The Water Institute of the Gulf has recognized Martin Ecosystems for its efforts toward restoring and protecting coastal Louisiana. The Baton Rouge company was selected from 25 applicants participating in the Coastal Innovation Partnership Program.

Martin Ecosystems makes BioHaven Floating Breakwater, a product created from recycled plastic bottles that are planted with native vegetation and act as a floating wetland to reduce erosion by reducing wave heights and energy.

Turner Industries received a record 34 Meritorious Safety Performance Awards at the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers annual National Occupational and Process Safety Conference.

The awards are based on records from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and promote accident prevention.

Melody Woodworth with the Committee of 100 for Economic Development Inc. in Baton Rouge, earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer.

The CEcD designation is based on a comprehensive three-part examination, which tests a practitioner’s knowledge, proficiency and judgment in the key areas of economic development.

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber announced the Class of 2014 graduates from its Baton Rouge Area Leadership Program, designed to develop community leaders by exposing them to key areas of concern such as education, diversity, city and state government, health care and social concerns, economic development, the arts and media, and the criminal justice system.

Graduates are Brian Ainsworth, Campus Federal Credit Union; Emel Alexander, Urban Restoration Enhancement Corp.; Jamie Beeman, JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Nicole Colvin, Baton Rouge General Foundation; Ken DeDominicis, Our Lady of the Lake College; Megan Feazell, ExxonMobil; Danny Fields, Our Lady of the Lake Foundation; David Grand, Provident Resources Group Inc.

Tyler Grodi, E Federal Credit Union; Ryan Heck, East Baton Rouge Parish Metropolitan/ Cajun Ready Mix Concrete; Eric Holowacz, Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge; Josh Howard, Covalent Logic; Anya Hudnall, Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers; A.J. Jarrett, Capital One; Jeremy Jenkins, Dow Chemical Co.; Alex Layfield, Jones Walker Law Firm.

Logan Leger, NewAperio; Jada Lewis, LSU College of Engineering; Danielle Mack, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center; Jason MacMorran, Postlethwaite & Netterville; Lydia Martin, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana; Pam Mascari, Kean Miller LLP; Van Mayhall, III, Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson LLP; Eunice McCarney, Our Lady of the Lake College; Belinda Mounce, Ochsner Medical Center.

Craig Netterville, IberiaBank; Sherry Poss, Woman’s Hospital; Chard Richard, Gallagher Benefit Services; Scott Ritter, Ritter Maher Architects; Stewart Spielman, McGlinchey Stafford; Jennifer Stenhouse, Center for Planning Excellence; Jeremy Theriot, Cox Communications; Jamie Watts, Long Law Firm; Corey Wilson, BREC; and Travis Woodard, SCRS Inc.

Big Fish Presentations and Piccadilly Emergency Services earned two national Telly Awards for video highlighting the restaurant chain’s food service capabilities and emergency kitchen operation during times of disaster.

The Bronze Telly Awards were in the use of graphics and use of animation categories.

The Advertising Specialty Institute has awarded Melody Gauthier, of Watson, and Letitia Cotton, of Gonzales, with Bachelor of Advertising Specialty Information certifications.

Gauthier and Cotton are inside sales associates at Safeguard Promotions & Printing in Baton Rouge.

Certification recognizes industry knowledge and understanding of the promotional products marketplace and development of client relationships.

Shintech Inc. has been presented with the President’s “E” Award for Exports, which recognizes significant contributions to the expansion of U.S. exports.

Shintech’s operations in Iberville and West Baton Rouge parishes last year exported more than $500 million of polyvinyl chloride resin through the Port of New Orleans and caustic soda at its dock in Plaquemine.

U.S. companies are nominated for the “E” Award for Exports through the Department of Commerce’s U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service office network, located within the Department’s International Trade Administration.

A total of 65 U.S. companies were presented with the President’s “E” Award this year


Hilary Hill, a dietician at Lafayette General Medical Center, has earned the designation as a Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition through the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

Certification recognizes knowledge and competence in oncology nutrition and is based on experience and passing a national board exam.

Metal Shark Boats, headquartered in Jeanerette, Iberia Parish, received the Governor’s Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence. Since 2012, the company has added 125 employees and built an additional shipyard in Franklin in St. Mary Parish.

The shipbuilder delivers vessels of up to 40 feet for the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, law enforcement and conservation agencies, as well as commercial companies. The new yard in Franklin will manufacture vessels ranging from 48 feet to 75 feet for commercial pilots, ports and government agencies.