Chamber Development assists with improving and enhancing the benefits of being a member of the Chamber. The goal is to increase return on Chamber member investment through events and programs.
Division Vice-Chair: LaDonna Cruse, Allstate Insurance Agency
Chair: Tonya Harris, EmpowHERed
The committee is part of the Chamber Development Division. Ambassadors are volunteers from member businesses who assist with Chamber functions and meetings, attend ribbon cuttings, grand openings, and reach out to new and existing members.
Small Business Diversification Task Force
This subcommittee’s purpose is to diversify the Houma-Terrebonne Chamber of Commerce and to represent the community it serves.
Chair: Arlanda Williams, AJ Williams Consulting
Economic Development & Infrastructure
Division Vice-Chairman: Brett Means, Synergy Bank.
The Economic Development Committee monitors issues that impact economic development in the parish including the efforts of the Terrebonne Economic Development Authority. The committee has worked on parish beautification and gateway improvement projects and also listens to business-related issues brought forth from individual members.
The Infrastructure Committee works with the parish and other entities to advocate for improvements to local infrastructure including roads, bridges, and telecommunications.
Division Vice-Chairman: Dr. Kristine Strickland, Fletcher Technical Community College
Education Chairman: Steven Barbera, Regions Bank
The Education Committee advocates for quality education and workforce development in the public school system as well as Fletcher Technical Community College and Nicholls State University.
The Healthcare Committee advocates for quality, affordable healthcare. It also monitors healthcare legislation, evaluates reform options that decrease the current strain on our nation’s job creators, and educates businesses on the possible effects of recent healthcare legislation.
Division Vice-Chairman: Carleton Casey, Jr., Buquet Distributing Company, Inc.
The Government Affairs Committee monitors local, state, and federal political issues that might impact the business community and/or the citizens of Terrebonne Parish. The committee reviews a number of bills and recommends that the Chamber support or oppose some of them.