Originally published February 2018
Bill Hetrick understands the value of living in a town like Clinton. He and the rest of the Hetrick team at RE/MAX Alliance specialize in helping families buy and sell homes in the Jackson area. But real estate isn’t the only way Hetrick is pouring into the community. This past October, he was promoted to president of the Hinds County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA) Board of Trustees.
A Jackson native, Hetrick graduated from Murrah High School and earned his bachelor’s in political science from Millsaps. He received his real estate license in 1998 and will celebrate 20 years in the business this January. Hetrick previously served as vice-president of the HCEDA Board, and his promotion will better enable him to help the Jackson area.
“As president, I will be in a position to assist the staff in guiding projects from recruitment to fruition, be involved in efforts to recruit new industry, help retain and encourage existing businesses, and to work with other entities to overcome roadblocks that hinder growth in the county,” says Hetrick.
Blake Wallace, HCEDA Executive Director, says the purpose of the HCEDA is to “create new jobs to expand the tax base.”
“We attract new businesses to Hinds County and help existing businesses grow,” Wallace adds.
The members of the Board of Trustees are appointed by the Hinds County Board of Supervisors. The Board approves all expenditures, and Hetrick will essentially be overseeing the whole operation.
“Bill is on top of things and is an astute business person,” says Wallace. “The great leadership will continue under him.”
A long-time Clintonian, Hetrick’s real estate experience has helped him understand the value of and potential of Hinds County. He says Clinton is especially unique and that the charm of Olde Towne and having Mississippi College as an anchor in the community makes Clinton prime real estate.
“I believe Clinton’s future is quite bright,” says Hetrick. “Our top quality schools will continue to attract families, which will lead to growth in the real estate market and cause more developers and builders to consider Clinton for their new projects. I’m pretty excited about what the next 5-10 years holds.”
Hetrick has previously worked as assistant general manager of the Jackson Mets baseball team, sportswriter and “Ask Jack Sunn” columnist for the Clarion-Ledger, and assistant operations coordinator for the mayor of Jackson.
He has served on the Clinton Chamber of Commerce Board for 6 years. He is also vice-president of the Cascades Homeowners Association and is one of the founders of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame.
“I always seem to find myself in a leadership role,” he jokes. But he says it’s because he believes in the importance of serving the community. “We are all called to give something back,” he says.
“I have worked closely with Bill for eight years and have been friends with him even longer,” says Robyn Burgardt of the Hetrick RE/MAX Alliance team. “I can truly say that there is not man who cares more about his clients and his community than Bill Hetrick. Daily, he goes above and beyond what is expected, to do what is right and to help those he can.”
“There are few people I respect as much as Bill Hetrick,” says Stephen Stewart, also a part of the Hetrick RE/MAX Alliance team. “As a mentor, a partner, an uncle, and a friend, I couldn’t ask for a better example. In his business and his personal life, I’ve watched him put others’ needs before his own over and over. Working alongside him day in and out is a joy. He has taught me to love what I do and has given me the tools to provide for my family as well. What he has been able to achieve in one lifetime is extraordinary. He is the perfect example to myself and to my son the success one can accomplish when you work hard and treat people the right way.”
“Since first meeting Bill, it was apparent how much he loved the Olde Towne area and wanted to make the area home to his business,” says Main Street Clinton Director, Tara Lytal. “As a realtor, he clearly understands that the Olde Towne is our community’s calling card and that our brick street area is what sets our town apart from neighboring towns. I appreciate Bill’s willingness to invest his time and talents to make our community better.”
“Bill has been a great member and supporter of Clinton and the Chamber,” adds T J McSparrin, executive director for the Clinton Chamber of Commerce. “He is someone that will tell you exactly what he thinks for the good of our community and businesses, which I respect. He steps up and takes action such as his and Marilyn’s campaign to get Fiber to Home with C Spire. He is certainly someone I can depend on, which makes him a valued Chamber member, Clinton business owner, and friend.”
In his spare time, Hetrick enjoys reading and traveling with his wife Marilyn. He also loves watching sports and is an avid sports memorabilia collector. He attends Holy Catholic Church, where he’s a member of the Knights of Columbus. He has two grown children: Sara and Elizabeth.