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Nastasi earns designation

Kimberly Nastasi

Kimberly Nastasi

Kimberly Nastasi, Chief Executive Officer of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce, Inc., has earned the Certified Association Executive designation from the American Society of Association Executives.

The CAE designation is the highest professional credential in the association industry.

Nastasi oversees the Biloxi, Gulfport, Long Beach, Pass Christian Chambers of Commerce along with Leadership Gulf Coast, Coast Young Professionals, and the Coast Centurion Association. She also serves as Executive Director for the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

Nastasi is the immediate Past Chair of the Winter Board of Regents for Institute for Organization Management, a program of the United States Chamber of Commerce Foundation. She is also a member of the Institute for Organization Management Board of Trustees Executive Committee and will serve as Chair of the Board of Trustees in 2017. Nastasi is a member of the United States Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100.

A graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, Nastasi obtained both her Bachelors and Masters degrees in the field of communication with an emphasis in speech. She studied Spanish at the Universidad de Cemanahuac in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

Nastasi is a graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, Gulf Coast Business Council’s Master’s Program, Leadership Gulf Coast and Leadership Mississippi. She has received a variety of honors including: 2015 Executive Director of the Year presented by Hands On Mississippi; Lead by Example Award in 2014 and Hall of Fame in 2015 from Coast Young Professionals; Outstanding Community Leader, Class of 2011, and Top 10 Under 40, 2005 presented by The Sun Herald; and Top 50 Under 40, 2015, and Top 50 Business Women in Mississippi, 2007, from Mississippi Business Journal.

Nastasi is the co-founder of Coast Young Professionals and a past participant of Rotary International’s Group Study Exchange program where she spent time in Brazil.

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