About Us

Jon Lewis

Jon Lewis, Chairman
Jon Lewis was appointed Chairman of the Mississippi Athletic Commission in 2004 by Governor Haley Barbour.  The Chairman serves as the Executive Director of the Commission. Throughout his career, he has been both a competitor in MMA and Toughman contests, as well as a trainer, matchmaker and owner/instructor of Southern Judo & Jujitsu Academy and Byram Boxing Academy.  Jon also holds a bachelor's degree in business from Mississippi College.

Larry Torgerson

Larry Torgerson was appointed as a board member by Governor Haley Barbour in 2005.  He is employed by New South Communications in Meridian, MS.  He also attended the University of Mississippi where he played college football.

Eddie Payton

Eddie Payton
Eddie Payton was appointed as a board member by Governor Haley Barbour in 2006.  He is the head golf coach for Jackson State University.  Eddie played in the NFL for 5 years.  He is the older brother of Walter Payton, NFL superstar.