The Madison County Business League & Foundation announces that the membership has elected Barney Daly, Brad Gatlin and Samantha Barnett Lofton to each
serve (4) year terms beginning October 1, 2018..
Barney Daly serves as the President of Madison County / President of Metro-Commercial Lending for Trustmark National Bank. He earned his BS in Banking
and Finance at Mississippi State University and his MBA from Mississippi College. Daly went to the LSU Graduate School of Banking of the South and
the University of Oklahoma Lending Graduate School.
An advocate of being involved in education in Madison County, Daly has served as Co-President of the Madison Avenue Upper Elementary PTO, Madison Avenue
Middle School PTO, Madison Central High School PTO, Past President of the Assisi Learning Center and he served on the District Bi-Racial Committee.
In addition to his involvement in education, Daly has had strong community involvement with many organizations, including serving on the board of New State
Theatre, Mississippi Arthritis Foundation, National Kidney Foundation of MS, and the Farish Street YMCA. He has served as President of the Jackson
Club, Capital City Club, United Way of the Capital area, and the Madison County Foundation. He recently served as Co-Chair of the Go Red for Women
campaign (American Heart Association) for the Jackson Metro. He currently serves on the board of Canopy Children’s Solutions, MS Blood Services, and
St. Catherine’s Village. He is also the current chair of Living Services and the Madison County Community Trust.
Brad Gatlin is President Madison County for BankPlus. Gatlin has over eighteen years of experience in the banking industry. He is responsible for managing
operations in the Madison County markets including Canton, Flora, Gluckstadt, Madison and Ridgeland. His previous banking roles include Credit Analysis,
Commercial Lending, and Market Management. Brad received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration from Mississippi State University.
He has also completed The Southeastern School of Commercial Lending and The Southeastern School of Advanced Commercial Lending.
A native of Madison and lifelong resident of Madison County, Brad is a graduate of Madison Ridgeland Academy. He is active in the community where he serves
on the board of The Mississippi Kidney Foundation and Madison Ridgeland Academy. He has previously graduated from Leadership Mississippi.
SAMANTHA BARNETT LOFTON
Samantha Barnett Lofton has been in management at Barnett’s Body Shop in Ridgeland for over thirty years. Samantha graduated from the University of Mississippi
in 1986. After graduating Samantha began working for her family owned business that her parents established in 1968. This year, Barnett’s Body Shop
is celebrating their 50th year in the Auto Body Repair business. Currently, they have four locations. A fifth location, in Madison County,
will open by year end. Samantha also assists in the operation of Barnett’s Towing that has a fleet of nineteen wreckers. Samantha is an active supporter
and member of the Madison County Business League, the Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce, the Madison County Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Madison
She is active in the Go Red for Women organization and the Cycle of Kids organization. She was a charter member of the Madison County Junior Auxiliary
and the Junior League of Jackson. Barnett’s Body Shop are strong supporters of the Ridgeland and Madison Police and Fire Departments. They donated
to numerous special projects, providing tasers, tourniquets, and special diving equipment to the Departments last year. In 2016, the City of Ridgeland
named Barnett’s Body Shop their Business of the Year. Also in 2016, the City of Ridgeland and the City of Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce awarded Samantha
the City Maker award “for years of dedication in building the City of Ridgeland and for making Ridgeland a premiere community in Madison County.” In
2012, the Mississippi Business Journal named Samantha as one of Mississippi’s 50 Leading Business Women and in 2002, Akzo Nobel named her
the Most Influential Woman in the Collision Repair Industry.
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 to promote economic planning and development.