Kevin Hunter of Oxford: Mississippi Businesses Recover from Flooding, Severe Weather

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The Mississippi hunting center reopens after a devastating flood one year ago. Kevin Hunter of Oxford, Mississippi, gaming industry expert for Lockton Companies, explains what this means for Mississippi business revenue.

The manager of Willows Sporting Clays and Hunting Center in Tunica County, Mississippi, shoots off a few rounds of his shotgun during the facility’s pre-opening inspection this week. According to a recent article in The Commercial Appeal, the Mississippi River flooding had a devastating effect on many of the local businesses, including Willows Hunting Center. Noted Mississippi gaming industry expert from Lockton Companies, Kevin Hunter of Oxford, explains why businesses reopening will be so beneficial for Mississippi’s economy.

According to the article, the hunting center went through a massive $500K repair and overhaul after being flooded by 20 to 30 feet of water for more than a month straight. Kevin Hunter notes that the May 2011 Mississippi River flood drowned many of the state’s businesses. “It’s hard to believe,” said Wester Franklin, head of the Tunica Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Fourteen months ago, the Mississippi River was near its highest ever, and now it’s near a record low. It’s amazing how nature changes things – and how we adapt.”

The hunting center was just one of the businesses in Tunica affected by the flood. All nine of Tunica’s casinos were closed for nearly three weeks. This had quite an effect on Mississippi’s statewide revenue reducing numbers by 6.3 percent from 2010, Mississippi’s lowest revenue percentage since 1998. Although the economy is still down overall, Kevin Hunter of Oxford has hope. He states, “It takes time to build back up after a disaster of this magnitude, but the residents in Mississippi are resilient and strong.”

In addition to Willows, Mississippi can expect the reopening of Riverbend Links golf course and the Tunica River Park soon as well. Kevin Hunter of Oxford believes these are powerful symbols for the people of Mississippi. Franklin notes that it is a sign of Mississippi business’s “willingness to reinvest” in their state – something he’s proud to be a part of.

Kevin Hunter of Oxford agrees with Franklin, stating, “Tunica Casinos and the other river county gaming areas were hit very hard looking back now from historic level Mississippi River flooding last year. It is great to see momentum again for the citizens and all business owners and employees throughout our great delta region.”


Kevin Hunter of Oxford, Mississippi, is an experienced business executive who has worked in several industries. Currently, Kevin Hunter of Oxford is the Risk Management Advisor and Producer at Lockton Companies. He provides client advocacy and new business development with an emphasis on the gaming industry. As a graduate of the University of Mississippi, he has become very familiar with several industries within the area.

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