David Reese, brewmaster for Chandeleur Island Brewing in Gulfport, is the first person in Mississippi to become an Advanced Cicerone. To achieve the designation, candidates must complete a nine-hour exam as part of the Cicerone Certification Program and have detailed knowledge of all aspects of beer. He is one of 78 Advanced Cicerone certification holders worldwide.
Frank Corder, assistant city manager for Pascagoula, was appointed to National League of Cities 2018 Finance, Administration and Intergovernmental Relations federal advocacy committee. He is the only Mississippian appointed to the committee, which develops NLC’s federal policy positions on issues involving national economic policy, financial assistance programs, liability insurance, intergovernmental relations, census, municipal bonds and capital finance, municipal management, antitrust issues, citizen participation and civil rights, labor relations, Native American sovereignty and municipal authority. Corder previously served on NLC policy committees, including Small Cities Council, Democratic Governance Panel and Information Technology and Communications Policy Committee.
Richard “Ric” Williams was appointed to represent Gulfport on the Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees. He is Gulfport market president for BancorpSouth Bank. He is a graduate of ABA National Commercial Lending and Graduate Banking Schools at Southern Methodist University, William Carey University (MBA) and Mississippi State University (BBA). He holds a certified financial Planner professional designation. He is football and baseball coach for Gulfport Youth Sports Association, and serves on the boards of MS Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce Foundation and Gulf Coast Open Doors Homeless Coalition.
Jas N Smith of Purvis has joined the Public Affairs Division at Mississippi Department of Transportation as public information officer for the Southern Transportation District, covering 27 counties that include the Gulf Coast. He is a graduate of Mississippi State University with a bachelor’s degree in communication and has a master’s degree in education leadership from American Intercontinental University in Schaumburg, Illinois. He was communication director for Hattiesburg Public School District for 11 years and previously worked for Jackson Public School District, WLBT-TV in Jackson, WebMD and CNN. In 2016 he was named State Communicator of the Year by Mississippi School Public Relations Association and Mississippi Association of School Administrators.
Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission recently elected officers: Re-elected were Robert Kane as president, Jon Ritten as vice president and Daryl Cornell as treasurer. Commissioner Paula Jordan was elected secretary, replacing Sherri Bevis, who is leaving the commission.
U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst recognized members of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Mississippi for superior performance in 2017:
Robert E. Hauberg Award for Distinguished Service: To Deputy Criminal Chief for Narcotics John Meynardie, chief of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force program in the Southern District. He presents programs to area civic groups and high school students on the dangers of opioid and synthetic drugs while consistently having the most criminal cases indicted and prosecuted in the Southern District. He recently was recognized for indicting a Chinese national as the first manufacturer and distributor of fentanyl and other opiate substances, the first to be indicted in U.S. history.
James B. Tucker Award for Superior Prosecutorial Service in Criminal Justice: To Assistant U.S. Attorney Annette Williams. She led the prosecution of an international case dubbed “Operation Scams-R-Us” that involved a large criminal organization based in Nigeria and South Africa, which carried out a multitude of cyber and mail schemes targeting thousands of victims in Mississippi, the United States and elsewhere.
Daniel E. Lynn Award for Superior Litigation Service in Civil Litigation: To Assistant U.S. Attorney Cynthia Eldridge. She handled several significant cases, including Gonzalez v. United States, a Federal Tort Claims Act case that established new case law in the Fifth Circuit. She took over all bankruptcy matters for the entire district and concluded more than 50 bankruptcy cases.
Paulette Womack Support Staff Award for Superior Performance: To legal assistant Deborah Bradford, who works works on civil and criminal cases and supports three assistant U.S. attorneys in the Gulfport branch office.