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Women Business Owners of the Pine Belt hosts annual event

The Women Business Owners of the Pine Belt’s presented their annual awards in Hattiesburg. Awards included a Lifetime Membership Award to Rita Mitchell (center), the Top Recruiter Award to Rosie Knop (right), and the Most Inspiring Member Award to Jennifer Clark. Also, the 2019 board was announced: President – Rosie Knop; Vice President – Elizabeth Corley; Events Coordinator – Shakita ...

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Forrest General announces annual award winners

Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg recently presented awards to its top employee, leadership and physician. Employees recognized during the event included Forrest General’s We C.A.R.E. Award recipients, honored for upholding the hospital’s We C.A.R.E. philosophy; Service Award recipients, who were recognized for years of service to the organization; and the 2018 employee of the year, Chuck Pierce. Also honored were ...

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Waters Companies earn honors top performing International Truck dealerships honor

WATERS Truck and Tractor and WATERS International Trucks, a International Truck commercial dealership, has received the International Truck Presidential Award. The award, introduced in 2018, honors the top seven percent of International Truck dealerships that achieve the highest level of performance in terms of operating and financial standards, market representation, and most importantly, customer satisfaction. Waters is one of only ...

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Memorial Cancer Center doctor awarded Preceptor of the Year

Deepu Thoppil (left), MD, Merit Health Wesley, presents Pamela Tuli, MD, Gulfport Memorial Oncologist/Hematologist, the Preceptor of the Year Award for the Internal Medicine Residency Program. The award is given to individuals who are exemplary practitioners, role models, coaches, learning facilitators, and team players. Tuli joined Memorial Cancer Center in 2010. She earned her medical doctorate and completed her residency ...

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Pugh to replace Buffington as director of Stennis Center for Public Service

The Stennis Center for Public Service in Starkville announced that Dr. Brian Pugh, currently Deputy Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration, will become its new Executive Director. The current Executive Director of the Stennis Center, Rex Buffington II, retires from a job he has held for over 30 years. A former press secretary and speech writer ...

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MSU grad joins Baker Donelson’s tax team

Sloane Hankins joined Baker Donelson’s Tax Group in the Firm’s Memphis office. Hankins has significant experience representing clients in a broad range of tax matters, including trust and estate planning, income tax planning, and estate administration. Hankins began her career clerking at the United States Tax Court for the Honorable Judge Robert Wherry from 2010 to 2012 in Washington, D.C. ...

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Manufacturers group names Hillman, Wright to positions

The Mississippi Manufacturers Association (MMA) named Shannon Hillman as Director of Membership and Educational Services, and Kelly Wright as Director of Government Affairs. Hillman will have the responsibilities of recruiting new and retaining current members, conducting board elections, coordinating and fundraising for MMA events, tracking union activity in the state, and assisting members as needed. Prior to joining MMA in ...

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Phillips-Gaines named one of InvestmentNews’ 20 Women to Watch

InvestmentNews has recognized Lynn Phillips-Gaines of Phillips Financial in Starkville as a 2018 Women to Watch honoree. As one of the 20 winners, she was chosen from more than several hundred nominations for her leadership, contributions and impact in the financial advice industry. Each of the advisers and executives who made the fourth annual InvestmentNews Women to Watch list were ...

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Matthew Horton joins Neel-Schaffer

Neel-Schaffer, Inc., announced that Matthew Horton, PE, has joined the firm and will serve as a Water/Wastewater Engineer and Project Manager in the firm’s Jackson office. Horton has more than 11 years of industry experience, including 10 years working for a national consulting firm in its Jackson office, where he held the titles of Project Manager and Client Service Leader. ...

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Leadership Mississippi celebrates 54 graduates in class of 2018

Mississippi Economic Council’s Leadership Mississippi program announced the 54 graduates of the Class of 2018. The Class of 2018 participants completed five sessions in locations across Mississippi, including Jackson, Oxford, the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Tunica, and Columbus. Leadership Mississippi is the second oldest statewide leadership program in the nation and is conducted by the M.B. Swayze Foundation. Since its inception ...

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