Steve Roop of JPMorgan Chase named Chairman of the Board
The Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the local business professionals who will be leading the organization in 2018.
“I am looking forward to the leadership of our incoming board chairman Steve Roop of JPMorgan Chase,” said Dr. Timothy J. Magner, president of the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce. “Steve has a vision and plan for 2018 that is quite exciting and will really move the needle for our organization. Our immediate past chair, Don Olson of Hunt, Guillot and Associates was a dedicated leader, and we were so honored to have him at the helm in 2017.”
2018 Board Members for the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce
Chairman of the Board
JPMorgan Chase Bank
Immediate Past Chairman
Hunt, Guillot & Associates
Sound Fighter Systems, LLC
Lyle H. Jeansonne
Citizens National Bank
Vice Chair of Economic Development
Mike McSwain Architect
Vice Chair of Education
Dr. Larry Clark
Louisiana State University Shreveport
Vice Chair of Marketing
Williams Creative Group, Inc
Vice Chair of Membership
McNew Architecture, APAC
Vice Chair of Public Policy
CSRA Integrated Technology Center
Brown Builders, Inc.
James “Jim” K. Elrod
Willis-Knighton Health System
Mark D. Evans
Red River Motor Company
Carr, Riggs and Ingram
Hall Builders, Inc.
Capital One Bank
Young Professionals Entertainment, LLC
Red River Bank
Romph & Pou Agency
Heard, McElroy and Vestal
Cross Keys Bank
Since its founding in 1910, the mission of the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce (GSCC) has been to promote economic prosperity, serve as a business advocate, and celebrate the achievements of the Shreveport- Bossier region. With over 1700 members, the GSCC is designated as a 5-Star Accredited Chamber by the US Chamber of Commerce, one of less than 2% of Chambers across the country honored with this distinction.
The "Boys are Back in Town" and so are the drilling rigs. In 2017, the Haynesville's rig count passed the Marcellus-Utica for the first time in 6 years. And the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) re-valuated the Haynesville resource in place making it the largest continuous natural gas assessment ever conducted. Some speculate the region is a sleeping giant, however, Haynesville producers "Dream On" as this shale play grows with increasing rig counts, natural gas production, and LNG exports.
A new stop in the renowned DUG conference and exhibition tour, DUG Haynesville (Feb 20-21 in Shreveport) brings the unmatched “DUG experience” to a new city as operational advances coupled with surging natural gas exports renew interest in the Haynesville shale. Themed Classic Rock, the all-new DUG Haynesville will spotlight the best of the "old rock" in a region holding an estimated 304 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.
Hear from 20+ executives and join hundreds of attendees to review what’s working for producers and what’s ahead in the Haynesville region.
Learn more about the conference...
The Small Business Administration Louisiana District Office is accepting applications for National Small Business Week. National Small Business Week recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. We would very much appreciate your nominations.
More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.
As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories. Every day, they’re working to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness.
Additional information on National Small Business Week is available at: https://www.sba.gov/nsbw/
National Small Business Week award categories include:
All nominations must be mailed or hand delivered to our office at 365 Canal Street, Suite 2820, New Orleans, LA 70130 no later than 2:00 p.m. CST on January 9, 2018.
Dr. Joseph C. Rallo, Commissioner of Higher Education for the State of Louisiana, visited Northwest Louisiana Thursday. His tour brought him to the Chamber where he addressed faculty and staff of all of the NWLA campuses, as well as concerned citizens.
Check out our Flickr page for more photos of Dr. Rallo's address.
According to the IT gurus at Eatel, "IT managers and business leaders may start to feel a bit of Alice-in-Wonderland Syndrome in 2018, as their current technology becomes practically miniaturized in a world of expanding resource requirements."
Eatel has prepared a white paper to help business leaders learn about the coming trends in the IT sector and how they might affect business in the new year. You can download the guide here for FREE. https://www.eatelbusiness.com/5-tech-trends-that-will-reshape-it-in-2018
One change the Chamber is enacting this year is an event pricing structure that is more exclusive for our members.
Now when you register to attend Chamber events, be sure to login with your company's username and password to receive members-only pricing. Pricing for nonmembers is substantially higher than it is for our members, so you'll definitely want to take advantage of this perk.
Forgot your login credentials? No worries! We can resend them to you in an email. Call us at 677-2500 or send an email to any staffer. We'll get you taken care of ASAP.
There are also exclusive event sponsorship opportunities for our members this year. Be sure to ask about those when you call.
The Young Professional Initiative of Northwest Louisiana, along with the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce and Bossier Chamber of Commerce, honored Lieutenant Colonel William “Bill” Fish, Jr. USAF, as the recipient of the 2017 Young Professional of the Year Award, at the annual 40 Under 40 Awards and Gala held on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at the Shreveport Convention Center.
