Dave Dennis is a native of Atmore, Alabama. He is President of Specialty Contractors
& Associates, Inc. of Gulfport, Mississippi, a commercial and industrial subcontractor.
Dave was appointed by the Board of Governors to theNew Orleans Federal Reserve Board
in November 2001, as a representative from the Business community. In December 2002,
he was elected as Chairman of the New Orleans Federal Reserve Board. Dave served
three full terms as Chairman.
Dave has a prolific record of participation in community, civic and industry activities.
He is currently serving as Chairman of Leadership Mississippi, is a member of the
Executive Committees of both the Mississippi Economic Council and the Gulf Coast
Business Council, and is a member of the YMCA's Coast Metro Board. Dave was recently
named the National Recipient of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) 2009
National Community Service Award.
He has recently served as:
Chairman of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce,
President of the Gulf Coast Economic Council,
Chairman of the Walter Anderson Museum of Art,
State Chairman of BIPEC (Business and Industry),
Chairman of Salute to Business and Industry,
State Regional Chamber Coalition Representative,
President Pro Tempore of the Coast Coliseum Commission,
President of the St. James School Board, and
Member of the Knight Foundation Community Board.
Dave has also served youth leagues as a coach for fifteen years. In 2006, following
Hurricane Katrina, he was recognized as the Boy Scouts of America’s “Distinguished
Citizen of the Year". In the post-Hurricane Katrina environment, Dave has served
the Governor’s Commission on Recovery, Rebuilding, and Renewal as Chairman of Historical
Preservation, Cultural Preservation and Museums, on the founding Executive Committee
of the Gulf Coast Business Council, and serves on Pass Christian’s Economic Re-Development
Committee. He continues to serve as state Chairman of Tourism on Momentum Mississippi
and numerous other special assignment initiatives. He also is serving as Keesler
Air Force Base’s liaison with the USAF’s AETC.
Both Dave and his wife Jane are graduates of Auburn University. Jane is also quite
active in the community, having served the parochial school system as School Board
President, along with PTO President, Junior Auxiliary President, Chairman of numerous
civic and charitable events, President of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, and
Chairman of Special Events for the Gulf Coast Symphony. She was most recently recognized
by the Mississippi Business Journal as Mississippi’s 2007 “Business Woman of the
Year” for her community, civic and business activities.
Dave was named Mississippi’s “Volunteer of the Year” by the MEDC in 2000, and was
also recognized as a National Volunteer of the Year by the Southern Economic Development
Council. In 1995, Specialty Contractors was recognized as “Business of the Year”
for the Mississippi Gulf Coast in the Business Expo.
Dave and Jane have recently served as chairs of the Catholic Diocesan Capital Campaign
to renovate and upgrade six high schools. They have also served as vice chairs of
the Washington & Lee University Parent’s Council, where their son, Padrick, is a
graduate. Padrick is currently in his third year of Law School at the University
of Mississippi. Their daughter Katie is a graduate of Wake Forest University, and
a 2008 Ole Miss Law School graduate.