Chamber honors businesses and individuals at annual dinner

Lisa Yates @Lisa_editor

The Ascension Chamber of Commerce honored businesses and individuals at its 2013 Annual Awards Banquet, Feb. 6, at the Clarion Inn and Conference Center, 1500 West Highway 30, in Gonzales.

Award winner for 2012 Large Business of the Year: St. Elizabeth Physicians, represented by Dr. John Fraiche, President.

Small Business of the Year: Waguespack & Associates, represented by Mike and Tim Waguespack;

New Business of the Year: Premier Lanes, represented by Ricky Bourgeois and Marc Pater;

Individual of the Year: Polly Whitfield;

Ambassador of the Year: Carol Pierce.

During the ceremony, the 2013 executive committee and board of directors were introduced.

Members of the 2013 Executive Committee are Paul Claxton with Cabela's, chairman; Sue Knight with St. Elizabeth Hospital, treasurer; Glenda Shaheen with Glenn G. Shaheen & Associates, Inc.; and, Matt Pryor with Pujol, Pryor & Irwin, Attorneys at Law, chairman elect.

The 2013 Board of Directors are Dan Braun with Cox Communications; Janet Britton with EATEL; Teri Casso with St. Elizabeth Foundation; Bridget Hanna with Ascension Parish Clerk of Court; Miles Holley with Skid Marks Tire & Auto Service, LLC; Kendal Matassa with Regions Bank; Donna Villar with Villar & Co. Real Estate; Mike Waguespack with Waguespack and Assoc. Insurance, Inc.; Brad Walker with nStrumental Designs; Marion Walsworth with Mary Bird Perkins; Donna Whittington with River Parishes Community College; Tom Yura with BASF; and, Kamal Zaher with Kamal's Kafe.

Sherrie Despino, Chamber president/CEO, thanked the event's corporate sponsors Air Products; EATEL; Lofton Staffing: Mike Anderson's Seafood; nStrumental Designs; and, St. Elizabeth Hospital.