METAIRIE, LA – Patricia Besselman-Main of Besselman Wealth Planners, Kristi Brocato of The Basketry, and Christel Slaughter of SSA Consultants will contribute to a panel discussion at the Jefferson Chamber’s Business Leadership Awards Luncheon, presented by Southwest Airlines, on Wednesday, May 8 at the Hilton New Orleans Airport Hotel.
Patricia Besselman-Main has worked for 15 years as a Certified Financial Planner for Besselman Wealth Planners. As a CFP, she provides comprehensive investment and planning services to successful individuals with complex needs, in both business and personal financial matters.
With only $500 and a ton of ambition, Kristi Brocato began The Basketry in 1995 and opened a retail store in 1996. After 14 years, she outgrew her store and built a new one from the ground up, and custom designed her production counter to allow more baskets to be made.
As the CEO of SSA Consultants, Christel Slaughter has led corporate and organizational transformations involving strategy, growth, cultural change, and performance improvement. As an organizational consultant, Christel specializes in leadership development, executive coaching, change management, performance improvement, and strategic planning.
The panel will focus on what it takes to be a small business owner in today’s economic environment.
In addition to the panel discussion, the Business Leadership Awards Luncheon honors the accomplishments of both small and large businesses and the impact they have made on the Jefferson Parish business community.
The following award winners will be honored at the event:
- Entrepreneurs of the Year: Julie Couret, 7602 Coach
- Small Business of the Year: Uniformity, LLC
- Women Owned Business of the Year: Magnolia Physical Therapy
- Family Owned Business of the Year: Ramsey’s Diamond Jewelers
- Innovator of the Year: The National WWII Museum
- Large Business of the Year: Pond & Company
- Business Progress Award: Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport
- Community Advancement Award: Brandy Christian, The Port of New Orleans
- Healthy Business Award, Most Creative: Sparkhound
- Healthy Business Award, Best Employee Led Program: Gambel Communications
- Healthy Business Award, Up and Comer: Bergeron Automotive
The event is a celebration of entrepreneurship, achievement, perseverance and community service. Registration will begin at 11:30 a.m., with the luncheon and program following at noon.
Tickets are available for purchase at jeffersonchamber.org or by calling (504) 835-3880. Chamber Member tickets are $75. Prospective member tickets are $125.
Media are welcome to attend.
About the Jefferson Chamber:
The Jefferson Chamber is a leading voice for Jefferson Parish’s business community. As a non-profit, membership-driven organization, the Chamber is an effective advocate for small and large businesses at the local, state and federal levels. The Chamber’s mission is to work for the advancement of the business community; to enhance the economic, civic and cultural environment; and to improve the quality of life in Jefferson Parish. The Jefferson Chamber is Five-Star Accredited by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and was awarded the 2013 and 2015 Chamber of the Year by the Louisiana Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives in the Large Chamber Category.