Newsmakers March 31, 2013

By NEMS Daily Journal

Julie Bingham with Express Employment Professionals of Tupelo earned top honors at the staffing firm’s 30th annual International Leadership Conference.
Bingham received the award as the highest producing sales representative across the international Express franchise system comprising more than 600 offices.
In addition, the Tupelo Express office was awarded the Bronze level Circle of Excellence Award, which recognizes top performing offices in the Express system.
Nearly 1,400 Express franchisees and their staff attended the company’s annual international leadership conference.
The Tupelo Express Employment Professionals franchise began operation in 1997 and serves more than 100 local Mississippi companies with temporary help and direct hire employees in a variety of fields, including accounting, administrative, commercial, data processing, technical, sales, marketing and more.

Tia Clemons was chosen Franklin Collection Service’s employee of the month for March.
Clemons works in the company’s legal department.

Jimmy Pryor of Tupelo recently was recognized by the Mississippi Associated Builders and Contractors with a memorial plaque.
Pryor was the organization’s first president, elected in 1973.
The plaque describes him as “a high-minded gentleman of courage and honor who was modest and thoughtful, stately of manner, kind and generous of heart.”
The bronze memorial plaque features a sculpted image of Pryor and the inscription reads:
Pryor founded Pryor Construction Co., in 1967 in West Point and moved his business to Tupelo shortly thereafter.

Rhonda Tigner, Bill Almon and Prentiss Turner have recently joined Farmers and Merchants Bank.
• Tigner has extensive banking experience, having been a teller, customer service representative, operations officer and loan officer. She is a graduate of the Mississippi School of Banking. She joined FMB in October. She is loan officer and branch manager at the FMB Mooreville location.
• Almon has 17 years banking and lending experience. He is a graduate of the University of North Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in marketing. He is loan officer and branch manager of the FMB Tupelo branch.
• A banker in Northeast Mississippi for more than 35 years, Turner joined FMB in January. He has served on the Itawamba Community College board of trustees for 22 years and the board of directors for Tombigbee Electric Power for 27 years.

Phil Morgan has been appointed to the board of directors for Farmers & Merchants Bank.
A graduate of Mooreville High School and a cattle farmer, he has been Lee County District 1 supervisor since 2000.
He is vice chairman of the Three Rivers Planning and Development District board, a member of the Brice’s Crossroads Commission, the Baldwyn Main Street Chamber Board and the Mississippi Economic Development Council.