TIMES SQUARE, NYC (WLOX) - A Harrison County company joined in a show of celebrating resilience on Wall Street Tuesday.
Executives with Hancock Holding Company opened the NASDAQ Stock Market. The company's president and CEO John M. Hairston spoke just minutes before opening, offering thanks to people who helped the Gulf Coast recover from Hurricane Katrina.
"Today, as we near the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and our company's 25th year on Nasdaq, Hancock Holding Company honors the people who showed that the values we share as Americans are brightest on the darkest days," said Hairston. "In the past 10 years, the Gulf Coast has rebuilt a robust, diverse regional economy that brings thousands of people and businesses to the area and billions of dollars to America's economy each year."
Chief Operating Officer Shane Loper, Whitney Bank President Joe Exnicios, Chief Financial Officer Mike Achary, and Investor Relations Manager Trisha Carlson joined Hairston in saluting a decade of corporate and community growth along a Gulf crescent hit hard by the infamous storm on August 29, 2005.
The company also launched a new website dedicated to spotlighting caring, commerce, and opportunity across areas devastated by the storm. Executives hope the site helps the Katrina story globally.