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CONTENTS MBJ STAFF ALAN TURNER Publisher • 601-364-1021 ROSS REILY Editor • 601-364-1018 WALLY NORTHWAY Senior Writer • 601-364-1016 FRANK BROWN Staff Writer/Special Projects • 601-364-1022 TED CARTER Staff Writer • 601-364-1017

Category Winners Mega-Large Community Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Large Southern Pipe & Supply Co. . . . 8 Deryll Stegall/Stegall Imagery

Medium Adams & Reese, LLP. . . . . . . . . 12 Small Think Anew . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

NASH NUNNERY Contributing Writer • 601-364-1018 LISA MONTI Contributing Writer • 601-364-1018 TAMI JONES Advertising Director • 601-364-1011 MELISSA KILLINGSWORTH Sr. Account Executive • 601-364-1030 VIRGINIA HODGES Account Executive • 601-364-1012 TACY RAYBURN Production Manager • 601-364-1019 CHARINA RHODES Circulation Manager • 601-364-1045 MARCIA THOMPSON-KELLY Business Assistant • 601-364-1044 SUBSCRIPTION SERVICES 601-364-1000

The Selection Process Best Places to Work recognizes area companies on the employees’ percep-

On May 15, the Mississippi Business Journal and event sponsors hosted the Best Places to Work luncheon at the Hilton Hotel on County Line Road. See more event photos on Pages 26-29, and online at

Finalists Mega-Large 2nd place — Viking Range ............................6 3rd place — Harrah’s Gulf Coast....................7 Hol-Mac Corporation..........................................7 Large 2nd place — CF Industries............................9 3rd place — Camellia Home Health ..............9 Atmos Energy...................................................10 Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center......10 Tower Loan........................................................11 Medium 2nd place — Metropolitan Bank..................13 3rd place — All American Check Cashing ....13 Ross & Yerger Insurance Inc..............................14 tions of their workplaces. Eligible companies must have a human resources office in Mississippi and have operated here for at least one year. Rankings are based on results of quesA Special Publication of the Mississippi Business Journal

Baker Donelson ................................................14 Haddox Reid Eubank Betts................................15 Business Communications Inc. .........................16 Venture Technologies........................................16 NewSouth NeuroSpine .....................................17 Jackson Municipal Airport Authority.................18 Navigator Credit Union .....................................19 Small 2nd place — TempStaff Inc .........................21 3rd place — Key Staff Source Inc.................21 Fast Enterprises................................................22 May & Company...............................................22 Rushing & Guice...............................................23 Synergetics DCS Inc .........................................24 State Street Group...........................................24 tionnaires returned by the nominees, as well as a sampling of employees. Research and selections are completed independently by Southern Research Group for the MBJ.

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Community Bank

As one of the South’s fastestgrowing financial institutions, Community Bank takes great satisfaction in the values embraced by its bank family. Community Bank leaders believe simple values can lead to a better quality of life for staff and customers, alike. From rejecting bank products thought to be unpopular by customers to fostering a respectful and enriching work environment for staff members, Community Bank strives to put its values into action every day. Started more than a century ago in east central Mississippi, Community Bank has grown to more than $2.4 billion in assets,

40 offices and more than 650 employees in four states. To better serve team members, the bank established an Employee Stock Ownership Plan. Under this plan, all staff members are fully-funded a percentage of their total compensation each year and is then invested in the bank’s stock.

THINK ANEW Launched in 2007, Think Anew is an IT infrastructure and Managed Services company, headquartered in Madison, MS. Tailoring end-to-end solutions for healthcare and government entities through a proactive approach, reducing costs and increasing efficiencies. Think Anew’s primary focus revolves around relationshipbased customer service. Founder Don Glidewell believes that superior customer service is the cornerstone to every successful business throughout history and we are proud to boast a 100% customer retention rate. As Think Anew bridges the gap between innovative technology and unprecedented service, we strive to help each of our customers achieve their unique goals, while making each a Raving Fan. Every employee is an important member of the company’s growing family. An impressive list of employee benefits contributes to the positive atmosphere within the company and the success of our internal growth.

