College of Business Mississippi State University

Career Chats

Career Chats: March 28-29, 2017

Mocktails: March 28, 2017

What is Career Chats?

Each spring, the College of Business hosts the annual two-day event Career Chats to connect our students with business alumni from various industries. We invite our business graduates to speak to students in the classroom about real world experiences, their career paths, and career tips on getting a job in the field. This is an opportunity for our students to hear true success stories and receive resourceful, first-hand knowledge of what’s happening in the business community and how to apply it to preparing for the workforce.

To participate in Career Chats, please contact Tiffany Brady at or 662.325.9082.

2015 Career Chats Speaker List

  • Boyce Adams, President & CEO, BankTEL Systems
  • Drake Bassett, President & CEO, Palmer Home for Children
  • Jim Black, Financial Advisor, FNBB Capital Markets
  • Ron Black, Director of Human Resources, Southern Pipe & Supply
  • Wil Crawford, Jr., CPA, Audit Senior Manager, BKD CPAs & Advisors
  • Raleigh Cutrer, CPA/PFS/ABV, Shareholder/Treasurer, Matthews Cutrer and Lindsay, P.A.
  • Matt Dowell, Operations Manager, Golden Triangle Regional Airport
  • Ken Ezelle, Owner, Universal Logistics Services
  • Michael Ferril, Operations Director, DPM Fragrance
  • Brandt Galloway, Partner, GCM Insurance
  • Joe Green, CPA, Partner, HORNE LLP
  • Mike Hainsey, Executive Director, Golden Triangle Regional Airport
  • Skipper Holliman, President, HomeStretch
  • David Hopkins, Partner, KPMG
  • Shonda Kines, PHR, CCP, CBP, FLMI, Human Resources Supervisor, Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance
  • Dan Learned, Director of Global Financial Services, International Paper
  • Phillip May, Market CEO - Memphis, Metropolitan Bank, Tennessee Division
  • John McKie, Managing Partner, GodwinGroup
  • April McClung, Talent Acquisition Manager, Enterprise Rent-a-Car
  • Mike Merkel, VP Administration - Director Internal Audit & Controls, CGB Enterprises, Inc.
  • Lee Miller, President, Miller Transporters, Inc.
  • Craig P. Orgeron, Ph.D., CPM, Executive Director,
  • Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services
  • Steve Oswalt, Finance Director - Consumer Packaging, International Paper
  • Cindy Palmer, Mortgage Loan Originator, Cadence Bank
  • Joyce Plunkett, PHR, FLMI, ACS, Human Resources Manager, Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance
  • Melissa Robbins, PHR, FLMI, ACS, Senior Human Resources Generalist, Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance
  • Ken B. Robinson, VP Global Internal Audit, Proctor and Gamble
  • Jim Rouse, Retired Corporate Vice President, ExxonMobil
  • Erin Seago, Store Team Leader, Target
  • John D. Scott, CPA, Partner, Core Services, HORNE LLP
  • Kathy St. John, Contracts Consultant, NAPA HealthCare Connection
  • Rebecca Tabb, Owner, R. Tabb & Co. Boutique and Gifts
  • Jack Wells, President, B & M Pole Co., Inc
  • Lindsey Williams, Associate, Government Services, HORNE LLP
  • Mike Williams, Managing Director, Guardian Fund Management, LLC
  • Kevin Williams, President, Univertical LLC