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Toyota executive headlines community forum
by Zack Steen
May 17, 2014 | 287 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The latest Commission on the Future of Alcorn County community forum is set for this week.

The commission will present Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Mississippi, Inc Vice-President Sean Suggs at 5:30 p.m., on Wednesday at the Corinth High School auditorium.

Named vice-president of Toyota manufacturing facilities in Mississippi earlier this year, Suggs is responsible for all areas of administration including human resources, general affairs, safety, accounting and finance and production control.

“We are very privileged to have Mr. Suggs coming to Corinth,” said Sandy Williams, commission committee member. “To the best of our knowledge, this will be the first time a Toyota official has made a public appearance in Corinth.”

The forum will also act as the commission’s annual meeting where the public can hear an update on current projects, though Williams said the entire program is practically devoted to the guest speaker.

“One of the things we can expect to hear is exactly what it takes for a person to be an employee of Toyota Mississippi,” Williams added. “Naturally this addresses levels of education and wealth of knowledge.”

The commission’s current project is “workforce development.”

Williams said he feels that the qualifications Toyota looks for could be extended to most of Corinth’s top employers and to incoming industrial prospects.

In addition to helping shape Toyota Mississippi’s future, Suggs is also building on the advancement of the Toyota Way in the community through personal service. He currently serves as a board member for the Center for Manufacturing Excellence at the University of Mississippi, the Toyota Wellsprings Endowment Committee, the Community Development Foundation and the Tree of Life Clinic. In the past, Suggs supported several state and regional nonprofit and economic development organizations in Tennessee and Mississippi.

Suggs, who lives in Tupelo with his family, earned his Masters of Business Administration degree from Auburn University in 2010.

The Commission on the Future of Alcorn County was formed in 2010 by a group of citizens interested in helping facilitate a movement to strengthen the community for long-term growth and development. It is patterned after the regional effort, Commission on the Future of Northeast Mississippi, which was formed by the CREATE Foundation in 1995.

The commission is sponsored by C.A.R.E.
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