Mike Clayborne is President of the CREATE Foundation in Tupelo, MS. A native of Amory, Mississippi, he began his career in community development in 1978 as Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce in his hometown. He later served as Executive Director of the Starkville, Mississippi, and Anniston, Alabama, Chambers of Commerce and Economic Development Organizations. Mike received a B.S. Degree from Mississippi State University and then graduated from the Institute for Organization Management at the University of Georgia, and the National Planned Giving Institute at the College of William & Mary. Since Mike became President in 1996, CREATE has received over $135 million in contributions, and the assets of the Foundation have increased from $13.9 million to over $111 million.