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7th Annual Moonlight & Magnolias Dancer Bio: Wade Howk

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Wade Howk is the vice president of finance and chief financial officer for Hollywood Casino Bay St. Louis and Boomtown Casino Biloxi. He has worked in the casino industry along the Mississippi Gulf Coast for more than 19 years, serving in various capacities at multiple properties.

Howk is a member of numerous professional organizations including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Mississippi Society of Certified Accountants (MSCPA), and the Gulf Coast Chapter of MSCPA. He is active with the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Alumni Association, the March of Dimes and St. James Catholic Church. Howk serves on the board of directors for the Hancock Medical Center Foundation. He is a graduate of Leadership Gulf Coast, Leadership Mississippi and the Business Council’s Masters Program. Additionally, he has been named a Top 10 Business Leader Under 40 (Gulf Coast), a Top 40 Business Leader Under 40 (Mississippi), and a Top 10 Community Leader (Gulf Coast).

Howk has also held directorships and executive roles with the Biloxi Chamber of Commerce, Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, Boys and Girls Clubs of the Gulf Coast, Coast Young Professionals, and the Make-A-Wish board of directors. He is a former member of the Biloxi Rotary Club and a past Honorary Commander for Keesler Air Force Base.

Howk and his wife Amy have been married 10 years and have two beautiful children, Carter, age five, and Grant, age three. They reside in Gulfport, Miss.