MYB Leadership Conference and Golf Tournament

2022 MYB Leadership Conference

September 20 & 21

Sheraton Flowood—The Refuge Hotel and Conference Center
2200 Refuge Blvd., Flowood, Mississippi

Golf Tournament

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8:30 -  9 am    Registration/Continental Breakfast
9 am  Welcome & Introductions
Brooks Corder, MYB Treasurer, First Choice Bank;
MYB President’s Remarks
Drew Kenna, Bank of Forest
9:30 - 10:20 am Fireside Chat with MBA Chairman, Hoppy Cole and Drew Kenna, Bank of Forest
10:20 -10:35 am Coffee Break
10:35 -  11:15 am Major General (Retired) Charles Whittington
11:15 am -12:15 pm Matt Wyatt
12:20 - 1:30 pm Luncheon
Ryan Miller, Accelerate Mississippi
MYB Leadership Scholarship Presentation
1:40 -  2:40 pm State Elected Officials Panel Discussion
Moderated by Gage Walker, MYB Vice President, Renasant Bank
MS Ag Commissioner, Andy Gipson
Secretary of State, Michael Watson
Drew Snyder, Exec. Director, MS Division of Medicaid
2:40 pm Group Photo and Adjournment


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The last day for the room block is August 31.


Registration Form for MYB Leadership Conference 

Registration Information
• MBA Members: $295 per registrant
• Non-Members: $590 for registrant 

Registration fees include instruction, materials, refreshment breaks and lunch. Hotel reservations are NOT included in registration fees.


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Additional Information

Cancellation Policy
Full registration fees will be refunded if a cancellation is received on or before Sept. 13, 2022.  After that date, a $50 processing fee will be retained. No refunds will be granted for cancellations made the day of the conference. Substitutions are welcome at no charge.

Hotel Information
Hotel reservations for the night of September 20 may be made by calling the Sheraton Hotel at (601) 936-4550 or by clicking here. Please reference the Mississippi Young Bankers when making your reservation to receive the special rate of $169 until August 31.  The attendee is responsible for room payment including taxes and expenses.

More Information
Dress for the conference is business casual. We recommend that you bring a light sweater or jacket in the instance the room is cool. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21. If you need additional information, please contact Lori Richardson at the MBA Office, 601-948-6366 or 

Golf Registration Fees

Golf registration is now full. If you have questions, contact Lori Richardson at

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Major General Charles W. Whittington, Jr. assumed duties as Deputy Director of the Army National Guard in July 2018.  General Whittington served as the Acting Director of the Army National Guard from February 2019 to June 2019.  In this assignment, General Whittington led the Headquarters of the Army National Guard and advised the Chief National Guard Bureau, the Chief of Staff of the Army, and the Adjutants General of the states on guard matters. Prior to this assignment, General Whittington served as First Army Deputy Commanding General-Operations.  Prior to becoming First Army Deputy Commanding General, Maj. Gen. Whittington served, since October 2012 as the Commanding General, 29th Infantry Division and was responsible for Virginia and Maryland forces organic to the division and served as an advisor on division issues to The Adjutants General of Virginia and Maryland.  General Whittington began his military service when he was commissioned in December 1986 as an artillery officer in the Regular Army, through the University of Southern Mississippi, Reserve Officer Training Corps. After commissioning, he served in Germany and as a Field Artillery Instructor at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. During Operation Desert Storm, he served in Kuwait and Iraq as a Battery Executive Officer. Since joining the Maryland National Guard in 1993, he has commanded and held staff assignments at the battery, battalion and brigade levels. In March 2007, General Whittington deployed to Camp Victory, Iraq as Deputy Commander, 58th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. In June 2008, he assumed command of the 58th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and oversaw the Brigade's transformation into the 58th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade. General Whittington served as Deputy Commander, 29th Infantry Division from June 2010 to September 2012. From September 2011 to July 2012, Maj. Gen. Whittington deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan where he served on the International Joint Command Staff as Director, Afghan National Security Forces Development / International Security Assistance Force. There he led a joint multicultural team tasked with partnering, developing and implementing key initiatives to facilitate the growth and development of the Afghan National Security Forces.

Matt Wyatt is a Mississippi State University graduate, B.S. in Sports Communications, May '00. While there Wyatt was a member of MSU football team, 1995-1999 (4-year letterman 96-99; Quarterback). He joined MSU football radio network in 2009 as pre/post game host and has been an MSU football radio color analyst since 2011. Wyatt was named Mississippi Business Journal Top 40 Under 40 in 2016. He formed "Matt Wyatt Media" and "The Matt Wyatt Show" in 2018, created "40 Years In Baseball" mini-documentary series in 2018, and created "Uneven" documentary in 2021 (highlighting scholarship inequity in college baseball). Wyatt is married to Annabeth Freeman (Vicksburg) (Ole Miss Homecoming Queen '00). They have one daughter, Mary Liddy (10) (she'll be 11 at the time of the conference). 

Hoppy Cole began his banking career in 1985 as a corporate banking officer at FNBC in New Orleans. In 1989, he joined Sunburst Bank Laurel as Market President. Cole then moved to The First Bank in 2003 as Branch Manager in Picayune, then Gulf Coast Regional Manager, and he assumed the role of CEO and President in 2009. He is a graduate of the University of Mississippi.

