MEC’s Hobnob Mississippi to be held at Mississippi Coliseum


Weather Concerns promt move to ensure
safety and comfort of Hobnob attendees

Statewide Officials, Capitol Steps to take Center Stage;
Event to Include Mayors Panel, Highlight State’s Professional Golf Events


MEC’s Hobnob Mississippi will be held at the Mississippi Coliseum on Thursday Oct. 31, due to the possibility of inclement weather.

“The safety and comfort of Hobnob Mississippi attendees are MEC’s first priorities,” said Blake Wilson, President and CEO of MEC. “Forecasts are calling for the possibility of severe weather Thursday afternoon, but we want to make sure we are taking every precaution to protect those attending the event, while still providing a fun-filled morning of political speeches, entertainment and hobnobbing.”

The schedule of events will remain the same, with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. and the program beginning at 9:15 a.m. Attendees are asked to enter the Coliseum from the north entrance off High Street in Jackson.

The day will get off to a fast start, as Speaker of the House Philip Gunn will kick off a morning of non-stop activities. Gov. Phil Bryant and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves will cap off the morning’s speeches, appearing just prior to the special entertainment provided by the Capitol Steps at noon. Hobnob attendees will also hear form Attorney General Jim Hood, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, State Treasurer Lynn Fitch, Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney and Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith.

Hobnob will feature special insight from newly-elected mayors who recently served in the legislature, as well as highlight Mississippi’s two professional golf events. The traditional Hobnob luncheon feast will be adding two new items to the menu this year – fried chicken and greens.

The “Providing a New Perspective – Moving from the State Capitol to City Hall” panel focuses on the different roles Mayor Kelvin Buck of Holly Springs, Mayor George Flaggs of Vicksburg and Mayor Billy Hewes of Gulfport have following the transition to their new offices at City Hall. The panel will be moderated by Jack Reed Jr., former Mayor of Tupelo and an MEC Past Chair.

As a bonus, Hobnob will provide a special look at Mississippi’s two professional golf events – The Sanderson Farms Championship and The Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic. Attendees will get a chance to learn more about the important role both events have on Mississippi’s economy and their charitable impact.

The Capitol Steps, a Washington, D.C.-based comedy troupe, are returning to Hobnob with their special brand of political humor. Their song parodies and skits are designed to satirize the very people and places that employed them on Capitol Hill.

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2013 Hobnob Mississippi Agenda

9:15 – Welcome and Introduction
9:20 – The Honorable Philip Gunn, Speaker of the House
9:30 – The Honorable Cindy Hyde-Smith, Commissioner of Agriculture
9:40 – The Honorable Mike Chaney, Insurance Commissioner
9:50 – The Honorable Lynn Fitch, State Treasurer
10:00 – Providing a New Perspective – Moving from the State Capitol to City Hall

  • Mayor Kelvin Buck – Holly Springs
  • Mayor George Flaggs – Vicksburg
  • Mayor Billy Hewes – Gulfport
  • Jack Reed Jr. – Moderator

10:25 – The Honorable Jim Hood, Attorney General
10:35 – The Honorable Delbert Hosemann, Secretary of State
10:45 – Highlighting Sanderson Farms Classic and Gulf Resort Classic

  • Brent Christensen – Executive Director, Mississippi Development Authority
  • Joe Sanderson Jr.- Chairman and CEO, Sanderson Farms
  • Jim Richmond – Vice President of Corporate Communications, C Spire

11:15 – MEC Chair Haley Fisackerly, President and CEO of Entergy Mississippi
11:20 – Dan Rollins, CEO of BancorpSouth – Blueprint Mississippi
11:25 – The Honorable Tate Reeves, Lt. Governor
11:40 – The Honorable Phil Bryant, Governor
Noon – Capitol Steps

Lunch to Follow Capitol Steps Performance



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