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5 join Maris, West & Baker

Maris, West & Baker Advertising has added five new employees recently. Josh Byrd, a Jackson native, joined MWB in January from another local agency. As art director, Byrd is responsible for graphic design and visual direction. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the University of Southern Mississippi. Erin Johnson joined MWB in February as public ...

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PriorityOne taps Natasha Nichole Braxton

Natasha Nichole Braxton was recently promoted to loan officer at PriorityOne Bank, which is based in Magee.  Braxton, who graduated from Magee High School, holds an Associate’s Degree from Hinds Community College. She has seven years of experience in banking, and has been with PriorityOne Bank since November 2008. Braxton has also served her community in leadership roles. She is ...

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Dr. Robert Bateman Jr. elected to board

Dr. Robert Bateman Jr., professor of biomedical sciences and associate dean for research at the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine, has been elected to a four-year term on the executive board of the Association of Biochemistry Course Directors. Bateman joined the Carey faculty in 2011 after previously serving on the faculty at the University of Southern Mississippi, where ...

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Chris Bucher joins Hancock Bank

Chris Bucher has joined Hancock Bank to lead and build Hancock’s expanding equipment financing division. Bucher is the former national sales manager for Regions Equipment Finance Corp. and, before that, head of Hibernia National Bank’s equipment finance services. Hancock’s equipment financing business will serve middle-market and corporate clients by financing and leasing revenue-producing capital equipment.

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North Mississippi State Hospital workers graduate

North Mississippi State Hospital employees Sommer Armstrong, public relations manager, and Lisa Roberts, nurse supervisor, recently graduated from the State Executive Development Institute, an executive style, graduate level program offered by the John C. Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development at Mississippi State University. SEDI is designed to prepare mid-to-upper level government executives to be more efficient leaders. Curriculum ...

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Ross & Yerger Insurance adds 3

Ross & Yerger Insurance recently added three to its agency. Kimberly Lovertich has joined the sales team as a Future Partner Group member.  Lovertich, who is a native of Jackson, graduated from Belhaven University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Administration.  She joined  Ross & Yerger with 19 years sales experience in insurance and healthcare. Jean F. Larroux III has ...

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Moves at Community Trust

Melissa Peters has been promoted to vice president/commercial relationship banker with Community Trust Bank, and four others have joined the bank in other roles. Jerrod Myers and Lauren Bishop join the bank as retail relationship bankers, Kela Allen-Williams as a personal banker, and Sara Coward as a business and consumer services underwriter. Peters has 10 years of banking experience.  Her ...

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Cal-Maine names Timothy Thompson VP

Timothy Thompson has been promoted to vice-president of operations at Cal-Maine Foods, Inc., by the company’s board of directors.  Thompson will have responsibility for all of Cal-Maine Foods’ production and processing facilities located in Arkansas. He will report directly to Sherman Miller, chief operating officer of Cal-Maine Foods. Thompson has been employed with Cal-Maine Foods since 1996. He most recently ...

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14 at Jones Walker ranked

Fourteen attorneys in Jones Walker’s Mississippi offices have been recognized for their prominence in specific areas in the 2015 edition of Chambers USA for Mississippi. The Mississippi offices also ranked regionally in 3 practices: Litigation: General Commercial, Real Estate, and Corporate/Commercial. Attorneys recognized were: Neville H. Boschert, Litigation: General Commercial; H. Mitchell Cowan, Litigation: General Commercial; Mark T. Davis, Real ...

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Brad Davis joins Jones Walker

Brad Davis, state office director and general counsel for Sen. Thad Cochran since 2008, will join the Jones Walker LLP in its Jackson office. Davis will join as special counsel and a member of the firm’s Public Finance team. His practice will focus on state and local government financing transactions for municipalities, counties, school districts, universities, community colleges, utility districts, ...

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