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Chopin, Smith promoted at BankPlus

  Kristi Chopin and Mikki Smith have both been promoted with BankPlus. Chopin was recently promoted to assistant vice president and branch manager in BankPlus’ Southaven-Airways office.   A native of Columbus, Chopin holds a bachelor of business administration degree and masters in business administration from the University of Mississippi.    Chopin and her husband, Brian, attend St. Mary’s Catholic ...

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Ford appointed to Co-Lin staff

  Carol Ford of Hazlehurst has been appointed chairperson for the Mathematics and Computer Science Division at Copiah-Lincoln Community College. Prior to joining the Co-Lin staff in 2000, she was a math instructor at Copiah Academy for 12 years and also taught at St. Andrews Episcopal School and in the Lincoln County, Hazlehurst and Warren County school districts.  Ford received ...

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Graham named executive with Regions

  Jan B. Graham has been named CRE sales performance executive for Regions Bank. She is responsible for developing and implementing sales initiatives, monitoring CRE incentive plans and creating and monitoring staffing models. Graham has been with Regions since 1976, and has held numerous positions with the bank, including branch manager, student loan manager, CRE relationship manager, CRE sales manager ...

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Snyder and Bryant represent PRAM with donation to Goodwill

Leah Snyder, Public Relations Association of Mississippi (PRAM) Mississippi Beach Chapter community service chair, and Melissa Bryant, PRAM president, presented Jim Collins, director of marketing and community relations for Goodwill Industries of South Mississippi, with a donation at PRAM’s June meeting. PRAM Beach Chapter members participated in a donation drive during the months of May and June, collecting clothing and ...

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Bynum finalist for McNulty prize

   has been named a finalist for the John P. McNulty prize.  The McNulty prize is an annual $100,000 award, which celebrates extraordinary young leaders making creative, effective and lasting contributions to their communities. Bynum’s work with the Hope Community Credit Union has made an impact in the Delta region, helping thousands of individuals acquire the resources needed to rebuild ...

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Pierce receives SBA leadership award

Dennis Pierce, owner of Dennis Pierce Inc. and PierCon Inc., was honored with the Small Business Leadership Award during the Small Business Leadership Luncheon held on the campus of William Carey University. William Carey University and the Area Development Partnership, which put on the luncheon, presented Pierce with the award.   A lifelong resident of Hattiesburg, Pierce specializes in home ...

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Gillis wins Entergy award

Norman Gillis, local attorney, entrepreneur and economic developer, is a 2009 recipient of the Teamwork Mississippi Community Leadership Award.  Gillis has been a driving force for economic development in Pike County over the past 40 years. As a businessman, he has developed substantial commercial property in the McComb area and assisted in recruiting industry.  He currently has numerous business interests, ...

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Taylor outraged by testimony

JACKSON — Rep. Gene Taylor (D-Miss.) is pointing to testimony given June 9 before the Mississippi Supreme Court as proof that his multi-peril insurance legislation should become law. According to Taylor’s Office, in oral arguments before the Mississippi Supreme Court insurance company USAA admitted that it shifted its own costs to the federal government’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). In ...

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HORNE announces board elections

    HORNE LLP announced recent elections to the firm’s board of directors.  Joel Haves, CPA, and Norman Moore, CPA, have both been reelected.  Both will serve three-year terms. HORNE’s executed partner Hugh Parker, Ph.D., CPA/ABV, was reappointed as chairman of the board.  Havens joined HORNE in 1984.  He currently serves as the partner in charge of specialty accounting for ...

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Appleby wins division award for the year

Charlie Appleby, chairman and chief executive officer of Advanced Disposal Services Inc., a Southeast regional provider of integrated solid waste collection, transfer, disposal and recycling services, won the Florida Division (Real Estate & Construction) of the 2009 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award.  The selection of Appleby for this award was made by an independent judging panel of ...

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