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One Coast Awards spotlight outstanding community leaders

Community Leader Award recipients (shown left to right): Brad Bradford, Christene Brice, Dr. Steve Demetropoulos, Lynn Frisby, Julie Gresham, Amber Olsen,  Alan Sudduth, Angelyn Treutel Zeringue, Keith Williams, Dorothy Wilson. (Source: MS Coast Chamber) Community Leader Award recipients (shown left to right): Brad Bradford, Christene Brice, Dr. Steve Demetropoulos, Lynn Frisby, Julie Gresham, Amber Olsen, Alan Sudduth, Angelyn Treutel Zeringue, Keith Williams, Dorothy Wilson. (Source: MS Coast Chamber)
Top 10 Under 40 Award recipients (shown left to right): Kate Dennis Spear, Laura Sessum, James S. Kaigler, Jr, LaWanda Jones, Natalie Guess, R.Lee Flowers, Ashley Edwards, Padrick Dennis, Megan Burkes, Carlos Bell. (Source: MS Coast Chamber) Top 10 Under 40 Award recipients (shown left to right): Kate Dennis Spear, Laura Sessum, James S. Kaigler, Jr, LaWanda Jones, Natalie Guess, R.Lee Flowers, Ashley Edwards, Padrick Dennis, Megan Burkes, Carlos Bell. (Source: MS Coast Chamber)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Twenty outstanding business and community leaders were honored this week at the 2015 One Coast Awards, presented by the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce, Inc. in partnership with the Hancock County Chamber of Commerce and Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. 

"In our industries, we truly understand, value and recognize that volunteers are the lifeline of South Mississippi," said Kimberly Nastasi, CEO of the Mississippi Coast Chamber. "So many individuals give tirelessly to ensure the prosperity of our region and the enhancement of our quality of life. These individuals need to be recognized and have their achievements spotlighted and that is what we did with the One Coast Awards."

The 2015 Community Leader Award recipients are: 

Brad Bradford, Mississippi Power
Christene Brice, Harrison County Election Commission
Dr. Steve Demetropoulos, Emergency Room Group
Lynn Frisby, Boomtown Casino Biloxi / Hollywood Casino
Julie Gresham, Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.
Amber Olsen, Nextaff Gulf Coast
Alan Sudduth, Chevron Products Company, Pascagoula Refinery
Angelyn Treutel Zeringue
Keith Williams, Hancock Bank
Dorothy Wilson, Gulf Coast Woman Magazine

The 2015 Top 10 Under 40 Award recipients are: 

Carlos Bell, Mississippi State Port Authority
Megan Burkes, University of Southern Mississippi Foundation
Padrick Dennis, Specialty Contractors & Associates, Inc.
Ashley Edwards, Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission
R.Lee Flowers, Huntington Ingalls Shipbuilding
Natalie Guess, Magnolia Business Alliance
LaWanda Jones, Hancock Bank
James S. Kaigler, Jr., Hancock Bank
Laura Sessum, Singing River Health System
Kate Dennis Spear, Specialty Contractors & Associates, Inc. 

The One Coast Awards are the rebranding of the former Roland Weeks Hall of Fame, The Sun Herald Top 10 Under 40 and Community Leader Awards. 
The Roland Weeks Hall of Fame was established in 2002. Recognizing the wealth of outstanding business and community leaders across the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the Top 10 Under 40 and Community Leader Awards were developed to recognize community leaders and strong, up-and-coming young business leaders, and to hold them up as examples in the Roland Weeks Leadership Hall of Fame, named for the long time publisher of the Sun Herald.

Roland Weeks, the man for whom the Leadership Hall of Fame is named, has been advocating the need for vision and community for more than four decades. He continues to this day to be an advocate for a regionalism approach in business and government to make the Mississippi Coast a stronger, more unified force.

The program and awards have been revitalized as the One Coast Awards to continue the ideal that One Coast is a regional belief that our common interests far outweigh any differences. 

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