BILOXI -- Leadership was honored and celebrated Tuesday at the One Coast Awards, which named the Top Community Leaders and Top 10 Leaders Under 40.
The awards ceremony was presented by the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino and continues the Roland Weeks leadership awards.
This year's Top Community Leaders:
Dorothy Wilson, Gulf Coast Women's Magazine
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Keith Williams, Hancock Bank
Angelina Treutel Meringue, South Group Insurance
Alan Sudduth, Chevron Pascagoula
Amber Olsen, Nextaff
Julie Gresham, Ingalls Shipbuilding
Lynn Frisby, Boomtown Casino Biloxi
Dr. Steve Demetropoulos, Emergency Room Group
Christene Brice, Harrison County Election Commission
Brad Bradford, Mississippi Power
The Top 10 Under 40:
Carlos Bell, Mississippi State Port Authority at Gulfport
Megan Burkes, University of Southern Mississippi Foundation
Padrick Dennis, Specialty Contractors
Ashley Edwards, Hancock Port and Harbor Commission
R.Lee Flowers, Ingalls Shipbuilding, Gulfport Council
Natalie Guess, Magnolia Business Alliance
LaWanda Jones, Hancock Bank
James Kaigler Jr., Hancock Bank
Laura Sessum, Singing River Hospital
Kate Dennis Spear, Specialty Contractors
Kimberly Nastasi, executive director of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce, read the names of each winner and the many Coast organizations for which the winners hold a leadership award.
"Over 90 nominations came in for today," she said. When duplicates were eliminated, the chamber had 73 nominees.
"What an impressive group of leaders," she said.
Together the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, the Hancock County Chamber of Commerce and the Coast Chamber have graduated nearly 1,900 people who participated in leadership programs, and Nastasi said many of this year's winners are graduates of those programs and work across One Coast.