The floor of the CenturyLink Center was filled with more than 700 business professionals as the Bossier Chamber of Commerce hosted its 68th Annual Gala.
Coveted awards Business Person of the Year, Small Business of the Year and Business of the Year were given to a group of leaders who excelled in areas of leadership, growth and involvement throughout 2015.
Architect Mike McSwain was named 2015 Business Person of the Year for his energetic, visionary and successful design development of Bossier City’s new landmark projects — downtown Bossier City and the CSRA Company facility in the National Cyber Research Park.
Gumbeaux Event Productions was named the 2015 Small Business of the Year for its successful business growth and willingness to be a great partner with other businesses and in the community.
Valveworks USA was named the 2015 Business of the Year for its expanding global presence while staying involved in the community and making an impact on the local economy.
Other awards given on Thursday evening:
You Made it Happen: Margaritaville Casino & Resort
Community Partner of the Year: Bossier Parish School System
Military Supporter of the Year: Kathy French
Public Policy Partner of the Year: Tim Wilhite
TRC Appreciation Award: Woody Schick
Diplomat of the Year: Jared Stevenson
To round out the evening, 2015 Chairman of the Board Emile Cordaro highlighted the Chamber’s many accomplishments in 2015 and passed on the reins to the 2016 Chairman David Specht, Jr., president of Specht Newspapers, Inc.
[About Mike McSwain]
With over 20 years of experience in the practice of architecture, Mike McSwain founded his own architecture firm in 2005. Mike is a principal of Mike McSwain Architect, LLC, in charge of overall project management and project delivery. Mike has worked on projects of all types regionally around Texas and Louisiana, as well as internationally in China, Taiwan, Bali, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, and Croatia. Mike exemplifies business leadership through his energetic, visionary, and successful design development of Bossier City’s new landmark projects, most recently the re-envisioned downtown Bossier City and the CSRA Company facility in the National Cyber Research Park. Other well-known, accomplished projects completed by McSwain include the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center at BPCC and the Sci-Port Discovery Center for which Mike won the AIA Excellence in Design Award. McSwain is a member of many organizations and committees; some of which include the American Institute of Architects, National Council of Architectural Registration, Downtown Shreveport Rotary Club, Committee of 100, and AIA Shreveport Chapter.
[About Gumbeaux Event Productions]
Established 10 years ago by owner and operator Terri Mathews, Gumbeaux Event Productions began as a two-person business handling sound and trade show services for small events and has now grown into a full-service event production business. The company provides sound, lighting and video services for large corporate, public and private events; full service trade show decorating services; specialty lighting and draping for wedding and receptions; and event management and coordination services for trade shows, conventions, weddings, and festivals. In 2014, Gumbeaux Event Productions entered into a partnership with Fairfield Property Management to lease and manage The Supper Club, an event venue in downtown Shreveport. Gumbeaux Event Productions services a 200 mile radius working from Shreveport-Bossier to Texarkana, Alexandria, Longview and Monroe. Gumbeaux has a long list of satisfied clients including: Northwest Louisiana Home Builders Association, Northwest Louisiana Ag Expo in West Monroe, Les Boutiques de Noel, the Independence Bowl, Mudbug Madness.
[About Valveworks USA]
Valveworks USA is a global manufacturer of API 6A gate valves and wellhead systems. Since founded in 1994 by local Rick Roberts, Valveworks USA has grown to have the largest, most comprehensive product line of API 6A gate valves and wellhead systems of any independent company in the world with an industry-leading quality management system assuring the highest level of quality in its products. Valveworks has global manufacturing operations in India, China, Wisconsin, and Louisiana, as well as global distribution in Canada, Mexico, and Oman. Valveworks supports and participates in the Red River Desk and Derrick Club, was a sponsor for the 2015 Independence Bowl and a 2014 and 2015 sponsor for Muddy Bottoms recreational park, and for the last decade Valveworks was heavily involved in the work release program hosted by the Bossier Sheriff’s office. By multiplying its revenues through employees, shipping and receiving operations, support of local contractors for construction work or facility maintenance and expansion, support of local banks, etc., Valveworks has a huge local presence and offers a major economic impact in the area.