Certification as a Real Estate Broker in Mississippi and Louisiana. 

Certification as a Graduate of the Realtor Institute. 

Member of the National Association of Realtors. 

Member of the Mississippi Association of Realtors. 

Member of the Natchez Board of Realtors. Past member of Executive Committee. 

Public Relations Society of America. 

Natchez-Adams County Chamber of Commerce. 

Natchez Tourism Council. 

Community Alliance. 

Natchez Retiree Partnership. 

State of Mississippi: Certified as Secondary School Teacher in Spanish, French, and English. 


Fulbright Fellowship to France for study in French literature, awarded from nationwide competition in all fields of study. Studied at the Université de Paris and the Université de Grenoble. 

B.A. with distinction: The University of Mississippi. 
Majors: French, Spanish. 

Graduate studies and teaching assistantship: Tulane University. 

Additional studies for renewal and expansion of professional credentials and for personal enrichment. 

Rena Jean Whittington Schmieg

Professional Affiliations and Certifications


Represents Natchez Pilgrimage Tours as an Official Tour Guide, working especially with international visitors and groups. 

Served on Board of Directors for: 
Natchez Pilgrimage Tours. 
Pilgrimage Garden Club. 
Pilgrimage Garden Club Antiques Forum. 

Chairman: The Thirteenth Annual Pilgrimage Garden Club Antiques Forum. Raised over $42,000 for historical preservation. 

Presented family’s antebellum home, Twin Oaks, which was shown on Natchez Pilgrimage Tours for over fifty years. 

International Activities: Hosted and made all arrangements for visits to Natchez, Mississippi, by the French Ambassador to the United States, French ships on many occasions, Austrian dignitaries on cultural exchange sponsored by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and many other members of the foreign diplomatic corps. 

Responsible for having the Southern Governors’ Conference locate its meeting in Natchez. 

Capital Resource Conservation and Development Council, Inc.: Served as one of three representatives for East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, on this thirteen-parish council. 

Chairman of the Evaluation Committee for English and Foreign Languages for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools for the 10 Year Evaluation of Wingfield High School, Jackson, Mississippi, 1988. 

Mississippi Kappa Delta Alumnae Association: Organizer and Former President. 

Natchez Festival of Music: Member of Board of Directors for 6 years, President of the Natchez Festival of Music Guild for 5 years. 

Musical Arts League member. 


Business Experience

Civic & Community Activities

Mississippi Department of Archives and History: Most Outstanding Project in Historical Preservation in Mississippi in 1986, awarded for the Thirteenth Annual Pilgrimage Garden Club Antiques Forum. 

French Cultural Services: Three awards for work with French diplomatic corps and three awards for excellence in teaching French. 

Kappa Delta Sorority: Most Outstanding Awards in nation both for a 1989 Kappa Delta Shamrock Project (fund raising event for the prevention of child abuse) and for its publicity. 

Real Estate Broker: Natchez Realty. 

Real Estate Associate Broker: Century 21 River Cities Realty. 

Real Estate Sales Agent: Century 21 River Cities Realty. 

President of Symposium Consulting Services International, Inc., a public relations firm with emphasis on the production of special events. Major productions include: 
Natchez Trace Frontier Festival: Assisted in gaining Congressional approval for the Natchez National Historical Park. 
Mississippi Lifestyles. 
The 1988 Jackson Home and Garden Show. 

Created, marketed, and produced many major events, including forums, conventions, trade shows, festivals, and fundraising benefits. 

Wrote and produced sales and advertising materials, and developed public relations for marketing and promoting special events. 

Developed and coordinated diplomatic visits by foreign dignitaries to Natchez, Mississippi, for many years. 

American Cancer Society, Mississippi Division: Worked as consultant to recruit volunteers, organize county boards of volunteers, and work with special events and fund raising throughout southwest Mississippi. 

Business partner in a geologic consulting business. Performed all administrative and secretarial duties, including office management, accounting and budget development; preparation of legal documents, contracts, and marketing prospectuses; and development of investor contacts. 

Taught Spanish, French, English, and history.