Scott Waller, IOM
President & CEO
Mississippi Economic Council
Scott Waller is Mississippi Economic Council – The State Chamber of Commerce, the state’s largest broad-based business organization, and Waller has focused on taking the organization to a new level.
Under Waller’s leadership, MEC plays a pivotal role in providing background and support for major legislative initiatives. Most recently, MEC played a vital role in changing Mississippi’s state flag and increasing funding for the state’s office of workforce development.
His team’s work was honored in August 2022 as the National Association of State Chambers (NASC) honored MEC as the State Chamber of the Year, making it the nations’ top state chamber in 2022.
Over the years, MEC has been instrumental in providing important input for legislative initiatives boosting transportation infrastructure, tourism, workforce development, education, economic development, legal climate, and the improvement of tax policy. In 2014, the prestigious State Tax Notes publication recognized Waller as one of its persons of the year for his work with the Mississippi legislature on the Taxpayer Fairness Act.
He was named one of Mississippi’s 50 Most Influential leaders in Mississippi in 2019, 2020 and 2022.
Prior to joining MEC, he spent over 20 years as a newspaper journalist, including four years as Business Editor of The Clarion-Ledger. A Mississippi State graduate, he is the former owner/editor of the Madison County Journal and was co-owner of a residential construction company.
Waller serves on Mississippi’s State Workforce Investment Board. Nationally, he serves as Chair of the NASC Center for State Chamber Action and is on the NASC board of directors. He serves on the U.S. Chamber’s The Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100, the Chamber’s Institute for Organization Management National Board of Trustees, and the National Transportation Investment Advocacy Council.
He and his wife Kim live in Madison and have a son, Shane, who lives in Washington D.C.