People: The First Bancshares Inc (FBMS.OQ)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

E. Gibson

57 2010 Independent Chairman of the Board

M. Ray Cole

52 2009 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Dee Dee Lowery

47 2014 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President

A. Smith

85 2014 Director

David Bomboy

68 1995 Independent Director

Charles Lightsey

74 2003 Independent Director

Fred McMurry

49 1995 Independent Director

Gregory Mitchell

73 2003 Independent Director

Ted Parker

54 1995 Independent Director

J. Seidenburg

54 1998 Independent Director

Andrew Stetelman

54 1995 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

E. Gibson

Mr. E. Ricky Gibson is an Independent Chairman of the Board of The First Bancshares, Inc. He has been president and owner of N&H Electronics, Inc., a wholesale electronics distributor, since 1988 and of Mid South Electronics, a wholesale consumer electronics distributor, since 1993. He attended the University of Southern Mississippi. He is a member of Parkway Heights United Methodist Church. Mr. Gibson serves as Chairman of the Board and has been a director of the Company since 1995 and is also a director of the bank.

M. Ray Cole

Mr. M. Ray Cole, Jr., is President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of The First Bancshares, Inc., and the Bank. Prior to joining the bank in September 2002, Mr. Cole was Secretary/Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of the Headrick Companies, Inc. for eleven years. Mr. Cole began his career with The First National Bank of Commerce in New Orleans, Louisiana and held the position of Corporate Banking Officer from 1985-1988. In December of 1988, Mr. Cole joined Sunburst Bank in Laurel, Mississippi serving as Senior Lender and later as President of the Laurel office. Mr. Cole graduated from the University of Mississippi where he earned a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Business Administration. Mr. Cole also attended the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Delaware. He served as director of the Company from 1998 to 1999, and then from 2001 through the present. He also served as a director of the Company’s Laurel bank prior to consolidation and currently serves on the board of the bank.

Dee Dee Lowery

Mrs. Dee Dee T. Lowery, CPA, is Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President of The First Bancshares, Inc. and the Bank. Prior to joining the bank in February 2005, Mrs. Lowery was Vice President and Investment Portfolio Manager of Hancock Holding Company for 4 years. Mrs. Lowery began her career in 1988 with McArthur, Thames, Slay and Dews, PLLC as a staff accountant until joining Lamar Capital Corporation in 1993. From 1993 until the merger in 2001 with Hancock Holding Company, Mrs. Lowery held several positions beginning with Internal Auditor for 2 years, Comptroller for 3 years and then Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer for 3 years. Mrs. Lowery graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting. Mrs. Lowery is on the Advisory Board for the Business School at the University of Southern Mississippi. Mrs. Lowery is a member of the MS Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mrs. Lowery is a member of the Funds Distribution Committee of the United Way, the Rotary Club of Petal and the Petal Children’s Task Force. Mrs. Lowery is also an active member of The Turning Pointe Church.

A. Smith

Mr. A. L. Smith is Director of The First Bancshares Inc. He previously served as a director of the Company from 1995 until 2008. Before attending the University of Southern Mississippi, Mr. Smith was in the military. He entered the petroleum business in 1960, starting with a service station, and was the owner and manager of A. L. Smith Oil Company, Inc., a wholesale and retail petroleum products company, for many years. He now is semi-retired and serves as a consultant in the business. Mr. Smith’s community activities range from being the Mayor of the City of Lumberton, past president of the Jaycee’s, past president of the Lion’s Club, and a member of the Rotary Club (a Paul Harris Fellow). He is an active member of the First Baptist Church of Lumberton where he is a deacon and has been a member of the finance committee for 30 years. Mr. Smith has been a director of the Company since 1995 and is also a director of the bank.

David Bomboy

Dr. David W. Bomboy, M.D., is an Independent Director of The First Bancshares, Inc.Dr. Bomboy has served on the board of the Company since its inception in 1995. He graduated with honors in Pre-Medicine from the University of Mississippi in 1968 and earned an M.D. degree from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 1971. Dr. Bomboy completed his orthopedic surgical training at the University of Mississippi in 1976. He is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and has practiced orthopedics in southern Mississippi for 35 years. Dr. Bomboy is a member of the Mississippi State Medical Association, the American Medical Association, and served as past president of the Mississippi Orthopedic Society. He is the past president of the Methodist Hospital Medical Staff.

