and these nominations are evaluated by a SEDC Committee comprised of the five most recent Chairmen of the Board of Directors. This committee makes its recommendations to the Board of Directors, who ultimately elect the new Honorary Life Members. These new Honorary Life Members currently serve in the following roles within their economic development organizations: • Angela Collins, Manager, Southeast Regional Office, Mississippi Development Authority Hattiesburg, Mississippi • Vic Lafont, President & CEO, South Louisiana Economic Council • Mike Mullis, President & CEO, J. M. Mullis, Inc., Memphis, Tennessee • Jeff Pipkin, President & CEO, Russellville Area Chamber of Commerce, Russellville, Arkansas • Robert Pittman, PCED, Founder and Managing Principal, Janus Forum, Lakemont, Georgia • Wes Stucky, President & CEO, Ardmore Chamber of Commerce, Development Authority and Chamber Foundation, Ardmore, Oklahoma Criteria that the board uses to elect Honorary Life Members include at least ten (10) years of service in the SEDC region as a professional economic, industrial, or community developer; a pattern of volunteering and economic development service in his/her community; contributions to SEDC over the years; and impact on the economic development profession as a whole. More…

Continued from previous page… “These new Honorary Life Members exemplify the qualities that SEDC stands for: Connect, Develop, Grow,” said SEDC Immediate Past Chairman Dan Motley about the awards. “The essence of this award is all about participation and giving of one’s self unselfishly to the profession. These SEDC members did this through their involvement with SEDC and their communities.” The 2014 SEDC Annual Conference is currently in its 67th year and is SEDC’s main educational event of the year. Over 350 economic development professionals spent three days networking and learning recent economic development trends and strategies from corporate, government, and executive professionals. About SEDC The Southern Economic Development Council is a 960 member professional association composed of a broad cross-section of active and influential economic developers from business and industry, utilities, transportation, financial and education institutions, chambers of commerce, and local, regional and state development agencies. Members in the 17-state area share a common interest: the promotion and enhancement of the economic development profession. The SEDC region includes the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland and the District of Columbia, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. For more information about SEDC please visit our Web site at Contact Information Laura Guerin, Director of Membership & Events Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC) [email protected], (404) 523-3030 311 Nelson St. SW, Atlanta, GA 30313