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Get Involved: Committees

Involvement is the key to maximizing the future opportunities of the Chamber SWLA and the SWLA Alliance Foundation.  The skills, talents and experience of our members are vital to the future of Southwest Louisiana and utilized through our volunteer committee/council structure which has been designed to promote and fulfill our organizations’ missions.  



Chair: Dale Mann of Pumpelly Tires

Staff Liaison: Paula Ramsey,

Serves as hosts and hostesses for Chamber functions including ribbon cuttings, groundbreakings and Business After Hours. Also responsible for assisting with membership retention and outreach by making over 500 annual personal contacts to new and existing Chamber members to promote Chamber benefits and opportunities, relay Chamber involvement information, identify concerns and answer questions.


Business Development & Inclusion Task Force

Chair: Ernie Broussard of HGA

Staff Liaison: Eric Cormier,

Harnesses the professional economic development talent across the region, promoting the sharing of information, the development of common regional goals and activities which support the development of a globally competitive economy in Southwest Louisiana.


Environmental Affairs Committee

Chair: Laurie Cormier (Calcasieu Parish Police Jury) & Mike Dever (Providence Engineering)

Staff Liaison: Portia Metoyer,

Explores the environmental issues and opportunities for businesses of all sizes across Southwest Louisiana, developing and implementing programming that is educational and supportive of pro-business environmental policies.


Golf Tournament

Staff Liaisons: Michelle McInnis, Paula Ramsey & Portia Metoyer

Coordinates all aspects of the annual golf tournament.


Governmental Affairs Committee

Chair: Bart Yakupzack of The Jack Lawton Companies

Staff Liaison: George Swift,

Works with our professional public policy staff to monitor legislation and administrative policy at the federal, state and local level, recommending Chamber action as necessary to the Board of Directors.  May also engage in the development of policy positions for the consideration of the Board of Directors and the membership of the Chamber SWLA. Will provide foundation of grassroots advocacy network. This committee will also monitor and promote the development of infrastructure necessary to sustain and improve the health of the business climate in Southwest Louisiana.


Leadership/Southwest Committee

Chair:Christina Joyce-Wilson of the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury

Staff Liaison: Michelle McInnis,

Develops and directs the curriculum of Leadership/SWLA, a comprehensive nine-month program for middle managers and other professionals nominated by their companies and selected by the committee. Only open to Leadership Graduates.


Quality of Life Task Forces

Overall Chair: Tobie Hodgkins of Century 21 Bessette Realty

Healthy Lifestyles - Jessica Duhon of Lake Charles Memorial System

Choose Local - Erin Tucker Howle of Joseph’s Electric

Staff Liaison: Amanda White,

Tackles projects to improve the quality of life in Southwest Louisiana


Small Business

Chair: Tina Higgins of Cruise Planners

Staff Liaison: R.B. Smith,

Develops and implements programming to encourage small business growth across the five parishes of Southwest Louisiana, focusing particularly on the needs of Chamber SWLA members.


Technology Council

Chair: Kevin Caldwell of Cameron Communications

Staff Liaison: R.B. Smith,

Responsible for developing policies and programming which will provide the greater utilization of technologies in business growth and development as a cornerstone of regional economic development, both as an industry unto itself and as a tool for businesses of all sizes.


Women’s Business Network

Chair: Erica McCreedy of First Fedreral Bank of Louisiana

Staff Liaison: Amanda White,

Plans the quarterly Women’s Business Network lunches and annual awards luncheon.


Workforce Development / Education Committee

Chair: Charles Dalgleish

Staff Liaison: R.B. Smith,

Promotes and enhances workforce development and educational opportunities across Southwest Louisiana.

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