On September 7, 1923 a meeting of the cotton merchandising industry was held in Atlanta, Georgia to explore the formation of a cotton trade association to embrace the states of Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Florida.

At this meeting, Mr. F. M. Inman was elected President of the new organization and J. R. Ellis as Secretary.  The meeting also elected seven Directors.  It was decided to name the new organization the ATLANTIC COTTON ASSOCIATION.

Charter of Incorporation was granted by the Superior Court of Fulton County, Georgia, January 5, 1924.  The Association was incorporated as a non-capital, non-profit corporation.  The objects and purposes of the Association were described in the Charter, as follows:

“The objects and purposes of said corporation are social and educational, to establish harmony and uniformity of trade customs and practices among its members and just and equitable principles in the cotton trade; to promote the general welfare of its members and others engaged in the cotton business, to decide and determine matters of difference among its members, and between its members and others, when submitted to it for arbitration; to gather, compile and disseminate information and statistics relating to matters of special interest to the cotton industry.”

Through the American Cotton Shippers Association, the Atlantic is affiliated with the:

Southern Cotton Association, Memphis, Tennessee

Texas Cotton Association, Dallas, Texas

Western Cotton Shippers Association, Memphis, Tennessee

The combined memberships of all of the Affiliated Associations form the membership of the American Cotton Shippers Association.


Photo - Snead, John 2015.

John Snead

John Snead began his career with Loeb and Company, Inc. as a classer in 1975.  He attended Auburn University.  He is on the board of the American Cotton Shippers Association and is involved with the Texas Cotton Association, the International Cotton Association and the National Cotton Council.

John was elected Constable of Elmore County Alabama from 2008-2012.  He is married to Susan and they have two children.  He enjoys Religion, water sports and travelling.






John Snead, Loeb and Co., Inc.

Michael de Caetani, DECA International, LLC

Phil Canale, Eastern Trading Co., Inc.

Chris Alphin, Commonwealth Gin

Robert Buckles, New Hope Risk Management, LLC

Jordan Lea, Eastern Trading Co., Inc.

Thomas McMeekin, McMeekin Cotton LLC

George Pruitt, Pruitt Cotton Company


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Cargill Cotton

Choice Cotton Company, Inc.

Commonwealth Gin

DECA International LLC

Eastern Trading Co., Inc.


Loeb & Company, Inc.

Norman W. Paschall Co., Inc.

Noble Americas Resources Corp.

Olam Cotton

Toyo Cotton Company


Goldsboro Cotton Company

Irwin Leatherman Cotton Co.

McMeekin Cotton, LLC

New Hope Risk Management

Pruitt Cotton Company


Addtran Logistics, Inc.

Dallas Warehouse Company, LLC

Bard Diffly-Trendline Trading & Investments, LLC

Fullen Transportation Service, Inc.

Fuller Wareouse & Gin, Inc.

Georgia Ports Authority

Forrest F. Lipscomb & Company

Mallory Alexander Intl. Logistics

Old South Brokerage Company

RSM Bonded Warehouse


Transales, Inc.

Wakefield Inspection Services, Inc.