MMA Bids Farewell to Three Longtime Employees

October 25, 2018

Collectively they were employed at the Mississippi Manufacturers Association for over 100 years. 41, 40 and 26 to be precise.

Kathi Brooks
began working at the association in 1977 as Insurance Coordinator in the MMA Group Insurance Trust division, where she was soon promoted to Director of Marketing. Kathi was hired by the division's director Don Bruce, who retired in Dec. 2017, and together they built a strong, prosperous program for the association. Kathi worked relentlessly with insurance providers and agents to ensure that the best rates and incentives were secured for MMA members. The group insurance program they constructed allowed members the option to provide insurance to their employees, which, for many, may have been impossible or very costly otherwise. Thanks to the hard work of Kathi and Don, MMA members now have the opportunity to offer long- and short-term disability, accidental death, dental, cancer, telemedicine and gap plans to their employees. 

Jim Stringer began working at the association in 1978 as Director of Membership and Educational Services, a position he held for 40 years. He was a trailblazer, recruiting new and keeping current members. You may recall seeing a handwritten note on your company's dues invoice or a sponsorship letter that said, "Thank you for your support!" He meant it. Jim was very passionate about his work and it showed. Jim played an instrumental role in fundraising efforts for MMA's annual events, conducting board elections, tracking union activity in the state, and researching a number of topics and issues tailored to a member's specific need or request. Jim also developed MMA's seminar program, coordinating with instructors and companies across the state to provide educational and useful information relevant to their needs.
John Baas began working at the association in 1992 as Director of Industrial Relations. In 2008, he was promoted to Director of Government Affairs. John's lobbying and work with state legislators and Congressional delegation greatly impacted MMA members, as well as Mississippians. John had a strong hand in making sure legislation was passed in the following areas: workers compensation reform, inventory tax credits, establishment of the Workforce Enhancement Training Fund, maintaining right-to-work laws, franchise tax phase out, lowering unemployment insurance premiums, and many more important legislative victories. John also served as staff liaison for the MMA Government Affairs Committee and MMA Political Action Committee where he kept members informed of important legislation. 

These three individuals were well-known and respected within their communities, and will be greatly missed by the association. Please join us in wishing them well in their new chapters.