Kathy Maust, of Supreme Realtors, was named Livingston Parish Chamber Ambassador of the Year for assisting other members and promoting business and the community.

Ambassadors mentor new and existing chamber members, facilitate connections, engage the community, promote events and programs and encourage members to maximize their chamber experience.

The Baton Rouge Chapter of The Links Inc. honored six Louisiana Role Models for their service in several categories through committee work and impact at the local, state and national level: Andreanecia Morris, Eldred Jackson and Jocelyn Johnson, national trends; Martin Payton, the arts; Khristie Dyson Landrew, services to youth; and Cheri McDaniel, international trends.

Founded in 1946, The Links is an international, women's nonprofit, social welfare and service organization with a membership of more than 12,000 women in 274 chapters in 42 states, the District of Columbia and the Bahamas.


Ryan LaGrange, manager of workforce development at the Lafayette Economic Development Authority, has been named Human Resource Professional of the Year by the Acadiana Society for Human Resource Management.

LaGrange joined the staff of LEDA in 2008 and has served in various leadership roles with the association, helping to enhance the HR profession and spearheading educational events for members and the community. He served as president in 2016 and the organization achieved the SHRM EXCEL Platinum Chapter status.


The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana has been presented the 2017 Partner Organization of the Year Award by the Women Business Enterprise Council South.

The award recognizes a strong collaboration between the organizations, which helps grow women-owned businesses. Chamber President and CEO Mayra Pineda said WBEC South has been instrumental in the success of the Women’s Business Symposium and certification education for chamber members.

She said foreign-born households contributed $7.6 billion to the gross domestic product of the greater New Orleans metro area. Immigrant-owned businesses generated $174 million in business income and two out of three businesses are owned by U.S.-born Latinos while one out of three are owned by immigrant Latinos.

SYGNVS Integrated Solutions received the 2017 Innovation Award from the St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce.

The award recognizes creative approaches to business. SYGNVS has more than 40 years of experience providing public and private-sector businesses and organizations accounting, financial management and information technology services.