James H. Booth of Inez holds a bachelor of business administration degree from Morehead State University. He began his career in coal mining operations during college when he worked weekends as an underground coal miner. Over the years he has developed his mining operations into Multiple Production Surface and Underground Divisions. This conglomerate coal group is known as Booth Energy. Mr. Booth’s mining operations produce 7.5 million tons per year delivered to various utilities such as Georgia Power, Detroit Edison, and American Electric Power. In addition, Mr. Booth has developed a network of retail operations and real estate holdings in several locations in eastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia. Today his operations employ more than 2,000 persons and contractors. Active in the community, Mr. Booth also serves on the boards of Pikeville College, Inez Deposit Bank, Honey Branch Economic Development Authority, Coal Operators Associates, and the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and its Executive Committee. In addition, he is a former member of the Federal Reserve Board. Inducted into the University’s Alumni Hall of Fame in 1996, he is active on MSU’s College of Business advisory board and was named the college’s outstanding alumnus in 2000. Mr. Booth’s term on the MSU board ends in 2013.