Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce

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2017 Board of Directors

Chairman of the Board

ChadBacasHeadshotwebsiteChad A. Bacas, P.E. MBA    Forte & Tablada, Inc.  
2017 Chairman of the Board, Governmental Affairs, Golf Outing, All Committees
Chad is the Denham Springs Operations Leader for his firm and has lead on important projects throughout the region.  He is a past president of the Baton Rouge Chapter of the Louisiana Engineering Society and currently presides on the State Board of the Louisiana Engineering Society. has a vast knowledge of infrastructure needs and issues of the parish, along with insight on the NFIP and recent flooding of the parish.  He serves easily from the serious governmental issues to the fun events like the golf outing.  Chad's leadership and knowledge are an asset to the business community.  He is a community partner though his chamber affiliation and genuinely cares about people and the parish's recovery.

Executive Committee

737John Blount - President Blount General Contractors, LLC
Chair Elect, 2018 Chairman of the Board:  Governmental Affairs :  EXPO Chair
John's construction and development firm is respected and engaged extensively on flood rebuild projects bringing a valuable perspective. His firm was recognized as the 2014 Livingston Parish Business of the Year, and John received the prestigious Chairman's Award.  John is a 2016 graduate of Leadership Livingston.   

872Brian Abels Partner  Boyer, Hebert, Abels & Angelle, LLC
Outgoing Chairman of the Board - 2016 Chair
Brian's clients include local businesses, national corporations and insurers.  Brian has served on the Chamber Board of Directors since 2009 and is a 2014 graduate of Leadership Livingston.  He was the 2008 Chamber Member of the Year, and his firm was the 2011 Small Business of the Year. Brian is an active member of Hebron Baptist Church. 

874Kim Sanders, CPA, MBA - Partner L. A. Champagne & Co., LLP
Treasurer, Governmental Affairs, Golf Outing : Board Chair 2014
Kim is partner at L.A. Champagne & CO, LLP. Kim spearheaded the expansion of her firm's new location to Denham Springs in 2014. She is a graduate of the Inaugural Leadership Livingston Class of 2013. She is on the BRAC Board, active in her church and winner of the 2012 Forty under 40.  Kim was Chamber Chairman of the Board in 2014. 

863Candy Forbes -  President, Sales Manager Denham Springs Housing
Vice Chair, Governmental Affairs Chair
Candy has been the sales manager for her business since 1996. She is a lifelong resident of Livingston Parish. Candy's background includes working with local government to improve business in Livingston Parish.  She is a past president and current board member of the LMHA.  She is engaged in issues facing business on the national level.  

BOD john_holmes_2_2015_16 - croppedJohn Holmes - President Holmes Building Materials
Vice Chair, Governmental Affairs
John is president of Holmes Building Materials with locations including Denham Springs.  He supports many community projects.  Holmes was named the Chamber's Member of the Year in 2014. John is a valuable voice on the Chamber's Governmental Affairs Committee and brings varying perspectives through his business background. 

642April Wehrs, IOM Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce 
President / CEO
Leadership Livingston facilitator, vision and leadership of the chamber organization, Louisiana Association Chamber of Commerce Executive (LACCE)  President 2016, LACCE Chamber and Professional Development Committee Chair 2014 & 2015 : Graduate Leadership Livingston 2013

2017 Board of Directors

Amie Barton Headshot croppedAmie Barton - Business Banking Relationship Manager Regions Bank
Ambassador, Education Committee
Amie's role is to expand customer relationships throughout the region for her bank.  Amie also serves on the Dream Teachers Board of Directors.  Amie is an Ambassador team leader and is currently in the Leadership Livingston Class of 2016.

876Shannon Bernard - Regional Vice President Primerica
Education Committee, Governmental Affairs, 2013 Board Chair
Shannon joined Primerica in 1992 as an independent representative and today is a regional vice president.  Shannon is a graduate of the Inaugural Leadership Livingston Class of 2013.  She has served as a past Ambassador.Shannon serves on the BRAC board of directors and is chair of the LP Children's Choir.  Shannon was Chamber Chair in 2013.  

