• Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce Announces 2021 Board of Directors and President, 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 Bookkeeping, 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.

    Please see the attached photo of Ron Barnes.