Month: December 2012

DEC. 2012 – Letter from our Editor

120112.gtpDear Friends,

As another year draws to a close, we want to say thanks to our faithful readers and many sponsors. Go To Places Monthly has been bringing Coast residents and guests the information they need and the stories they love for over four years. We have taken you behind the scenes of subjects fun and festive as well as those that are shocking and dark. We weren’t afraid to push the envelope a time or two, and we are hopeful that we made a difference. It has been our pleasure to entertain you with thought provoking articles and our one-of-a-kind celebrity interviews.

We proudly revisit the Movers and Shakers of 2012 to cap off a very exciting and eventful year. It is an impressive list of outstanding business men and women who have helped shaped the Coast. Each has made their mark in South Mississippi and beyond.

The GTP staff and I wish you all a blessed, joyous holiday season. See you next year!
Nancy Marchbanks
Executive Editor

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OWNER AND OPERATION MANAGER OF PRN HOME CARE, KEARN CHERRY

med-n5hdfnN30K9ns2uBwX8o-8807PRN Home Care is the third business venture of the entrepreneurial, husband and wife team of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Cherry. Kearn was raised in Biloxi and graduated from Biloxi High. While attending college, she worked as a part time medical clerk at KAFB Medical Center. She has always been drawn to business and specifically the medical field. Kearn’s husband was in the military and was first stationed in Germany. During their time overseas she continued her education in nursing.”I always expected to finish my nursing degree over there but that didn’t happen,” she said. When Dennis received orders to transfer to Arizona, the young couple moved again. Kearn was anxious to pursue her studies but getting into nursing school was next to impossible because there were so few slots and hundreds of applicants. “My husband and I both tried for years to get into school, but in order to make a living as we waited for a slot, we sought employment in a nursing home and started out as nurses aids,” she said. (more…)

ADVOCATES FOR FREEDOM AND THE POLARIS PROJECT

AFF.logo.11.14.11_1Untitled-1_1It is our usual custom to reserve this feature for one individual who is a shining example of all that is good in South Mississippi. We honor their integrity, character, and business acumen because they are the leaders of today and tomorrow. This time, we have chosen two remarkable organizations that work tirelessly, night and day in order to protect innocent lives. The Polaris Project and Advocates For Freedom are doing everything within their power to address the subject of Human Trafficking. The members of these organizations are fiercely dedicated men and women who can be counted upon around the clock, doing whatever they can regardless of the hour, in order to help someone in need of a way out and safe refuge. Last month, the city of Biloxi was host to the Advocates For Freedom Winter Conference, which focused on Domestic Minor Human Trafficking. It was a huge success. (more…)

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS FOR MISSISSIPPI MEDIA / TRIAD BROADCASTING MR. KENNY VEST

Jan.2012Kenny Vest was born in New Orleans and grew up in Slidell. He spent much of his youth playing sports, and it was one of the most important aspects of his young life. His father was a radio personality in the Big Easy, who also worked for Mercury Records. Kenny was only six years old when his father passed away, but he has wonderful memories of listening to his dad’s voice on the radio. “It made me so proud, and I thought that it was the coolest thing ever! I knew right then and there that I wanted to be in radio someday,” he said. His world revolved around sports and listening to A.M radio stations, WTIX and WNOE. In his teens, Kenny discovered “The Rock of New Orleans” WRNO-FM, which he felt an immediate connection to and quickly became one of the station’s biggest fans. There was no question in his mind that he would somehow, someday, have a career in Broadcasting. The first step was to attend college at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond. (more…)

THE MEN OF THE ASGARD MOTORCYCLE CLUB

ASGARD_33rd_ANNIV_MEMBERS_DEC_31_2012The Asgard Motorcycle Club was founded in 1979. They stand by the code, “My Word – My Honor,” and nothing is more important to them than the brotherhood they share with their fellow Asgard members. The men are always addressed by first names only or nicknames…nicknames that are well deserved and fit each one to a T. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Asgard Nomad, Curt and Asgard Nomad, Jim. Asgard is a most well respected and well appreciated organization on the Gulf Coast, and the walls of their headquarters are a testament to all the wonderful things they have done over the years. (more…)

KAY DANEAULT, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH MISSISSIPPI

Kay-Daneault_1“Promoting mental health and wellness, expanding access to services, and improving systems of care through education, advocacy, direct services and partnerships.” This is the mission statement for the Mental Health Association of South Mississippi and thanks to the dedication and first rate leadership of Executive Director, Kay Daneault, it is carried out to the letter. A graduate of USM Gulf Coast, Kay brought her expertise in business and working with non-profits to the Mental Health Association in 2007. She and her husband of 24 years, Rick, have a fifteen year old daughter, Allison, who attends St. Patrick Catholic High School. (more…)

BRANDON ELLIOTT OF ELLIOTT HOMES

branBrandon Elliott came to the Coast from Orangeville, Ontario which is near Toronto in Canada. He played hockey his entire life, steadily moving up the ranks and set his sights on a professional career in the sport that he loved so much. He moved away from home at the very young age of 16 in order to play Junior A hockey, and lived on his own for the next five years. He endured a major trial during this time, when his house burned to the ground. (more…)