MEMPHIS — Funston Gin Company warehouseman Tom Stallings was one of 11 Georgia cotton industry members elected to leadership positions in the National Cotton Council (NCC) for 2006.

Stallings and Tifton cottonseed official Sammy Wright were elected to the board of directors. Another local, Louie Perry Jr., a Moultrie producer, was reelected as NCC board advisor.

Owen J. “Trey” Hodges III, an executive with Swift Spinning Mills in Columbus, and James L. “Jimmy” Webb, a Leary producer, were reelected as directors of the NCC’s export promotion arm, Cotton Council International.

C.B. “Chuck” Coley of Vienna was elected as a vice chairman of NCC’s American Cotton Producers (ACP) and Chuck Lee of Pembroke and Ronnie Lee of Bronwood were elected Georgia chairman of the ACP. Elected as NCC’s Georgia unit officers were Kent D. Fountain, ginner with Southeastern Gin in Surrency; Chuck Lee as vice president and Ronnie Lee, who also is a ginner with Bronwood’s McCleskey Cotton Company, as secretary.

Van Murphy, a ginner with B.C.T. Gin Co. in Quitman, was elected first vice president for the National Cotton Ginners Association.

The cotton industry leaders were named to their posts during the recent 2006 NCC Annual Meeting in Tucson, Ariz.

As the unifying force of the U.S. cotton industry, the Memphis-based National Cotton Council brings together industry representatives from the 17 cotton-producing states to establish policies reflecting the common interests and promoting mutual benefits for its broad membership and ancillary industries. The U.S. cotton industry provides employment for some 400,000 Americans and generates more than $120 billion in annual economic activity.

The NCC’s mission in ensuring the ability of all industry segments to compete effectively and profitably in the raw cotton, oilseed and U.S.-manufactured product markets at home and abroad.

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