March 2, 2009


Governor Haley Barbour has announced the appointment of N.L. Carson of Carthage and William A. Alias of Clarksdale to the Mississippi Business Finance Corporation. Both men will serve six-year terms ending March 30, 2014.

The Mississippi Business Finance Corporation administers incentive programs and assists businesses in obtaining loans for development or expansion. The 25-member board is supported by the Mississippi Development Authority.

“I am pleased that Mr. Carson and Mr. Alias accepted this appointment to the Mississippi Business Finance Corporation,” Governor Barbour said. “Both men have excelled in the business community. Their experience will be invaluable as they help attract new companies and grow existing businesses.”

Carson, who replaces Adolph Hilliard, is the owner of N.L. Carson Construction Company Inc. and Central Snacks Inc. Previously, Carson owned Dot’s on the Boulevard Hair Care Center and Carson’s Grocery and Dairy Bar. He is on the Board of Directors for the Mississippi Board of Contractors and is a Past Chairman of Comp Trust AGC-Mississippi. Carson also served as the Past President of the Mississippi Road Builders Association, Leake County Industry Board and Leake County Chamber of Commerce. Carson and his wife, Dorothy, have four children, Gwendolyn, Lee, Randy and Kevin.

Alias, who replaces Joe Usry, has owned Security Holdings for 12 years. Previously, he was the co-owner of Alias Brothers Inc. for eight years and served as president of Rollins Inc. for nine years. Alias served as a board member for the Lovett School of Atlanta and was a former Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia Board Member. He graduated from Clarksdale High School and received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Mississippi. Currently, he serves on the Ole Miss Business Advisory Board. He and his wife, Lysa, have five children, William, Anne, Lauren, Matthew and Alyssa.