About

VisionFirst Advisors applies proven expertise in resolving today's complex economic development issues facing both business and government, connecting opportunity with the resources and the right people, to generate results.

Both corporations and communities face a myriad of challenges to remain competitive. VisionFirst maximizes client competitiveness, leveraging an extensive and far-reaching network of key connections — attaching resources and drive to goals, synthesizing ideas into action, and designing solutions that achieve tangible results.

The VisionFirst team is comprised of seasoned, innovative professionals, highly valued for their ability to understand both the challenges and opportunities inherent in economic development and for their keen understanding of public policy.

Gray Swoope leads the VisionFirst team, serving as President and Chief Executive Officer. Swoope brings more than three decades of effectual outcomes leading economic development organizations at the state, regional and local levels. He has earned recognition as a leader in his field with his proven success in building effective teams and in creating, executing and realizing organizational goals. He understands how to work productively with and through public and private organizations in order to design and execute strategy that hits the mark.

VisionFirst’s Board of Directors is chaired by former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour.  Barbour’s more than two decades of expertise in leadership at the White House and at the federal and state levels has proven invaluable when it comes to understanding and effectuating change. He is a valued strategist helping organizations face the numerous challenges in the economic and political arenas both domestically and internationally.

VisionFirst Advisors is a wholly owned subsidiary of Butler Snow LLP.

the VisionFirst Advantage

When it comes to economic development, VisionFirst helps clients realize tangible results. We serve as the catalyst for exploring new frontiers. We identify and activate key connections, matching the right resource and opportunity to our client’s specific objective. With our experience and practical know-how, we can deliver results for public, private and non-profit organizations seeking a new direction for opportunity and success.