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Barnes Tapped to Serve on Governor’s Commission for Economic Recovery
MAGEE, MS, – PriorityOne Capital Corporation and PriorityOne Bank are pleased to announce that Robbie Barnes, President and CEO has been appointed by Governor Tate Reeves to serve on Restart Mississippi, the Governor’s Commission for Economic Recovery.
The Governor’s Commission for Economic Recovery was established in April 2020 to make recommendations to the Governor on short-term and long-term economic revitalization. The Commission is led by a Chairman and Executive Team who represent the diverse geographical regions of the state. Together with Impact Committee Chairmen, this Commission will work to restart Mississippi’s economy, growing and expanding as it explores specific recovery needs related to agriculture, construction, education, energy, finance, hospitality and manufacturing, as well as examines the unique impact that COVID-19 has had on Mississippi’s minority and small business communities.
Barnes currently serves as President and CEO of PriorityOne Bank headquartered in Magee, Mississippi. PriorityOne Bank is a Community Bank with over $700 million in total assets and 15 locations throughout south/central Mississippi. He joined the bank as a teller in 1983 while still attending the University of Southern Mississippi. After graduating with a BSBA in Banking and Finance, he continued with the bank as a loan officer. Since then he has served as Branch Manager, Division President and as the Chief Credit Officer for the bank.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors of PriorityOne Bank, PriorityOne Capital Corporation, Mississippi Bankers Association, Copiah-Lincoln Community College Foundation, Simpson County Development District, Magee Benevolent Association, Mississippi Public Funds Guaranty Pool, Mississippi Baptist Foundation and the Independent Community Bankers Association as the Legislative Committee Chairman and Federal Delegate Board Member for the State of Mississippi. He is past President of the Simpson County Development Foundation, the Magee Chamber of Commerce and the Magee Lions Club.
He has always been very involved in civic activities and has served as Chairman of the Adopt-a-School program and as a founder of the Youth Leadership program for Simpson County. He is a graduate of Magee High School, Copiah-Lincoln Community College, the University of Southern Mississippi and The School of Banking of the South at LSU. He and his wife, Melissa are the parents of two daughters, and they have five grandchildren. They are both active members of First Baptist Church of Magee where Mr. Barnes serves as a deacon and church treasurer.
When asked how he chose members of the task force, Reeves said they are among the “best and brightest minds” of Mississippi’s business community. Reeves went on to state, “They are going to be making recommendations to me and to our leadership team in state government. They will not have direct ability to spend any of the federal funds that come in,” Reeves said. “They are simply going to make recommendations, and then we will make decisions based upon what we believe is in the best interest of Mississippi’s citizens.”
Other members of this task force and more information regarding their efforts can be found at www.restartms.ms.
PriorityOne Bank, based in Magee, Mississippi, operates fifteen offices in twelve Mississippi communities: Collins, Seminary, Hattiesburg, Magee, Mendenhall, Richland, Brandon, Ridgeland, Flowood, Pearl, Pelahatchie, and Morton. The bank has assets of approximately $700 million.
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