Jake Bynum (WestStar ’13), a Weakley County native, is this edition’s Spotlight on a Leader. In August 2014, Bynum was elected as the youngest County Mayor in Tennessee.
Jake is a graduate of the Weakley County school system and the University of Tennessee at Martin with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Upon graduation, Bynum spent nearly a decade working for First State Bank as a Business Development Specialist.
Jake has been involved in the Weakley County community for a number of years. He and his family attend First Baptist Church where Bynum serves as chairman of the Finance committee and his wife is a Sunday School teacher. His involvement also includes serving as a board member of the Weakley County Chamber of Commerce and served as President in 2012. He is President of the Weakley County Reading Railroad, board member of the Weakley County Office on Aging, Second Harvest Food Bank – Western Branch, and Dresden Elks Lodge. Jake is a volunteer firefighter, Rotarian serving as President, Treasurer, and Assistant District Governor. In the past, Bynum has also been a Dresden Alderman, Chairman of the Tennessee Iris Festival, Commissioner of Dresden Cal Ripken Baseball League, C.O.M.M.U.N.I.T.Y. Mentor, President of the Dresden Business Association, Pi Kappa Alpha Alumni Board and the University of Tennessee Young Alumni Council.
Bynum says that his most rewarding community involvement has been through the Weakley County Backpack Program. Jake was a founding member in 2011 with a mission to provide weekend meals to Weakley County children in food-deprived homes. Since the program’s inception, he has served as Treasurer. Presently, the Backpack Program is feeding over 250 children.
In February 2010, Jake married his wife, Alyssa. She is an elementary school teacher with the Weakley County School System. They keep themselves busy with their two children, Ella (4) and Nash (2).
Jake is looking forward to serving the people of Weakley County and working with other regional leaders to make West Tennessee an ever better place to live and work.