As CEO, Bock led Country Financial's mergers of Cotton States
Mutual Insurance Co.
In addition, Bock led the mergers of Cotton States
Mutual Insurance companies and MiddleOak Insurance companies into Country Financial.
As well, Bock led the mergers of Cotton States
Mutual Insurance Company and MiddleOak Insurance Companies with COUNTRY Financial.
"The continued decline in cotton acres, particularly in traditionally strong cotton states
has been a concern of the Board and, frankly, a threat to our ongoing research and promotion efforts," states Stacey Gorman, Director of Communications for The Cotton Board.
The invention of the cotton gin in this nation and the creation of water- and then steam-powered mills in the English Midlands provided the technological wherewithal for the breakthrough, but no less important were the forced exile of Native Americans from the lands that were to become Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi; the sale and forced migration of more than 800,000 slaves from the Mid-Atlantic states to the cotton states
; and the routine use of physical abuse to compel those slaves to become steadily more productive in their planting and picking of cotton.
The authors of "Picking Cotton: Ordinary Business Records Doctrine as Applied to Insurer's Privilege Claims" (May 2013) advocate the holding in Cotton States
Historian William Cotton states
"after the fatal battle of Worcester (1651) Charles II is credited with having stayed at this house".
"The great mass of non-slaveholders in the South, and especially in the cotton States
," Texas secessionist W.
Race and the Atlanta Cotton States
Exposition of 1895.
In 2005, Country Financial formed an alliance with Cotton States
Insurance Group of Atlanta, operating in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee.
Georgia is currently one of the leading cotton states
, along with Texas, Mississippi and North Carolina
At the time, the local legend was that Atlanta was actually the first place in which admission was charged for a motion picture screening--supposedly at the Cotton States
Exposition in September 1895.