• Biloxi Chamber of Commerce Announces 2021 Board of Directors and Chair, Sam Burke

    The Biloxi Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce Sam Burke as the chair of the Biloxi Chamber of Commerce for 2021. Burke is the Executive Director of the St. Vincent de Paul Community Pharmacy in Biloxi, and has served in that capacity since 2011. He is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and has worked in non-profit management for the past 18 years. He has certifications from the Boys and Girls Clubs of America’s School of Executive Leadership, Portland State University’s Non-Profit Leadership Development Program, the MS Center for Non-Profits Leadership Institute and Excellence in Action Accreditation Program. Burke currently serves on the Board of Directors for the MS Alliance of Non-Profits and Philanthropies, as well as the Biloxi Chamber of Commerce.

    He is a past Board Member and Program Chair for Leadership Gulf Coast. He is a member of Rotary Club of Biloxi, having served as President in 2008. He is a 2009 recipient of the Top 10 Business Leaders Under 40.

    Burke is a life-long resident of the MS Gulf Coast, he and his wife Sarah live in Biloxi with their 4 children: Sam Jr. (14), Cole (12), Alyson (4) and Bennett(4).

    Others serving on the 2021 Biloxi Board of Directors are:

    Bill Raymond:  Chair Elect, City of Biloxi
    Justin Chance: VC of Finance,  Hanock Whitney Bank
    Christen Duhe’: Past Chair, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
    Rachael Seymour Kiesling: Director, Biloxi Chamber of Commerce,  MS Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce
    LaWanda Jones:  VC of Membership, American Cancer Society
    Marshall Eleuterius:  VC of Economic Development, Community Bank of Mississippi
    Jerry Taranto: VC of Military Affairs, Retired
    Jennifer Seymour: VC of Education, Eley Guild Hardy Architects
    Lauren McCrory:  VC of Small Business, Page, Maninno, Peresich & McDermott
    Carmelita Scott:  VC of Diversity, Woodforest National Bank
    Jessica  Gazzo:  VC of Marketing, Dukes, Dukes, Keating & Faneca, P.A.
    Mia Jacobs:  Board of Directors, Smallcakes Cupcakery & Ice Creamery
    Leo Manuel:   Board of Directors, Balch & Bingham
    Dr. Suzi Brown: Board of Directors, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
    Natasha Pickett: Board of Directors, Praise Temple of Biloxi & Ta’Sha Spa
    Adrianne Ragan: Board of Directors, NASA
    Ryan Boudreaux: Board of Directors, BancorpSouth
    Courtney Jacobs: Board of Directors, IDR Agnecy
    Ryan Canon: Board of Directors, Attorney
    Austin Coomer: Board of Directors, Half Shell Oyster House
    Ashley Grayson Brisco: Board of Directors, Southern Mississippi Planning & Development District
    Briana Dubaz: Board of Directors, University of Southern Mississippi Foundation
    Amber Guess: Board of Directors, Luckies Furniture
    Arrea’l Bishop: Board of Directors, City of Biloxi
    Kevin Kavanagh: Board of Directors
    Damon Penny: Board of Directors, Retired
    Lisa Parker: Board of Directors, Blacklidge Emulsions  
    Windy Swetman:  Board of Directors, Swetman Security
    Jennifer Walker: Board of Directors,  Mississippi Power Company
    Monica Walker: Board of Directors,  Hope Credit Union
    Andy  Welter: Board of Directors, The Peoples Bank
    Brian Thompson:  Liaison, Keesler Air Force Base
    Kay Miller: Liaison, The City of Biloxi/Main Street
    Lt. Col. Marnee Losurdo: Liaison, Keesler Air Force Base