Chad Newell serves as President of the Area Development Partnership (ADP) in Hattiesburg, MS, a position he has held since December 2009. The ADP is the regional chamber of commerce and economic development organization for Greater Hattiesburg, serving Forrest, Lamar, and Perry counties.
Chad has worked in the private, public, and private non-profit sectors for more than two decades in Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee. He has led teams in facilitating projects that resulted in the investment of billions of dollars and thousands of jobs created across the Southeastern United States.
Chad is keenly focused on servanthood leadership, hiring right fit talent, and creating an intentional corporate culture that drives results. He serves on numerous boards and advisory councils locally and around the nation and is an active leader at Venture Church in Hattiesburg.
Chad, a native Mississippian, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Mississippi State University and earned a Master’s degree in Economic Development from The University of Southern Mississippi. He and his wife Jennifer have been married for 24 years and have two sons, Garrett and Brooks, and one daughter, Jordan.
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Valencia Williamson, IOMExecutive Vice President
Valencia Williamson is the Executive Vice President of the Area Development Partnership (ADP) in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Valencia oversees all aspects of the Chamber of Commerce division including Membership Recruitment/Retention, Membership Development, Business Development, Communications/Marketing and Events, Leadership Pinebelt and the ADP’s Retiree and Physician Recruitment efforts.
A graduate of Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, Valencia received a B.S. in Agricultural Business & Economics, and with 10 years in the Chamber industry, has an extensive background in membership development and strategic planning. Valencia has completed the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Southeast Institute for Organization Management at the University of Georgia where she received an IOM certification in Organization Management.
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Jan Delancey, CPAVice President, Finance & Administration
Jan Delancey currently serves as Vice President of Finance and Administration. Her responsibilities include financial and treasury management, human resource management and supervision of the administrative and IT functions of the ADP.
A native of Laurel, Jan is a graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi, where she received her B.S.B.A. in accounting prior to becoming licensed as a Certified Public Accountant. Jan’s career includes experience of public accounting and over 18 years in industry and non-profit accounting, including The University of Southern Mississippi and the USM Foundation. Jan and her husband James have been married for over 30 years and are the parents of two.
Gwen HicksFinance Director
Gwen Hicks is currently the Finance Director for the Area Development Partnership (ADP). A native of Hattiesburg, Gwen is a 1994 graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi, where she received her B.S.B.A. in accounting. Gwen has 20 years of experience, both in profit and non-profit accounting. She also has almost 10 years of banking experience.
Todd JacksonExecutive Vice President, Economic Development
Todd Jackson has spent the last ten years as an Engineer in advanced manufacturing facilities and is utilizing that background to serve the Area Development Partnership as Executive Vice President of Economic Development division. Todd’s focus in this role is to support the recruitment of new industry to Greater Hattiesburg and to assist existing employers in their growth needs. He is responsible for working with the local business community and local entities of government on economic development initiatives that support the growth of the Greater Hattiesburg economy.
The first seven years of Todd’s career were spent in the engineering ranks of GE Plastics at various locations around the country as a part of GE’s Operations Management and Leadership Program. This unique experience afforded him the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and skills in the manufacturing sector, as well as exposure to hands-on engineering practices in a variety of settings. In 2011, Todd was afforded the privilege of moving back home to work with Stion, and spent three years in technical leadership roles with the hi-tech startup company.
A native of Poplarville, Mississippi, Todd is a 2004 graduate of Mississippi State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering. He serves as a Deacon at Crosspoint Community Church and enjoys serving the church and local community as much as possible. In 2013, Todd was honored by his Leadership Pinebelt Class with the Susan Walker Community Leadership Award, for exemplifying outstanding leadership and commitment to the enhancement of Greater Hattiesburg.
Markus SimmonsProject Manager, Economic Development
Markus Simmons serves as the Economic Development division’s Project Manager at the Area Development Partnership (ADP). In this role, Markus is responsible for business recruitment, retention and expansion, as well as development of available economic development sites for commercial and industrial use. In addition to these duties, he assists the community development and research managers in their initiatives to support the growth of Greater Hattiesburg.
A native of Petal, Markus attended The University of Mississippi and earned his B.B.A in Marketing Communication in 2011. Markus began his career as a sales representative for New York Life Insurance and Annuity Corporation and most recently worked in housing administration at Southern Miss while earning his Master of Business Administration.
Daniel JayroeCommunity Development Director
Daniel Jayroe serves as the Community Development Director in the Economic Development division at the Area Development Partnership (ADP). In this role, Daniel is responsible for workforce development efforts, legislative and military affairs, K-12 Post-Graduate Success Support Initiatives, and the Southeast Mississippi Community Investment Corporation (SEMCIC) loan program. Daniel is Treasurer for the Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association board and is charged with numerous other community outreach endeavors. In addition to these duties, he assists the rest of the Economic Development team with various projects to further diversify and continue the growth of the regional economy.
