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.


Name Company
Tripp Folk Ascent Investments LLC
Shad Sims Atmos Energy Corp
Brian Walhood BancorpSouth
Lee Smart BankPlus
James Huffman Baptist Memorial Hospital - DeSoto
Susan Reich Brannon Professionals LLC
Kyle McCoy Citizens National Bank
Adam Kraft Community Bank North MS
Chris Brown Comp Cams
Wayne Spell Entergy
David Foell FedEx Ground Package System Inc
Karla Wisinski GE International Inc
George Ready George B Ready Attorneys
J R Saylor Helen of Troy
Jamie Steen Jamie Steen Certified Public Accountant
Alan Parks Memphis Stone & Gravel Co
Rob Ramage Tegra Medical
William Myers Myers Law Group PLLC
Alesia Hise Newly Weds Foods Inc
Kevin Doddridge Northcentral Electric Power Association
Doug Freeze Northwest MS Community College
Shane Hughes Progressive Construction
Shawn Clayton Renasant Bank
Sparkle Buntyon Residence Inn by Marriott / Courtyard by Marriott
Barry Bouchillon State Farm Insurance
Michael Leonard Trustmark National Bank
Rick Gregory University of Mississippi - DeSoto
Charles Tomlinson View Inc
Peter Felsenthal Whitmor Inc
Rick Weeden Williams Sonoma Inc

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.

Click here to download the DeSoto Council's Annual Program of Work.

  Position Name Email
President/CEO Jim Flanagan jflanagan@desotocounty.com
Business Development Specialist Bryant Henley bhenley@desotocounty.com
Administrative Assistant Cynthia Ramsey-Short crshort@desotocounty.com
Member Services Manager Susan Fernandez sfernandez@desotocounty.com