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Linda Simmons

Chief Operating Officer of Watkins Ludlam Winter & Stennis PA Linda Simmons, chief operating officer (COO) of Watkins Ludlam Winter & Stennis, P.A., has more than 20 years of experience overseeing human resources (HR) and other management responsibilities. At times disciplining an employee can’t be avoided. But how that is done makes a huge difference. Through all those years, Simmons ...

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Justice O’Keefe Duhon

Account Executive, Stewart Sneed Hewes/BancorpSouth Insurance Services As a highly motivated person, Justice O’Keefe Duhon has successfully made the transition from student to congressional intern to certified public accountant to licensed insurance producer. Currently, she is account executive, producer with Stewart Sneed Hewes/BancorpSouth Insurance Services in Hattiesburg. “I am able to use my analytical skills and financial background as an ...

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Sharon Gray Garrison

Communications Director, Mississippi Center for Justice Sharon Gray Garrison tries to approach business with the heart of a social servant, and much of her career has championed that philosophy. She currently serves as communications director for the Mississippi Center for Justice, which has offices in Jackson and Biloxi. “I find that making decisions that are good for business does not ...

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Cheli Strumila

Entrepreneur Former casino cocktail waitress Cheli Strumila got the idea for starting a free Gulf Coast entertainment publication when she would have a night off and couldn’t find something to do. She wanted to know what was happening entertainment wise, and that wasn’t easy to find out. With the casino industry growing and the influx of a high number of ...

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Joyce M. Plunkett

Human Resources Manager for Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company Being named the Jim Wilkins Human Resource Professional of the Year in Mississippi for 2010 is certainly a career highlight for Joyce McEwen Plunkett, who is human resources manager for Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company in Jackson. But what ranks right up there in terms of importance to her ...

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Romy Simpson

Owner and Operator of Negrotto’s Art Galley and Custom Framing Maria del Pilar “Romy” Simpson, owner and operator of Negrotto’s Art Galley and Custom Framing, isn’t just about putting frames around artwork. She also creates events that provide an opportunity to highlight the diverse and talented artists of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. “I try to add a level of excitement ...

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Edith Mitchell

Madison Central High School Principal Madison Central High School (MCHS) principal Edith Jones Mitchell thinks it is important to teach the value of public service in addition to core academic disciplines like math, science and English. One result is the Madison County Mentoring Program that has grown into the largest Big BrothersBig Sisters high school mentoring program in the country ...

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Linda McCarthy

Jackson Convention Complex General Manager Linda McCarthy, says a vendor associated with providing supplies to the Jackson Convention Complex, is “the kind of person you want working for you” because she puts her heart and soul into the job. “I have worked with Linda since the Convention Center was just an idea on canvas,” said Becky Morgan, who is in ...

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Elizabeth Robinson

Co-owner of the Professional Staffing Group Elizabeth Robinson has a “street” MBA. She has assisted in starting an impressive number of small businesses including her current enterprises. She is co-owner of the Professional Staffing Group and also has achieved recognition with her handmade Blues Candy line of glass jewelry. Professional Staffing Company started out based fully in the legal market, ...

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Michelle Monk

Owner, Health Integration Whole Foods & Natural Healing Center Michelle Monk was born in England, and worked there as a psychiatric registered nurse, as a psychosexual therapist and as a nursing assistant before moving to the U.S. Since moving here, Monk has become a licensed massage therapist and certified yoga teacher, and has opened her own business in Yazoo City ...

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