• Coast Young Professionals Announces 2019 Forever Young Award Recipients

    Coast Young Professionals announces the 10 recipients of the Forever Young Awards. Honorees were chosen based on their qualities and characteristics, time spent and impact made on young professionals. The annual “Forever Young Awards” program honors these accomplished and influential leaders that have contributed to mentoring young professionals along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The creation of these awards fosters the continuance of mentorship within the organization by recognizing these outstanding individuals.

    This year’s recipients include: Wayne Bishop (C Spire), Brian Blanchette (Ingalls Shipbuilding), Kimberly Goetz (IP Casino Resort Spa), Jonathan Jones (Harrah’s Gulf Coast), Dr. Tommy King (William Carey University Tradition Campus), Cindy Lamb (Pickering Firm, Inc.), Philip J LeBlanc (Coldwell Banker Alfonso Realty), Kimberly Nastasi (Ingalls Shipbuilding), Col. Tracie Swingle (USAF-81st Medical Group, Keesler AFB), Richmond Vincent (Goodwill Industries of South Mississippi).

    The 11th Annual Black Tie and Blue Jeans Gala honoring the 10 recipients will be held on July 18 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Biloxi. Tickets are on sale now for $40 and at the door for $50. Sponsorships are also available now.

    For additional information and sponsorship inquiries regarding the Black Tie and Blue Jeans Gala, contact Coast Young Professionals Director, Lindsay Adkisson Mitchell, at lindsay@mscoastchamber.com or 228-604-0014. 

    Coast Young Professionals (CYP) is an organization committed to developing young leaders on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. CYP offers numerous opportunities in professional development, leadership, networking, volunteerism, education and government. Members of CYP are exposed to hundreds of other young professionals gearing up to leave their footprint on the Gulf Coast.
    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. In 2014, the United States Chamber of Commerce awarded the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce, Inc. with 4-Star Accreditation for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on the community. Out of 7,000 chambers nationwide, the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce, Inc. is in the top 3% and the only accredited chamber in the state of Mississippi.

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