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Executive director of the hotel industry Mikaja P. Sturdivant IV and Head of Strategic Development at the University of Mississippi Medical Center candy L. Simmons are appointed to the board of directors of First Commercial Bank, which is based in Jackson, Mississippi. Sturdivant joined the board in March. His professional experience is in the field of commercial real estate and before that he was a member of the First Commercial Advisory Board. Sturdivant is the third generation to run the MMI Hospitality Group, a family business for over 65 years based in Jackson, and was appointed its CEO on January 1, 2021. He is a graduate of McDonnell-Barksdale Honors College at the University of Mississippi and Harvard Business School. Simmons joined the board in April. She has 15 years of previous direct experience in helping guide the marketing strategy in the financial services sector. She is the Director of Basic Gifts and Strategic Planning at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. She is also an Assistant Professor in the Advanced Applied Leadership Program (AALP) at Else School of Management at Millsaps College, which includes training for professionals in the workplace to promote personal and professional growth. From 2006 until last summer, Simmons worked at Financial Corp., where she was senior vice president of geography marketing strategist and provided support for Southern Mississippi, Houston, Texas, Alabama and Louisiana. Simmons holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Mississippi.


IN Tennessee Veterinary Association announced its class for 2022-23. Power of Ten Leadership Program. The program is designed for young veterinarians who have been practicing for 10 years or less. Career development, wellness, communication, social media and cyberbullying are just some of the topics covered in the Power of Ten sessions. Among the members of this class are Dr. Mary Hurley at Arlington Pet Hospital and dr Paige Underwood from Brooks Road Animal Hospital in Memphis. Power Ten helps foster a sense of community among young veterinarians in the program, while developing leadership, communication and business skills, according to Power of 10 graduates Julie Buford, DVM. Participants will complete the program in February 2023.

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