‘... Jackson Chamber is the partner that Jackson depends on to give us a competitive edge ...’
By: on Aug 12, 2015
One of the first phone calls that Greg Parsons made when he moved to Jackson was to the Jackson Chamber. Parsons had accepted a position at FirstBank, and he knew that the chamber would get him plugged in to the community.
"I wanted to see how they would sell Jackson to me,” said Parsons. “I have been involved with other chambers and leadership programs in Florida, Alabama and Georgia, and I can tell you that the Jackson Chamber is the best.”
Parsons, vice president at FirstBank and a Jackson Chamber board member, graduated from Union University in 1999 with a degree in finance. Originally from Dalton, Ga., Parsons and his wife, Cassie, chose to raise their family in Jackson, a small town with the amenities of a larger city.
The Parsons have five children and are active in church, soccer and camping. They are also passionate about working with children in the community and with the “Darkness to Light” project in particular. The project is a partnership with Leadership Jackson and the Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse, and its purpose is to educate the community about child sexual abuse.
In 2008, Parsons participated in Leadership Jackson. He now serves as the vice chairman of the Leadership Jackson Alumni Association, which encourages graduates to stay involved through community projects.
Parsons teaches at Union University as an adjunct professor and also assists with various projects and initiatives, such as “How to Run for a Political Office,” workforce development and industry tours at the Jackson Chamber.
“One of the most interesting things about the Jackson Chamber is its involvement with programs such as Team Madison County, which is fairly unique for communities this size,” said Parsons.
The Jackson Chamber is constantly undertaking initiatives to help the surrounding counties to grow and prosper, he said, adding that this is an undervalued service that allows the surrounding counties and Jackson to contribute to each other’s success.
“The Jackson Chamber has its finger on the pulse of every corner of Jackson, including healthcare, industry and education. As Jackson grows and attracts new businesses, the Jackson Chamber is the partner that Jackson depends on to give us a competitive edge.”