This story was originally published in The Star-Herald. It has been edited to reflect the introduction of the Kosciusko Attala Partnership.
By James Phillips
Justin Develin cares about his community.
His dedication to Kosciusko and Attala County is why he is serving as the chairperson of one of the most important entities in the area for 2016.
Develin, who is community president for the Kosciusko area of Renasant Bank, began his term as chairman of the Kosciusko Attala Partnership in late 2015.
“I am happy to be able to fill this role for the year,” Develin said. “The Partnership plays a vital role in our community, and I am excited about what this year might bring.”
This is Develin’s third year serving on the KAP Board of Directors.
“This year is going to be a fresh start for KAP. We want to do a better job of letting people know what this organization does and how it supports the community,” Develin said.
KAP CEO Kel McDowell said he expects Develin to thrive in the role of chairman of the board.
“Justin appears to have the best elements to be successful in the role,” he said. “He has a good pulse on what is going on in Kosciusko and Attala County and he also has knowledge of the behind the scenes systems. He will do well.”
Develin has been with M&F/Renasant Bank in Kosciusko for 13 years. He is married to his wife, Gina, and they have two children, Ellie (10) and Rhodes (5).
“My family is the reason I want to be involved and do what I can to keep Attala County and Kosciusko as good as they can be,” Develin said. “We love our community and want to see it continue to be the special place that we know it is.”