Deal appoints to water, soil panel

September 23, 2011

Johnny R. Stevens, Supervisor, Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission, Brier Creek District
Stevens is a seven-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He retired as owner of Stevens Optical after 30 years and is currently an active realtor with Meybohm Realtors. Stevens serves on the Board of Deacons at Hephzibah Baptist Church. He and his wife, Debbie, have two daughters, Jennifer and Amanda, and two grandchildren, Banks and Elizabeth. They reside in Hephzibah.

Richard R. Thomas, Supervisor, Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission, Flint River District
Thomas has been the president of Corporate & Estate Analysts, Inc., a wealth transfer, estate planning and insurance advisory firm. He is a past Rotarian and serves on the South West Georgia executive board of Boy Scouts of America. Thomas earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Lenoir Rhyne University, and a master’s in finance from the University of Georgia. Thomas also received the Chartered Life Underwriter designation from the American College in Bryn Mawr, Penn. A conservationist and pecan farmer, he was recognized as the Georgia District Conservationist of the year in both Worth and Dougherty counties. He and his wife, Sharon, have one daughter, Paige, and they reside in Albany.

James C. Reid Jr., Supervisor, Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission, Lower Chattahoochee District
Reid is president of Reid Bros. Irrigation and Equipment Co. LLC. The company is a full-service agricultural irrigation equipment supplier and installer. Reid is a certified irrigation designer, certified agricultural irrigation specialist and a certified nutrient plan management specialist. Prior to entering the agricultural irrigation field, he and his brother, William, operated Reid Brothers Farming Co. which was a 3,500-acre row crop operation. Reid was named as the Georgia Farm Bureau and the Georgia Jaycees Outstanding Young Farmer. In 1986, Reid and his wife, Patti, were named as the American Farm Bureau Outstanding Young Farmer. Reid and his wife have three children, Jase, Jamie and Cailtin, and they reside in Americus.