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20 Q Mississippi Business Journal Q April 14, 2017

French is department head Professor P. Edward “Eddie” French, a longtime faculty member in Mississippi State’s College of Arts and Sciences, is the new permanent leader of its Department of Political Science and Public Administration. French has served the PSPA department on an interim basis French since 2016. French has held multiple positions in the PSPA department since joining the MSU faculty in 2008. In addition to teaching, he has served as the department’s graduate coordinator, as well as executive director of the university’s John C. Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development. French described MSU’s PSPA undergraduate program as one of the College of Arts and Sciences’ leading programs. The department, he said, continues to grow and gain national recognition through programs such as the Mississippi Model Security Council and the Stennis/Montgomery Association. An MSU public policy and public administration doctoral graduate, French received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Tennessee. He also holds two master’s degrees — one in city management from East Tennessee State University and the other in education administration from the University of Virginia. French recently received the American Society for Public Administration’s Section on Personnel Administration and Labor Relations Outstanding Scholar Award.

Alberts joins Clinic

Scott J. Alberts, CNP, recently joined Hattiesburg Clinic Hospital Care Service. He received a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in Jackson, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Alberts Phoenix in Phoenix, Ariz. Alberts is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. He is trained in adult gerontology care and has special practice interests in aging and longevity.

Cadence’s Toney honored

Jerry Toney, senior wealth advisor for Cadence Investment Services and Mississippi president for Cadence Bank, was recently recognized as one of the nation’s “Top 100 Bank Advisors” for 2016 by Bank Investment Consultant, a financial services industry magazine. Toney ranked 31st in the Toney annual list, placing among the top 50 for the second consecutive year. Toney is a 1996 graduate of Mississippi State University and is an adjunct lecturer for the Department of Finance & Economics. Additionally, Toney serves on several civic, economic and professional boards, including the Greater Starkville Development Partnership, Golden Triangle Development Link, Mississippi Economic Council, and as past president of the North Mississippi Financial Planning Council.

Phillip Carpenter, Carpenter Properties; Scott Overby, The Overby Company. Top Retail Leasing Brokers, Memphis Market — Bambi Kirk, Utley Properties.

Ambassadors of the Month

Business Person of the Year

Courtesy of EMBDC

The East Mississippi Business Development Corporation recently presented its March Ambassadors of the Month awards to, from left, Shawnda Grace, Trustmark, Red-ticket winner; Casey Hendricks, Montgomery Institute, third place; Mary Atterberry, Rush Health Systems, first place; and Derron Radcliff, MSU Riley Center, second place.

Greene named president Hotel & Restaurant Supply in Meridian has named Mason Greene as President, making him the third generation family member to lead the business. Jerry Greene will remain in the role of CEO of the company after serving as President since 1981. Bill Wolfe, Executive Vice President, and Ollie Wilkes, Vice President, will continue in their current roles. Hotel & Restaurant Supply was established in 1953 and is one of the largest foodservice equipment and supply dealers in the United States. It has six locations in the Southeast.

Pittman to lead ERDC Dr. David W. Pittman has been named Director of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center. As ERDC Director, Pittman manages one of the most diverse research organizations in the world, including seven laboratories located in four states, with more Pittman than 2,100 employees, $1.2 billion in facilities, and an annual program exceeding $1 billion. Pittman also serves as Director of Research and Development and Chief Scientist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Pittman first joined ERDC in 1983 as a research civil engineer in the Pavements Systems Division in Vicksburg. In his more than three decades with ERDC, he has served in numerous research and leadership roles. Pittman has a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in civil engineering from Mississippi State University, as well as a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a previous recipient of the Presidential Rank Award (Meritorious), the Federal

Laboratory Consortium Lab Director of the Year Award and the Joint Meritorious Civilian Service Award. He is a member of several professional engineering societies, including the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Society of American Military Engineers, The American Concrete Institute and the International Society for Concrete Pavements. He serves on several technical committees and has published numerous technical reports and papers. He is a registered professional engineer in Mississippi.

Realtors earn CoStar honors Mississippi Commercial Association of Realtors have announced that group members have been named 2016 CoStar Power Broker by CoStar Group, Inc., the leading provider of commercial real estate information, analytics and online marketplaces. The annual industry award highlights the achievements of the firms and individual brokers who closed the highest transaction volumes in commercial property sales or leases in 2016 within their respective markets. Winners are: Top Office Leasing Brokers — Bill Hankins, Cook Commercial Properties; Brandon Brown, T L Brown Properties; Hugh Johnson, J. Walter Michel Agency, Inc.; Scott Overby, The Overby Company. Top Retail Leasing Brokers — Brandon Brown, T L Brown Properties; Sarah Thobae, The Overby Company; Scott Overby, The Overby Company. Top Industrial Leasing Brokers — Bill G. Cook, Cook Commercial Properties; Bill Hankins, Cook Commercial Properties; Brian E. Estes, Estes Group; Hugh Johnson, J. Walter Michel Agency, Inc.; Jon-David Johnson, J.D. Johnson Realty & Investment, LLC. Top Sales Brokers — Bill G. Cook, Cook Commercial Properties; Bill Hankins, Cook Commercial Properties; Micah McCullough, NAI UCR Properties;

The U.S. Small Business Administration Mississippi District Office has named Mary Jennifer Russell, president and founder of Sugaree’s Bakery of New Albany, the 2017 SBA Mississippi Small Business Person of the Year. Sugaree’s Bakery is a small batch bakery that since 1997 has been focusing on depth of flavor with its classic southern layer cakes. The SBA Mississippi District Office will honor its award winners at a ceremony in early May. Other SBA award winners are: Generational Family-Owned — Keith Delcambre, Bozo’s Grocery, Pascagoula. Young Entrepreneur — Latrice Rogers, Goddess Lengths Virgin Hair Bar, Jackson. Financial Services Champion — Vickie Rivers, Gulf Coast Renaissance Corp, Gulfport. Minority Small Business Champion — Louis J. Finkle, Gaston Point Community Development Corp., Gulfport. Lifetime Achievement Awards in Small Business Development — Two Individuals to be revealed at Awards Event in May. Top Loan Volume & Top Dollar Lender — Community Bank of Mississippi. 1st Runner-Up Loan Volume Lender — Covington County Bank. 1st Runner-Up Dollar Lender — Live Oak Banking 2nd Runner-Up Loan Volume & 2nd Runner-Up Loan Volume Lender — First Financial Bank Honorable Mention Dollar Lender — Trustmark Bank. 2nd Runner-Up Dollar Lender & 3rd Runner-Up Loan Volume Lender — Peoples Bank. 3rd Runner-Up Dollar & Honorable Mention Volume Lender — BankPlus. Top Loan Volume Certified Development Corp. — Central Mississippi Development Co., Inc. Top Dollar Certified Development Company — Six Bridges Capital Corp. Top Dollar Third Party Lender on CDC Projects — Metropolitan Bank.

Cupples inducted as Fellow Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP is pleased to announce that Margaret Oertling Cupples, the managing partner of the firm’s Jackson office, has been inducted as a Fellow of the Mississippi Bar Foundation, which recognizes a lawyer’s excellence, as well as Cupples dedication and service to the public and profession. Cupples focuses her practice on civil appeals and commercial litigation. Her work centers on asbestos, benzene and silica mass-tort and products liability cases, and also includes insurance sales practices, consumer finance and general commercial litigation. Selection as a Mississippi Bar Fellow recognizes that an attorney has achieved the highest level of professionalism, competence and leadership, according to the attorney’s peers. Only 10 percent of the lawyers in Mississippi are eligible for membership as a Fellow.

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