CATEGORY: Prentiss County
NEW HEAD OF CHAMBER NAMED
By Jane Clark Summers
Daily Journal Corinth Bureau
BOONEVILLE – The first priority of Booneville Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Patrick “Pat” Eaton is to meet the members of the organization that was established just last year.
Eaton, the chamber’s first director, began his duties March 18.
“I am just delving into it,” said Eaton, 28, a native of Mantachie in neighboring Itawamba County. “I am trying to meet everyone in the community.”
Married to the former Pamela Suzanne “Pam” Maxcy of Tupelo, Eaton and his wife have one son, David Blake, who will be 1 year old April 6. Mrs. Eaton, a registered nurse, is employed as Baptist Memorial Hospital in New Albany.
Eaton graduated from Mississippi State University in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He was formerly employed with Pitney Bowes as southern regional public relations director.
Hal Wright, vice president of the chamber’s board of directors, said: “We are just getting our chamber of commerce started, and he is our first executive director. We feel like we have a great person in Pat Eaton, and we are looking for a lot of great things from him.”
Eaton said he has always wanted to work in the northeastern part of the state where he grew up. His experience after college in the business world gave him a chance to be back in the part of the state that he loves.
“Booneville gave me the opportunity and I embraced it,” he said. “And I want to be able to contribute to the community.”
The Booneville Chamber of Commerce will continue to conduct a membership drive to enroll all of the businesses and industries in Booneville, Eaton said. The cost of memberships are $50 for individuals and $35 for retired individuals.
The minimum membership dues for business and industry is $150. For companies with over 100 employees, dues are $300. For those companies with over 500 employees, dues are $500.
The chamber’s program of work for 1996 includes downtown and small business development, community promotions, and beautification and education projects.