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Mississippi gulf coast chamber of commerce, inc. announces 2022 board of directors and President

Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce, Inc. is pleased to announce Sam Sandoz of Hancock Whitney Bank will serve as the 2022 President of the Board of Directors.

Sam Sandoz currently serves as Vice President of Commercial Banking at Hancock Whitney Bank and has been in that role for 13 years. Prior to his current role, he served as a Portfolio Manager for the Regional Commercial President and as Interim Manager of the Commercial Credit Analysis Department. He has been with Hancock Whitney for over 16 years and has won several Top Performer awards and served on multiple Executive Council Committees within the bank. He is a graduate of The Mississippi School of Banking and earned his Bachelor's Degree from The University of Southern Mississippi.


Sandoz previously served multiple terms as the Treasurer for the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce after several years as a board member. He also served two terms as President of the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce and is a graduate of Leadership Gulf Coast.


Sandoz currently resides in Pass Christian with his wife Katie, his 7-year-old son R.J., and his 5-year-old son Harris.

Others serving on the 2022 Board of Directors are:


Amber Olsen: President-Elect, United MSD Foundation

Ron Barnes: Immediate Past President, Coast Electric Power Association

Adele Lyons: Chief Executive Officer, Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce, Inc.

David Duhe: Attorney, Balch & Bingham LLP

Eric Chambless: Treasurer, Community Bank

Bill Raymond: Chair, Biloxi Chamber of Commerce, City of Biloxi

Johnny Olsen: Chair, Gulfport Chamber of Commerce, LPK Architects

Michelle Kinsey: Chair, Long Beach Chamber of Commerce, Mississippi Power

Chris Boudreaux: Chair, Pass Christian Chamber of Commerce, Chris Boudreaux Allstate

Kris Norton: Chair, Leadership Gulf Coast, IP Casino Resort Spa

Nicole Martz: Chair, Coast Young Professionals, IP Casino Resort Spa

Jerry Taranto: Chair, Military One Coast, Taranto Consulting

Cindy Duvall: Board of Directors, Mississippi Power

Keva Scott: Board of Directors, Boys and Girls Club of the Gulf Coast

Hope Blankenship: Board of Directors, To the Rescue Bookkeeping, LLC

Emily Burke: Board of Directors, Beau Rivage Resort & Casino

Georgia Storey: Board of Directors, Singing River Health System

Dr. Kady Beaoui Pietz: Board of Directors, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

Jennifer Lee: Board of Directors, Island View Casino

Jakavious Pickett: Board of Directors, Praise Temple

Angelyn Zeringue: Board of Directors, SouthGroup Insurance

Mike Middleton: Board of Directors, Mississippi Power

Bryan Jacobs: Board of Directors, State Farm Insurance

Paul Guichet: Board of Directors, Gulf Coast Community Foundation

Dr. Shelia Rivers: Board of Directors, Rivers Psychotherapy Services

Nicholas Breaux-Fujita: Board of Directors, Harrah’s Gulf Coast

Clay Wagner: Chair, MGCCC Foundation, Retired

Carmelita J. Scott: Chair, Diversity Council, Woodforest Bank

Mike Slater: Chamber Champions Chair, Mississippi Department of Rehab Services

John Prentiss: Chair, Investment Committee, Piltz, Williams, LaRosa & Company

Dr. Kimberly Rasmussen: Ex-Officio, Pugh’s Florist

Kerri Paul: Ex-Officio, Brick, and Spoon

Tori Bishop: Ex-Officio, Gulf Coast Moms

Ryan Goldin: Ex-Officio, Florence Gardens


For more information regarding the 2022 Board of Directors of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce, visit mscoastchamber.com or call 228-604-0014.

Please see the attached photo of Sam Sandoz.


Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce, Inc.’s mission is to CONNECT, INFORM, ADVOCATE and DEVELOP. The mission is accomplished through a partnership with the Biloxi Chamber of Commerce, Gulfport Chamber of Commerce, Long Beach Chamber of Commerce, and Pass Christian Chamber of Commerce. Additional divisions of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce, Inc., include Coast Young Professionals, Leadership Gulf Coast, Coast Centurion Association, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce Foundation.



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