The biggest business and political event of the week was Hobnob Mississippi, a signature project of the Mississippi Economic Council (MEC). The gathering of the state’s business and political leaders drew over 1,000 attendees. Hobnob is just one of MEC’s many projects. In the past few years MEC has become a leading force in causing change in Mississippi. From Momentum Mississippi to Mississippi Building blocks MEC has taken a leadership role. Although he will probably disagree because he likes to give others credit and point out that we do it all together, MEC’s CEO is a person who has played a huge role in changing MEC and Mississippi. And that’s why my Hero of the Week is Blake Wilson.
Blake Wilson came to MEC in 1998 from the Florida Chamber of Commerce where he served as Executive Vice President — and where he developed the most sophisticated grassroots member legislative action program in the nation.
Previously, Blake was Executive Director of Associated Builders & Contractors’ in Delaware and prior to that, spent nearly 10 years with the Delaware Chamber of Commerce. Before entering the association business, he spent nine years as a newspaper editor and reporter.