2018 Welcome

Business of the Month

The Pearl Chamber of Commerce Business of the Month in December is The Monogram Hut and Gift Boutique of Pearl at the Outlets of Mississippi!! They are your Christmas gift headquarters and have something for everyone on your list! They do outside monogramming so take them all of your Christmas stockings, dish towels, aprons, pot holders, men’s jackets and vests and anything else that can be monogrammed with thread or vinyl! They will do it the same day or next day if they are extremely busy. If you buy one of their items to be monogrammed there is NO CHARGE for the monogramming! Their hours are 10-7 M-S and 12-7 on Sunday. It’s easy to get to, just park near the Food Court and they are straight ahead on the right. Shown pictured is local owner Jonathan Robertson and Store Associate Marlena Salazar. #SHOPPEARL SHOPLOCAL

Ambassador of the Month

Congratulations to Bradley Knight For earning the title of Ambassador of the Month in December! Bradley has been employed with Trustmark bank for 14 years and has spent his entire tenure in Rankin County. He currently works at the Pearl Branch as the Branch Supervisor where he handles loans, investments, and assists with other needs. Bradley was recently selected as a board member of the Pearl Education Foundation for Excellence and is active in his community where he has served as a volunteer basketball coach for Pearl Parks and Recreation. Bradley is an ordained minister and serves as the Associate Minister at Pilgrim Rest M.B. Church. He is a graduate of Pearl High School and Faith Bible Institute in Monroe, LA. Bradley was presented with a $25 Gift Certificate from the Alumni House Sports Bar & Grill at the Holiday Inn in Pearl.

Firefighter of the Month

Congratulations to Deputy Chief Ron Hopson for being selected as the Pearl Fire Department Firefighter of the Month in December. Ron began his career at the PFD on January 5, 1998 and has been promoted through the ranks during the 20 year span. Ron has documented over 1500 training hours at the MS Fire Academy including Fire Inspector and Fire Officer. Ron is also a certified CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and BLS/ALS (Basic/Advanced Life Support) Care Instructor. In addition to his position at the PFD, Ron is also a Critical Care Flight Paramedic at UMMC -Helicopter Transport (AirCare). Ron is a Pearl High School graduate and attended Holmes Community College, and completed the Paramedic Program in 2009. He is married to Brandi Pettit Hopson and they have 2 children, Tate and SarahBrooks. READ MORE

Officer of the Month

We are happy to announce that the Pearl Police Department Officer of the Month in December is Lt. Amanda Thomasson. Amanda is a 1997 Pearl High School graduate and attended Hinds Community College. She began her career with PPD in 2001 as a Dispatcher. She graduated from Southern Regional Public Safety Institute in September 2006 and worked as a Patrol Officer. She was promoted to Patrol Sgt. in 2011, promoted to Investigator in Juvenile in 2014 and to Lt. in Juvenile Investigations in 2015. Lt. Thomasson is currently on Day Shift Patrol. On September 26, 2018 Lt. Thomasson began her day at 6 am on patrol like every other morning. After roll call she chatted with her shift before beginning their tour for the day. It was just another day. Little did she realize that a major storm was brewing that would drop heavy amounts of near record rainfall onto the low lying areas of Pearl, all within a span of 3 – 5 hours. PPD received over 900 calls for service due to flooding, families trapped in their homes from rising water and concerns from parents regarding their children being dismissed from school early. There was also a building collapse, widespread power outages and a disturbance involving a gun. Lt. Thomasson orchestrated a quick and decisive plan of action and led the way as Commander in Charge allowing for imperative communication and prioritizing calls for service based on the severity and urgent need for response.
She will say that she was just “doing her job”, but to meet the demands requested in an emergency situation such as this, it takes diligence, determination, patience and the ability to effectively communicate with fellow officers, rescue teams and the public in the midst of chaos.
The Pearl Chamber of Commerce presented Lt. Thomasson with a framed certificate, a $100 Bass Pro Gift Card, a Cracker Barrel Gift Basket along with a complimentary meal for two, a $25 Outlets of MS Gift Card, a Yeti can holder and a Fit Bit. The Alumni House Sports Bar & Grill donated a $25 Gift Card, Moss Creek Fish House donated a $30 Gift Card; McAlister’s Deli donated a complimentary meal for 2, the Pearl Municipal Federal Credit Union donated a $25 Visa Gift Card; Eclipse Nutrition donated a certificate for 5 FREE shakes; Great American Cookie donated a chocolate chip cookie cake and Revell Hardware donated a stainless steel tumbler.

Membership Levels:
Individual: (retired or not representing a business)  $50 Click here to download application
Non-Profit: $100 Click here to download application
1-5 Employees: $150 Click here to download application
6-25 Employees: $250 Click here to download application
26-50 Employees: $300 Click here to download application
51 or more Employees: $500 Click here to download application

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 54125
Pearl, MS 39288

Telephone  
(601) 939 3338
Fax
(601) 936 5717
Email
pearlchamberofcommerce@pearlms.org

The mission of the Pearl Chamber of Commerce is to promote our business community, education, and assist with economic development in the city of Pearl.

2018  EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
President: Scott Baldwin, Scotts Miracle Gro
President-Elect: Cindy Williams, Community Bank
1st Vice President: Tammy Karnes, T&D Furniture
2nd Vice President: Emily Fisher, Renasant Bank
3rd Vice President: Ron Bingham, Camp Pioneer Ministires
Past President: Ron Morgan, Acu Tax
Treasurer: Debby Jones, Bank of Yazoo


2018 BOARD OF DIRECTORS​
Andy Eaton, Andy Eaton Insurance Agency
Brandy Hales, Hales CPA
Brian Hughes, Priority One Bank
Derek Havard, Havard Real Estate

Dunaway Rooks, Revell Hardware

Dr. Brad Hayes, Hayes Family Dentistry 
Dr. Norman Session, Hinds Community College 
Gene Newman, Newman Insurance Agency

Jake Windham, City of Pearl Mayor

Kim LaFontaine, Pearl Public Schools
Theressia McAlpin, Retired Pearl Public Schools


STAFF

Kathy Deer, Executive Director   
Katie Watson, Administrative Assistant
Carrie Frierdich, Member Services

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