Bossier Chamber celebrates 70 years with Annual Gala

The Bossier Chamber of Commerce celebrated 70 years by honoring top business and community leaders Tuesday night with its Annual Gala at the CenturyLink Center.

The Chamber hosted more than 500 business professionals for the area’s largest networking event. The event also celebrated the successes of the previous year while sharing plans for the year ahead.

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Outgoing Chairman of the Board Terry Moore, of Merrill Lynch, passed the reins to incoming Chairwoman of the Board Dana Smelser, of CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier Health, while incoming board members were recognized.

During the Gala, the awards of Business Person of the Year, Small Business of the Year, and Business of the Year were announced.

Terry Petzold, Magee Resource Group was named Business Person of the Year for his work to help build a workforce for our region and market Northwest Louisiana as a great place to live, work and play.

Pictured left to right: Owner of Twisted Root Burger Co. Grant Nuckolls, 2017 Bossier Chairman Terry Moore, GBEDF President Rocky Rockett, Chamber President Lisa Johnson.

Twisted Root Burger Co. – Bossier City was named Small Business of the Years because this business has quickly made a success out of what would seem an ordinary business while doing business extraordinarily, treating “home” as a special place and touting its strengths for all to see while giving time within the community.

Pictured left to right: 2017 Bossier Chairman Terry Moore, Mimi Hedgecock with CSRA Integrated Technology Center, GBEDF President Rocky Rockett, Chamber President Lisa Johnson.

CSRA Integrated Technology Center was named Business of the Year for their impact on the local economy by adding high-skilled jobs and helping to diversify the local workforce as well as their swift help for our neighbors after the hurricanes in Houston and beyond.

2017 Business Person of the Year nominees were Petzold; Dr. G. E. Ghali, LSU Health; Gregory Kallenberg, Film Prize Foundation; and Trey McGuire, The Warrior Network.

2017 Small Business of the Year nominees were Twisted Root, Amark Metals, ANECA Federal Credit Union, Bossier City Farmers Market, Brewer Physical Therapy, and The Frilly Magnolia Boutique.

2017 Business of the Year nominees were CSRA, Barksdale Federal Credit Union, Cintas Corporation, and Margaritaville Resort Casino.