The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce hosted its 92nd Annual Chamber Membership Meeting today. The 2018-2019 Chair Cedrick Hurd, from Mississippi Power, passed the gavel to this year’s new Chair, Clayton Legear, President and CEO of Merchants & Marine Bank.
“It is a privilege to serve both the Chamber and our community as the 2019-2020 Chairman of the Board. The future is very bright for Jackson County. I look forward to working with our Chamber, business leaders, and community leadership to help our area reach its full potential,” said Legear.
Ambassador of the Year went to Christian Hartley, Gautier-Vancleave Branch Manager of Keesler Federal Credit Union. The annual Jolly P. McCarty Award of Excellence, which goes to someone who has shown extraordinary dedication to the Chamber through strength of leadership and collaboration, was given to Anita Brooks. A Gautier businesswoman, Brooks is the owner of ASB Marketing working with Geiger Promotional Products.
New this year, Chevron and the Chamber co-presented $1,000 in the form of a donorschoose.org gift card to one teacher in each of the four public school districts across Jackson County as a STEM grant. The winners include Angela Glocke from Vancleave Upper Elementary School, Billy Carroll from the Moss Point Career Technical Education Center, Melissa Sundberg from Ocean Springs Upper Elementary School, and Erin Parker from Lake Elementary in Pascagoula. Also, the Highest Award for Dale Carnegie this year went to Pascagoula’s Shannon van Duijvendijk, owner of Southern Belles Like Big Bows, who happened to be the Chamber-sponsored student.