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The mission of the Hancock Chamber of Commerce is to promote the economic, social, and civic well-being of Hancock County with an emphasis on the promotion of industrial, tourism, retail, and agricultural business.

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The Hancock Chamber of Commerce is the county’s largest business advocacy organization. Through our 1,500 member representatives, we bring together the collective vision of our area businesses, community partners, elected officials, young professionals, youth, educators, non-profit organizations and engaged citizens to work cooperatively for the future of our community. From every corner of the county, we’re working to create more successful businesses, work opportunities, and a better life for our citizens. It’s a team effort. By being a member of the Chamber, you are supporting those efforts year-round to promote the economic, social, civic and well-being of Hancock County.

The Chamber’s strength in this community, and with local, state and federal issues, rests on its members and their investment in the community and our organization. Get involved with the Chamber, buy local, and support our members in order to keep the Hancock County area a growing and thriving community. Through our customer development events, marketing opportunities, advocacy efforts and many other membership benefits, we believe it is the best investment you can make to attain success.

The Chamber has numerous programs benefiting our members. While some programs assist and promote business, other programs help develop local business leaders into community leaders. More than 400 Chamber members have graduated from the Chamber’s Leadership Hancock County program since its inception in 1996.

Explore our website to learn about the wide range of projects we’re spearheading. If you’re already a member, you have a right to be proud. If you’re considering membership, join today. Be part of the team that’s moving, shaking, and shaping the future of Hancock County.


2024 – 26 Executive Committee

President:  Heather Ladner Smith, Butler Snow

Vice-President:  Jeremy Compretta, Community Bank

Secretary/Executive Director:  Tish H. Williams, Hancock Chamber of Commerce

Treasurer:  Rea Montjoy, CPA, Select Administrative Services

Officer:  Teri Wyly, La Terre Farms

Past President: Regan Kane, John McDonald Realty

Officer: Bailey Braswell, Edward Jones

Board of Directors:  John Brdecka, Hancock County Library System; Jason Chiniche, Chiniche Engineering & Surveying; John Ferrucci, Silver Slipper Casino Hotel; Ryan Forcier, Tyonek; Blaine LaFontaine, Hancock County Port & Harbor Commission; Barry Regula, Hollywood Casino; Teri Wyly, La Terre Farms; Dr. Raymunda Barnes, Pearl River Community College; Janice Guido, Bay Life Gifts, Marcus Ladner, Farm Bureau; Nikki Moon, Sandy Feet Retreat; Meg Payment, Mississippi Power; Angelyn Zeringue, SouthGroup Insurance Gulf Coast; Erin Lee, Hancock Whitney; Janel Nolan, Coast Electric; Melanie Hotard, Ochsner Medical Center Hancock

2024 Ex-Officio and Committee Chairs

Hancock County Community Development Foundation – Ray Wesson, President

Liaison to Hancock County Port & Harbor Commission – Janice Guido

Tourism Appointment to Hancock County Tourism & Liaison to the Bay St. Louis Old Town Merchants Association – Alan Lagarde

Ambassadors – Melanie Hotard

Beautification – Katharine Ohman

Education – Raymunda Barnes

Hancock Young Professionals – Alex Treutel

Leadership Hancock – Janell Nolan

Relocation – Janice Guido

Chamber Staff

Tish Haas Williams – Executive Director

Anne Pitre – Marketing & Communications Manager

Janice Jones – Business & Membership Services Manager

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