MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Memphis-based National Cotton Ginners Association (NCGA) elected its 2011 officers at its recent annual meeting in San Antonio.
The new officers are President Kent Fountain, manager of Southeastern Gin and Peanut, Surrency, Georgia, First Vice President Lee Tiller, Odem, Texas, Second Vice President Richard Kelley, Burlison, Tennessee, Third Vice President Dwayne Alford, Yuma, Arizona, and Chairman Kirk Gilkey, Corcoran, California. Harrison Ashley of Memphis serves as NCGA’s Executive Vice President.
Kent was born in Tifton and grew up in Jesup where he graduated from Wayne County High School. He went on to attend the University of Georgia where he received degrees in Agricultural Engineering and Agricultural Economics.
After graduation he worked with Southern Machine and Tool as the Sales and Engineering manager. In 1995 Southeastern Gin Inc. was started and in 2004 built a peanut buying point and changed to Southeastern Gin and Peanut. The company has since bought Altamaha Oil in Baxley. Kent is President/CEO of both companies.
Kent graduated from Leadership Wayne and the 2001-2002 Dupont Cotton Leadership class. He won the Southeastern Ginner of the Year in 2002. Kent is Secretary of the Southeastern Ginners Association and served as Chairman of the Wayne County Board of Education.
He is married to Missi Brinkman Fountain and they have two sons J.P., 12, and Sam, 10. They attend Jesup First United Methodist Church where Kent serves on the board of Trustees. Kent enjoys the outdoors and especially saltwater fishing.