Board of Directors and Staff
Todd is the founder and Executive Director of the Bacot Foundation of South Mississippi. He has been sober for the past 25 years and is a proud graduate of the Home of Grace.
He is a United States Marine Corps veteran, a member o and served the community as the Senior Vice President of Public Relations and Business Development for Merchants & Marine Bank. He was the Community Relations Director of the Home of Grace Recovery Program and founded Trinity House, a three-quarter way home in Gautier, MS. He hosts a weekly television show on WXXV FOX 25.
He has been the Chairman of the Board of the Salvation Army, Assistant District Governor and President of the Pascagoula Rotary Club, where he is a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow. He presided as Chairman of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Habitat for Humanity organization, Jackson County Chairman of the 2008 Jimmy Carter Work Project, Vice-Chairman of the Gulf Coast YMCA, and was the founder and Executive Board Member of Rebuild Jackson County.
Additionally, he is the past President of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Jackson County where he received the Eddie Kyatt award, past Chairman of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, served on the Board of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Foundation, sits on the board of Lighthouse Academy for Dyslexia as well as the Trident Foundation, while serving on several other Board of Directors and Advisory Councils throughout the Gulf Coast region. He founded and has been the co-chairman of "The Jolly" Golf Classic for the past twenty years and co-founded Renaissance the Runway which has become a must see coast-wide success.
He attended LSU, was a DKE at Tulane University, and later continued studies at USM, graduating with Highest Honors while maintaining a 4.0 GPA throughout his undergraduate and graduate degree programs. He is a graduate of Leadership Jackson County, Leadership Mississippi as well as the Gulf Coast Business Council Master's Leadership Class.
Todd has been honored as the Volunteer of the Year by several local agencies, been named a Miracle Maker by the Home of Grace, received the "Shep" Award from the Dream Program, been awarded the prestigious Silver Beaver Award by the Boy Scouts of America, received the Forever Young Award from Coast Young Professionals, and honored with the Annette O'Keefe Award from the Mental Health Association of South MS. He has also been the recipient of the Boys & Girls Clubs Eddie Kyatt Award.
The MS Legal Services Corporation selected him as Mississippi's Southern Region's Top Community Leader, and in 2007, he was honored by The Sun Herald & Governor Haley Barbour with his induction into the Roland Weeks Hall of Fame as one of South Mississippi's Top Community Leaders.
He is a member of the Krewe of Neptune, Gulf Coast Carnival Association, the Second Street Social Club and the Gulfport Yacht Club. He is on the board of the Great Southern Club and resides in Gulfport on Second Street with his beloved bulldogs Dolly and Samson.... and two rescues named Polly and Madame Leota.
Phillip is the General Manager of Ray Brandt Chevrolet and Executive Manager of Ray Brandt Nissan of South Mississippi
He is a United States Navy Submarine Service Veteran.
Phillip attended San Diego State University where he majored in Business Administration.
He is a Lifetime member of the VFW, the SDSU Alumni Association, is a member of Krewe of Neptune and the Krewe of Les Badineurs. He has been on the foundation board for 10 years where he recently served as Vice Chairman.
He is married to the former Stacy Hesterman, a Nurse, and they are a happily blended family of 3 boys and 3 girls.
Samson , Dolly & Molly
Dolly & Samson are getting used to each other as they protect the office. Molly recently went to heaven and will always be a member of our foundation family.
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