GULFPORT — Long Beach native Jerry L. Levens, a Mississippi Gulf Coast CPA and certified fraud examiner, has been named to the Hancock Holding Company board of directors.
A partner with Alexander, Van Loon, Sloan, Levens & Favre, PLLC, of Gulfport and Wiggins, Levens became a member of the Hancock Bank Mississippi board in May 2008. As a Hancock Holding Company director, he and 15 other Gulf South business leaders on the holding company board advise the senior management team in strategically growing the company while safeguarding Hancock’s nationally recognized financial soundness.
Levens is a veteran business, professional and civic leader in South Mississippi. A member of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and Mississippi Society of CPAs (MSCPA) since 1979, Levens is past president of MSCPA, past president of MSCPA Gulf Coast Chapter, member of the MSCPA board of governors and MSCPA secretary as well as a member of numerous MSCPA committees. He served five years as trustee for the MSCPA-PAC and three years as trustee for the Mississippi Tax Institute, including one term as secretary. Appointed by the governor to the Mississippi State Board of Public Accountancy, Levens recently completed a five-year term on that state board, including one year as chairman. He is currently serving on the Governing Council of the American Institute of CPAs as one of two Mississippi representatives.
Levens is treasurer of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Gulf Coast Business Council (GCBC). The Leadership Gulf Coast graduate also completed the GCBC Leadership Master’s Program last year. In 1995 he received the Public Service Award for all CPAs in Mississippi. He earned certified fraud examiner designation in 2004.
An alumnus of the University of Mississippi, Levens serves on the E. H. Patterson School of Accountancy Professional Advisory Council and completed a three-year term on the Ole Miss Alumni Association national board of directors. He is also a Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College graduate and was inducted into the MGCCC Alumni Hall of Fame in 2008.
He and his wife, Cindy, attend St. Thomas Catholic Church in Long Beach. He is a trustee of the Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of Biloxi Inc., and serves as chair of the St. Thomas Pastoral Council and the Rebuilding Committee. Levens has three grown children and two granddaughters.