Local leaders honored at annual Vision Celebration

Local leaders honored at annual Vision Celebration


The Madison County Business League & Foundation (MCBL&F) and the Madison County Economic Development Authority (MCEDA) hosted the 14th annual Vision Celebration last month where 500 Madison County Business League & Foundation members, elected/appointed officials and special guests attended the luncheon.  

Dr. Dave Altig, Senior VP of Research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, was the keynote speaker. The theme of the event was “Vision for Economic Growth”.

The Madison County Economic Development Authority and the Madison County Business League & Foundation created the VISION Award and the VISIONARY Leadership Award in 2010 as a means of recognizing and thanking certain stand out Madison County companies and individuals for their visionary leadership contributions to the community.  By contributions we mean their unique or remarkable accomplishments, their investments in people and the resulting impact that their operations have on the local area economy.  

The prestigious 2022 VISION Award was presented to Nissan North America – Canton. Nissan announced recently that the Canton manufacturing plant will play a key role in the electrification of Nissan’s US lineup with the production of two all-new, all-electric vehicles- one Nissan and one Infiniti model in 2025.  The project is a $500 million investment and will upskill nearly 2,000 jobs at the Canton plant. 

This year’s recipient of the Visionary Leadership Award was Clint Herring, Founder and CEO of Kerioth Corporation in Ridgeland, MS. Kerioth is a diverse investment company offering full-service real estate, real estate development, brokerage, property management, construction management and investments in healthcare, hospitality, and wellness enterprises nationwide including all operational components of those service lines. Over the last 18 years in Madison County alone, the development and economic impact has exceeded $375 million, with another approximately $75 million underway for the next 3 years. Kerioth’s companies employ approximately 2300 full-time and part-time employees across 6 states. In Madison County, the hospitality assets under Kerioth’s umbrella carry an ongoing economic impact of approximately $60 million annually with the retail and restaurant sales accounting for an estimated $35 million annually. 

Hank Waterer, First Commercial Bank, received the 2022 Outstanding Madison County Young Professional (MCYP) Award. As Chair of the MCYP Steering Committee, Hank successfully led volunteer efforts for the Canton Reality Fair, Velma Jackson Career Fair, two professional development forums and philanthropic projects. 

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