2017 Leadership Pinebelt Class Selected

February 14, 2017

Hattiesburg, Miss. – (Feb 14, 2017) – The Area Development Partnership (ADP) is pleased to announce the Leadership Pinebelt Class of 2017. Leadership Pinebelt cultivates emerging community leaders who dedicate themselves to the betterment of the Greater Hattiesburg Area of Forrest, Lamar and Perry Counties.

The program is designed to broaden the base from which emerging leadership is derived and to serve as a catalyst for increasing diversity among future leaders. Class sessions will focus on enhancing leadership skills and garnering a better understanding of the position of healthcare, cultural arts, economic development, military and industry; the region’s essential assets.

Over the next eight months, class participants will also design and implement group projects that address a need/opportunity in the Greater Hattiesburg Area.

The Orientation, held annually at Phillips’ Camp House gives the class an opportunity to become acquainted with one another, the ADP staff, LEADERS Steering Committee and members of Leadership Pinebelt Alumni. “The 2017 Leadership Pinebelt Class encompasses a very diverse group of individuals, all who have outstanding professional backgrounds and are positively enhancing the community. We are excited about the upcoming year and look forward to working with such a talented group of individuals as they continue to enhance their leadership skills,” said Rebecca Brown, Co-Chair of the LEADERS Steering Committee.

Class members are selected based on specific criteria including; time commitment, community involvement, diversity and willingness to work toward collective goals. The LEADERS Steering committee reviews each application and selects the class based on these criteria. The selection process is very detailed and competitive and it’s considered to be an honor if chosen.


2017 Leadership Pinebelt Class

LaKeisha Bryant-Hall, Forrest County Juvenile Detention Center

Ken Crumpton, Crumpton Insurance Agency

Cory Ferraez, McHard, McHard, Anderson & Associates

Darryl Harris, Target Corporation

Andrew Hatton, Bryan Nelson, P.A.

Justin Hill, The University of Southern Mississippi

Kyle Hopkins, The University of Southern Mississippi

Danielle Jackson, The First, A National Banking Association

Kristen Lang, Merit Health Wesley Wellness Center

Brittany Lewis, Youth Villages

Dab McMurray, Magnolia State Bank

Chad Mitchell, Mac’s Construction Company, Inc.

Philip Mulligan, The Divine Shine Detail Experience

Sarah Myers, The University of Southern Mississippi

Kristi Nesler, Forrest General Hospital

Evan Nicolosi, Trustmark National Bank

David Roberts, Roberts Company, Inc.

Joseph Tullos, Jackson, Arrington, Tullos & Rogers, PLLC

Michelle Wilson-Stokes , Pearl River Community College

Amanda Winchester, Inventiv Health         

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The Area Development Partnership (ADP) represents the voice of business and serves as the Economic Development, Community Development and Chamber of Commerce organization representing Forrest, Lamar and Perry Counties. Our mission is to stimulate economic growth and enhance the well-being and quality of life for all area citizens. Leadership Pinebelt continues to assist in the success of these endeavors. For more information, you may contact the chamber at: 601.296.7500; 1 Convention Center Plaza, Hattiesburg, MS. or www.theadp.com