Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce Announces 2019 Board of Directors

At a December 19 Board of Directors meeting for the Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce, Ryan Todtenbier officially passed the gavel to John Richmond as the 2019 Chairman of the Board. John moved to Natchitoches in 2011 and has been active in the community over the past 7 years. He has served as a Member at Large on the Chamber Board for the past 2 years.

“John will be a great Chairman,” stated Todtenbier. “He’s passionate about Natchitoches and the Chamber, and is willing to put in the work necessary to be successful.”

Serving as Vice-Chairman for 2019 is Tom Matuschka. Tom has served on the Board for one year, making an impact on the Chamber through the A+ Coalition. As Vice-Chairman, he will be assuming the role of Chairman in 2020.

Other Executive Committee Members include Ryan Todtenbier, Past Chairman, and Josh Manuel, Treasurer. Members at Large rolling over from last year include: Haley Taitano, Melissa Collier, Katrice Below, Van Erikson and Nicole Ezernack. New to the Board are Members at Large Mario Fox, JoAnna Washington, Brad McCormick and Stewart Carnline, and 2019 NYP Chair Sean Baylor.

Richmond stated, “We have a young, enthusiastic group of Directors who represent a broad spectrum of business sectors and members of our community. We are positioned well to really make an impact on Natchitoches and its business environment in 2019 and for years to come.”

The Board would like to extend its deepest gratitude to Directors who rolled off this year: Past-Chairman Kirk Soileau, Mark Massia, Matthew Axsom, and 2018 NYP Chair Craig Caskey. Their leadership and vision contributed greatly to the success of the Chamber through a time of transition, and their service is very much appreciated.

“2018 was a year that really showcased what our board was capable of,” stated Chamber President Laura Lyles. “We’re excited to build on that momentum in 2019, with new initiatives, new programming, and enhanced value at all existing Chamber events.”

The Chamber will celebrate its 100th anniversary at the annual Awards Banquet, which will take place January 24th from 5:30-8:30 at the Natchitoches Events Center. Registration is open at For questions, call 318-352-6894.