Sun Herald honors outstanding community, business leaders in South Mississippi

April 23, 2014

The 2013 class of Outstanding Community Leaders and Top Business Leaders Under 40 were announced Wednesday at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino. They take their place among the now 250 men and women inducted into the online Roland Weeks Leadership Hall of Fame.

Wade Howk
Stephanie Barnes Taylor
Angela Juzang
Gary Marchand
Dr. Alfred McNair
Dr. Frances Lucas
Jamie Miller
Sue Suter

Reilly Morse
Reilly Morse is a former Mississippi Supreme Court law clerk who spent 11 years in private practice as a partner in law firms, followed by nine years as a solo attorney and part-time municipal prosecutor and municipal judge. In 2005, he was a founding member of the Biloxi office of the Mississippi Center for Justice, where he is now president and CEO, leading Mississippi's largest privately funded nonprofit public interest law firm. He negotiated with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development a $172 million unmet disaster recovery needs settlement, increased compliance with federal jobs and environmental justice requirements by MDA in its $570 million expansion of the State Port at Gulfport and set a precedent for citizen access to public records of county economic development agencies. He successfully challenged the $60 million Delta flood control project and in a landmark case, redefined Mississippi's conflict of interest constitutional provision. He has testified before congressional committees, authored papers on public interest law, serves on numerous commissions and is co-founder of the Steps Coalition, board member of the Hope Community Development Agency and Moore Community House and pro bono counsel for several social service, environmental and community service organizations and advocacy groups.

Romy Simpson

Top Business Leaders Under 40
Trent Favre
Jonathan August
Christen Duné
Michael Daniels
Lynn Frisby
Sophie Nord
Hans Palacios
Bradley Patano
Whitney Sumrall
Harry Schmidt III

Learn more about this years honorrees via the Sun Herald website.