“The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must Think Anew and act anew.”


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Viking Range Producing the world’s most sought-after luxury kitchen appliances in Mississippi has earned Viking Range status as an American icon. After all, the Greenwood company’s success spawned The Alluvian Hotel and Spa and the famous Viking Range cooking schools. Founded by Fred Carl Jr. in the 1980s, Viking Range was sold to The Middleby Corporation in 2012. However, the company has continued its aggressive new product development initiatives and has expanded with offerings that encompass the entire kitchen, both indoors and outdoors. Since the acquisition, Viking Range has

introduced more than 60 new products that incorporate proven commercial kitchen technology from Middleby into the Viking residential line, further enabling true restaurant results in a home kitchen. The company provides top-notch employee benefits, including an on-site health clinic and generous employee product discounts.


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Harrah’s Gulf Coast

Harrah’s Gulf Coast, formerly the Grand Biloxi Casino, Hotel and Spa, is fancied by management as a resort brand that celebrates a place where guests can come to escape from their daily routines. Last January, casino officials announced that the property would undergo a complete revamping, from hotel room upgrades to the introduction of a new fine dining restaurant. The energetic and welcoming atmosphere is made possible by Harrah’s team members, many of whom have worked at the location for over a decade. Harrah’s Gulf Coast offers team members some of the most generous

employee benefits in the gaming industry. Along with an outstanding health insurance plan, the casino provides employees with a local clinic featuring medical, dental, massage therapy and legal consultation services. Additionally, Harrah’s Gulf Coast employees enjoy free hot meals and uniforms, as well as earn quarterly bonuses.


Hol-Mac Corporation Based in South Mississippi, Hol-Mac Corporation is a major supplier of steel fabrications, cylinders and tanks. Founded by Charles Holder in 1963, the company began operations as Southern Welding and Machine in Bay Springs and furnished welding and machine shop services to local timber, oil field, construction and farming industries. Anchored by a sound financial base, technical expertise and the drive to expand into a world-

class manufacturer, Hol-Mac Corporation grew from two employees in one facility to four modern facilities with over 800 skilled craftsmen and professionals. The company values its workforce and maintains high standards through product knowledge, safety standards, and advanced engineering and process developments. All employees are provided the opportunity to learn, create and earn rewards as part of the Hol-Mac team.


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Southern Pipe & Supply


At Southern Pipe & Supply, employees are hired for attitude, trained for skill-set and referred to by management as “family members.” Since 1938, the Meridian company has been redefining the plumbing supply industry’s idea of how to do business, placing their emphasis on customer service and on creating opportunities for their team members. In fact, the company culture is rooted in relationships and doing what’s best for clients, vendors and “family members.” Today, Southern Pipe is one of the nation’s largest privately held, independent wholesalers of plumbing, heating and air

conditioning, water and sewer, and industrial materials. The company operates 95 branches in seven states, and its state-of-the-art Central Distribution Center processes nearly 4 million items annually. Southern Pipe employs more than 740 “family members”, with about 260 of those working in Mississippi.

Thanks for making us your favorite.

We’ve always known that Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center was a special place. But we are truly honored to be recognized in Mississippi Business Journal’s “The Best Places to Work in Mississippi for 2014.” So thank you for your votes. You are the reason we continue to deliver quality care. To find a physician who practices at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center, call 662-256-7111.

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CF Industries


Originally known as Central Farmers Fertilizer Company, CF Industries was founded by a group of farm cooperatives in Chicago with a need for a reliable source of fertilizer. Later, the company emerged as one of North America’s largest manufactuers and distributors of nitrogen fertilizer. Today, the Yazoo City nitrogen manufacturing facility is located on approximately 2,240 acres and includes one ammonia plant, four nitric acid plants, an ammonium nitrate plant, two urea plants, a UAN plant, and a

tetroxide production and storage facility. In August 2005, the cooperative owners decided to take CF Industries public and began trading on the New York Stock Exchange, delivering strong returns to its shareholders while continuing to grow the company. Earlier this year, CF Industries completed the sale of its phosphate mining and manufacturing operations to the Mosaic Company for $1.4 billion.



