Port garners business award from French American Chamber

The Port of New Orleans received the Donald A. Hoffman Distinguished Business Award from the French American Chamber of Commerce – Gulf Coast Feb. 24 during the organization’s annual meeting. The award, named in honor of FACC-GC founder David A. Hoffman, recognizes businesses and individuals that have demonstrated passion for the promotion of investment and trade between France and the United States, as well as those that volunteer their time to further the chamber’s mission.

“I could not begin to tell you the whole story of how much the Port of New Orleans has promoted trade and investment between France and Louisiana and the Gulf Coast Region,” said Loretta Krasnow, Executive Director of the FACC-GC. “If you mention France to Port employees, they immediately ask ‘what can we do to help.’”

“We are honored to receive the Donald A. Hoffman Distinguished Business Award and appreciate the continued support of the French American Chamber, who has been a friend to the Port for many years,” said Port of New Orleans President and CEO Gary LaGrange. Over the years Port of New Orleans Chief Commercial Officer Robert Landry, Deputy Chief Commercial Officer Janine Mansour and most currently Public Information and Protocol Officer Nakeila Polk have served on the FACC-GC board of directors.

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Other award recipients included: Henry Battle, Air Liquide American Specialty Gases Vice-President of Sales and Marketing, who received the Donald A. Hoffman Legacy Award; and Dr. William Arceneaux, Director of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for Excellence in Louisiana Public Broadcasting; and Charles Nelson, Director and Chairman of Waldemar S. Nelson and Company, who were both honored as Distinguished Member of the Year.



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