R. Ben Young of Gulfport, CPA, was named a partner of Alexander, Van Loon, Sloan, Levens & Favre, an accounting and business consulting firm in Gulfport. Young earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Southern Mississippi.

David Duhé, attorney, was named a partner of Balch & Bingham in Gulfport. Duhé's practice focuses on the corporate and energy sections of the firm's various offerings.

Bryant Whelan of Ocean Springs joined The Focus Group, an advertising agency in Gulfport, as the managing director. Whelan brings more than 25 years of advertising experience to her new position.

David Towles joined Brown, Mitchell & Alexander Inc., a consulting engineering firm in Biloxi and Gulfport, as a senior CAD draftsman. Towles brings 10 years of draftsman experience to the position.

The Home Builders Association of the Mississippi Coast announced its 2016 board of directors. Officers: Brandon Elliott of Elliott Homes, president; Rickey Copponex of Caliber Properties, vice president; Deborah Migues of Hancock Bank, secretary and treasurer; Matt Compton of Compton and Son Appliance & Outdoor Living Center, associate vice president; and Kevin Taylor of Plum Homes, immediate past president. Director members: Woody Bailey, Bailey Lumber & Supply Company; Steve Braun, Bailey Lumber & Supply Company; Jill Compton, Compton & Son Appliance & Outdoor Living Center; Mike Cooper, Community Bank; Jamie Daniels, Mississippi Power; Clay Easterling, Easterling Insulation; Mike Fearn, Champagne & Fearn Builders; Curtis Ford, Ferguson Enterprises; Ryan Goldin, Florence Gardens; Donnie Handler, Butcher Distributors/Trane; Jim Hardaman, Raymond James Financial Services; Darlene Jackson, CenterPoint Energy; Jay Jordan, Schwartz, Orgler & Jordan; Bo Ladner, Paramount Construction; Barbara Levine, Department of Marine Resources; Bob McVadon, McVadon Custom Builder; Phillippe Michel, Coast Electric Power Association; Jim Mihalik, Landon Homes; Gabe Necaise, Boral Building Products; Wayne O'Neal, Residential Designs by Wayne O'Neal; Jerry Peck, Southeastern Door & Window; Fred Schwan, Lighthouse Marble; Ted Sheldon, GulfEagle Supply; Greg Smith, Greg Smith Properties; Bobby Wantland, Wantland Properties; and Josh Workman, Butler Homes.