Camellia Home Health & Hospice


Camellia Home Health and Hospice prides itself on offering an unequaled level of quality in the delivery of a broad range of modern health care services. What distinguishes Camellia from most other health care providers, however, is that its services allow those most in need to receive award-winning health care directly in their own home. Founded in 1974 by W.A. Payne and based in Hattiesburg, Camellia is a Medicare-certified, state licensed provider of home health care and hospice services in the southeastern United States. With more than 400 team members in

Mississippi, Camellia rewards employees for their hard work with outstanding benefits and an environment that is friendly and supportive. The company goes above-and-beyond to hire staff members with high standards and who treat patients with care, compassion and dignity.


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Atmos Energy At Atmos Energy, the heart of the company culture is AtmoSpirit, a belief system or “culture plan” that emphasizes five core values: be at your best; bring out the best in others; inspire trust; focus on the future and make a difference. Atmos Energy encourages all of its 360 Mississippi employees to live these values on the job and at home. In addition to serving more than 260,000 Mississippi customers, Atmos Energy delivers natural gas service to more than 3 million people in eight states. In October 2013, the company celebrated its first “Culture Day,” in which each local

office held a celebration of the many cultures that make up Atmos Energy. The festivities came almost a year after Atmos marked a decade of service in Mississippi by donating $50,000 to the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum project. This year marks the third time since 2010 that Atmos Energy has been recognized as one of the Mississippi Business Journal’s Best Places To Work.


Gilmore Memorial Medical Center Located in Amory, the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center is a 95-bed facility featuring state-of-the-art equipment and administering the latest in diagnostic procedures. The hospital provides emergency care, intensive care, a wound care center, diagnostics, surgery, and many other inpatient and outpatient medical services, treatments and programs. The Gilmore Foundation was created by Ellie Davison Gilmore and his wife in 1915. Its initial goal was to construct a medical facility in Amory. When it opened Dec. 1,

1916, the original hospital was the first modern medical center in Northeast Mississippi. Committed to making quality health care accessible throughout Monroe County and surrounding areas, Gilmore Memorial Medical Center today offers an expansive network of physicians, medical clinics, specialty centers and rehabilitation facilities.

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Tower Loan With the consumer finance industry in its infancy, Tower Loan opened its first office in Jackson in 1936. The concept quickly took root, and the company grew and prospered at a fast pace. After World War II, Tower Loan made the decision to sell its offices to various employees within the company. Since then, the company has weathered the storm of high interest rates, recessions, government regulations and difficult litigation environments. Today, Tower Loan is a leader in the consumer loan industry, with more than

200,000 consumer loan accounts and over 700 team members in over 180 markets. Currently, Tower Loan has over 180 offices in Mississippi, Louisiana, Illinois, Missouri, and Alabama, and maintains corporate headquarters in Flowood. A rapidly growing company that promotes hard work, Tower Loan offers team members traditional benefits plus monthly incentives and annual bonuses.

Southern Pipe & Supply thanks our 260 Mississippi-based employees – referred to at Southern Pipe as family members – for voting us the best large company to work for in Mississippi for the third year in a row. The award says “Southern Pipe,” but it’s you, our dedicated family members, who’ve earned a place in the spotlight.


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Adams & Reese


For the ninth consecutive year, Ridgeland law firm Adams and Reese LLP is on the list of the Mississippi Business Journal’s Best Places to Work. Founded in New Orleans more than 60 years ago, Adams and Reese delivers superb service in a client-centered culture. The Ridgeland office boasts 34 attorneys and 26 support staff members. The firm’s core values of Growth, Respect, Excellence, Accountability, Teamwork, Inclusion, Fulfillment and Integrity provide employees with a roadmap to success. In an effort to support a balanced work

and life schedule, Adams and Reese attorneys and staff enjoy an annual picnic and other company-sponsored social outings. The firm’s HUGS volunteer program has devoted thousands of hours to worthy causes in the Jackson metropolitan area, including the Canton Boys and Girls Club Community Center project and the Madison County Chamber Dragon Boat Regatta.

