The DeSoto County Economic Development Council promotes business and economic development and quality of life issues for this booming Mississippi county just south of Memphis.  The Council works closely with business and industry, civic organizations, city and county governments and chambers of commerce in Hernando, Horn Lake, Olive Branch, Southaven and Town of Walls.


2021 Executive Committee

Susan Reich……...…...…….Chairman

Ritchie Hampton……….…..Vice Chairman

Diego Lejwa……....………….Treasurer

John Ray….…..….…..Secretary

Chris Brown……..……Past Chairman

2021 Board Members

Kevin Doddridge, Northcentral Electric Power Association

Chris Brown, North American Electric

Toby Finch, Nabholz

Diego Lejwa, Express Employment Professionals

Addison Lawrence, Citizens National Bank

Dietz Lankhorst, Krone

Shad Sims,  Atmos Energy Corp - MS Division

Rob Laster, Helen of Troy

Harry Welch, Intuitive Surgical

John Ray, Siemens

Jeff Field, Landers Auto Group

Wayne Spell, Entergy

Davy Hunt, Southgroup Insurance

Jennifer Ward, Community Bank

Vince Malavasi, Neel-Schaffer

Shawn Clayton, Renasant Bank

Quentin Dixon, Brentwood

Kathy Leverett, Future Electronics

Dr. Michael Heindl, Northwest MS Community College

Robert Hill, Titan Distributing

Susan Reich, Brannon Professionals

Dr. Brittany Kasprick, Mid South Chiropractic

Chad Robertson, Newly Weds Foods

Brian Hogan, Baptist Memorial Hospital - DeSoto

Lance Peacock, First Security Bank

Randy Sible, Tegra Medical

Ritchie Hampton, BancorpSouth

David Adams, Niteo Products

Bryant Cashion, BankPlus

Melissa Mire, SXP

The DeSoto County Economic Development Council's mission is to facilitate, promote and provide effective, unified leadership for economic development and improved quality of life.

The DeSoto Council was incorporated in 1978 by a group of forward-thinking citizens of DeSoto County who saw a need for a unified effort toward economic development in DeSoto County.  Since its beginning, the DeSoto Council has seen the opening and expansion of hundreds of industries, the creation of millions of jobs, and capital investment reaching into the billions.

The Council works closely with business and industry, civic organizations, city and county governments and chambers of commerce in Hernando, Horn Lake, Olive Branch, Southaven, and the Town of Walls.

  Position Name Email

President/CEO

Industrial Recruitment 

Jim Flanagan jflanagan@desotocounty.com

Director of Business Development


Existing Industry and Workforce Development

Bryant Henley bhenley@desotocounty.com

Manager, Business Services


Property Tax Exemptions 

Cynthia Ramsey-Short crshort@desotocounty.com

Manager, Member Services


Leadership DeSoto, Education Foundation, and Member Services

Susan Fernandez sfernandez@desotocounty.com