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Planters Bank promotes at 3 locations

Planters Bank and Trust, based in Greenville, recently announced eight promotions: » Parker England has been promoted to first vice president for the Greenville branch. England joined Planters Bank in November 2007. He graduated from Mississippi State University in 2001 and received his MBA from Mississippi State in 2002. He is a graduate of the University of Mississippi School of ...

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Lawmakers honor Arslan and Owens at JSU

Jackson State University Chemistry Professor Dr. Zikri Arslan and Chemistry senior Harold Owens III have been honored by the Mississippi Legislature. Both were recognized by the Mississippi House and Senate on Feb. 17 as part of Higher Education Appreciation Day, Working for Academic Excellence (HEADWAE). The event is held annually to recognize academically talented students and faculty members of Mississippi’s ...

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Gary Gordon joins bank board

OmniBank, a community bank in Bay Springs, has announced the appointment of Gary A. Gordon to its Board of Directors, which took effect in the fall of 2014. Gordon currently serves in the position of Petroleum Marketer for Denson Oil Company in Bay Springs.  With over 20 years of experience in the petroleum industry, Gordon is responsible for reselling refined ...

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Sanderson taps Brett Montague

Brett Montague has recently been promoted to Training Manager at Sanderson Farms, Inc. Montague, a former member of the company’s Corporate Trainee Program, will now be responsible for designing training curriculum, as well as implementing and facilitating training programs intended to increase management and employee effectiveness. He will also be responsible for recruiting and developing Beginning Trainees to become successful ...

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Tasha Bibb named top innovator

Tasha Bibb, Innovate Mississippi’s entrepreneurial development manager, was named Innovator of the Year by the Arts Alive Foundation and Savvy Lifestyle Magazine. She was presented the award at the inaugural Young, Gifted & Empowered Awards ceremony Feb. 22 in Jackson. Young, Gifted & Empowered honors individuals in Mississippi who champion education, innovation, business, leadership, arts and philanthropy. Award recipients must ...

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North Mississippi Medical Center’s MIS restructured

North Mississippi Medical Center’s Management Information Services department has recently been restructured with new leadership roles at the Tupelo hospital. Slayton Austria, who was named as vice president and chief information officer in September 2014, has restructured and added three people to the MIS management team to improve customer service. Donny Wiggins has been named director of Business Systems Operations ...

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Godwin’s Phillip Shirley honored

The American Advertising Federation Jackson has honored GodwinGroup Chairman and CEO Philip Shirley by bestowing him with the Silver Medal Award. The Silver Medal is the most prestigious individual award presented by AAF Jackson, and recognizes an advertising professional who has made outstanding contributions to further industry standards, creative excellence and social concern in the community. Honorees are chosen by ...

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Liz Asmar receives CRM

Liz Asmar of Stephens & Hobdy Insurance Agency has received the Certified Risk Manager  designation from Certified Risk Managers International. Asmar completed a five-course program, and passed extensive examinations covering the many areas of risk management, to earn the designation. Asmar has over 10 years of experience in insurance and joined Stephens & Hobdy in 2013 to manage the new ...

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Ramey Agency adds 5 to staff

  The Ramey Agency, a brand strategy and marketing communications firm, has added Crystal Coleman, Don Hawkins, Swayze Pentecost, Sam Potesky and Sherry Spille. After growing up in Batesville, Coleman attended Mississippi State University and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with an emphasis in Graphic Design. She has previously worked at AllMedia Design Group in Nashville, Limb Design ...

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Peyton Smith joins SouthGroup

Peyton Smith has recently joined SouthGroup Insurance Services, headquartered in Ridgeland, as an agent and risk adviser.  He assumes responsibility for developing business opportunities in commercial insurance and risk management as well as SouthGroup’s Personal Insurance Private Client Group. Most recently, Smith was president of Insurance Professionals of Mississippi.  Prior to entering the agency side of the insurance business he ...

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