Fred Middleton will be leading the Concordia Parish Chamber of Commerce in 2018 as the new president.

He’s replacing outgoing president Beaux Pilgrim of Reed Insurance.

Pilgrim said he enjoyed his time as president.

"It was a really good experience," he said. "I had a really good board that helped a lot. I never felt overwhelmed. Each board member was eager to help and they all brought different talents to the table."

Pilgrim said Middleton will serve the chamber well.

"Fred is an excellent choice," Pilgrim said. "He's been a business owner in the community for years and he knows a lot of people. He has a number of connections and will continue to lead the chamber with the mindset of helping local businesses in any way we can."

The chamber is presently operating without a director following the resignation of Jamie Burley earlier this year.

Pilgrim said the board is reviewing several applications and resumes and plans to choose the best person possible as the new director.

Middleton, son of the late Jake and Peggy Middleton of Natchez, MS, is married to Sandy Middleton and, together, they have three married sons, a married daughter and three grandchildren.

Middleton resides in Concordia Parish and operates Ferrico, LLC, as well as serving as sales manager for Big M Supply.

“I believe that in the present economic climate, Concordia Parish has the opportunity to attract business and grow our local economy," Middleton said. "I look forward to serving as Chamber President during this exciting time."

Middleton said his primary goals are to emphasize buying local and to promote agribusiness.

"We want to educate people about doing business in the community, and by community I mean the Miss-Lou," Middleton said. "Anything good that happens in Natchez and Adams County is good for Concordia Parish and vice versa. We have a lot of great small mom and pop businesses here.

“We also need to recognize the huge impact agribusiness has in our community. It's a worldwide trade that leaves out of this parish. We need to educate people about what farming means in this parish."

Middleton serves as Concordia Parish Deputy Coroner, is past president of Natchez-Adams County Chamber of Commerce, past vice-president of Concordia Chamber of Commerce, former board member of the Louisiana Delta Music Museum, member of Board of Directors of Center for Violence Prevention, serves on the Historic Natchez Preservation Board, is past president of Natchez Jaycees, past president of Natchez Lion’s Club, past president of Trinity Athletic Booster Club and a graduate of Leadership Natchez.

Joining Middleton on the 2018 chamber board are vice-president Brandy Spears, treasurer Charles Chandler and board members Paula Savant, Tance Hughes, Stephen Dawkins, Cheryl Probst, Julie Jordan, Brian Chandler, Ex Officio Heather Malone and Sarah Lindsey Laukhuff.

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