The Mississippi Bar presented Judge James Persons of Gulfport with its Distinguished Service Award. Persons has served as chancery judge for the Eighth Chancery Court District of Hancock, Harrison and Stone counties since 2003. He is a graduate of Millsaps College, University of Mississippi School of Law and New York University School of Law. He practiced law in Jackson and in South Mississippi until his election as chancery judge. He is a Fellow of the Mississippi Bar Foundation, served as president of the Harrison County Bar Association and Russell Blass Walker Chapter of the American Inns of Court.
Brown, Mitchell & Alexander Inc. announces that Mark Otto has passed the Texas State Professional Surveyor Exam. He has 24 years of experience surveying in Mississippi and specializes in boundary and topographic surveys, land title surveys, utility route surveys and boundary line agreements and adjustments. He also is a licensed FAA UAV (drone) pilot. Otto has a bachelor’s degree in geography from University of South Alabama and is Southern District Director of the Mississippi Association of Professional Surveyors.
Sarah Loiacano of Bay St. Louis received her real estate license on July 12 and joined the Gulf Coast Association of Realtors on July 31. She is an agent at Busch Realty Group.
David Howard of Vancleave was recognized as a One Million Mile Safe Driver by Landstar System of Jacksonville, Florida. He is one of 124 men and women who make up the 2016 Class of Landstar Million Mile Safe Drivers and were honored recently in Nashville for their safety records and professionalism. During his career with Landstar as an independent truck owner-operator, he has driven more than one million consecutive miles without a preventable accident, which on average takes 10 years.
Cortney Cassady has been promoted at Merchants & Marine to retail operations specialist. She joined Merchants & Marine Bank last year when the Fairhope branch opened and was a personal banker. She will be responsible for improving customer experience, operational efficiencies and enhancing product offerings. She has an associate’s degree from Faulkner University.
Nichole Ford has been named branch operations manager at the Escatawpa branch of M&M Bank. She joined the bank in 2015 and has an associate’s degree from Mississippi Gulf Community College and is working toward a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
Rachel Hinkel has been named branch operations manager at M&M Bank’s Gautier location. She has been with the bank since 2013.
Donna Melton, an agent with Coldwell Banker Alfonso Real Estate, has been awarded the Certified Residential Specialist designation by the Council of Residential Specialists, an affiliate of National Association of Realtors. Only 29,000 Realtors nationwide have earned the credential that requires advanced professional training and professional achievement in residential real estate.
NASA Shared Services Center held its 11th annual honor awards ceremony at Stennis Space Center. Charles Bridges of Gulfport, lead contract specialist at NASA, was awarded the agency’s Exceptional Achievement Medal, which is awarded to a government employee for significant specific achievement or substantial improvement in operations, efficiency, service, financial savings, science or technology.
Tashia McGinn of EXIT Prestige Luxury Realty is featured in the Mississippi Edition of Top Agent Magazine for August. The magazine features real estate agents mortgage professionals and affiliates in the United States, Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Candidates must go through a nomination and interview process and evaluation based on production, professionalism and community involvement.