Longtime community volunteer James LeBlanc was recently honored for his good deeds by a statewide chemical industry association.
LeBlanc, facilities security officer and emergency response leader at Honeywell International, was chosen by his peers to receive the Most Valuable Player Award of the Security Committee Award, a part of the Louisiana Chemical Association.
Beginning in 2000, LCA committees, with the support of the LCA Board of Directors, started an annual effort to recognize a member company volunteer, a news release said.
LeBlanc serves as a volunteer fire chief, chairman of Ascension Fire Protection District 1, constable, Volunteer Ascension board member, president of the St. Amant High School Booster Club and chairman of the Ascension CAER and GAMA groups.
Every August, during each LCA committee’s annual strategic planning and budget meeting, committee members receive a ballot to vote for a fellow committee member who, for that year, they feel has shown extraordinary initiative, provided sweat equity above and beyond, would be difficult to replace because of the contribution to the work, mission and areas of responsibility of the committee, and formulates proactive ideas, a news release said.
“Winning this award is such an huge moment in my life,” LeBlanc said. “To be picked by my peers is phenomenal. Other chemical company FSOs and individuals with responsibilities including emergency preparedness and response; mutual aid; EH&S; CAER, they picked me, and I am so privileged.”
“Winning MVP is a high honor because it reflects the best judgment of a person’s professional colleagues,” LCA Vice President Edward Flynn said. “In James’ case, I think he received this award in recognition of both his active involvement with the security committee and the leadership he’s provided to so many important Ascension Parish industry initiatives, community events and Geismar-area projects.”
Honeywell plant manager Casey Smithhart said LeBlanc “exemplifies the kind of leadership and concern that makes Honeywell Geismar a great chemical facility to work in.”
Founded in 1990, the Louisiana Chemical Industry Alliance is a partnership between plants and suppliers, representing more than 600 members with thousands of employees from Louisiana’s petrochemical industry and related businesses.