Greater Hammond Chamber celebrates Installation
“We are so pleased to have such an outstanding group of business leaders serving on the Greater Hammond Chamber board of directors,” President and CEO Melissa Bordelon said. “We value the time and talent they share as they represent their 650+ fellow business members. We have important work ahead and want every business in the greater Hammond community and Tangipahoa Parish to join us.”
Reflecting on her year as chairman, Elsbet Smith Hollywood, with Chehardy Sherman Williams, touched on some of the Greater Hammond Chamber’s accomplishments, such as the Chamber’s active role in the search for a new Tangipahoa Parish School System Superintendent, and two opportunities for membership to hear directly from new Superintendent Melissa Stilley. The Chamber also provided direct support for member legislative priorities including higher education and healthcare, and cultivated national and regional partnerships with representation on the U.S. Chamber’s Business Leads Fellowship and the Louisiana Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. The Chamber also hosted Ready to Run, a workshop for Tangipahoa Parish residents interested in running for office. Hollywood pointed out that the Chamber is financially sound and owns the Historic Train Depot, where its offices are housed, free and clear.
“You, our members, have invested in us and we are protecting your investment not only through fiscal responsibility, but through advocacy on your behalf, through collaboration with other organizations and with the common goal of improvement of our community, and by providing you with the tools you need to secure your business’ success,” Hollywood said.
Accepting the gavel as 2019 Chairman, was Ginger Cangelosi with Tangipahoa Economic Development. Cangelosi said she looks forward to this year with excitement, as she continues her 12-year involvement with the Chamber – the last three of which has been in a board member capacity. She encouraged businesses to join the Chamber, and assured members that their Chamber is always working for them and looking out for their interests.
“Melissa and the staff at the Greater Hammond Chamber are serious about business! As serious as you and I are about our own businesses,” Cangelosi said. “This professionally run organization is so much more than events. They are serious about helping make each and every business in this parish succeed. It’s a common goal we share at Tangipahoa Economic Development. It’s our job, it’s what we do.”
The guest speaker for the event was Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson, who praised the economic development efforts the city and parish are making and the successes they are seeing. He also took the opportunity to share the status of state infrastructure, financial stability, and the momentum established in Louisiana. He spotlighted DXC Technology and strong progress made in communities with ties to educational establishments like Southeastern Louisiana University, who is one of the local education institutions who will partner with the Digital Transformation Center.
“LED tries to work across sixty-four parishes. We need organizations who have direct grassroots relationships with small businesses. For this region the Greater Hammond Chamber does that and does that very well,” Pierson said.
The luncheon opened with Hammond Mayor Pete Panepinto and the Chamber Ambassador Committee holding the first ribbon cutting of 2019. In 2018, the Chamber, Ambassadors and the Mayor celebrated 39 ribbon cuttings and groundbreakings.
“It’s been a privilege to see the support that we give through the Chamber to the new businesses coming into our community,” Panepinto said.
The Greater Hammond Chamber honored four special award winners – businesses and volunteers that excelled during 2018.
Northshore Broadcasting was honored as Business Member of the Year for the integral part they play in the community and their amazing customer service. Daryl Ferrara with Hancock Whitney was honored as the Frances Chauvin Volunteer of the Year for his many years of service and civic involvement.
Jared Lauderdale with Stirling Properties was recognized as the Board Member of the Year for his guidance toward accreditation and his service as Chamber treasurer. Christy Whitaker with Southeastern Real Estate Partners received the Ambassador of the Year award for passionately championing her Ambassador duties and helping members. The Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Co. team also received the Best Decorated Table Award.
The Greater Hammond Chamber was honored to have Judge Blair Edwards attended to swear in the 2019 Board of Directors. They are Chairman Ginger Cangelosi, Tangipahoa Economic Development; Chairman-Elect Rick Sedberry, Movement Mortgage; Treasurer Kristin Spano Braud, Pedelahore & Co. LLP; President and CEO Melissa Bordelon, Greater Hammond Chamber; Immediate Past President Elsbet Smith Hollywood, Chehardy Sherman Williams; Brian Abels, Boyer, Hebert, Abels & Angelle; Glen Alack, Alack Culinary Superstores; Ryan Barker, Chappapeela Sports Park; Sally Carlisle, Berryland Insurance; Dr. Alecia Cyprian, Southeast Community Health Systems; Glenda Dobson, Cypress Pointe Hospital; Shelly Gaydos, Hammond High Magnet School; Theresa Harris, Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Co.; Casey E. Lambert, Jani-King; Dr. Kay Maurin, Southeastern Louisiana University; Marcus McMillian, City of Hammond; Lindsey Palmer, Stirling Properties; Tom Pistorius, PA Architects; Morgan Seale, Lamar Advertising; Jessica Shirey, Noland Stewart Salon; Hayley Taff, Front Porch Coaching; Belinda Vining Trepagnier, Parishes Supportive Living, Inc.; and Michael Watkins, North Oaks Health System.
Recognized as outgoing board members were Larry Bleakley with Shell Robert Training and
Conference Center, Mark Dispenza with Kaizen Strategy, Greg Drude with Wainwright Real Estate, Daryl Ferrara with Hancock Whitney, Jared Lauderdale with Stirling Properties, Meghan Notariano with Parker Layrisson Law Firm, Elizabeth Reno representing Primerica, Sandy Summers with the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Louisiana University, and Kim Walker with 5 Stones.
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Pictured are the Greater Hammond Chamber’s 2019 Board of Directors. On the back row from left to right are Morgan Seale with Lamar Advertising, Lindsey Palmer with Stirling Properties, Michael Watkins with North Oaks Health System, Casey E. Lambert with Jani-King, Marcus McMillian with the City of Hammond, Hayley Taff with Front Porch Coaching, Jessica Shirey with Noland Stewart Salon, Dr. Alecia Cyprian with Southeast Community Health Systems, Brian K. Abels with Boyer, Hebert, Abels & Angelle LLC, Shelly Gaydos with Hammond High Magnet School, and Dr. Kay Maurin with Southeastern Louisiana University. On the front row are Glenda Dobson with Cypress Pointe Hospital, Glen Alack with Alack Culinary Superstores, Treasurer Kristin Spano Braud with Pedelahore & Co. LLP, Chairman-Elect Rick Sedberry with Movement Mortgage, Chairman Ginger Cangelosi with Tangipahoa Economic Development, Greater Hammond Chamber President and CEO Melissa Bordelon, Immediate Past Chairman Elsbet Smith Hollywood with Chehardy Sherman Williams, Tom Pistorius with PA Architects, Sally Carlisle with Berryland Insurance and Belinda Vining Trepagnier with Parishes Supportive Living. Not pictured are Ryan Barker with Chappapeela Sports Park, and Theresa Harris with Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Co. Photo by Phillip Colwart Photography