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 the New 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.

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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.


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