BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The Coast Chamber of Commerce and its members came together Wednesday morning to honor the recipients of this year's "One Coast Awards." The ceremony recognized the top ten business leaders under 40, as well as the top ten outstanding community members in south Mississippi.
Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce CEO Adele Lyons said honoring these leaders is a great way to celebrate our unique communities.
"They're the folks who give back to our community on a daily basis. They go above and beyond the call of duty. They do their jobs ans they do more just to make this a great place to live."
Lyons believes the annual awards ceremony is a wonderful way to recognize the ideal that, together, we are stronger as one.
"It's really exciting and unique because it brings together the four chambers on the gulf coast," she explained. "So we're state line to state line covering leadership here on the gulf coast with the chambers coming together really is the ideal 'One Coast' situation."
Wednesday morning's ceremony was hosted by Beau Rivage. The "One Coast Awards" were formerly known as the Roland Weeks Hall of Fame and The Sun Herald Top 10 Under 40 and Community Leader Awards.
Congratulations to this year's winners: :
Emily Burke, IP Casino Resort & Spa
Jonathan Daniels, Mississippi State Port Authority
Ashley Edwards, Gulf Coast Business Council
Leslie Henderson, Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
Susan Hunt, Biloxi Public Schools
Karen Sock, Sock Enterprises, Inc.
Mary Cracchiolo-Spain, Beau Rivage Resort & Casino
Dr. Jennifer Sutton, Gulf Coast Veterinary Emergency Hospital
Windy Swetman, Swetman Security
Clay Williams, Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport
Jeff Bertucci, FEB Distributing Company, Inc.
Bailey Braswell, Edward Jones
Leslie Kelley, Community Bank
Ashleigh Lamas, Beau Rivage Resort & Casino
April Lollar, Coast Electric Power Association
William "Lewis" Pace, Ingalls Shipbuilding
Brittany Ridgway, The Sun Herald/Velocity
Shay Smith, Harrah's Gulf Coast
Tomesha Thompson, Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast
Dr. Jonathan Woodward, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College