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BKD announces recent promotions

BKD has announced the promotion of four team members in the audit and tax departments.  Michael Hill, CPA, has been promoted to Managing Director.  Hill provides tax compliance and consulting services for large and small business enterprises in a variety of industries including, timber, commercial real estate, REITs, restaurant franchising, wholesale distribution and publishing industries as well as large family ...

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McLaughlin, PC adds food and beverage depth and opens Alabama office

McLaughlin, PC is pleased to announce that David Carn has joined the firm in its Birmingham, Alabama office. Prior to joining McLaughlin, PC, David served as in-house counsel to the Alabama-based regional craft brewery, Back Forty Beer Company. David has over a decade of experience as both in-house counsel and outside counsel focusing on highly regulated industries, including alcohol and food ...

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Reeves announces DOR appointment

Gov. Tate Reeves has announced Chris Graham as his appointment for Commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Revenue (DOR) to ensure Mississippi’s continued financial stability. Chris has a proven history of fighting for our state and handling complex administrative and accounting battles—having served in offices from the Mississippi Legislative Budget Office and Mississippi Ethics Commission to 17 years of legal ...

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Nowlin joins Fairview Inn as Events Manager

Stephanie Nowlin has joined the Fairview Inn team as the new events manager. Previously, she served as the Catering Sales Manager at La Brioche in Fondren, where she managed all corporate and social events. Stephanie also has marketing experience through her time at Medicomp Physical Therapy and Capital Orthopaedic. Nowlin lives in Brandon with her husband, Damon, and is a ...

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Mississippi Secretary of State’s office announces new chief of staff

Carla Thornhill has been promoted to Chief of Staff for the office of Mississippi Secretary of State Michael Watson. The former Deputy Chief of Staff replaces Keith Davis, who recently accepted a position as Deputy Commissioner of Operations with the Mississippi Department of Public Safety. Carla Thornhill is a native of Philadelphia, Miss., and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political ...

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Southern AgCredit promotes Pam Vitteck

Southern AgCredit recently promoted Pam Vitteck to senior loan closer. Vitteck holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Master of Business Management from the University of Maryland Global Campus. She is also a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy. Vitteck joined Southern AgCredit in 2013 as a loan administrator. “Pam has done an excellent job serving local ...

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Argent Family Wealth Services Announces Partnership with DK Financial 

Argent Financial Group, an independent fiduciary wealth management firm, recently announced a partnership with Todd DeKruyter and DK Financial. DeKruyter has worked in the family financial planning industry for more than 10 years and will serve as a family wealth strategist on behalf of Oxford-based Argent’s Family Wealth Services division, assisting families across the country with their charitable and legacy ...

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Memorial names Shabazz as manager of marketing and brand strategy

Cece Shabazz has joined Gulfport Memorial as Manager of Marketing and Brand Strategy. Shabazz is responsible for coordinating, developing, and implementing advertising strategies, campaigns and placement in traditional, social, and digital media. She will guide a newly formed creative team in the development, execution and delivery of visual content for a variety of audiences and create brand experiences. She will coordinate projects with team members ...

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Thomas achieves national recertification in Civil Trial Law

The National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) recently announced that Philip Thomas has successfully achieved recertification as a civil trial advocate. The NBTA was designed to create an objective set of standards illustrating an attorney’s experience and expertise in the practice of trial law. Thomas earned his undergraduate degree in History from Louisiana State University.  He is a 1993 graduate of the ...

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Kelsi Baldwin receives Sadler Award at Mississippi College

Enrolling at Mississippi College Law School starting in August, Kelsi Baldwin says her career will lead her to serve society’s voiceless. “There are countless individuals who feel as if their voice has been ripped away, and I want to help them find it again,” says the Clinton resident. “I have no doubt that MC Law will equip me with the ...

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