Mr. Lyle is a graduate of Millsaps College (BBA 1979) and Mississippi College School of Law (JD 1988). Continuing his post-graduate education, he completed several executive courses at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and at Duke University. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Lyle worked as an independent insurance agent and a real estate broker, earning several professional designations in the insurance and real estate professions. He currently holds real estate broker licenses in 10 states.
In 1989, he joined Dick Molpus on the staff at the Mississippi Secretary of State's office, where his duties included assisting approximately 90 school districts with management of more than 600,000 acres of public trust school lands. He served as Assistant Secretary of State until 1993. He then joined the Molpus gubernatorial campaign as its finance director until December of 1995. Mr. Lyle then served as executive assistant and legal counsel for Mississippi's Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce until he joined The Molpus Company in July 1996. Mr. Lyle is a longtime member of the board of directors of PriorityOne Bank, where he serves on the Executive and Compensation Committees. He is a member of the board of trustees of the Mississippi Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, serving as its Vice Chairman, and is a past trustee of the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Museum. Additionally, he is a member of the American and Mississippi Bar Associations.