Staff

Jon Maynard

President & CEO

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662-234-4651

Jon Maynard currently serves as President and CEO for the Oxford-Lafayette County Economic Development Foundation (EDF) , a public private partnership whose mission is to be a leader in creating opportunities for responsible economic investment and to thereby raise the per capita income for all citizens of Lafayette County. He also serves as President and CEO of the Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce.

His professional background and experience in community development have prepared him well to establish and maintain positive community efforts which improve Oxford-Lafayette County’s quality of life and yield economic benefits. Mr. Maynard holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Northwestern State University in Business Administration, and is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute.  Mr. Maynard has worked in community and economic development for well over twenty years both as a volunteer and as a paid professional. He has worked in local, regional and super-regional (ten Parishes in North Louisiana), and has worked closely with local and state officials to improve the communities in which he has lived and worked.

Mr. Maynard currently holds membership in the Mississippi Economic Development Council (MEDC), the Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC), and the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

Mr. Maynard is married to Cherie, and the father to two wonderful children, Connor and Holly.

Pam Swain, IOM

Senior Vice President, Chamber

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662-234-4651

Pam Swain serves as the Senior Vice President of the Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce. She has been with the Oxford Chamber for over 14 years where she manages Chamber programs, membership benefits, and events.  Swain holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Science in Public Relations from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Mrs. Swain serves on multiple boards of directors in the Oxford community, including the United Way of Oxford and Lafayette County and also the Healthy Oxford Advisory Board. She is very active in the Lafayette County School District, where she serves as President of both the Lafayette Endowment Fund for Education and the Lafayette Upper Elementary PTO.  She successfully spearheaded a PR campaign to secure Lafayette County Schools specialty license plates for the state and was also chosen as Parent of the Year for the School District in 2016.

Mrs. Swain has served as President of board of the Public Relations Association of Mississippi and the Oxford/Ole Miss Chapter of PRAM, as well as Vice President position on the Southern Public Relations Federation board. She has received numerous awards and honors for her work in PR and has been recognized by the Southern Public Relations Federations as a Senior Practitioner in the field of PR.

Mrs. Swain is currently a member of the Mississippi Economic Council (MEDC) and the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE). She is also a graduate of Leadership Mississippi and Leadership Pinebelt.

Mrs. Swain lives in Oxford, Mississippi with her husband Cory Swain, and their three precious, but rambunctious little boys: John Pitner, David Doss, and Jones Carson.

Allen Kurr

Allen Kurr

Vice President, EDF

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662-234-4651

Allen Kurr’s professional background and experience in public policy, small business, and economic development have prepared him well to establish and maintain positive community efforts which improve Oxford-Lafayette County’s quality of life and yield economic benefits.  Mr. Kurr holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Mississippi in Public Policy Leadership, and is currently enrolled in the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute.  He has interned with the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) in Jackson, MS during the Summer of 2013 and has worked for his family’s frozen foods company in Oxford since 2006.

Mr. Kurr is currently a member of the Mississippi Economic Development Council (MEDC) , Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC) , and the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

Julia Blackmon

Office Manager

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662-234-4651

Rosie Vassallo

Receptionist/Administrative Assistant and Retiree Attraction Program Director

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662-234-4651