Charles Lightsey

Mr. Charles R. Lightsey is an Independent Director of The First Bancshares, Inc. Mr. Lightsey has served on the Company’s board since 2003. He owns his own business as a Social Security Disability Representative. Mr. Lightsey worked with the Social Security Administration for 39 years, serving as District Manager of the Laurel Office for 32 years. He is a recipient of The Commissioner's Citation, the highest accolade accorded by the SSA. His community involvement includes serving as a former deacon of the First Baptist Church of Laurel, member and Board of Directors of the Laurel Kiwanis Club, president of the Laurel-Jones County Council on Aging, member of the Pine Belt Mental Health Association Council and Chairman of the Federal, State and Local Government United Way. He received his degree in Management and Real Estate from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1961. Mr. Lightsey has been a director of the Company since 2003 and served on the board of the Laurel bank prior to consolidation. He currently serves on the Laurel Advisory Board and the board of the bank.

Fred McMurry

Mr. Fred A. McMurry is an Independent Director of The First Bancshares, Inc. Mr. McMurry has been a director of the Company since its inception in 1995. He is currently President and General Manager of Havard Pest Control, Inc. with over 31years of experience in this family-owned business. He also serves on the board of the Bureau of Plant Industry of the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce and the Dixie National Junior Livestock Sales Committee. In addition, he is President of West Oaks, LLC. and Vice President of Oak Grove Land Company, Inc. Mr. McMurry has been a director of the Company since 1995 and is also a director of the bank.

Gregory Mitchell

Mr. Gregory H. Mitchell is an Independent Director of The First Bancshares, Inc. Mr. Mitchell has served on the board of the Company since 2003. Mr. Mitchell is a member of Salem Baptist Church and the National Management Association (NMA), as well as the Board of Trustees for Pearl River Community College where he was elected President in January, 2008, for a two year term. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Picayune Chamber of Commerce; the Field Advisory Council, Division of Housing and Urban Development. Mr. Mitchell has been a director of the Company since 2003 and also serves on the Picayune Advisory Board and on the board of the bank.

Ted Parker

Mr. Ted E. Parker is an Independent Director of The First Bancshares, Inc. Mr. Parker has served on the board of the Company since its inception in 1995. He attended the University of Southern Mississippi and served as a licensed commodity floor broker at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. He has been in the stocker-grazer cattle business for more than 30 years. He has served as a board member of Farm Bureau Insurance. He is a member of the National Cattlemen's Association, the Texas Cattle Feeders Association, Covington County Cattlemen’s Association, and the Seminary Baptist Church. Mr. Parker has been a director of the Company since 1995 and is also a director of the bank.

J. Seidenburg

Mr. J. Douglas Seidenburg is an Independent Director of The First Bancshares, Inc. Mr. Seidenburg has served on the board of the Company since 1998. He is the owner and president of Molloy-Seidenburg & Co., P.A. He has been a CPA for more than 20 years. Mr. Seidenburg is involved in many civic, educational, and religious activities in the Jones County area. Past activities include serving as president of the Laurel Sertoma Club, president of the University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association of Jones County, one of the founders of First Call for Help, a local United Way Agency started in 1990, treasurer of St. John's Day School, director of Leadership Jones County and Future Leaders of Jones County. Mr. Seidenburg is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, where he earned a B.S. degree in Accounting. Mr. Seidenburg has been a director of the Company since 1998 and served as director of the Laurel bank prior to consolidation. He also serves on the board of the bank.

Andrew Stetelman

Mr. Andrew D. Stetelman is an Independent Director of The First Bancshares, Inc. Mr. Stetelman has been a director of the Company since its inception in 1995. He graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1983. He has served in many capacities with the National, State, and Hattiesburg Board of Realtors, and is past president and the Realtor of the Year in 1992 of the Hattiesburg Board of Realtors and the first Mississippi Commercial Realtor of the Year. He presently serves as the chairman of the Hattiesburg Convention Center, is a board member for the Area Development Partnership, and is a member of the Kiwanis International. Mr. Stetelman has been a director of the Company since 1995 and is also a director of the bank.

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