Castilla, Cobb, Wright elected to county business group’s board

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The Madison County Business League & Foundation Board of Directors recently announced the election of three new business leaders to serve four-year terms on the board of directors.

Alveno Castilla, partner in Butler Snow law firm, was born in north Madison County and currently resides in Gluckstadt. He earned his B.A. and MBA degrees at Millsaps College and the University of Virginia School of Law. He is a Certified Public Accountant. His law practice concentrates primarily on federal, state and local taxation matters, including tax planning as well as handling contested matters with the IRS and the Mississippi Department of Revenue. He also handles a variety of corporate, transactional and financing matters and generally serves as a trusted tax and business advisor. He is a member of the Mississippi and District of Columbia bars and has been inducted as a Fellow of the Mississippi Bar Foundation.

Castilla has been listed in Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers for many years.  He received the Mississippi Business Journal “Leadership in Law” award in 2010, was named a Legacy Lawyer by Portico Magazine in 2014. He has twice been named Mississippi “Lawyer of the Year” in Litigation and Controversy (Tax) by Best Lawyers in America—in 2013 and 2019, and has the highest possible peer rating from Martindale-Hubbell. He has served in several law firm management roles, including as practice group chair and managing partner.

Castilla has a long record of service in civic and community circles and has served or is serving on numerous boards, including the Jackson Arts Council (past president), Mississippi Board of Bar Commissioners, Capital Area Bar Association (past president), Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project, Community Foundation of Mississippi, Downtown Jackson YMCA, Middle Mississippi Girl Scouts Council, Mississippi Symphony, Jackson 2000 (past co-chairman), Leadership Jackson Alumni Association, Metro Jackson Chamber of Commerce, Millsaps College, MINACT, Inc., Mississippi Economic Council (past chairman), Mississippi Baptist Health Systems & Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation, Mississippi Center for Education Innovation (chairman), Medgar & Myrlie Evers Institute, E-Center Foundation of Mississippi (chairman), Jackson State University Development Foundation, Alliance for Mississippi’s Future, New Lake Church Trustee Board (chairman), and as a volunteer in many other capacities.  In 2018, Castilla was named as one of Mississippi’s Most Influential African-Americans by Legend Publishing.

James N. (Nicky) Cobb is Madison County Market President for Renasant Bank. He is over operations in the Madison County markets including Madison, Ridgeland, and Canton, and is also responsible for the Clinton market.  Cobb has over thirty years of experience in the banking industry. He received a BS from Mississippi State University and a Masters of Business Administration from Texas A & M University.  He also graduated from the Southeastern School of Commercial Lending at Vanderbilt University and the Graduate School of Banking at LSU.

Cobb has been a resident of Madison County for the past eighteen years, and is active in the community. He currently serves on the Board of the Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce. He is a former member and president of the Board of Trustees for Madison Ridgeland Academy. They are long-time members of Highland Colony Baptist Church, where Nicky has served on the finance committee and as a Life Group leader.

Stan Wright is a Vice President for Neel-Schaffer, Inc., the largest Mississippi-based engineering, planning and construction management firm in the Magnolia State.

Wright manages the firm’s Madison office, overseeing work on a wide variety of civil engineering, water/wastewater and transportation projects.

Wright earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Mississippi State University and has worked in the Central Mississippi area for 25 years, where his clients have included the City of Ridgeland, the City of Madison, the Town of Flora and the Madison County Board of Supervisors.

He has managed several significant transportation improvement projects in the Madison County area, including Lake Harbour Drive, Old Canton Road, East County Line Road, Gluckstadt Road, and currently Hoy Road and Bozeman Road. He was involved in developing transportation plans for the City of Ridgeland and South Madison County. In addition to providing engineering and planning services for clients, he has also assisted many in securing funding for their projects.

Wright has lived in Madison County for over 20 years and is active in the community. He has coached over 20 different soccer, softball and Upward basketball teams in the Madison County area over the last 15 years and he was part of the Mayor’s Youth Council Scholarship selection committee.

Wright and his wife Paige are actively involved with their church, Madison United Methodist, where he has served on the Board of Trustees, as an usher and as a Sunday School teacher. He is also a member of the Mississippi Walk to Emmaus group and Why Not Now, a ministry that funds meals for the homeless in Jackson.

The Madison County Business League & Foundation was created in 2008 by the Madison County Economic Development Authority (MCEDA) and the Madison County Board of Supervisors as a 501©6 nonpartisan economic development support organization. The mission of the Madison County Business League & Foundation is to bring together, under one organization, the voice of numerous entities in order to establish a clear and concise message for the future. This organization, which is comprised of elected, appointed, business and individual leaders of Madison County, will enable all partners in business and economic development to participate collectively in bringing together the overall vision for Madison County.


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