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Lawrence Warren has served as President and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Pine Belt Boys and Girls Club. He is a founding member of the United Way Alexis de Tocqueville Society. At The University of Southern Mississippi, he has served on the University Foundation Board, Athletic Foundation Board, was an organizing member of the Circle of Champions and a member of the Eagle Club. His dedication to education brought him to serve a six-year stint on the State Board for Community and Junior Colleges. Warren has served on the Board of Directors of the Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association for 17 years and currently serves as the President. Additionally, he has served on the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Economic Development Council and served 11 years on the Trustmark National Bank Advisory Board in Hattiesburg and has served as the President.

Lawrence Warren’s involvement has also taken him to serve the Salvation Army Board of Directors and the Forrest County Industrial Park Commission Board. His dedication to quality-of-life endeavors, economic development and education has earned him many honors and much recognition. He was presented the John Hope Franklin Award in 2013, served as the Hattiesburg Civic Association President in 2005 and was inducted into the Mississippi Business Hall of Fame in 2004. The Boys and Girls Clubs of America bestowed their C.A.R.E. (Children are the Reasons for Excellence) Award in 2003.

Lawrence has received the ADP Chairman’s Award for Excellence, was named Volunteer of the Year by the Mississippi Economic Development Council, received the Distinguished Service Award from the Pine Burr Council of the Boy Scouts of America and leaders on the Mississippi Gulf Coast named him to the Roland Weeks Community Leaders Hall of Fame in their inaugural class. He was named the Lions Club Distinguished Citizen of the Year and Executive of the Year by Sales and Marketing International, and received the Harrison County Economic Excellence Award, Harrison County Outstanding Small Business Award, University of Southern Mississippi Distinguished Service Award and the “Friend” of The University of Southern Mississippi Award.

In 2001, he received the Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC) Volunteer of the Year Award. Warren is also involved with the USM Athletic Foundation Circle of Champions, USM Building Better Business Capital Campaign, DuBard School for Children with Language Disorders, Ogletree House Expansion Capital Campaign and The Pride of Mississippi Campaign. He made one of the lead gifts to begin the Rails-to-Trails Campaign, and in support of the Hattiesburg Dixie Youth Baseball and to the Oak Grove High School Foundation.


Lawrence Warren is a “Friend” of the Hattiesburg-Forrest County Library, has established an endowed scholarship to deserving youth in the Pine Belt Boys and Girls Club, and was involved with the United Way of Southeast Mississippi and the Historic Saenger Theater Renovation. Lawrence Warren is married to the former Bonnie Purvis, and they have four children and 10 grandchildren. The Warrens are members of Main Street United Methodist Church, and Mr. Warren’s leadership and sincere commitment to investing time and efforts in Hattiesburg have made a lasting impact on the city, its families and all of Mississippi.

Lawrence and Bonnie Warren,
shown with Wink, Chairman of the Board Emeritus