John Oxford didn’t choose marketing, it chose him. At age 17, Oxford found his first job as a taste tester and commercial viewer for Nabisco. Taste-testing snacks and watching commercials may seem like a sweet gig, but a young man can only eat so many Nutter Butters and Oreos. Oxford decided to put his professional career in the ad world on hold, opting for college instead. Fast forward to today. Oxford now uses his well-honed skills in brand messaging as Director of Marketing with Renasant Corporation — the parent of Renasant Bank, with assets of approximately $12.7 billion, 2,500 employees and more than 190 locations in the Southeastern United States. In addition, Oxford is the marketing section instructor at the University of Mississippi’s Banking School and co-chair of the American Bankers Association’s Marketing Conference Board.
Prior to joining Renasant, Oxford served in the administration of President George W. Bush as a Legislative Assistant and Public Affairs Aide to the Executive Office of the President. Oxford is also a former commercial spokesperson for Cellular South (now C Spire Wireless), the largest privately owned mobile phone network in the U.S. Oxford was named Top 40 under 40 in Mississippi in 2007 by the Mississippi Business Journal.
He and his wife, the former Emily Black, make their home in Tupelo, Mississippi, with their three very active children, a dog, two cats and whatever else needs a home.
Certified Financial Marketing Professional — Institute of Certified Bankers at Northwestern University
M.A. in Government — Johns Hopkins University
B.A. in Communication and minor in Political Science — University of Tennessee