The membership of Staplcotn and Stapldiscount elected two new directors to their board on September 21, 2016, at the Annual Meeting held in Greenwood, Mississippi, at the corporate headquarters. Mark Mosely Hanna of Donalsonville, Georgia, and Lance Ryan Whitehead of Fayette, Alabama, were both elected for three-year terms.
Hanna joined Staplcotn in 1995. In addition to cotton, Hanna farms peanuts, soybeans and corn. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Troy State University. Hanna serves on the board of directors for Miller County Gin as well as the AFG Feed Company. He is also a director for the American Peanut Growers Group. Hanna is a board member of the Donalsonville/Seminole County Chamber of Commerce and its past president and former president of the Donalsonville Lions Club. Hanna is an elder and Sunday school teacher at First Presbyterian Church in Donalsonville. He and his wife, Deanne, have two sons – John, who farms with him, and Hudson, who is a senior at Valdosta State University. Hanna is also the Staplcotn member who produced Staplcotn’s 100 millionth bale in December of 2015.
Whitehead received his Bachelor of Science degree in Agribusiness from Auburn University. He is a director of the Fayette County Farm Federation as well as the Alabama Farmers Federation. Whitehead serves of the board of Southern Cotton Growers, Inc. and is a delegate of the National Cotton Council for Alabama. He is also a member of the Alabama Cotton Commission and serves as an alternate for Cotton, Incorporated. Whitehead and his wife, Heather, attend Fayette Church of Christ with their two children – Alex, age 13 and Laci, age 10. Whitehead farms cotton, corn, and peanuts in Fayette and Pickens County, Alabama. He has been a Staplcotn member since 1999.