The Ascension Chamber of Commerce celebrated the successes of 2022 and honored award nominees and recipients at their Annual Awards Banquet presented by Our Lady of the Lake Ascension on Wednesday, March 1 at the Lamar Dixon REV Center. With nearly 400 guests, the evening started with a Social Hour presented by Express Employment Professionals and concluded with an awards program recognizing Chamber and member achievements in 2022.


During the program, Chamber President/CEO Robert Burgess highlighted the invaluable community and unprecedented collaboration amongst entities and organizations, large and small within the Parish that truly make Ascension special. Chamber Board Chair Michael Bonfanti of Bonfanti Investment Services led the introduction of this year’s nominees.


2022 New Members of the Year Nominees were Acadian House Design + Renovation, Curve Mart, and Estate Law Solutions. 2022 Small Business of the Year Nominees were Alinity Wealth Management, Cadence Insurance (Gonzales), and TruBlue Water. 2022 Medium/Large Business of the Year Nominees were EFCU Financial, Hancock Whitney, and REV/REV Business.


The Chamber is proud to announce 2022 Ambassador of the Year: Brent Phillips, 2022 Individuals of the Year: Brian Henderson of Hancock Whitney and Tia Starr of Ochsner Health, 2022 New Member of the Year: Acadian House Design + Renovation, 2022 Small Business of the Year: Alinity Wealth Management, and 2022 Medium/Large Business of the Year: REV/REV Business.


The evening also included a table decorating contest voted on by attendees. The crowd favorite table decorations were awarded to the team at the Ascension Economic Development Corporation (AEDC).


The Ascension Chamber presented local, non-profit Child Advocacy Services with a donation on behalf of our banquet sponsors. The Chamber would like to thank our top event sponsors: Our Lady of the Lake Ascension, Presenting Sponsor; Westlake Corporation, Awards Sponsor; Express Employment Professionals, Social Sponsor; Neighbors Federal Credit Union, Bar Sponsor; and Platinum Sponsors: BASF; CF Industries, Church Funeral Services & Crematory, Forte & Tablada, Ochsner Health, REV/REV Business, and Rubicon. The Chamber would also like to thank our event trade vendors: Ascension Boards & Balloons, AV Express, Crawford Photography, Lamar Dixon Expo Center, and Rebel Graphix.


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Photos by Crawford Photography.