Board installed, businesses recognized at Chamber Awards Luncheon

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The Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual Awards Luncheon Feb. 21 at the Events Center. The New Chamber President welcomed the crowd.

“As I gain momentum with the Natchitoches Chamber, I look to define value in membership, and collaborative partnerships with allied organizations in the community…all for the greater good of the community,” she said. “Additional opportunities will be rolled out and a clearer understanding of the role the Chamber plays in any community will be more clearly defined. I thank you for your support as we move towards the future, embracing new ideas, technologies and initiatives and welcome any opportunity to partner with the Parish to exemplify our mission which is to “Foster a thriving community through transformative leadership, collaboration and innovation, and to bring the vision of the Chamber to life, which is to make Natchitoches the best place to live and work.”

The Chamber President then introduced the event’s title sponsor: Northwestern State University. President Chris Maggio spoke on the following areas that NSU is focusing on and improving upon: academic excellence, student experience, market responsiveness, and athletic prominence.

2018 Board Installment:
Ryan Todtenbier- Chair
Katrice Baker- Vice Chair
Kirk Solieau- Past Chair
Josh Manual- Treasurer

2018 Board of Directors:
Matthew Axsom
Haley Taitano
Melissa Collier
Van Erikson
Nicole Ezernack
Laura Lyles
Craig Caskey
Tom Matuschka
John Richmond
Mark Massia

Business Awards:
City Barbershop- Small Business of the Year
Axsom Air- Mid Sixe Business of the Year
Chateau St. Denis- Large Business of the Year
Velocity Care- New Business of the Year

NYP “40 Under 40” Awards:
Josh Axsom
Danielle Stamey
Laura Lyles
Maggie Harris

Ambassador of the Year: Kenny Thomas

Tony Davis was recognized as the former Chamber President for all the work he did for the business community. A variety of gift baskets were raffled off at the end of the event to a few lucky winners among the crowd.