Member Accolades

Business Leadership Awards

The Jefferson Chamber hosted the Business Leadership Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at the Hilton New Orleans Airport Hotel to celebrate entrepreneurship, achievement, perseverance and community service. The Luncheon featured keynote speaker Teresa Lawrence of Delta Personnel.


Entrepreneur of the Year
Andrew Prat and Adrian Nikdast, Southern City Farm

Small Business of the Year
Chronos BHW

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Large Business of the year
Sleep Number

Women Owned Business of the Year
The Basketry

Family Owned Business of the Year
Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts

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Innovator of the Year

Business Progress
Jerry Bologna, JEDCO

Joseph Rault Community Leader of the Year
Lynne Burkart, Postlethwaite & Netterville, APAC

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Community Advancement
Joe Georgusis, Park Investments, Ltd.

Healthy Business, Most Creative
Cox Enterprises

Healthy Business, Best Employee Led Program
Jefferson Parish Government

Healthy Business, Up and Comer
University of New Orleans



Company: Universal Data, Inc.
Award: 2018 CRN Triple Crown Award
Description: CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has honored UDI with its esteemed 2018 Triple Crown Award. CRN assembles lists and rankings each year to recognize solution providers who are setting the bar in the IT industry, including the Solution Provider 500, which lists the largest solution providers in North America by revenue; the Fast Growth 150, which ranks the fastest-growing solution providers; and the Tech Elite 250, which recognizes solution providers that have received the highest-level certifications from leading vendors. It is a considerable achievement for a solution provider to make any one of these lists; to make it onto all three, however — as this year’s Triple Crown Award winners have done — is a big achievement.


Company: Beef Jerky NOLA
Award: Franchise Rookie of the Year
Description: Specifically at the Metairie location, the business showed outstanding efforts and sales volume in the first 10 months of opening.


Company: Cox Communications
Award: Hispanic Chamber Excelencia Award Corporate Partner 2018
Description: The Excelencia Award honors an individual or company for its achievements and active engagement with the Hispanic business community. Cox Communications was recognized for its tireless energy, determination, and commitment to the community in Louisiana & for its leadership within the Hispanic community & being a role model for other corporations in the area.


Company: Magnolia Physical Therapy
Award: Inc. 5000
Description: Magnola Physical Therapy was ranked #4785 on Inc. 5000’s list of fastest-growing private companies in the United States in 2018.


Company: Tulane Lakeside Hospital
Award: ‘A’ Patient Safety Grade from Leapfrog Group
Description: Tulane Lakeside Hospital for Women and Children was awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes Tulane Lakeside’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States.


Company: The Nugent Freeland Team / Keller Williams Realty
Award: Lynda Nugent Smith / Philippi St. Pe’ Lifetime Achievement Award
Description: New Orleans Metropolitan Association of Realtors recognition award given for dedication & service to the local Real Estate Community.



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