Awarded One of the Best Places to Work in Mississippi!

Tower Loan is honored to be named among the Best Places to Work in Mississippi, as determined by our outstanding employees! If you’d like to join one of the largest independent finance companies in the United States – and become one of our greatest assets – apply today. We would love to have you join us!

Tower Loan has 77 Mississippi branches, plus offices in Missouri, Illinois, Alabama and Louisiana.

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Metropolitan Bank


At Metropolitan Bank, relationships are everything – in fact, it’s the company’s belief that customers deserve to handle banking business on their own terms, be it online or in person. Metropolitan also believes associates possess an attitude for leadership at every level in the bank. It is this belief that sets Metropolitan apart from many organizations – hiring talented individuals and giving them the information and resources to do their job well. The bank’s leadership places an extremely high emphasis on recruiting and retaining

talent, and grants a number of benefits to associates beyond the traditional methods. Metropolitan also offers flexible hours for associates when possible, an onsite fitness facility plus regular wellness programming, and many opportunities for community service and volunteerism during and after office hours.




All-American Check Cashing

With its motto of “Building relationships with our customer from the moment they walk in the door,” All American Check Cashing is a short-term lender providing quick access to money in the form of payday advances and title loans. Founded in 1999 by president Michael Gray, the company has experienced solid growth. All American Check Cashing’s footprint runs throughout Mississippi with loca-

tions from Southaven to Pascagoula and Meridian to Vicksburg, and stores in Louisiana and Alabama. The company’s managers and staff are deeply rooted in the communities in which All American serves. From sponsoring Little League teams to participation in community clean-up days, employees take pride in paying it forward. In turn, All American provides associates with competitive compensation, special performance incentives and paid time off for family functions.


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Ross & Yerger Insurance Since the 19th century, Ross & Yerger has been a reliable source for clients, earning a reputation as an insurance firm that delivers quality customer service. For generations, dedicated professionals have worked under the Ross & Yerger brand to help the Jackson-based agency become a leader in both the insurance industry and the community. The firm is 100 percent employeeowned and 401(k) match contributions are made in the form of company stock. This creates a family environment, where employees work togetheer toward one goal. The company provides an on-site exer-

cise room, and all employees are given 30 minutes two days a week during business hours to go to the exercise room, go for a walk or hit the gym. Ross & Yerger also offer quarterly stress management seminars to help team members better manage both personal and work-related stress.


Baker Donelson For more than 120 years, Baker Donelson has built a solid reputation for achieving results for its clients on a wide range of legal matters. Though providing legal services is its focus, it is how they are delivered that sets the Jackson office apart. At Baker Donelson, every employee is assigned to a “Daily Docket” team that meets each and every day to discuss client service, office and firm news, and more. But Baker Donelson hasn’t forgotten its employees. BakerCares is an employee community service organization that offers workers up to eight hours of paid community service time each year. In Jackson, the

firm partners with many organizations to participate in several community projects, including Race for the Cure and Wounded Warrior. Through the firm’s wellness initiative known as BakerFit, Baker Donelson offers employees quarterly exercise challenges to earn a portion of their health premium incentive.

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Haddox Reid Eubank Betts Haddox Reid Eubank Betts PLLC is a full service firm offering assurance, tax, consulting, peer review and client accounting services to individuals, privately held businesses, non-profits and governmental entities. On Jan. 1, Haddox Reid merged with Eubank Betts to become Haddox Reid Eubank Betts PLLC. With the merger, the combined firm is able to furnish an even wider array of services to benefit clients. The two firms share the same values and

are continuing the tradition of excellent service, trusted experience, and a positive business climate its clients and associates have come to expect. During the tax season, the firm hosts a bake-off competition where employees can submit their best recipes for cakes, pies, candies and other sweets. Additionally, the firm has an annual Appreciation Celebration to thank employees for their diligent work during tax season.

