Dorothy Wilson, publisher and editor of Gulf Coast Women and president of DWilson and Associates, was named the 2016 Mississippi Women in Business Champion by the U.S. Small Business Administration. After expanding Gulf Coast Women with an additional publication, Gulf Coast Weddings, Wilson also helped conceive and launch the SUCCESS Women's Conference that more than 500 women attended, and she will be honored for her achievements at an awards event in May.
Kenneth Jones II, agent with Coldwell Banker Commercial Alfonso Realty in Gulfport, received the 2015 Top Producer Award and the 2015 Bronze Circle of Distinction Award from Coldwell Banker Alfonso Realty, and he was also named the No. 1 Sales Agent in Mississippi by Coldwell Banker Commercial.
Cameron Bell and Jode' Braxton Hignight, realtors with Cameron Bell Properties in Gulfport, each received the Residential Platinum Award from the Gulf Coast Association of Realtors, which is awarded to approximately 3 percent of real estate professionals in South Mississippi.
Volunteer Mississippi, in coordination with the Office of the Governor and first lady Deborah Bryant, will recognize the outstanding volunteer service efforts of South Mississippians at the 2016 Governor's Initiative for Volunteer Excellence Awards in April. Local GIVE honorees include: Julie Cannon of Bay St. Louis, Outstanding Service in Children's Advocacy Award; James Philip Caranna of Gulfport, Outstanding Service by a National Service Participant Award; and Jimmy Johnson of Long Beach, Outstanding Service by a Public Servant Award.
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Gulf Coast Community Federal Credit Union announced its board of directors for 2016-17. Officers: Roger Stuckey, chairman; Lionel Blum, vice chairman; James Ware, treasurer; and Cindy Foxworth, secretary. Board members: Elmer Dickens, James Lewis and James White. Associate board members: Teresa Taylor and Gerrod Kilpatrick.
Gail Walker, licensed professional counselor and owner of Seeking Other Solutions in Long Beach, joined the International Cultural Exchange Services as a local coordinator for the ICES office near Tuscaloosa, Ala. Walker will be serving an 80-mile radius from her home is South Mississippi, and she brings more than 20 years of counseling experience to her new role.