Two from Jasper County have been honored and have represented the county well by being named to the Mississippi Business Journal’s “Top 50 Under 40,” one of the state’s most prestigious awards programs that recognizes business leaders across the state under the age of 40.
“Top 50 Under 40” is one of Mississippi’s most reputable awards programs that recognizes the state’s 50 up-and-coming business leaders under the age of 40. The program seeks to identify and recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to Mississippi’s overall economic progress, often working at their local levels. Since its inception in 1993, the “Top 50 Under 40” program has honored hundreds of Mississippi business leaders who are playing active day-to-day roles in moving the state’s economy well into the 21st century.
The key to the program’s success is that individuals are nominated by friends or business associates who best know their professional and civic involvement. All of the “Top 50 Under 40” recipients have involvement that goes well beyond normal working hours; days being extended by numerous civic and community activities.
Gavin Hatcher, 37, of Bay Springs, and Christy Holifield, 40, of Moss have been named to the “Top 50 Under 40” list.
Hatcher is the Vice President of Manufacturing for the Hol-Mac Corporation and has been named to the top ten of the statewide award winners.
A native of Vernon, Alabama, Hatcher joined the Hol-Mac team shortly after graduating from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology. In 2004, he joined the Hol-Mac Corporation as a management trainee, before being named Plant 1 Plant Manager, Plant 1 General Manager, and then Vice President of Manufacturing.
During his time with the company over 15 years which began in management training, Hatcher has become an alumnus of the Mississippi Economic Councils Leadership Mississippi and has been active locally in the Jasper County Rotary Club, Mississippi Scholars, and Bay Springs Country Club. He is married to Lydia Hatcher, and they have two children, Lily and Sam. They are active members of Laurel First United Methodist Church.
Hol-Mac Corporation CEO Jamie Holder said the corporation is excited and proud about Hatcher’s achievement.
“The Hol-Mac Corporation is proud of all of Gavin’s achievements, and are excited about his continued growth and contributions to our company as well as Bay Springs, Jasper County and the State of Mississippi,” he explained. “Our goal when hiring new employees is for them to have the opportunity to succeed in their careers as well as have the opportunity to become involved in their local community. Gavin is an outstanding example of an employee and community leader.”
Holifield also was named to the top ten of award winners in the state. She is the Corporate Cash Management Manager of Sanderson Farms, the only Fortune 1000 company in the state and the third largest poultry company in the world.
She graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting in 2002. Following graduation, Holifield began what has become now an 18-year career with the company that began in the management training program. Holifield has also become a certified treasury professional and has obtained a Juris Master degree in financial regulation and business compliance from Florida State University College of Law.
Holifield is a member of the Florida State University College of Law Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and has been recognized as an outstanding committee member and volunteer of the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. She has been named to the Laurel-Jones County Business and Professional Women’s Young Careerists, and is presently serving on the West Jasper School District Board of Trustees, representing District 4.
She is married to Dusty Holifield, and they have two children, Evan and Jaycee. They are active members of Edon Baptist Church in Stringer.
“I am truly humbled to be chosen as a Top 10 recipient for Mississippi Business Journal’s ‘Top 50 Under 40.’ It is a privilege to represent my family, Jasper County, Sanderson Farms and everyone who has supported me along the way in my career aspirations. Thank you all for your support.