The son and grandson of shipyard workers, and a MENSA (national high IQ society) member since 1992, Frank Corder has devoted his professional life to community service, last summer winning re-election unopposed as city councilman for Ward 4 in Pascagoula.
“Frank has dedicated his entire being to making Pascagoula a better place in which to live,” said Todd Trenchard, vice president of Merchants & Marine Bank, and executive director of the Bacot McCarty Foundation. “From his efforts after the storm, to his leadership of voluntary groups, to his enthusiastic support of events such as Cruisin’ the Coast, to the highly successful Little League World Series, no one has worked harder and no one his age has accomplished more. He has a bright future ahead of him.”
After graduating from Pascagoula High School near the top of his class, Corder studied secondary music education at the University of Southern Mississippi. While there, he became a licensed and ordained minister through Indian Springs Baptist Church in Petal.
In 2001, Corder returned to his hometown to join Hancock Bank, rising to branch manager — he won the “Beacon Award” in the first quarter of 2005 — before taking over as general manager of LaFont Inn, a Pascagoula landmark. For several years while working for the bank, he also served as associate pastor and minister of music for Riverside Baptist Church, and interim associate pastor and minister of worship for Calvary Baptist Church.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Corder chaired the Pascagoula Economic Development Advisory Council and the Pascagoula Renaissance Commission in collaboration with the Governor’s Commission for Recovery, Rebuilding and Renewal. His service extended to the Pascagoula Strategic Plan Steering Committee, Pascagoula Main Street, Jackson County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and the Jackson County Economic Development Foundation Board of Directors as the mayor’s proxy. The Mississippi Economic Development Council recognized him as Volunteer of the Year in 2006, and soon after, the Mississippi Main Street Association presented him with a special service award.
In 2008, he began hosting the local television show, “On the Edge with Frank Corder,” which expanded to WPMP 1580AM radio last spring and led to other media opportunities and entrepreneurial ventures. This year, he is also participating in the Gulf Coast Business Council Research Foundation Masters’ Program while co-chairing the 2010 Sounds by the Sea Gulf Coast Symphony concert and serving on the National League of Cities’ 2010 City Futures Panel on Democratic Governance.
Corder’s community involvement extends to the Kiwanis Club, Rotary Club and Pine-Burr Area Council Bay Rivers Boy Scouts of America. He coached T-ball for five years, and represented T-ball on the Dixie Youth board of directors. In 2007, he successfully lobbied for Pascagoula to host the Dixie Youth World Series, and then helped plan the 2008 event.
A marketing whiz, Corder launched the “Think Pascagoula First” campaign, chaired the annual business expo by the same name and submitted the winning name for the new Coast hockey team — Mississippi Surge.
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