By Dennis Seid / NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – It’s not that Tommy Green doesn’t get around much, but his professional career has been centered in downtown Tupelo.
First was a nine-year stint with the former People’s Bank & Trust Co. – now Renasant – followed by a 15-year career as marketing director at Reed’s department store. The past four years he’s been director of marketing and public relations with Methodist Senior Services.
“My career has all taken place in this little block,” he said with a laugh.
Starting Monday he’ll have a new job – and it’s across the street at the Community Development Foundation.
Green was hired last month as the CDF’s vice president of the chamber of commerce, a role he embraces.
“I want to continue the services that we’re providing and I also want to bring the chamber more in the public eye,” he said. “Lots of people don’t know who the chamber is or what it does.”
The chamber is under the CDF umbrella, serving as a business and networking association for Tupelo and Lee County
Helping Green learn the ropes on his new jobs during the next year will be the retiring Barbara Smith, the CDF’s vice president of chamber services.
“I have some big shoes to fill,” Green said. “Barbara does a great job and I’m thrilled she’ll be around as I familiarize myself with the CDF.”
Green was among some 120 applicants for the job, standing out in a crowded but talented field that included applicants from as far away as Illinois and Colorado.
David Rumbarger, the CDF’s president and CEO, said 15 candidates were interviewed and five were chosen as top candidates.
“What attracted us to Tommy was his involvement with the community … he knows everybody,” he said. “And he’s been in and around CDF for 25 years, so we felt like we knew him, too.”
Among his activities in the community, Green is president and serves on the board of the Tupelo Community Theater, a past president and current board member of the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association, a United Way volunteer and a Kiwanis member.
His connections and knowledge of Tupelo, Lee County and Northeast Mississippi are advantages for Green, who will hit the ground running.
Later this month, the CDF will host its annual Northeast Mississippi Economic Forecast Conference , followed by the Business to Business Connection next month. In addition, he’ll be promoting a new tiered membership program at the CDF.
“There’s a lot to learn and a lot to do,” he said.
That’s probably true, but Green did gain valuable experience with his other jobs over the years that will undoubtedly help him.
“Each job was different and I learned a lot from each,” he said. “At Reed’s, I had a great boss. For 15 years I learned from the master in Jack Reed Sr., and also from Jack Jr.
“But this is a dream job I have now, and I’m happy to be a part of CDF.”
Contact Dennis Seid at (662) 678-1578 or firstname.lastname@example.org.