METAIRIE, LA – The Jefferson Chamber will host the Business Leadership Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, May 9 at the Hilton New Orleans Airport Hotel. The keynote speaker of the luncheon will be Teresa Lawrence, President and Owner of Delta Personnel. The Master of Ceremonies will be Todd Murphy, President of the Jefferson Chamber.
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. Don’t miss this celebration of entrepreneurship, achievement, perseverance and community service!
The following award winners will be honored at the event:
Jefferson Chamber Awards:
- Entrepreneurs of the Year: Andrew Prat and Adrian Nikdast, Southern City Farm
- Small Business of the Year: Chronos BHW
- Woman Owned Business of the Year: The Basketry
- Family Owned Business of the Year: Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts
- Innovator of the Year: Loft18
- Large Business of the Year: Sleep Number
- Business Progress Award: Jerry Bologna, JEDCO
- Community Leader of the Year: Lynne Burkart, Postlethwaite & Netterville
- Community Advancement Award: Joseph Georgusis, Park Investments, Ltd.
- Healthy Business Award, Most Creative: Cox Enterprises
- Healthy Business Award, Best Employee Led Program: Jefferson Parish Government
- Healthy Business Award, Up and Comer: University of New Orleans
Registration will begin at 11:30 a.m., with the luncheon and program beginning at noon.
Tickets can be purchased at www.jeffersonchamber.org or by calling (504) 835-3880. Chamber Member tickets are $75. Non-Member tickets are $100.
Media are welcome to attend.
About Teresa Lawrence:
Teresa was born in Cuba and traveled to the United States with her family in 1973. In 1988, she married David Lawrence, whose family owned and operated a staffing agency, Delta Temporaries. That same year, the business began to struggle after her father-in-law was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, so David and Teresa quit their jobs and took over the family business. With no formal training in the staffing profession, they spent years trying to run the business, get out of debt, and just survive. In 2000, Teresa became the sole owner of Delta Personnel. Eighteen years later, Delta Personnel is on the leading edge of the industry.
Teresa participated in and graduated from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program in New Orleans, which helped her company double sales to over $7 million in 2018. The company’s list of achievements is long and varied. Delta Personal ranked on the 2017 Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies list and was recognized by the Jefferson Chamber for its Healthy Business Practices. Teresa was honored with a 2016 New Orleans CityBusiness Women of the Year Award. Teresa is a member of a number of organizations. She serves on the JEDCO Board of Commissioners, Jefferson Parish Workforce Development Board, Women Business Enterprise National Council Forum, Women President Organization-Louisiana Chapter, and Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board. She also serves as the Regional Director of Women’s Business Enterprise South.
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 Four-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.