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William Simpson picked for the Presidential Leadership Scholars program

Delta State alumnus William Simpson is one of 60 scholars selected to participate in the inaugural class of The Presidential Leadership Scholars Program, a leadership development initiative supported by former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. The program allows scholars like Simpson to interact with distinguished professors and former administrative officials as a way to develop their talents. The ...

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Jessica Merrill Lane joins Community Bank

Jessica Merrill Lane has recently joined Community Bank as a Senior Vice President at the Flowood office in the Dogwood Shopping Center. Lane has over 12 years banking experience and most recently was employed with Trustmark Bank as a Vice President in their Commercial Lending department. In her new role with Community Bank, Lane will provide financial solutions to commercial ...

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Braves’ GM Steve DeSalvo joins local ALS board

Steve DeSalvo, general manager of the Mississippi Braves, has joined the board of directors of The ALS Association Louisiana-Mississippi Chapter. A native of Centereach, NY, and a resident of Brandon, DeSalvo is in his 29th season with the Braves’ AA franchise and his 35th season in professional baseball. He was named Executive of the Year by the Southern League in ...

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Baker Donelson on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list again

The law firm of Baker Donelson has once again been named one of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For. In its sixth consecutive year to be included, Baker Donelson is ranked 30th, earning its highest ranking yet and its second consecutive year as the highest ranked law firm on the prestigious list, which recognizes companies that have exceptional workplace ...

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Regions Bank high in CS ratings

Regions Bank is ranked among the top 10 percent of companies in the recently released 2015 Temkin Experience Ratings compiled by customer experience research and consulting firm Temkin Group. This is the second year in a row in which Regions has been ranked among the top 10 percent. Regions Bank ranked third in the bank industry category and tied for ...

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JSU hires Carol Woodson as events director

Carol J. Woodson is the new events director at Jackson State University. She has more than 15 years experience in the event planning and management industry. She has spent the last four years as event manager for the Jackson Zoo. She’s a member of 2015 class of Greater Leadership Jackson and vice president of Metro Jackson Attractions Association. She has ...

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USM’s Dana Berry named to class

Dana Berry, assistant to the dean for Advisement and Records at The University of Southern Mississippi College of Science and Technology, has been named to the 2015 Leadership Pinebelt Class. Leadership Pinebelt has trained emerging and existing leaders since 1989 in greater Hattiesburg. Designed to broaden the base from which emerging leadership is derived, Leadership Pinebelt serves as a catalyst ...

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Travis Steele joins Butler Snow

Attorney Travis R. Steele has joined Butler Snow, and will practice with the firm’s commercial litigation group.  Steele will practice from Albuquerque, N.M., expanding the firm’s footprint to 17 domestic locations and one in London. Steele focuses his practice on commercial litigation, Native American gaming, oil and gas, and real estate litigation. This addition follows Butler Snow’s recent expansion in ...

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Tobie Gillean gets leadership post

Tobie Gillean, LCSW, CCM, has been named director of North Mississippi Medical Center’s Rehabilitation Institute and Skilled Nursing Facility in Tupelo. Gillean has been employed by NMMC for 20 years in a variety of roles, most recently serving as clinical coordinator for the Rehabilitation Institute and Skilled Nursing Facility. In her new position, she will provide operational oversight to clinical ...

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Engineer Research and Development Center director wins top honor

U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center Director Dr. Jeffery P. Holland was selected as a recipient of the Distinguished Executive, Presidential Rank Award. It is the highest honor for members of the Senior Executive Service and recognizes strong leaders, professionals and scientists who achieve results and consistently demonstrate strength, integrity, industry and a relentless commitment to excellence in public ...

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