Cole has previously served on the MBA Board of Directors from 2014-2017 and was Chairman of the association’s Dues Study Committee in 2015. He has also served on the MBA Legislative Committee. He is actively involved in his community as a member of Venture Church, Rotary Club and currently serves on the board of the Ole Miss School of Banking and Finance advisory council, the University of Southern Mississippi Athletic Foundation and Extra Table, a non-profit committed to ending hunger in our state. He is a past Chairman of the Board of the Area Development Partnership and served on the Mississippi Aquarium Foundation board.

Cole resides in Ellisville with his wife, Cindy. They have four sons, Keith Farrish, Dusty Farrish, Mit Cole, and Drew Cole, and three granddaughters, Emma Claire Cole, Evvi Cate Cole, and Vivian Ruth Cole.

Secretary of State Michael David Watson, Jr., was born and raised in Mississippi. He is a husband to his loving wife Lauren, father of three beautiful young daughters, the son of a shipyard worker and bank teller. After his work as a pipefitter, Michael’s father entered the ministry and continues to serve as pastor at Liberty Church in Gautier. His mother passed away shortly before Michael became Mississippi’s thirty-sixth Secretary of State. 
A graduate of Pascagoula High School and the University of Mississippi, where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and a law degree, Michael began his work in public service in the summer of 1999, serving as an intern for then U.S. Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott. That experience strengthened his desire to one day enter public service in order to improve the quality of life for all Mississippians.
Prior to taking office as Secretary of State in January 2020, Michael served three terms in the State Senate, where he represented District 51 in Jackson County. He authored the Fetal Protection Act, which strengthened the penalties for injuring an unborn child. He also wrote Mississippi’s first comprehensive law to tackle illegal immigration, as well as legislation to allow alternate-track diplomas—one of the first efforts to return a focus to career and technical training for high school students. More of Michael’s proposals came to fruition in the State Senate, including the Catastrophe Savings Accounts, which allows for pretax savings accounts to be used on deductibles or other catastrophe-related expenses, and the Equal Opportunity for Students with Special Needs Act that provides scholarships for parents with a special-needs child, allowing them the ability to choose which education option best fits their child. In addition, former Governor Phil Bryant asked Michael to introduce the legislation adding “In God We Trust” to our state seal. During his time in the State Senate, Michael became known as a conservative fighter for his work to preserve Mississippians’ rights and religious liberties and to limit government overreach and spending. Michael brings these same conservative principles to the Secretary of State’s Office. 

In his time as State Auditor, Shad White’s team has stopped the largest public fraud in state history, made the largest civil recovery after an auditor’s investigation in the history of the office, and concluded cases that, collectively, led to hundreds of years of prison sentences for fraudsters.

White, a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), grew up in Sandersville, Mississippi, population 731, in a blue-collar family. His father and grandfather were oilfield pumpers, and his mother and grandmother were public school teachers. On the weekends, his father was music minister at their small country church, and his mother played the organ. Shad went on to earn degrees from the University of Mississippi, the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar, and Harvard Law School.

White was appointed the 42nd State Auditor of Mississippi in July 2018 and won election to the office after establishing a tough, no-nonsense reputation. Prior to becoming Auditor, White served as a special prosecutor, won ethics cases against politicians who broke the law, and earned a certificate in forensic accounting (the use of accounting to discover fraud) from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He also serves in the military as an officer in the Mississippi National Guard assigned to the 186th Air Wing in Meridian.

Today Shad, his wife Rina and their daughters live in Rankin County and are faithful members at St. Richard Church.

J. Andrew ("Andy") Gipson serves as the Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce. He was appointed by Governor Phil Bryant as the eighth Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce in March 2018.

Commissioner Gipson served as a State Representative in the Mississippi Legislature from 2008 to 2018, representing the citizens of Simpson and Rankin counties in District 77. During his legislative service, Commissioner Gipson acted as the chairman of the House Judiciary B Committee for seven years and chairman of the Ethics Committee for three years, as well as served as a member on the House Agriculture, Appropriations, Ways and Means, County Affairs, Insurance, Municipalities, and Transportation committees.

Commissioner Gipson is the President of the Southern Association of State Departments of Agriculture, which protects and promotes regional agriculture.

Executive Director Ryan Miller announced the addition of Garrett McInnis as Deputy Director for External Affairs to the office of Accelerate Mississippi (AccelerateMS). The additions of Renick and McInnis serve as the first step in building out the executive team of AccelerateMS, the newly created lead office for Mississippi workforce strategy.

“When Mississippi leaders created this new office, they acknowledged a need for systemic improvement and charged us with developing a cohesive, coordinated workforce strategy to get more Mississippians working in better, higher paying jobs,” said Miller. This is a tall task, no doubt, but I am confident with the help of proven leaders and innovators like Bill Renick and Garrett McInnis, we will do just that.”

Garrett McInnis joins AccelerateMS from serving as Executive Vice President of The Skills Foundation of Mississippi, a private nonprofit organization focused on developing strategies to increase Mississippi’s supply of skilled workforce. “Under Garrett’s guidance, The Skills Foundation has played a pivotal role in getting Mississippi focused on solutions to our workforce challenges,” noted Miller, “and he is uniquely equipped to help AccelerateMS deliver those solutions to the people of Mississippi.” McInnis’ recent policy experience includes work with the Mississippi Energy Institute. In 2020, he was named one of Mississippi’s Top 50 most influential leaders.