June 2009 - Shreveport Chamber Of Commerce!
June 2009 - Shreveport Chamber Of Commerce!
Publication of the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce 400 Edwards Street, Shreveport, LA 71101 318.677.2500 * www.shreveportchamber.org Live. Work. Play. Stay. WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND? "There's nothing to do here." This statement seems to come from many mouths in Shreveport—perhaps even your own from time to time. But is it true? After years of wandering and living in Orange County, San Antonio, London and Washington, DC I'm here to tell you that phrase is found in every city worldwide. I guess it's that old 'grass is always greener' scenario. Shreveport has the same things to offer as any other metropolitan area—you just have to be aware of the opportunities around you. Traveling Broadway shows, opera, ballet, multiple local theaters, live music, free art museums, local boutiques, amazing restaurants, a lake, river and many beautiful parks are just a few of the amenities we should all take full advantage of. Samantha Page Smith Feist-Weiller Cancer Center LSU Health Sciences Center What’s on your mind? Submit to [email protected] UPCOMING EVENTS YPI Night in the SYBOX! Thursday, June 25 5:30 p.m. — 7:30 p.m. FOOD * BEER & WINE * SYBOX VIEW RSVP BY JUNE 19 $5 admission Call 677.2505 or email [email protected] “SPARE” A NIGHT WITH YPI Thursday, July 9 6:00 p.m. — 9:00 p.m. Network while you bowl! $15 fee includes: Food, soft drinks, lane fees, bowling shoes, and 2 games! RSVP by JULY 1st Call 318.429.2123 or email [email protected] UNDERSTAND that any reservation constitutes payment. No shows will be billed. 40 UNDER 40 PLANS UNDERWAY—The Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce and CityLife Magazine will present the 40 Under 40 Gala and Awards Banquet on Friday, December 4, 2009. Committee Chairman, Taylor Robertson of Heard, McElroy and Vestal, stated, “I am very excited and optimistic about the 2009 40 Under 40 Gala. The committee is working extremely hard on new and innovative ideas that promise a fun event for all who attend.” Nominations for the 2009 40 Under 40 are being accepted now. If you or a coworker excel in both their professional and philanthropic lives, nominate them today! Deadline for nominations will close July 31, NO EXCEPTIONS! Applications available online at www.shreveportchamber.org/ ypi or contact Andy Buffington at 318-677-2526 for a nomination form. Terms and conditions for 40 Under 40: Those persons nominated in year’s past, but not yet honored, will be considered in the current year pool of nominees along with new nominations. Understand that all selections are based on current information submitted by the nominated individual. A letter is sent to inform the individual of their responsibility to submit or update their information for consideration. Terms and conditions for Young Professional of the Year: Current year honorees and past 40 Under 40 honorees, excluding prior YP of the Year recipients, are considered for this title. A letter is sent to prompt past honorees to update their information for consideration. QUESTIONS? Call 318.677.2526 ONLY A FEW DAYS LEFT— The House for Hope fundraiser will provide money for Community Renewal to build a new Friendship House in the inner-city neighborhood of Queensborough. The Home Builders Association of Northwest Louisiana built the house in The Haven, a beautifully planned and gated community behind the LSUS campus, with access to the Red River. Visit www.houseforhope.us/e107/ index.php for full details! Buy your ticket and give back today! 2009 Executive Committee Chairman Tammy Rhodes Adecco Employment Services Chair-Elect Jeff Everson Senator Mary Landrieu’s Office Communications Chair Christy Canady Feist-Weiller Cancer Center Co-Chair Donecia Pea Shreveport-Times Gannett Finance Chair Taylor Robertson Heard, McElroy, & Vestal Co-Chair Amanda Amos RBM LLP Membership Chair Stacy Waters U.L. Coleman Cos. Co-Chair Eric Neal RBM LLP Comm. Outreach Chair Crystal Allen Dallas United Way of NWLA Immediate Past Chair Kim Dunman Heard, McElroy, & Vestal Members At Large: Jerry Edwards Blanchard, Walker, O'Quinn, & R. Michael Berlin Coldwell Banker Commercial Shannon Dixon Sam’s Town Casino Tyler Speckman Chase Bank Kyle McInnis Cook, Yancey, King & Galloway Kristen Gary Highland Clinic Shreveport Chamber Liaison Andy Buffington Lunch and Learn pg. 3 Artmob pg. 4 Stacy Waters Reports: Bananas Foster Bread Pudding with Brulée Bananas and Rum Sauce YPI SPOTLIGHT! Interested in being spotlighted? Send your information to [email protected] Charlotte V. Jones Deputy Center Director Shreveport Job Corps Center “I think the Young Professional Initiative mission is great, and as young people move to Shreveport, it is a great opportunity to get out and network. As the city continues to grow and attract people to move here, groups like YPI are needed. I think the after hours networking events are great, and l look forward to attending more soon!” Career Path Case Manager in foster care and later a Job Placement Specialist for former inmates in Tennessee. Started work at the Job Corps when they opened in Memphis, TN. Jones transferred to Grand Rapids, MI, in 2003 after completing the Job Corps Executive Management Program. Moved to Shreveport in December 2004 and was promoted to the Deputy Center Director in March of 