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Business Communications Inc. Known for a full range of technology solutions designed to meet the needs of business, Business Communications, Incorporated, provides infrastructure solutions that cover the complete IT stack, including end-user devices, networking, computer and storage systems, and cloud and managed services offerings. However, Ridgeland-based BCI also is proud of its employees and the unique business culture the company has nurtured since opening its doors in 1993. BCI isn’t just a gathering of highly skilled individuals but a team of motivated professionals working together. For over 20 years, BCI has been one of

the most trusted technology partners in the Southeast. The company believes that the true value of technology, in any business, is increased efficiency and productivity that can yield tangible improvements in business results. People are the key and the foundation of success at BCI.


Venture Technologies Supporting a corporate culture where management considers people their most valuable asset, Venture Technologies enjoys an outstanding staff retention rate. An IT solution provider with locations in Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Tennessee and Texas, Venture owns and operates a Tier 3 data center in Jackson that provides a comprehensive suite of cloud services for thousands of customers. Founded in 1986 by Gerard Gibet and Norman Katool, the company has operated profitably for 28 consecutive years and promotes continuing education, training and certifications for team members while

empowering them to take responsibility and make decisions. In addition to an excellent benefit package, Venture grants employee perks such as cellular phone stipends and gym memberships. More than 100 employees make up the company’s sales, management, engineering and operations departments.

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NewSouth NeuroSpine The guiding principal at NewSouth NeuroSpine is to treat each patient “as though they’re a member of our own family.” Considered by many to be Mississippi’s comprehensive spine care provider, NewSouth’s team includes 12 physicians covering four specialties, including neurosurgery, orthopaedic spine surgery, interventional pain management, and physical medicine and rehabilitation. In addition, more than 50 highly trained and experienced

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nurses and healthcare professionals offer treatment that best meets the needs of each patient. Located in Flowood, NewSouth features a 50,000-square-foot facility that contains 30 exam rooms, digital X-ray and MRI technology. Making every effort to provide patients with the best medical solutions, NewSouth physicians hold a weekly surgical conference with the clinic’s seven surgeons to review complex cases and offer opinions.

2014 BEST PLACES TO WORK Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our employees, Viking Range and our community is what it is today. Viking products are coveted by chefs, celebrities, and gourmets from around the world, and Greenwood has become a getaway destination for thousands of travelers each year. Congratulations on being recognized eight times over the years as one of Mississippi Business Journal’s Best Places to Work and named again in 2014.

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Jackson Municipal Airport Authority With over a million passengers making their way through the JacksonMedgar Wiley Evers International Airport each year, “Mississippi’s Gateway to the World” is a fitting slogan for the state’s largest commercial service airport. Owned and operated by the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority since 1963, the organization places an emphasis on safety and a priority on customer service – the same customer service the Authority proudly extends to all of its employees.

JMAA offers a comprehensive lineup of unrivaled benefits to its employees, including deferred compensation, employer contribution matching, educational reimbursement for college courses, paid CEU’s and annual memberships, annual health and wellness screenings, an on-campus fitness facility, and 100 percent employer-paid health insurance. The Authority also offers various on-thejob training opportunities to help develop team members’ professional skills.

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Navigator Credit Union Navigator Credit Union was launched 75 years ago from the essential need for the average person to have access to affordable financial services that include online and mobile banking, bill pay service and e-Statements. Founded as Ingalls Employees Credit Union in 1939, the institution changed its name in 2004 to reflect the broad Mississippi and Alabama coastal base it serves. Today, Navigator Credit Union’s member-

ship has grown to 45,000, assets have topped $285 million and locations have increased to 12. Navigator team members are provided with a generous benefits package, including a health and wellness program that offers free gym memberships to employees. Workplace fun, employee recognition and a spirit of cooperation, are critical to Navigator team members who recommend the company as a great place to work.


