J. Favre
J. Favre

Bud C. Phillips was awarded the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award by the Federal Aviation Administration, a prestigious award earned by pilots who have exhibited professionalism, skill and aviation expertise for at least 50 years. Phillips was presented the award on May 21 at The Oaks Clubhouse in Pass Christian.

Court of Appeals Judge David M. Ishee of Gulfport was inducted as a Fellow of the Mississippi Bar Foundation. Ishee was appointed to the Mississippi Court of Appeals in September 2004. He earned his Bachelor of Science from the University of Southern Mississippi and his law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law.

William Yates III, president and CEO of W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Co. in South Mississippi, was elected to the Mississippi Economic Council as the 2017-18 chair. Yates will succeed Robin Robinson, director of organization development and corporate communication at Sanderson Farms Inc. in Laurel, who was elected as the 2016-17 chair. Yates earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Mississippi and his master's degree in construction management from Arizona State University.

Jeremy England, associate at Markow Walker in Ocean Springs, received the Star of the Quarter Award from the American Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division. England serves as the District Representative for the State of Mississippi on the Young Lawyers Division's board, and he was recognized for his leadership and service to both the Disaster Legal Services program and to District 13 during the December 2015 tornadoes and the April 2016 flooding in South Mississippi.

Jerry Favre and Holly Favre, the husband-and-wife team running Jerry's Lawn Mower Sales & Service Inc. in Long Beach, were honored as one of Exmark's top dealers in a six-state region and awarded a trip to Hawaii by R.W. Distributors Inc. for their outstanding sales of Exmark mowers.

Theodore Longo of Diamondhead, wealth management advisor and manager of Merrill Lynch in Slidell, earned the title managing director from Merrill Lynch, a title that acknowledges his higher level of experience within the industry.

Brooke Robbins was promoted from human resources manager to director of human resources at Harrah's Gulf Coast is Biloxi. Robbins has contributed to the mission, vision and values of Caesars Entertainment since she joined Harrah's Gulf Coast in January 2014.

Amanda Brown was promoted to assistant vice president and community banker at Merchants & Marine Bank in Lucedale. Brown earned her associate's degree in business administration from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and brings more than 30 years of banking experience to her new position.

Cindy Revon Creel and Ashley Endris, real estate agents with Latter & Blum Inc. in Gulfport, were admitted to the 2016 Class of Top 100, a group of 100 agents honored as Latter & Blum Inc.'s top producers.

Mattie Codling joined the Walter Anderson Museum of Art in Ocean Springs as its museum curator. Codling earned her bachelor's degrees in art history and anthropology from Mississippi State University, her master's degree in art history from Florida State University and her graduate specialization in museum studies.

Johnny Walton joined SouthGroup Insurance Services on the Gulf Coast as an executive sales agent. Walton is a graduate of Louisiana State University and earned his master's degree from the University of Southern Mississippi.