2007. Job Corps is the most challenging and rewarding job Jones says she has held. Education B.S. in Psychology from Jackson State University in Jackson, MS, 1992 M.S. in Management from Minot State University in Minot, ND, 2006 Interest and Hobbies Assisting “at promise’’ youth reach their full potential, reading, shopping and spending time with my two children, Kelton (13) and Karmyn (9). MENTOR TEENS IN THE C O M M U N I T Y — Community Renewal International is making an effort to team up young professionals with young teens in the community. If you would like to engage with these teens and help shape their future, contact Angie White by emailing [email protected] or call 318-677-2559. The mentor meetings are being held now until late June from 4:00 p.m. — 5:30 p.m. As a woman, I must confess, some of my favorite foods are desserts. On this occasion, with one of my dearest friends, we skipped dinner entirely and headed straight for dessert and cocktails. After agonizing over choosing just one mouth‐ watering delectable at Bistro 6301, we decided on the Bananas Foster Bread Pudding with Brulée Bananas and Rum Sauce. Truthfully, I can’t say enough about how delightfully comfortable this dessert is. It’s gentle and sweet; it’s buttery, gooey and hot; and it seductively melts in your mouth. Pair this with a glass of 2006 Jackson Triggs Vidal Icewine and prepare yourself for the perfect end to angelic cheer! As for Chef Andre’ Grosz, this sweet course highlights just how gracious and clever he is. I recommend a night like this for close friends to enjoy all of the above, coupled with the impeccable service of the staff at Bistro 6301. Navigating the Current Economy: held May 26th at Centenary College reported by Christy Canady Panel from left: Angie White, Dr. David Hoaas, and Dennis Taylor. An experienced panel at the YPI Lunch and Learn “Navigating the Current Economy” dispelled the myths of a poor local economy and suboptimal job opportunities in the Shreveport-Bossier City community. Panel members were Angie White, Vice President of Workforce Marketing at Northwest Louisiana Economic Development Foundation and YPI member, Dr. David Hoaas, Professor of Economics and Associate Provost of Centenary College, and Dennis Taylor, Director of Career Services at Centenary College. White opened the discussion with a reflection on the sentiments young graduates often express, frustration with the trouble they have finding jobs that suit them. Many of us can identify with those feelings. But wait! White followed that statement up with a truth YPI members were glad to hear. Left: Chris Lavan of Centenary and Sonna Frierson of Cloverdale Apartments. “Employers actually have a hard time finding employees,” White proclaimed. She said employers have trouble finding enough qualified employees because they primarily rely only on word of mouth when they hire. As a result, few job seekers learn about the opportunities and are not able to apply. Dr. Hoaas confirmed the idea companies often do not market jobs heavily because of the great expense. Management does not want to spend a lot of cash when they hire employees, and it is cheaper and easier to ask current employees for referrals. How can a job seeker get a referral? The panel said it is important to network and make connections in your area of interest. Looking for chances to network? Local opportunities to network abound: Young Professionals Initiative (YPI), Young Lawyers, Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants, Shreveport-Bossier Advertising Federation, Techx20, Shreveport Medical Society, and many Chamber of Commerce functions like the Bossier Chamber’s Last Appointment Business Networking & Prospecting Mixer. Left: Saige Wilhite, Centenary ; Jennifer Pearson, Centenary; Jamie Johnson, Goodwill. Dennis Taylor recommended job seekers, restless employees and aspiring professionals constantly increase their value. Young professionals should acquire new skills, volunteer for projects and dress for the next level. YPs acquire new skills when they advance their education, obtain professional certification or learn new software programs. Companies may have trimmed costs during the recession, so be prepared to invest in yourself and spend a little money to increase your value. Angie White, NLEDF and Valorie Stafford, Willstaff. Left: Tyler Speckman, Tommy Eskew, Caroline Newell of JP Morgan Chase Bank. Left: Lauren Hannon, Emily Holmes, Keri Colvin, Chris Solomon, Michael Fulco of Heard, McElroy & Vestal, LLP (3) [email protected] (1) (2) (4) (9) (8) (7) (5) YP’s recently met at COOLSPACE Lounge overlooking Texas Street at artspace on May 21, 2009. YP’s networked over freshly made mojito’s, Cuban pulled pork sandwiches, homemade guacamole with chips and Cuban salsa, and fresh fruit parfaits...all while enjoying the new Cuban Art Exhibition! Clockwise from top left: (1) Taylor Robertson, Erica Thomas, Tammy Rhodes, Stacy Waters, Nicole Simien, Donecia Pea. (2) Brandy Sams and Kyle Moore. (3) Concoction Bartender of artspace. (4) Christy Canady, Stacy Waters, John Grindley, Jennifer Pearson, Jessica Philbrook, Jamie Johnson. (5) Tayna Shelton, Valorie Stafford, Shannon Dixon. (6)Jessica Philbrook, Philip Breuer, Angie Costakis, Mark Crawford. (7) Amanda and Tyler Speckman, Lauren Stinson. (8) Erica Thomas and Nicole Simien. (9) Doug and Lauren Stinson, Amanda and Tyler Speckman. (6)