Board of Directors

PAUL E. PINSON, ATTORNEY
Chairman of the Board of Directors

Post Office Box 440 | Williamson, WV 25661 | p (304) 235-3000

  • Pinson has served on the MCRA board since 2000

  • Owns a private law practice in Williamson

  • Served in the United States Army

  • Serves as an Advisory Board Member of the Community Trust Bank of Williamson

  • Serves as President of the Tug Valley Arts Council

  • Member of the First United Methodist Church of Williamson

C. DONOVAN BECKETT, DO
Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors
Post Office Box 1958 | Williamson, WV 25661 | p (304) 235-1844

  • Beckett has served on the MCRA board since 2012

  • Owns a private family medical practice in Williamson

  • Serves as Chief of Staff at Williamson Memorial Hospital

  • Is the physician founder of the Williamson Health and Wellness Center

  • Member of the Williamson Redevelopment Authority Board of Directors

  • Member of the East Williamson Baptist Church

JAMES SIMPKINS

Secretary/Treasurer of the Board of Directors

Post Office Box 130 | Delbarton, WV 25670 | p (304) 475-1085

  • Simpkins has served on the MCRA board since 1989, and is the only original board member who remains on the board of directors today

  • Present and former owner of several companies and businesses such as Simpkins Lumber Company, Simpkins Mine Supply Company, Crown Industries, Tolsia Wood Products, Quality Equipment Company, Summit Enterprises and the Varney Sports & Fitness Center

  • Former member of the WV Legislature - House of Delegates

BRANDON SAMMONS
Member of the  Board of Directors
9808 Rt 53 Maint St. | Gilbert, WV 25621| p (304) 664-2040

  • Appointed to the Board of Directors in January 2019

  • Owner of Sammons Supply in Gilbert

PAULA BLANKENSHIP

Member of the Board of Directors
Post Office Box _____ | Matewan, WV 25678 | 

  • Appointed to the Board of Directors in April 2019

TERRY SAMMONS
Advisor to the Board of Directors
Post Office Box 1747 | Gilbert, WV 25621 | p (304) 664-2688

  • Sammons served on the MCRA board for 15 years before becoming an advisor to the current board

  • Owns Sammons Law Office in Gilbert, specializing in environmental law

  • Member of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission

  • Member of the West Virginia Flood Disaster Recovery Board

  • Served on the Board of Governors for Southern West Virginia Community & Technical College

 

DAN R. MOORE 
Advisor to the Board of Directors
1523 West Third Avenue | Williamson, WV 25661 | p (304) 235-7119

  • Served on the original MCRA board of directors for many years before becoming an advisor to MCRA’s current board

  • Serves as Chairman of Moore Group, Inc. since 1999

  • Served asChairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of the former Matewan BancShares

  • Serves as a director and Chairman of the West Virginia University Foundation

  • Serves as a member of the Branch Bank and Trust Company board of directors

  • Serves as a member of the West Virginia Housing Fund board of directors

  • Won the 1991 West Virginia Entrepreneur of the Year award

IN MEMORY OF JAMES H. (“BUCK”) HARLESS
Advisor to the Board of Directors
Post Office Box 1210 | Gilbert, WV 25621 | p (304) 664-3227

  • Served on the original MCRA board of directors for many years before becoming an advisor to MCRA’s current board

  • Founded Gilbert Lumber Company in 1947

  • Former President and CEO of International Industries, Inc.

  • Serves as a member and past chairman of the WVU Foundation

  • Served on the University System of West Virginia Board of Trustees

  • Served as a member of the Massey Energy Company board of directors

  • Inducted into the West Virginia Coal Hall of Fame in 1998

  • Named to the West Virginia Business Hall of Fame in 2001

  • A philanthropist and avid supporter of education in Mingo County and throughout West Virginia

Post Office Box 298 | 1657 East Fourth Avenue | Williamson, WV 25661 | p (304) 235-0042

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