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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at West Cal Events Center
The official groundbreaking ceremony for the upcoming West Calcasieu Events Center was held recently. The Events Center is an indoor multi-purpose event hosting facility which will complement the existing outdoor equestrian West Cal Arena.. The final cost for the facility was just over $10 million and has been open since last summer. For more information, visit www.westcalarena.com or call (337) 528-9378.
Police Juror Elected to Statewide Offices
Tony Guillory, Calcasieu Parish Police Juror for District 4, will serve as an at large member of the Executive Board of the Police Jury Association of Louisiana as well as Vice President of the Black Caucus of the Louisiana Police Jury Association. The Black Caucus Louisiana Police Jury Association’s goals are to provide members with innovative information and tools that can be applied in the real world to better serve their constituencies. Guillory is currently serving his second term representing Calcasieu residents of District 4.
Golden Nugget Lake Charles Names GM
Landry’s, Inc. is pleased to announce Gerry Del Prete as its senior vice president and general manager of Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino Lake Charles. He will oversee the day-to-day operations and manage all aspects of the hotel, casino and guest experience. Del Prete, a tenured employee with over 20 years of experience in management, has relocated to Lake Charles from Houston.
BBB Elects 2015 Board of Directors and Officers
The Better Business Bureau Serving SWLA, Inc. recently held its annual election of directors and officers for the 2015 term. Blake McCaskill of MidSouth Bank was elected chairman of the board of directors. The officers are Blake McCaskill, MidSouth Bank, chairman; Roland Terrell, Terrell & Associates, vice-chairman; Lee Bruney, Star Concrete Pumpers, treasurer and Julie Miller, JD Bank, secretary. The new directors are: John Berryhill, Signs Now; David Busby, LA Radio Communications; Becky Janot, Vision Source; Kim LaPoint, Suddenlink Communications and Tammy Truax, Magnolia LNG. The incumbents are: Pat Dow, Southern Record Storage; Keith Dubrock, McKenzie Pest Control; Nick Langley, Langley, Williams & Company, LLC; Travis Manceaux, PERC Development; Roland Terrell, Terrell & Associates.
GO Group Announces New Director
The Southwest Louisiana Task Force for Growth and Opportunity (GO Group) has hired Karen Lambert Clapp as director. In her new position, Clapp will lead the GO Group’s efforts to respond to the anticipated economic growth in Southwest Louisiana. Clapp has an extensive background in marketing and business, having served as director of marketing at West Calcasieu-Cameron Hospital in Sulphur for the past seven years. She obtained her undergraduate degree in marketing/management from McNeese, and she also holds an MBA from McNeese.
IBERIABANK Names Commercial Banking Group Manager
IBERIABANK is pleased to announce the recent promotion of Karen Drewett to commercial banking group manager for SWLA. Drewett has been with the company for four years and has 28 years of banking experience, including 15 years in commercial lending. A graduate of McNeese State University, Drewett is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Global Management Accountant. She is located at 4440 Nelson Road in Lake Charles and can be reached at (337) 312-7036 or at Karen.Drewett@iberiabank.com.
Galan Elected to Ethics Standard Committee
Julio Galan, president and CEO of Family & Youth Counseling Agency, has been elected to the National Ethics Standards Committee of the Standards for Excellence Institute of Maryland. Galan has been the president and CEO of Family & Youth since 1997, and the President and CEO of the Family Foundation since its inception in 2000. The National Ethics Standards Committee is charged with overseeing the national certification process of the Standards for Excellence Institute.
WCCH Foundation Board Elects Officers
The West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital Foundation Board recently elected new officers to serve a one-year term. Terry Backhaus will serve as the new president and Rickey Watson will serve as vice-president. Suzanne Peveto-Nelson was elected to serve as secretary and George Clyde is the new treasurer. Clyde has served on the Foundation Board since 1999, Backhaus and Peveto-Nelson have served since 2007, and Watson has served since 2011.
Fusion5 Donates to Alliance Foundation
Fusion 5, Southwest Louisiana’s premier young professionals’ organization, recently donated $1,000 to the Alliance Foundation’s “On the Move” Campaign which addresses the critical issues facing our region. As part of the funding for the SWLA Economic Development Alliance, SWLA on the Move promotes economic development in Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron and Jefferson Davis parishes.
LACG Inc. Donates to Autism Services of SWLA
Autism Services of Southwest Louisiana received a $4,200 donation from LA Associated General Contractors’ as a result of their annual clay shoot competition last fall at the Lake Charles Gun Club. Autism Services of Southwest Louisiana is a non-profit organization that provides housing and support to adult individuals with autism.
Turner Named WCCH Safety Award Recipient
West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital recently named Kenneth Turner, RN, medical telemetry unit, as the recipient of its safety award. The award, which honors employees for their promotion of safety and safety awareness in and around the hospital, is distributed to those employees that demonstrate extraordinary awareness and action in minimizing potential safety risks.