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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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Mike Christensen joins Mississippi State Hospital

Mike Christensen, who has more than 33 years of journalism experience, will handle media relations for the Mississippi State Hospital.  He worked 26 years as a sports writer and copy editor for The Clarion-Ledger  and most recently served as a web editor/writer for Agfax.com, an agriculture information site. Christensen earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Augusta College (now Georgia ...

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Charles Webb earns Golden Lamp

Oxford School District business manager Charles Webb has received the 2014 Golden Lamp Award for Mississippi by the Mississippi Association of School Administrators. The award, MASA’s highest honor, is given to a MASA member who has “gone above and beyond” in public education for the children of Mississippi.

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