Collins Fire Chief John Pope was named to the Mississippi Business Journal’s “Top 50 Under 40” 2016 class. The Top 50 Under 40 program seeks to identify and recognize individuals who have made signficant contributions to Mississippi’s overall economic progress, often working at their own local levels. Since its inception in 1993, the Top 50 Under 40 program has honored hundreds of Mississippi business leaders who are playing active day-to-day roles in moving the state’s economy forward. However, the Top 50 Under 40 is anything but a single-business awards program. Recipients have come from virtually every walk of life. Individuals are nominated by friends or business associates who best know their professional and civic involvement. “It is humbling to even be considered to be a part of this group,” said Pope. “I’m honored to know that someone would nominate me.” Pope attended an awards luncheon held at the Jackson Hilton on Thursday, April 7 where he was presented with a plaque. Pope actively protects the largest petroleum industry infrastructures in the southeastern United States, located in Collins and has served his community and state for nearly 20 years. Active in civic and professional organizations, Pope and his family live in Collins.