Daniel received his M.S. in Economic Development (MSED) from The University of Southern Mississippi. Prior to graduate work, Daniel earned his B.S.B.A in Healthcare Marketing from Southern Miss while being actively involved in leadership roles and volunteer work for various student organizations. Daniel is originally from Mobile, Alabama.
Chelsey EverettResearch Manager, Economic Development
Chelsey Everett serves as the Research Manager, in the Economic Development division, at the Area Development Partnership (ADP). In this role, Chelsey is responsible for tracking and analyzing data and demographics, maintaining a database of industrial and commercial sites and buildings, and creating and maintaining all of the economic development materials. In addition to these duties she assists the rest of the Economic Development team with various projects and research to continue to support the growth of the region.
Chelsey received her M.S in Economic Development (MSED) from the University of Southern Mississippi where she was President of the Student Economic Development Association and was elected into the 2015 Graduate Student Hall of Fame. Prior to her graduate work, Chelsey earned a B.A in Public Relations and Marketing from Southern Miss while being actively involved in leadership roles on The Agency at Southern Miss and the Public Relations Student Society of America.
Stancey CollinsCommunity Development Coordinator
Stancey Collins serves as the Community Development Coordinator in the Economic Development division at the Area Development Partnership (ADP). In this role, Stancey is responsible for creating and leading efforts to help entrepreneurs, identifying grant funding opportunities, marketing and administrative duties of the SEMCIC loan program, and assisting in planning and executing educational initiatives and job fairs. Stancey previously worked as a Marketing Associate for Jones Companies and YAK ACCESS. She received her B.S.B.A in Healthcare Marketing from The University of Southern Mississippi and was an active member of Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity where she served as the Public Relations Chair. She is from Columbia, MS.
Meagan DuckworthCommunications and Events Manager
Meagan Duckworth currently serves as the Communications and Events Manager for the Area Development Partnership. She is responsible for the implementation of all Chamber marketing strategies, communications, and public relations activities along with overseeing the planning and coordination of the organization’s monthly and signature events.
Meagan is a native of Petal, and attended William Carey University where she received a B.S. in Mass Communications with a concentration in Public Relations. While attending WCU, she gained experience at ShyPR as Marketing Administrator. Upon graduation, Meagan accepted the role as Marketing Coordinator for DIME Entertainment Magazine, where she coordinated marketing and events for the publication. Meagan is married to Jason Duckworth and they have one son, Jude.
Niki TillsonCommunications and Events Coordinator
Niki Tillson currently serves as the Communications and Events Coordinator for the Area Development Partnership. She is responsible for executing all events for the ADP as well as assisting in communications efforts and strategies.
Niki is a native of the Mississippi Gulf Coast and grew up in Biloxi. She attended Mississippi State University and received a B.A. in Communication with a concentration in Public Relations and a minor in Marketing. She began her career as an intern for the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce, Inc., which ultimately turned into a full-time position as their Communications and Marketing Specialist. She is excited to continue working for the Chamber of Commerce in Hattiesburg.
Ann Scott MilesMembership Director
Ann Scott Miles currently serves as Membership Director for the Area Development Partnership’s Chamber of Commerce division. She is responsible for all membership recruitment activities as well as maintaining relationships with existing members. As the Membership Director, she is dedicated to bring a better quality of life and build a better community for the Greater Hattiesburg area by uniting individuals and businesses.
Ann Scott attended The University of Mississippi and received her B.P.S in Legal Studies and Political Science. Ann Scott began her career working as a Paralegal in the Hattiesburg area. She then changed career paths and became a Marketing Representative for Grace Healthcare, a medical equipment company. Ann Scott lives in Hattiesburg with her Labrador Retriever, Caden.
Jayce HenryInvestor Relations Coordinator
Jayce Henry currently serves as the Investor Relations Coordinator for the Area Development Partnership’s Chamber of Commerce division. Jayce is responsible for membership retention activities, increasing membership value and maintaining engagement amongst members and the business community of the Greater Hattiesburg Area.
A native of Hattiesburg, Jayce attended Mississippi State University where she received her B.A. in Public Relations. During her time at MSU, Jayce was a member of the Public Relations Association of Mississippi. After graduation, she accepted an internship at Walt Disney World, where she worked and took marketing and leadership courses in Orlando, FL. Although she loved living in Orlando, Jayce is very glad to have returned home with her friends and family in Hattiesburg.
Dinah DillonOffice Assistant
Dinah Dillon is currently the Office Assistant for the Area Development Partnership (ADP) where she acts as the initial contact for prospective clients, members, and the general public and is responsible for providing administrative support to the entire ADP staff.
Dinah attended The University of New Orleans where she majored in Business Administration. Most recently she served as an administrative assistant to the Chief Risk Officer of Risk Management for one of the largest banks in Memphis, TN, where her more than 30 years of experience allowed her to support senior level executives, attorneys, middle managers and their staff and other employees within the bank. She has been extensively trained in the following areas: customer service, conflict resolution, communication, diversity and sensitivity training.