877Wayne Dugas - Director of Dealer Sales  Lard Oil Company
Governmental Affairs - 2015 Board Chair
Wayne is a former teacher and business owner. Wayne is a former Governmental Affairs Chair, Leadership Livingston Alumni and graduate of the inaugural Leadership Livingston Class of 2013, where he was awarded the Above and Beyond Award. Wayne was Chamber Chairman of the Board in 2015.

Kacie Stewart - headshot CroppedKacie Stewart - Office Manager & Owner  Stewart Family Medicine & After-Hours
Event Committee
Kacie is a life long resident of Livingston and alumni of Doyle High School. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2010. Kacie is enthusiastic about her position with the chamber and looks forward to the organization's role is recovery.  Kacie grew up in a family owned business.   

Todd Caruso Headshot RSTodd Caruso - Attorney  Todd Caruso, Attorney at Law, LLC
Governmental Affairs : Golf Outing
Todd has a general civil law practice & frequent author and lecturer on issues involving employment law, the Fair Labor Standards Act and Louisiana's wage related laws. He was appointed as the Magistrate Judge for the city of Walker in 2014. Caruso is involved in the Louisiana, Baton Rouge, and Livingston Parish Bar Associations. 

849Trey Quirk  - Community Outreach Manager Plantation Management
Workforce Issues 
Trey Quirk will begin his first 3 year term on the Chamber's Board of Directors on January 1, 2018.  

741Margot May - Associate Publisher The Livingston Business Journal
Ambassador, Education Committee : Board Chair 2011
Margot has been a part of her business since 2006 and in 2014 acquired the journal.  Margot is a graduate of the Leadership Livingston Class of 2014.  She has served on several chamber committees.  The Livingston Business Journal was named Business of the Year in 2010.  Margot was Chamber Chair in 2011.  

631Sherry Mely - Branch Manager BancorpSouth
Expo, Education : Board Chair 2009
Sherry has extensive banking background and manages the Denham Springs location.  Sherry has served on and chaired numerous chamber committees including Education, Golf, Gala, Expo.  She is a graduate of the Inaugural Leadership Livingston Class of 2013.   Sherry was the 2009 Chamber Chair of the Board.

deric murphy headshotDeric J. Murphy, P. E., L.S.I - President  Quality Engineering & Surveying, LLC
Governmental Affairs Committee : Chair 50th Anniversary Event
Deric manages civil engineering projects and the daily operations of QES.  Deric has more than eighteen (18) years of experience as a Design and Consulting Engineer.  QES is located and represents Port Vincent as the area as the largest employer.  QES is engaged in Leadership Livingston Program and Livingston Young Professionals.

Craig S Headshot RSCraig Schimpf - Customer Service Manager Entergy
Governmental Affairs Committee
Craig has extensive background in the energy industry. Craig has extensive background working with chambers of commerce and other economic development organizations.  He has worked with municipalities and parish government entities. He began representing to the Livingston Parish market in 2014.  

639Regina Scott - Assistant Vice President Clinical Informatics  North Oaks Health System
Gala Chair, Governmental Affairs, Business Expo : Board Chair 2012
Regina is past treasurer of the Chamber's Board of Directors and a graduate of the Inaugural Leadership Livingston Class. She was awarded the prestigious Chairman's Award in 2013 and has served as Chair on several chamber fundraising committees.  She is the past Chairman of LEDC. Regina is engaged in divisions of the chamber. 

675Jill Wyble - Director of Business Development Our Lady of the Lake Livingston
Education Committee, Expo
Jill's area for OLOL includes Livingston, Ascension and Baton Rouge.  Jill has been active in the Chamber and has served on the board since 2012.  Her employer was named Livingston Large Business of the Year in 2014. Jill has served as co chair of the Chamber's Gala. She is a graduate of the Inaugural Leadership Livingston Class of 2013.  

Livingston Parish Chamber President/CEO

April Wehrs
Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce 
President / CEO