The Jefferson Chamber was presented the distinction as the state’s 2019 Chamber of the Year in the Large Chamber category, selected by the Louisiana Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (LACCE), at the LACCE Annual Conference’s Reception & Awards Dinner in Lake Charles on September 9.
To be considered for the Chamber of the Year honor, a Chamber must submit examples of growth and progress in three areas vital to an organization’s success within the past 12 months: community development, organizational development, and professional development.
The Jefferson Chamber was recognized for its voice in the recent reform of Jefferson’s public school system, including the hiring of Superintendent Cade Brumley and the Chamber PAC’s involvement in electing a board that holds student performance as the primary priority. Paying Jefferson teachers competitive to the top of the region was also a priority and a promotional campaign of the Chamber. Additionally, the Chamber supported HB575 to bring Uber and Lyft to operate statewide, as well as other local, state, and federal legislation. The Chamber was instrumental in Fat City beautification efforts, creation of the Metairie Flag through its Young Professionals Flag Committee, and graduating its 17th class of Leadership Jefferson. The Jefferson Chamber continues to enhance its non-dues revenue affinity programs and has grown its High Investor program to include 5 levels and 54 investors.
“This is a great honor for our 5-Star Chamber and our thriving business community. We’ve seen tremendous growth throughout the past year, and are excited to continue doing our part to make Jefferson Parish the best place to live, work, and play,” said Todd Murphy, President of the Jefferson Chamber.
Ryan Daul, 2019 Chairman of the Jefferson Chamber, is also proud of this recognition. “Being selected as Large Chamber of the Year reaffirms that our accomplishments of reaching unsurpassed new membership numbers while retaining and growing current members over the past year has not gone unnoticed,” said Daul. “Adding in the work of our great volunteers and staff proves just how effective this mix can be as Jefferson’s advocate for business.” A panel of independent judges, who are also chamber executives from across the country, reviewed the Louisiana Chambers and determined which Chambers were considered the best in three categories: Small Chamber, Mid-Size Chamber and Large Chamber. It is the goal of the LACCE Chamber of the Year Award program to recognize those chambers that have distinguished themselves and their community through excellence in chamber management.