The Baton Rouge Area Chamber announced its annual award recipients during its monthly lunch program Tuesday.

“It’s important to BRAC to recognize individuals and companies who contribute so meaningfully to the regional economy through service to the business community,” said Adam Knapp, BRAC president and Chief executive officer.

Award recipients include:

  • Tom Yura, senior vice president and general manager of BASF, and 2015 chairman of BRAC’s Education and Workforce Council, who was presented with the D. Jensen Holliday Award. The award is given to a BRAC board member for “extraordinary leadership and exemplary service to BRAC.”
  • Coletta Barrett, vice president of mission at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, who was presented with the Community Champion Award. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to a person’s company and above-and-beyond leadership in the community.
  • Brown & Root, which was named Project of the Year. The award goes to an economic development project win that positions the Capital Region at the next level through job creation, capital expenditures, expansion of an industry sector, and long-term impact on the regional economy and brand. In 2015, Brown & Root announced it would establish its corporate headquarters in Baton Rouge, move 25 executives to its Corporate Boulevard location, with additional executives to follow in 2016.
  • The group also honored 2015 board Chairman Van R. Mayhall Jr. for his service.