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MARTIN WILLOUGHBY: CEO of Better Business Bureau, John O’Hara, makes sure that quality comes first in his work

Integrity matters. A leader’s ability to lead is built upon a trust relationship. When there is a failure of integrity then the trust can be irrevocably broken. Integrity goes beyond simply being honest. Its definition means, “to be whole, integrated, and complete.” Dr. Henry Cloud, co-author of the bestseller Boundaries noted, “our character, the ability to meet the demands of ...

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Still in acquisition mode, Cadence set to buy Houston’s Encore Bancshares Inc.

Birmingham’s Cadence Bancorp, formerly headquartered in Starkville, has signed a definitive agreement to buy Houston-based Encore Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: EBTX) in an all-cash transaction of $20.62 per share. Under the deal, Cadence would pay approximately $250 million for the approximately 12.1 million outstanding shares of Encore, a $1.6 billion banking company with 12 locations in the Houston region. “When we ...

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Survey: Metro Jackson office markets showing some strength

Jackson’s Central Business District office market is starting 2012 much as it did 2011 with slightly more than a quarter of available space empty. That’s the good news. The CBD wouldn’t be keeping its current occupancy levels had expected lease renewals not come through, commercial real estate professionals say. Parkway Properties’ 120-building fourth-quarter office market survey shows the downtown market ...

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Agency advertising bill ‘ill-conceived’

A bill that cleared the committee in the Senate and awaits action on the floor has caught the attention of advertising and media outlets. Senate Bill 2736 would prohibit state agencies from spending funds appropriated from the state’s general fund on radio and television advertisements that promote programs and initiatives, unless there is a bidding process involved. “It’s got a ...

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Mississippi legislative committee deadline sorts out winners, losers

The recent legislative committee deadline proved at least one thing: There are varying degrees of “alive” at the Capitol. For most of the past few sessions, Derrick Surrette and officials at the Mississippi Association of Supervisors have pushed for language clarifying rules tax assessors follow when calculating ad valorem tax bills for Section 42 housing developments, or what is commonly ...

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CONSTRUCTION — How do low-E windows work?

Low-emissivity (low-E) glass windows work by controlling the heat transfer through windows with insulated glazing. The windows reflect the heat during the summer, while allowing the heat in during the winter. “The angles of the sun control it,” said Todd Cantor, general manager of Window King in Gulfport. “The window is designed to allow the warmth to come in when ...

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CONSTRUCTION — Keesler and Habitat for Humanity decide to 'LEED and they will follow'

The $287-million project to replace family housing at Keesler Air Force Base after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 was not only the largest housing construction project in Air Force history. It also became what was at the time the largest project in the country to receive Leadership in Environment Design (LEED) Silver certification for advances in energy conservation and other sustainable ...

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Economic crisis gave Metropolitan Bank the opportunities it needed

>> Gabardi’s idea was to cultivate a niche space in which Metropolitan’s bankers would compete against other bankers — not other banks As the sky seemed to be falling on the nation’s banking sector in 2008, veteran banker Curt Gabardi and his “Band of Bankers” executive corps decided there may never be a better time to start a bank. Out ...

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