Kevin Blackwell is a successful small business owner being the founder, owner and/or co-owner of three Limited Liability Companies: DeSoto Imaging & Diagnostics dba DeSoto Imaging Specialists, a radiological diagnostic imaging company; DeSoto Medical Plaza a multi-tenant medical office complex; and The Wine Cellar.

713885_4462137_ver1.0_640_480Kevin has been a lifelong conservative and Republican. He is serving his second term as Chairman of the DeSoto County Republican Party, serves on the Board of the DeSoto County Republican Club, is a member of the DeSoto County Conservative Coalition, and a member of the Marshall County Republican Club. Kevin was honored in 2012 by being elected as a delegate to the Republican National Convention.

Kevin’s collegiate achievements include an Associate in Arts degree from San Diego Mesa College, a Bachelor of Business Administration with an Emphasis in Health Services Management from National University, and a Master of Science in Health Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University’s Medical College of Virginia.

Kevin has a diverse professional healthcare career spanning almost 40 years beginning when he served four years Active Duty in the United States Navy as a Hospital Corpsman. Kevin continued his clinical experience as a licensed vocational nurse (LVN) while going to school but his leadership capabilities eventually guided him toward management positions within the healthcare industry. Kevin has senior management experience with minor medical treatment centers, durable medical equipment, homecare, hospice, family practice clinics, behavioral health hospitals, and acute care hospitals and medical imaging centers.

Giving back to the community has always been a belief that Kevin has strived to fulfill. Kevin has served as President of the Southaven Chamber of Commerce, President of the Rotary Club of Olive Branch, President of the Rotary Club of Southaven, a member of the Executive Board of the DeSoto County Economic Council and is a 1999 graduate of Leadership DeSoto. He was awarded the Southaven Chamber Ambassador of the Year in 2010, and is a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow. Kevin is currently a member of the following organizations: The Rotary Club of Southaven; Byhalia, Olive Branch and Southaven Chambers of Commerce; and Desoto County Economic Council.

A firm believer in our Second Amendment rights and an avid hunter, Kevin is a Lifetime Member of the NRA, a Lifetime Member of the North American Hunting Club, a Lifetime Member of Buckmasters, and a member of Ducks Unlimited.

Kevin and his wife Vicki are proud parents of three children; Victoria, Danielle and Keegan all who attend and graduated from DeSoto County Schools. The family is a member of Longview Heights Baptist Church.