“The Young Professional Initiative (YPI) is a core program of the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce, and 40 Under 40 is a great opportunity for us to celebrate the emerging leaders in our community,” said Dr. Timothy Magner, President of the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce. “We are delighted to recognize this year’s class and to celebrate Lt. Col. Fish as the Young Professional of the Year for his leadership on behalf of our community and his service to our nation. Lt. Col. Fish is an excellent example of the caliber of our airmen and his engagement in the Shreveport-Bossier community highlights the positive relationship that exists between our community and Barksdale Air Force Base.”
Originally from Flagstaff, Arizona, Lt. Col. Fish is currently the Commander of the 11th Bomb Squadron at Barksdale AFB. As a member of the 2nd Bomb Wing, Lt. Col. Fish deployed multiple times to the Pacific and flew combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Lt. Col. Fish continued his education earning a M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Louisiana Tech University and graduated from the US Army Command and General Staff College. Lt. Col. Fish returned to Barksdale following an assignment to United States Strategic Command where helped shape the nation’s nuclear plans. He has served in multiple positions including the 2nd Bomb Wing’s Director of Staff where he represented the Wing at multiple civic organizations including the Greater Shreveport and Bossier Chambers of Commerce.
“The Bossier Chamber of Commerce is proud to be a part of the 40 Under 40 Gala,” said Lisa Johnson, President and CEO of the Bossier Chamber of Commerce. “Each year, we see another class of talented young people engaging in the community and making a difference. Congratulations to the 2017 class. We are extremely excited to honor Lt. Col. William “Bill” Fish as this year’s Young Professional of the Year, as Barksdale Air Force Base and its airmen serve as an integral part of our community’s success.”
Dedicated to improving the quality of life in our region, Lt. Col. Fish helped establish the Roots for Boots Airman Sponsorship program, and supports for The Global Power Museum Association, and Evangel Learning Center among other organizations. Lt. Col. Fish has two children with his wife Jennifer.
Greg Johnson of Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry was given the VIVA or "Very Important Volunteer Award" for the final quarter of 2017. Greg donates time and resources to the Chamber to help make our events memorable! A big "thanks" to Greg and the Lee Michaels team!
The Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce Business Development Connection honored Melva Williams, Ph.D today as the 2017 ATHENA Leadership Award recipient.
“We are delighted to recognize Dr. Williams today,” said Dr. Timothy Magner, President of the Greater Shreveport Chamber. “She is a true testament to the ATHENA Leadership model. She is an accomplished professional, is actively engaged in the civic life of our community, and is both a mentor and a role model for young women through her service.”
Dr. Melva Williams is the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Southern University at Shreveport, formerly Associate Dean of the College at Centenary, and has a television show, the Hot Seat with Melva Williams. Dr. Williams is very active in state and national service and has received numerous commendations commemorating her dedication. She is an alumna of Leadership Louisiana, 40 under 40, and was previously named Top Professional of the Year by the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce. Most notably, Dr. Williams was selected in 2016 to participate in the Presidential Leadership Scholars program that develops national service projects with three (3) former American Presidents (President George H.W. Bush, President William J. Clinton and President George W. Bush). Dr. Williams is a current board member of the Robinson Film Center, Caddo Council on Aging, YWCA, Board President for Extensions of Excellence, founding member of the Higher Education Leadership Foundation and Vice President of the Shreveport Charter Foundation that built the first new school, in Caddo Parish in over 30 years, Magnolia School of Excellence.
For more than 25 years, the Greater Shreveport Chamber has awarded the International ATHENA Leadership Award to a woman or man, to honor their attainment of the highest level of professional excellence by showing creativity and initiative in their business or profession; to showcase their devotion, time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community in a meaningful way; and to demonstrate how they have opened doors for other women to achieve their full potential.
Dr. Williams was selected from amongst 16 accomplished honorees including: Dr. Andrea Master Everson, Melissa Flores, Audrey Reed Flournoy, Catherine Paine Foret, DVM, Tracy L. Futch, Marianne McConathy Nelson, Sandra Partain, Rebecca S. Payton, F. Carole Pruett, LCSW, LMFT, Holly D. Sanders, Noma Fowler-Sandlin, Kesha Matrice Simmons, Brandy Canatella Thompson, Carolyn Ann Tillman, Lisa Marie Willard, and Dr. Melva Williams.
Since the program’s inception in 1982, more than 8,000 exemplary leaders in over 500 communities have received the prestigious ATHENA Leadership Award in the United States, Bermuda, Canada, China, Greece, India, Russia, Unite Arab Emirates and United Kingdom. By honoring exceptional leaders, the ATHENA Leadership Award Program seeks to inspire others to achieve excellence in their professional and personal lives.
Congratulations to all of the 2017 honorees!