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Sanderson Will Lead Business Council

Brian Sanderson, deputy director of the Governor Haley Barbour's Office of Recovery and Renewal, has been selected president of the newly formed Gulf Coast Business Council.

"I am honored to be a part of this organization at this critical time," said Sanderson. "The Business Council already is playing a major role in the rebuilding and renewal of the Coast."

"We are fortunate to have Brian as the Gulf Coast Business Council's president," said Mississippi Power President and CEO Anthony Topazi, who is chairman of the Gulf Coast Business Council.

"He brings insight and leadership to the task of maximizing the effectiveness of the business community through this organization."

Before assuming the state office in January, Sanderson, 33, practiced law on the Coast for six years with the firm of Butler, Snow, O'Mara, Stevens and Cannada, PLLC. He is a member of the Mississippi Bar and was recently elected president-elect of the Young Lawyers Division.

He currently serves on the Mississippi Board of Bar Commissioners and as president of the Mississippi Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. He is a vice president of the Boys and Girls Club of the Gulf Coast and was named the statewide New Board Member of the Year in 2004.

He is past president of the Gulfport Kiwanis Club and the Gulf Coast Chapter of the University of Mississippi Alumni Club. He serves on the advisory board for the Back Bay Mission and was a mentor for three years with the Big Brothers-Big Sisters organization.

He participated in the 2001-02 class of Leadership Mississippi and the 2002-03 class of Leadership Gulf Coast. He was named to the 2005 Top 10 Business Leaders Under 40 in South Mississippi.

Sanderson, a native of Pascagoula, is a resident of Gulfport.

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