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Chairman Al Hopkins

Al Hopkins is former Assistant Adjutant General of the Mississippi National Guard and retired with the rank of Major General. During his military service, he earned multiple awards, including the Legion of Merit and the Magnolia Cross. He served 13 years as Chief Judge of the Court of Military Appeals. He holds bachelor’s degrees in English and History from Delta State University and earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies from William Carey University and an Honorary Master of Laws degree in law from Mississippi College School of Law. Mr. Hopkins founded his own law firm in 1977, which operates today under the name Hopkins, Barvié & Hopkins, P.L.L.C. Gulfport. He is senior partner. He is also president of ANH Enterprises, Inc. and Muddy River Farms, LLC, a farming, ranching, and land development company. Mr. Hopkins is an active member of his community and serves many organizations, including the Girl Scouts of Gulf Pines Council and the Spanish Trail Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He is a member of the Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce and is past president of the Harrison County Tourism Commission. He is a 32nd Degree Mason, an avid outdoorsman and a life member of the National Rifle Association. He and his wife Ruth are members of First Baptist Church of Gulfport, where Mr. Hopkins is a Deacon and teaches Sunday School. The Hopkins have two children.








Commissioner Tom Gresham

Tom Gresham is president and CEO of Double Quick, Inc., a company that owns and operates convenience stores in the Mississippi Delta. He is president of SIGMA, a national trade organization for fuel marketers, and is past president of the Mississippi Association of Convenience Stores. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in journalism, both from Southern Methodist University. Mr. Gresham is vice chairman of the Mississippi Community College Board. He is also a member of Delta Council and is chairman of Delta Council’s Development Department. He is past chairman of the Mississippi Economic Council. He and his wife Louise are members of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.



Commissioner Francis C. Lee

Francis C. Lee is President and Chief Executive Officer of First Tower, LLC, a consumer financial services company that owns and operates consumer finance branches and two insurance companies.  Franc received a B.B.A. in Banking and Finance from Mississippi State University.  Upon graduation, Franc went to work at Tower full-time and became President and CEO in 1999, growing the company from 77 locations to 235 today.

Mr. Lee is the founding President of the National Installment Lenders Association and has served as Chairman of the American Financial Services Association.  He is also a Past President of the Mississippi Consumer Finance Association and serves on the Board of the MSU Foundation.  He has also served on the boards of the Louisiana Finance Association and Missouri Financial Services Association.

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