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MS Gulf Coast Chamber Announces 2021 Board of Directors And President


Ron Barnes
Ron Barnes

Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce, Inc. is pleased to announce Ron Barnes, President and CEO of Coast Electric Power Association will serve as the 2021 President of the Board of Directors.


Ron Barnes, APR is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor’s of Science degree Business Administration. Ron started his career in the Electric Power industry in December 1995 with Coast Electric Power Association. Before coming to work for Coast Electric, Ron spent 7 years working in fund-

raising and public relations for the Boy Scouts of America.


Before assuming the role of President and CEO of Coast Electric, Ron’s areas of responsibility included residential and commercial marketing, public relations, internal and external communications, legislative affairs and member services.


Ron is a past president of the MS Beach chapter of the Public Relations Association of Mississippi, past president of Leadership Gulf Coast, past president of the United Way of South Mississippi, and past president of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation. The Sun Herald named Ron one of the “Top 10 Business Leaders Under 40” and he is a member of the Roland Weeks Community Leaders Hall of Fame.


Ron is currently on the board of directors of the Electric Cooperatives of MS, Gulf Coast Business Council, MS Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, The People’s Bank and Cooperative Energy.

Ron is married to the former Angel Parker of Pensacola, FL and they have four children.


Others serving on the 2021 Board of Directors are:

Sam Sandoz: President Elect, Hancock Whitney

Dorothy Wilson: Immediate Past President, D Wilson Associates/Gulf Coast Woman

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

David Duhe: Attorney, Balch & Bingham LLP

Eric Chambless: Treasurer, Community Bank

Sam Burke: Chair, Biloxi Chamber of Commerce, St. Vincent de Paul Community Pharmacy

Nikki Johns: Chair, Gulfport Chamber of Commerce, AGJ Systems and Networks

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

Chuck Wood: Chair, Pass Christian Chamber of Commerce, Amy Wood Properties

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

Hunter Easterling: Chair, Coast Young Professionals, Southern Insurance Professionals

Bonnie Sine: Chair, Coast Centurion Association, Nexstaff

Cindy Duvall: Board of Directors, Mississippi Power

Emily Burke: Board of Directors, Coastal Family Health Center

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

Georgia Storey: Board of Directors, Singing River Health Systems

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

Jennifer Lee: Board of Directors, Island View Casino Resort

Amber Olsen: Board of Directors, United MSD Foundation

Angelyn Zeringue: Board of Directors, SouthGroup Insurance

Angie Juzang: Board of Directors, Memorial Hospital

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

Anita Clarke: Board of Directors, CSpire

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

Clay Wagner: Chair, MGCCC Foundation, Hancock Whitney Bank

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

Bridget Turan: Chamber Champions Chair, Gulf Coast Community Foundation Volunteer Hub

Dr. Jonathan Woodward: Ex-Officio, MS Gulf Coast Community College

Kearn Cherry: Ex-Officio, PRN Health Care

Nicholas Breaux-Fujita: Ex-Officio, Harrah’s Gulf Coast

Cindy Lamb: Ex-Officio, Pickering Firm


For more information regarding the 2021 Board of Directors of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce, visit mscoastchamber.com or call 228-604-0014.




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