Ken Pruett, who has headed the Mississippi Furniture Association since 2004, is stepping down at the end of the year.
In a letter to members and supports, Pruett said, “It has been very exciting at times as well as very frustrating at other times. All in all, I know that we have served in a way that has brought many successes to our industry. It has also been one that has had disappointments in that we could not get some of the things done the way that I would have like to have seen happen. I won’t remember the disappointments, but only the successes.”
Pruett cited several successes, including the $2,000 cut-and-sew tax incentive, enacted in 2009 and now extended to 2017, support for freeport warehousing – which has led to the elimination of warehouse taxes – and strong support for a Foreign Trade Zone status for Lee County.
Pruett also urged members to pay their dues so it could pay the association’s lobbyist for 2012 and for this year.
He wrapped up his letter with, “I would like to take this time to say how honored I have been to be able to serve as the President of the Mississippi Furntiure Association for all of these years. But now I feel that it is time for me to step aside. Effective December 31, 2013, I am resigning as President of the MFA and I will no longer serve as president of this great state industry.”