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Gulf Coast Business Council selects 28 for Masters Leadership Program

The Gulf Coast Business Council has selected 28 Gulf Coast leaders to participate in the 2017 Masters Leadership Program. The program was developed in 2007 to identify and develop emerging leaders of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, while also serving as a “think tank” to create strategies to enhance the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

The 2017 Program theme is “Blueprint Gulf Coast.” The class will visit Nashville to study how leaders there have put into place key components of their economic blueprint. The Master’s program consists of eight sessions from April through November.

Class members are:

Roderick Mark Alexander, Jr., Law Partner, Balch & Bingham, LLP; Renee’ Areng, Executive Director, Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast; Emily Burke, Public Relations Manager, IP Casino Resort & Spa; Damita Caldwell, Director, Operations, Huntington Ingalls, Inc.;  Douglas Cunningham, Director, Production Control & Program Planning, Huntington Ingalls, Inc.; Geneva Dummer, Owner/Operator, The Meeting Place, LLC; Felicity Edwards, Grant Administrator| Covington Civil & Environmental, LLC; Jade Ferguson, Government & Community Affairs, MS Public Service Commission, Southern District; Shelby Fox, Executive Director/Operations Manager, Knight Nonprofit Center; Leslie Henderson, Owner/Operator, Lazy Magnolia Brewery; Mark Henderson, Co-Founder, LogLinear Group; Andrew Hinkebein, Southern District Representative, Office of U.S. Senator Roger Wicker; Ben Hunter, Director Sales & Marketing, The Focus Group; Angela Juzang, Director Marketing & Business, Garden Park Medical Center; Cynthia Lamb, Manager Client Relations, Pickering Firm, Inc.; Haley Martin, Managing Partner/Owner, PayneMartin | H. Martin, Attny at Law; Paul Mickle, Chief Scientific Officer, MS Department of Marine Resources; Catherine Meinrich, President, MPS Grants; Gifford Ormes, Manager, Legislative Affairs, Mississippi Power Company; Joseph Kreg Overstreet, Senior Project Manager, Neel-Schaffer, Inc.; Brandon Payne, Founding Partner, The Payne Group; Monica Scott, Vice President Marketing, Boomtown/Hollywood Gulf Coast Casinos; Donald Shepley, Director Planning & Business Development, Gulfport-Biloxi Regional Airport Authority; Dhiana Skrmetti, Executive Director, Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra, Inc.; Rebecca Smith, Director Talent Acquisition, Beau Rivage, MGM Resorts; Lindsay Ward, Senior Project Manager, Southern Mississippi Planning & Development District; Kathryn Wilkes, Manager, Horne LLP; Christopher Williams, PhD, Assistant Superintendent, Ocean Springs School District.

Co-Chairs: Patrick Bonck, Director of Zoning, Harrison County; Kimberly Nastasi, Director, Communications, Ingalls Shipbuilding; Gretchen David, Owner, Gretchen David Design Studio.

The facilitator is Brent Henley of The Pyramid Group, and the sponsor is HORNE LLP

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