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TEC appoints Cockrell

TEC has appointed Michael Cockrell as Senior Systems Engineer at LecNet, Inc. in Jackson.  Cockrell will provide support for the provisioning and maintenance of broadband communication services and systems. Cockrell has several years of experience in the technology industry. Cockrell lives in Madison with his wife, Stacy, and children, Morgan, Austin, Matthew and Wesley.

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Hodge joins Visitors Bureau

Forrest Hodge has been hired as the Sales and Marketing Coordinator at the Greenwood Convention & Visitors Bureau. Hodge is a native of Greenwood and a graduate of Delta State University, where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing. His experience ranges from the hotel industry to coordinating programming for the Greenwood-Leflore Public Library. Hodge is on ...

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Waggoner staff realigned

Waggoner Engineering recently shifted from a project-based organizational structure to one that will associate its employees with specific roles based on geographic markets to allow for a more intense focus on serving the client. CEO Joe Waggoner will now oversee business development efforts and the overall management of the company. Emad Al Turk, who has re-joined Waggoner as President, will ...

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Ambassadors of the month

Courtesy of EMBDC The East Mississippi Business Development Corp. in Meridian’s February Ambassadors of the Month awards went to, from left, Terry Watkins, second place, with Lala Enterprises; Jennifer Booker, red ticket drawing winner, WGBC-TV; Derron Radcliff, first place, MSU Riley Center; and Heather Woodall, third place, MSU Career Center.

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VT Halter appoints Socha

Robert A. Socha has been appointed Senior Vice President of Business Development and Estimating for VT Halter Marine, a subsidiary of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. Socha has more than 30 years of experience as a senior level executive in domestic and international sales, marketing, business development, public relations as well as deep industry knowledge of the offshore and inland shipbuilding, ...

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MSU’s Spencer recognized

Judith A. “Judy” Spencer, Mississippi State’s chief human resources officer, has been honored by Women in Higher Education—Mississippi Network with its 2017 Leadership Award. Established in 2003, WHEMN works to promote and support women in higher education leadership through programs in career development and mentoring. Following a successful career in the private sector, Spencer joined the university’s human resources management ...

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Roberts gains APRA post

Mary Margaret Roberts, director of prospect research and communication for the Mississippi University for Women Foundation in Columbus, has been elected to serve a two-year term as vice president of the board of directors of the MidSouth Chapter of the Association for Professional Researchers for Advancement. Roberts also has been selected to attend the 2017 APRA International Leadership Summit in ...

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Hattiesburg Clinic awards

Hattiesburg Clinic’s 2016 Employee Recognition and Awards Banquet recently honored employees and retirees. The clinic’s Annie Ruth Johnston Employee of the Year award went to India Dunaway, manager of the Pathology department. Dunaway has been with the clinic since 1999. The Faris Allen Nurse of the Year award was given to Lisa Carnahan, from Gastroenterology. Carnahan has been a nurse ...

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IP recognizes workers

IP Casino Resort Spa has recognized several team members for their service, dedication and work ethic for both December and fourth quarter of 2016. December’s recipients included front-of-house team members Thomas Abshire (Table Games), Sharmane Barrant (Housekeeping) and Hazel McCord (Casino Porter); and back-of-house team members Susan Crenshaw (Housekeeping), Tavon Griffin (Food and Beverage) and Jewell Henry (Food and Beverages). ...

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MSU office wins development award

Mississippi State University’s Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems Extension in Canton recently accepted the Community Economic Development Award from the Mississippi Economic Development Council for its work to bring advanced manufacturing jobs back to America. The recognition cited the “Reshoring Advanced Manufacturing Jobs in Mississippi: Enhancing Skills and Building Competitiveness” program. During the three-year effort, the project team worked with ...

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