After an extensive interview and selection process, the Memphis-based Cotton Board announces the hiring of four Regional Communications Managers to serve as direct links to the Cotton Research & Promotion Program for U.S. cotton producers and ginners across the four production regions of the Cotton Belt.

“Formerly called Field Services, we have renamed these positions Regional Communications Managers to more accurately reflect what they will be doing - communicating the activities and achievements of the Cotton Research & Promotion Program,” explains Drayton C. Mayers, the new president & CEO of the Cotton Board. “We will also closely integrate our communication resources to assist their efforts to transfer Program information to their audiences through speaking roles at key industry meetings and events while use the latest technology to assist them in their daily work assignments.” The Regional Communications Managers will be managed by Brad Robb, vice president of communications and supported by his department as well as other departments within the Cotton Board.

The new Regional Communications Managers are as follows:

James Montgomery “Monty” Bain, Sr. - Southeast

The Cotton Board's Southeast Regional Communication Manager James Montgomery Bain, Sr., (Monty), resides in Deatsville, Ala. Monty has been in the business of cotton working with producers and ginners for over 30 years. For the past 16 years, he served as a sales and purchasing representative for Dunavant Enterprises, Inc. Prior to that, he bought cotton in North Carolina and sold to domestic textile mills for Thorton-Bain Cotton Co. Monty attended Troy State University and Central Alabama Community College. He also graduated from Murdock International Cotton School in Memphis, Tenn. For the past two years, he has chaired the Atlantic Cotton Associations' spot and Classification Committee. Monty has been married for 31 years and has three children and one grandson.

James Robert “Bobby” Skeen, Jr. - Mid-South

The Cotton Board's Mid-South Regional Communication Manager James Robert Skeen, Jr. (Bobby), resides in Monroe, La. Bobby received a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. He spent the past seven years employed by the Louisiana Agricultural Corp., L.L.C. In his position as the director of safety, he provided safety and loss control services to cotton gins, cotton warehouses and cotton farming operations in Louisiana and Arkansas. He has also been asked to serve as a guest instructor on safety at the Stoneville Ginner's School at the USDA Gin Laboratory in Stoneville, Miss.

Brent Murphree - West

The Cotton Board's Western Regional Communication Manager Brent Murphree, resides in Maricopa, Ariz. For the last 12 years, Brent served as a member services representative for the National Cotton Council. His responsibilities included member relations and communications to advance U.S. cotton's position in the world market while increasing cotton's profitability among the segments of the raw cotton market. From 1984 to 2005, Brent was a partner in Pat Murphree Farms. He graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University in 1989.

Bob J. Stanley - Southwest

The Cotton Board's Southwestern Regional Communication Manager Bob J. Stanley, resides in Lubbock, Texas. He is a native of West Texas and has been active in the cotton industry for over 30 years. Most of his career has been spent in sales and marketing roles involving the sales, design and construction of cotton gins across the state. After service in the U.S. Army in Vietnam, Bob received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanized Agriculture in 1976.