Bill Holmes of D’Iberville has been elected president of the Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast three-county tourism board for a one-year term. He was appointed to a two-year term on the board in 2013 and reappointed for an additional five years in 2015. Holmes is former executive director of the Coast Coliseum and Convention Center and retired in 2018 after 38 years at the facility.
Palace Casino Resort has honored Elena Jackson, pastry chef, as Administrator of the Quarter. She has been employed at the Palace since 2015.
Mary Smith, golf and hotel sales manager, was awarded Associate of the Quarter for her sales skills. She has worked at the Palace since 2012.
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Clint Nugent in table games, who has worked at the Palace since 2015, was awarded Associate of the Quarter for excellent guest service.
Neil Polen, AIA, has moved to the Biloxi office of Dale Partners Architects, and kicked off his arrival by working on the new Starbucks at Harrah’s Gulf Coast Casino. Polen joined Dale Partners in 2014 and worked in the Jackson office. He has a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Mississippi State University and completed the Business Advantage Program at Millsaps College. He worked on the Cspire Data Center in Starkville, Wind Creek Montgomery Hotel & BB King’s Blues Club in Montgomery, University Housing in Jackson and is working on a medical office building at Tradition and a historical renovation on the Coast.
Two South Mississippi State Hospital employees are among 50 government employees to graduate from the Certified Public Manager program offered by Mississippi State Personnel Board. Karl Hess, of Pearl River County, is risk management director at SMSH. He and and Scott Willoughby of Hattiesburg presented a project entitled, “Streamlining the Formal Debriefing Process,” which was awarded model project designation.
IP Casino Resort honored six employees as Team Members of the Month for May. They include: Linda Livingston in table games, Savanah Schraeder at Highlights Sports Lounge, Emmalee Winston at Senses Spa & Salon, Jesse Necaise in security, Bryan Styron in food and beverage and Molly Olier, who works at the hotel. The Safety Spotlight Award for May went to Brittany Smith, who works at Infusions Coffee Bar.