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2017 Leadership Greater Jackson class

The Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership has selected 41 professionals for the Leadership Greater Jackson class of 2017. The program is designed to develop existing and emerging leaders in the metro area from diverse sectors of the local community. The class will explore areas such as healthcare, economic development, diversity training, the criminal and justice system, the political culture and education. ...

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Chamber hires Hernandez

The Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce, Inc. has named Mei-Li Hernandez as the next Membership Coordinator. Hernandez’s focus will be on membership development, recruitment, and retention. A former Pass Christian resident, Hernandez graduated from Pass Christian High School in 2003. She now resides in Biloxi. Hernandez has been a member of Coast Young Professionals for one year, where she ...

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Shearer joins CPA firm

J. Robert (Bob) Shearer, CPA, has joined Smith Shellnut Wilson, LLC as vice president with responsibilities in the firm’s financial institution channel. Shearer recently retired as a partner from BKD, LLP where he had served as the industry leader for BKD’s financial institutions practice in Mississippi. Shearer was a founding partner of Shearer Taylor & Co. P.A., which merged with ...

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Forster on state board

Dr. Michael Forster, dean of the College of Health at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been selected to serve on the board of directors for the Mississippi Public Health Institute. MSPHI is a nonprofit dedicated to protecting and improving the health and well-being of Mississippians. It promotes public health by facilitating collaboration among programs and organizations, as well as ...

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Wood joins Holmes

Stephanie Wood has joined the Holmes Community College Ridgeland Campus as the graphic designer. Wood attended The University of Mississippi as a graphic design/art major for one year before transferring to the Art Institute of Atlanta. She has served as a graphic designer for Hightower Advertising Agency in Madison, as art director for Hederman Brothers Printing, and as an art ...

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Templeton takes MSU post

Charles H. “Chip” Templeton Jr. is the new director of the Small Business Development Center at Mississippi State. A Starkville native and 1977 MSU marketing graduate, he is former co-owner of his family’s longtime automobile dealership and other Oktibbeha County businesses. Established in 1981 and located in the Thad Cochran Research, Technology and Economic Development Park, the center provides a ...

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MDOT recognizes Hinds County employees

The Mississippi Department of Transportation recently recognized residents of Hinds County for their service to MDOT. Honored were, front row, from left, Jessica Dilley, Bonnie Sides, Lisa Kennedy, and Dejuana Parker; Back Row, MDOT Chief Engineer Mark McConnell, James Eggleston, Ron Rester, Byron Flood, Paul Greene and MDOT Executive Director Melinda McGrath.

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McNeese joins Community Bank Mortgage Company

Joe McNeese has been named President of Community Bank’s Mortgage Company. He joined Community Bank with over 23 years of experience in mortgage banking, most recently serving as Regional Mortgage Manager at BancorpSouth. McNeese will direct the day-to-day operations of Community Bank’s Mortgage Division. McNeese is a graduate of The University of Mississippi, receiving his Bachelor of Business Administration in ...

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Klein is ABA president

Linda Klein, senior managing shareholder in the Atlanta office of Baker Donelson, has became president of the American Bar Association. She will serve a one-year term ending in August 2017. Klein will focus on improving access to justice and providing legal assistance for our nation’s veterans. She will also emphasize two civic initiatives: one that mobilizes ABA resources to promote ...

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Synergetics adds 3 to team

Synergetics, a provider of technology solutions for education, government and business, has hired three new employees. Logan Box is an interactive technology technician. Mike Fuller a sales account manager for client sales in Alabama and Florida. Shelby Pace is an inside sales account manager and will support the sales team and customers. Box has six years of service and network ...

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