HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -
The following is a news release from The University of Southern Mississippi
Sales and Marketing Professionals – Pine Belt, (SMP) have announced the class of professionals and businesses to be honored in the 2015 Awards Program. The awards recognize, promote and honor excellence, professionalism and outstanding achievement in sales and marketing and showcase the highest level of talent in the area.
Awards will be presented at a dinner gala, on Feb. 24, at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg. A social and silent auction, with a cash bar, will begin at 6 p.m., with the Awards Dinner and Pinnacle Award announcement beginning at 6:30 p.m.
“This event is our opportunity to recognize those who impacted the local sales & marketing field in 2014. The professionals, businesses, and students being recognized are truly the best of the best in the Pine Belt,” Kristen Brock, SMP-Pine Belt Event Chair said.
Awards are bestowed in four categories. The Rising Star Award recognizes excellence in sales and marketing for a student currently enrolled in courses of study related to the field. The Professional Award recognizes individual excellence in sales and marketing of those who are currently working in the field. The Business Award recognizes businesses with exemplary achievement in sales and marketing. The Pinnacle Award, a single award, is selected from honorees in the professional or business categories and is kept secret until the evening of the event.
The Rising Star Award Recipients are Lauren Necaise and Emily Radcliffe, both students at The University of Southern Mississippi.
Professional Award Recipients are: Millie Swan, Forrest General Hospital; Jennifer Upton, Mobile One; Kimberly Gattuso, Southern Property Group; Chinika Hughes, City of Hattiesburg; Barry McArthur, Coldwell Banker, Don Nace, Inc.; Mike Loptinto, FestivalSouth; Jill Norris Deakle, Supertalk MS; Ellen Carty, Coldwell Banker, Don Nace, Inc.; and David Shelman, Region's Bank.
Business Award Recipients are: Keg & Barrel, Play It Again Sports, Hattiesburg Zoo, Red Door Marketing Agency, Southern Miss Alumni Association, MAC Cosmetics, and T-Bones.
Family, friends and business associates of award recipients are encouraged to attend the gala to meet, greet, and support the Pine Belt's top industry professionals in sales and marketing. SMP Member tickets are $30 and guest tickets to the evening gala are $45 per person or $320 per table of eight, with dinner included. Tickets are available for purchase by calling Kristen Brock, Event Chair.
The 2015 SMP Awards program book will also feature ads of congratulations or business ads to support SMP's scholarship program. If you are interested in receiving more information about purchasing an ad or any of the banquet details, please contact Brock at 601-296-7478 firstname.lastname@example.org.