The Natchitoches Young Professionals (NYP), a subdivision of the Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce, named four members to the 2018 4 Under 40 awards: Josh Axsom, Maggie Harris, Laura Lyles, and Danielle Stamey.
The awards are given to four members who excel in community leadership and professional achievements while maintaining a consistent level of involvement with NYP. Nominations are accepted each year through an anonymous survey open to anyone. A committee of three NYP Board and three Chamber Board members chose this year’s winners.
Axsom is the manager of AxsomAir. As a reserve deputy sheriff for the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office, he volunteers at area school games, parades, and festivals. Filling in for full-time deputies, Axsom was awarded “Reserve Deputy of the Year” in 2017. He’s a NRA firearms instructor and co-operator of Natchitoches Tactical.
Axsom is active with the Natchitoches Rotary Club and produced their “Bulletproof the Blue” event that raised over $10,000 to purchase new vests for local law enforcement.
“I thank God for my parents who raised me to respect God, authority, my elders, and myself and believe that has carried me so far in life,” he said. “I’m blessed to be surrounded with wisdom that’s guided me in life and I consider it my duty to pass it forward and try to be there for others.”
Harris is the Chamber’s Director of Membership Experience. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in business with a concentration in management from Northwestern State University. While there she served as associate editor, then editor in chief of the Argus Art & Literary Magazine and treasurer then vice president of Phi Beta Lambda.
“Knowing that I’ve received so much from this community, I’ve tried to give much back,” she said. “Through my work with the Chamber, I’ve assisted several committees dedicated to the Chamber’s mission of making Natchitoches the best place to live and work.”
Lyles is a branch manager/loan officer for Exchange Bank. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in hospitality, management, tourism from NSU in 2005 and her MBA from Nicholls State University in 2007. She’s a chair of the Chamber’s Ambassadors committee and serves as a Board Member at Large on the Chamber board.
Lyles is the President of the Natchitoches Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority, has been a member of the Natchitoches Service League since 2017, and is active member of First United Methodist Church.
“I enjoy my work, serving my community, mentoring college students, and telling people about Natchitoches, always with a smile,” she said.
Stamey is the marketing/case intake for Salim-Beasley Law Firm. She earned her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from NSU. Stamey is active in the Les Amies Service Organization, is a Sigma Sigma Sigma alum, and is a founding member of NYP.
“Getting involved in Natchitoches and all of the facets that it has to offer has made my love for this beautiful city grow,” she said.
They will be recognized at the Chamber Luncheon Wednesday, Feb. 21. Registration begins at 11 am, and the program will start at 11:30 am. Registration will be closing Monday, Feb. 19 at 12 pm.