Strategic Planning Associates LLC, of Metairie, and Cook Me Somethin’ Mister, of New Orleans, received 2015 U.S. Chamber of Commerce Blue Ribbon Small Business Awards for their success, innovation and contributions to economic growth and free enterprise.

The two are members of the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce and were the only two Blue Ribbon award winners from Louisiana.One hundred winners were selected nationally based on strategic planning, employee development, community involvement and customer service. The U.S. Chamber will announce seven regional finalists.


John Douthat, of in Baton Rouge, has been inducted into the Vacuum Dealers Trade Association Hall of Fame.

He was recognized for his contributions within the floor care and sewing industries. sells sewing and embroidery, home cleaning, garment care and other appliances and accessories online and has five location in south Louisiana and one in Texas.

The only other Louisiana Hall of Fame member is David Oreck, who founded his vacuum cleaner business in New Orleans.

Matt McCarroll, Dale Redman and Richard Sturlese have been named to the LSU E.J. Ourso College of Business 2015 Hall of Distinction class. McCarroll is the founder, president and chief executive officer of Fieldwood Energy LLC, a Houston-based portfolio company of Riverstone Holdings LLC. Founded in early 2013, Fieldwood is focused on the acquisition and development of conventional oil and gas assets on the Gulf Coast and Gulf of Mexico. McCarroll holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance from LSU.

Redman is the interim chief financial officer of Amedisys Inc., which is a Baton Rouge-based public home health and hospice company with 13,000 employees across the United States. He joined Amedisys in 2007 as CFO before retiring after five years in the position. He was asked to return in 2014 as interim CFO. Redman earned his bachelor’s degree in personal management from LSU in 1970, as well as his master’s degree in accounting in 1972.

Sturlese, a retired owner and a founding partner of Acadian Ambulance Service Inc. in Lafayette, owns and operates Sturco Investments LLC. He served as executive vice president at Acadian until leaving the company in 1998. Sturlese is a member of the LSU Foundation, the LSU Alumni Association, the LSU Tiger Athletic Foundation, the Dean’s Advisory Council of the E. J. Ourso College of Business and the LSU Business Building Oversight Committee.

The Hall of Distinction recognizes individuals who make significant contributions in the areas of business, academia, government or the community. It is not limited to LSU alumni but nominees have some connection with the college.

An induction banquet will be held March 6 at LSU’s Business Education Complex.