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Think Anew


After volunteering on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Think Anew founder and president Don Glidewell realized there was a lack of disaster communication in the long-term care sector. Using his IT experience in longterm care, he developed a voice communication solution to fill the gap. Boasting a 100 percent customer retention rate, the company now maintains operations in 15 Southern states. For its team members, Think Anew provides a wide array of benefits that include fully paid health, vision, dental and life

insurance. Additionally, the Madison firm offers a 401K program with matching funds, financial planning classes, a yearly employee appreciation event, and training courses for continuing education and certifications. Think Anew currently employs 21 staff members and is projecting to double its staff by the end of 2014.

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Proud to be a Mississippi company since 1981, TempStaff, Inc. is a locally owned and operated staffing service certified as a woman-owned business by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. The company’s hard-earned reputation for quality service and commitment to clients has allowed it to become one of the largest independently owned services in the state. TempStaff team members give back to the

central Mississippi community through various organizations, including Chambers of Commerce, the Capitol Area Human Resource Association, local Adopt-ASchool programs, and the American Heart Association. In addition, team members teach job search and interviewing skills through local high schools and community colleges. In 2004, TempStaff opened the Canton office to meet the needs of the growing Madison County area and later added locations in Brookhaven and McComb.



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At Key Staff Source, the company’s motto is “Our Job is You.” The Columbus-based company was established in 1980 as a privately-owned temporary and full-time staffing service. The dedicated Key Staff team provides recruitment and screening of potential employees in order to provide clients with quality workers. Today, Key Staff is a “single source” staffing provider for clerical, light industrial and ExecuSearch placements. The company currently is celebrating 34 years in business and features nearly 20 branches nationwide. A regional leader in

building relationships and partnering with clients, Key Staff endeavors to supply quality service to customers, offer personal and professional growth to staff and become involved in communities the company serves. Key Staff also provides numerous work incentives for employees such as paid days off for birthdays and time off for personal and family functions.


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Fast Enterprises Fast Enterprises is a leading provider of software and information technology consulting services for government tax, revenue and unemployment insurance agencies. The company’s primary product, GenTax, is a commercial, off-the-shelf integrated tax processing system that can be configured to equip agencies with the functions necessary for efficient administration of tax and revenue programs. In 2011, Fast Enterprises’ Raymond office was selected by the State of Mississippi as the Department of Revenue’s solution for a modernized and completely integrated tax and revenue

system. Fast project team members began work on the project immediately, working collaboratively with state employees to implement five annual rollouts deploying broad-based tax systems, including the Alcohol Beverage Control warehouse system. Fast Enterprises is headquartered in Denver, Col.


May & Company Consistency is a hallmark of Vicksburg accounting firm May & Company. For the fifth consecutive year, the company has been selected as one of the Mississippi Business Journal’s Best Places to Work. Launched in 1922 as a small auditing firm in downtown Vicksburg, May & Company now boasts 37 employees and operates offices in Louisiana and Alabama. The company features 16 certified public accountants on staff, along with professionals who carry certified valuation analyst and certifed information technology professional certifications. Traditional services offered by the firm include accounting and auditing, tax return

preparation, tax planning, accounting software application support, and computer support. May & Company specializes in the agriculture, construction, dealership, manufacturing, medical professional, not-for-profit, real estate, retail, and timber and forest product industries.

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Rushing & Guice Ocean Springs-based law firm Rushing & Guice has long enjoyed historical ties to the business lifeline of the Mississippi Gulf Coast and beyond. In addition to being active with the region’s seafood and maritime industries, Rushing & Guice also has enjoyed a close business relationship with the iconic Barq’s Root Beer brand. Through its tradition of representing interests on the Gulf Coast, the firm has developed a reputation for innovation in the legal process, and has represented clients around the world in commercial

and maritime matters. It is a priority of the firm’s partners that all Rushing & Guice staff members benefit from a pleasant work environment that encourages productivity and cooperation. Employees enjoy a widerange of benefits that include 401k matching, profit sharing, field trips, art classes and above average paid leave days.


