Meet our Foundation Sponsors
What does it mean to be a foundation sponsor? A SOLID FOUNDATION OF SUPPORT!
Home Builders Association of Jackson members should take notice of 11 special companies that have committed to being Foundation Sponsor Members for 2024. They have many things in common: the understanding of marketing their companies, involvement and active participation in their industry, successful attitudes and strong company support for the home building industry, among many others. It’s not a surprise that these companies have been supporters of HBAJ not just this year but for many years.
Atmos Energy is a huge supporter of the Parade of Homes and The Home Show. The entire team at Atmos Energy has built solid relationships with members over all the years of their participation. They bring many talented members including John Duease, Patrick Hyde, Neal Mashburn, Chip Shotts and Willie Alexander. They have contributed countless hours of volunteer time and expertise that has helped HBAJ achieve its goals.
84 Lumber first became a Foundation Sponsor in 2017 and has shared many testimonials describing an increase in home builder business since their commitment began. Blake Hoerman and Landry Holloway have both served on the HBAJ Board of Directors. Other members include Mason Pavatte, Lee Davis, Robbie Lamm and Jon Derouen. They enjoy and are very involved in the Association inviting customers and manufacturer reps to HBAJ events.
Cadence Bank has given HBAJ many active members and financial support over the years. Andy Barksdale is actively involved with HBAJ as he has served as a member of the Board of Directors. Matt Wilson and Micah Thomas are also involved in HBAJ. BancorpSouth Bank and Cadence Bank joined forces in 2021, creating a premier regional bank. Since then, BancorpSouth has adopted the Cadence name, which better positions the bank to serve their customers across a broader geographic market in the future. They look forward to continuing to serve HBAJ members.
A Better Way to Bank – BankFirst is headquartered in Columbus, Mississippi with extensive corporate operations in Macon, Mississippi. Established in 1888 with one location, they currently operate 30 branch locations in Mississippi and Alabama and three loan production offices in Biloxi, Brookhaven and Oxford, Mississippi. They have been a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) since 2010. BankFirst continues to provide innovative products and services designed to meet customers’ needs, while helping communities to prosper and grow. Chris Smith currently serves on the HBAJ Board of Directors and other members include John Shappley, Chaze Frasure, Renee Rice and Kasey Wilderding.
BankPlus brings construction, commercial and mortgage lending expertise to the Association. Wilson Eatherly has served on the Board of Directors multiple times in his tenure with BankPlus. Gabe Baldwin and John Granger have spoken at events regarding banking options and trends for members. BankPlus has sponsored The Home Show Builder event. Jerome Curro, Hunter Matherne and Lee Mitchell participate in most HBAJ events.
Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery raises the bar for industry standards as the top-rated wholesale supplier of commercial and residential plumbing supplies. They first became a Foundation Sponsor in 2021. Dallas Spence, Tim McKey and Allison Seymour can be seen at HBAJ events throughout the year. Allison has served on the HBAJ Board of Directors and was awarded the 2021 HBAJ Associate of the Year.
MMC Materials is the leading supplier of concrete solutions throughout Mississippi, South Alabama, West Tennessee and Eastern Louisiana. MMC’s team delivers large, technical construction projects, as well as, commercial and residential work. MMC has been a valued partner of HBAJ for many, many years and they support HBAJ’s efforts with the metro Jackson area residential construction market. MMC Materials’ members include Glenn Weldon, Ben Lindsey, Matt McDonald and Andrew Lester. You will see them at most all of HBAJ’s events. Ben Lindsey serves on the 2023 Board of Directors. Matt McDonald was awarded the 2020 HBAJ Associate Member of the Year and has served on the Board of Directors in past years.
Old South Brick and Tile begins with the patriarch, Jerry Crosby, President and Owner since 1982. Jerry has been a member of HBAJ since the 1970’s. Jerry has encouraged his employees/family to be involved in the Association, including Terry Williams, Chris Harless, Mickey Parker, Michael Harkins and Spence Tribble. The Old South team has been very active in the Association for many years by exhibiting in The Home Show and the Parade of Homes. Jerry Crosby was the recipient of the 2013 HBAJ Associate Member of the Year.
ProSource Wholesale was instrumental in bringing back HBAJ’s Key Connections event to members. This event offers Associate Members one-on-one meetings with Builder Members. ProSource also partnered with HBAJ in 2018 to create the Remodeler Committee, now called the Construction Round Table Committee and continues to sponsor each of those events. The ProSource member is John Hobbs. John encourages his staff to be involved with HBAJ.
Marvin Freeman, Kevin Stringer, Kevin Kinkade, Kristi Bradley, Zach Waller and Monica Day have supported the Association with their volunteerism as well as financial commitments. They were one of the very first Foundation Level sponsors and have done so every year since its inception. The Association would not be the same without the support of Trustmark. Kevin Kinkade was the recipient of the 2011 HBAJ Associate Member of the Year and Marvin Freeman was the recipient of the 2018 HBAJ Associate Member of the Year. Both have served as HBAJ Associate Vice President.