Brent Warr is a businessman, community leader, and the former Mayor of Gulfport, Mississippi. As the owner of Warr Properties, he purchases, develops, and obtains financing for commercial and residential real estate projects and historic restoration and redevelopment. Brent Warr also serves as President of Environmental Protection Systems, a company that works to protect and restore natural areas affected by oil spills and other disasters. Shortly after Brent Warr won his first campaign for public office to become Mayor of Gulfport in May 2005, Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast. Mr. Warr played a critical leadership role in steering Gulfport through the crisis and worked with local and state officials to map out a strategy for a stronger economy based on urban planning and investment. Prior to beginning his career in politics and industry, Brent Warr attended Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. He studied a variety of subjects, including business, real estate, finance, and agricultural construction, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. In 2006, Brent Warr received the Urban Leadership Award from the Penn Institute for Urban Research, a University of Pennsylvania facility dedicated to an increased understanding of urban development. In 2007, he was invited to speak on a panel at the 3rd Annual Richard J. Daley Urban Forum. Brent Warr and mayors from cities around the globe spoke at a program titled "Leadership, Infrastructure, and the Urban Future." He has since been an active public speaker, discussing efforts to rebuild Gulfport after Hurricane Katrina, disaster preparedness, and the ways in which cities can plan to respond and recover in the event of a crisis. Brent Warr continues to play an active role in his community. A dedicated Christian and gospel music singer, he supports the Gulf Coast Community Ministries and makes charitable contributions to the American Heart Association. In addition to maintaining their family farm, he and his family make time to hunt, fish, listen to music, and play golf.