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Synergetics DCS Synergetics is a full-service IT consulting company whose core value is customer service. Celebrating the company’s 22nd anniversary in 2014, Synergetics has a widerange of technology solutions that enable clients to concentrate on what’s important – ensuring the success of their businesses. The Starkville-based company offers network design and management, and provides network infrastructure, including fiber optic, copper cabling, and wireless solutions. Synergetics management believes in the value of hard work and also in the importance of striking a healthy balance between

the job and one’s personal life. Providing team members the ability to ‘flex’ their work schedules in order to maintain this healthy work-life balance is a priority at Synergetics. Employees also are encouraged to participate in continuing education, training and professional certifications opportunities.


State Street Group State Street Group is a real estate development company which owns and manages manufactured home communities, apartments and other commercial properties. Launched by former Jackson mayor Kane Ditto, the company purchased its first property in 1971, a 175-space manufactured home community in north Jackson. The goal of State Street Group is to be the premier real estate development, investment and management company in central Mississippi and Nashville, Tenn. The company employs 47 team members, including 13 in the Jackson home office, 20 property managers and 14 field technicians.

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Mississippi Business Journal

The luncheon

About 300 supervisors and employees from companies recognized as Best Places to Work attended the event luncheon May 15 at the Hilton Hotel on County Line Road.

CF Industries table

Fast Enterprises table

Business Communications Incorporated table

Atmos Entergy table

Photos by Deryll Stegall / Stegall Imagery

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MBJ employees who made sure the event ran smoothly were, from left, Charina Rhodes, circulation manager, Melissa Killingsworth, senior account executive, Marcia Thompson-Kelly, business assistant, and Tami Jones, advertising director.

Metropolitan Bank table

State Street Groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s John and Kane Ditto


Murray Harber, executive director of the Mississippi Business Group on Health, was the guest speaker at the luncheon.

Tammy Phillips, deputy president at Community Bank, gave the eventâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s closing remarks.

Stephanie Maxwell, a news anchor at WAPT in Jackson, helped MBJ editor Ross Reily with the presentation of awards.


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All-American Check Cashing sponsors table.

Ann Barnes of Prime Care Nursing gaave the invocation.

Southern Research Group sponsors table.

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Southern Pipe and Supply gets its first-place award in the Large Division from MBJ publisher Alan Turner.

Members of the Community Bank team with their first-place plaque in the mega-large division.

Adams & Reese receives its first-place award in the Medium Division from MBJ publisher Alan Turner.

Think Anew with its first-place award in the Small Division.

Business keeps getting better in Mississippi... ELIGIBILITY

Nominate Your Company as a Best Place to Work for 2015

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Company name: _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Address: _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Telephone: _________________________________________ Fax: ____________________________________________________________ Average starting salary: ______________________________ Median salary: ___________________________________________________ Average length of employment to be eligible for benefits: _____________________________________________________________________ Number of employees: __________________________________________________________________________________________________ Benefits (please check all that apply): Daycare options _______ Health care benefits (% covered) _______ Unmarried partner benefits _______ Paid Leave/Sick time (length) _______ Paid Maternity/Paternity leave (length) _______ Continuing education (tuition assistance) _______ Relocation assistance _______ Stock options _______ 401(k) (% match) _______ Prescription _______ Telecommuting _______ Dental _______ Vision _______ Flexible hours _______ Job sharing _______ Employee recognition program _______ Fitness program _______ Subsidized meals _______ Other: _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Information Supplied By: _________________________________________________________________________________________________ Title: ______________________________________________ Date: ____________________________________________________________ / (601) 364-1000 / Fax (601) 364-1007 FILL OUT YOUR FORM ONLINE:

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