- Economic Development Manager, Gulf Power
Verdell Hawkins presently serves as Economic Development Manager for Gulf Power Company where he oversees the company’s engagement in business attraction and expansion efforts.
Prior to serving in this role Hawkins served as Gulf Power’s Community Relations manager where he oversaw charitable giving and community engagement. As a component of that role, Hawkins also served as executive director of the Gulf Power Foundation.
Prior to his tenure at Gulf Power, Hawkins served in a number of leadership roles at Mississippi Power Company. These positions included service as the Meridian District Manager, Community Affairs Manager for the Kemper Energy Facility,
company spokesperson/chief media relations representative, and as an economic development representative. Verdell also spent several years working as an urban planner in metropolitan Atlanta.
Verdell is very engaged in the local community. He currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Florida’s Great Northwest. He also serves as the Northwest Region Director for the Florida Economic Development Council.
Verdell is also the current President of the Gulf Coast Chapter of the American Association of Blacks in Energy. In addition, he serves on the alumni foundation board for the University of Southern Mississippi while being an active member of the Pensacola Downtown Rotary.
Hawkins is also an involved member of his local church where he teaches Sunday school and serves as a children’s church facilitator.
Verdell is a proud graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Business Management and served as Student Body President. He also holds a Master’s in
Public Administration from Georgia State University with specialization in planning and economic development. In addition, he is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute.
Verdell and his wife Christina reside in Pace, Florida, with their two children Justin and Allison.