Etta Saxton, owner of two businesses in Gautier, received the 2015 Larry Moran Excellence Award from the city of Gautier's Planning Commission for her support of economic development and her impressive civic service.

William Waits, professional engineer and land surveyor, was promoted to director of Waggoner Engineering's Gulfport location. Waits joined Waggoner Engineering in 2013, and he brings more than 25 years of experience to the position.

Nadine Anderson, a qualified intellectual disabilities professional, received the winter quarter's Achieving Center Excellence Award from South Mississippi Regional Center for her work in the Wiggins Community Homes.

Keith Williams, Mississippi regional president of Hancock Bank in Gulfport, was elected to the Mississippi Main Street Association's board of directors. Williams joined Hancock Bank in 1987 and has held numerous management positions across the Coast.

Lucas Lizana joined Brown, Mitchell & Alexander as a project engineer. Lizana earned his degree in civil engineering from Mississippi State University, and he brings four years of experience as both a civil and a field engineer to the position.

IP Casino Resort announced its honored employees for December: Maria Moreno, housekeeping, and Johnny Seymour, facilities, were named Team Members of the Month; Rhonda Wentzell, banquets, was named Team Member of the Quarter; and Jim Rudd, security, was named Team Leader of the Quarter. Each honoree received gifts and prizes.