MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Shane Stephens, a Greenwood, Miss., warehouseman, was elected National Cotton Council chairman for 2016. Named during the NCC's annual meeting held in Dallas, Texas on February 5-7, he succeeds Sledge Taylor, a Como, Miss., producer and ginner.
Stephens is vice president of Staplcotn's cotton services and warehouse divisions. With 11 offices throughout the Mid-South and Southeast, the cotton services division is responsible for recruiting and servicing the cooperative's grower/members. The warehouse division is responsible for 14 warehouse locations in Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.
An active industry leader, Stephens was a member of the NCC's 1994-95 Cotton Leadership Program and has served as president of the Program's alumni association. He previously served as the NCC's vice president representing the warehouse segment from 2007-12 and served on the NCC's Board of Directors from 2001-05 and 2013-14. He has served on numerous NCC committees having chaired its Packaging and Distribution and Membership and Credentials committees. Currently the vice president of the Cotton Growers Warehouse Association, Stephens served previously as that organization's chairman.
Stephens holds a B.S. degree with honors in agricultural economics from the University of Tennessee at Martin. He and his wife, Janet, live in Greenwood, and they have two daughters and one son. They are active members of First Baptist Church in Greenwood.
The NCC's vice chairman for 2016 is Ronnie Lee, a Bronwood, Ga., producer. Elected as the NCC's secretary-treasurer was Barry Evans, a producer from Kress, Texas.
Elected as NCC vice presidents are: Robert Lacy, a cottonseed processor, Lubbock, Texas; Mike Quinn, a cooperative official, Garner, N.C.; and Kent Fountain, a ginner, Surrency, Georgia. Re-elected NCC vice presidents are: Coalter Paxton, III, warehouseman, Wilson, N.C., Joe Nicosia, merchant, Cordova, Tenn.; and David Hastings, textile manufacturer, Mauldin, South Carolina.