BRAC Confers Annual Awards

BRAC Confers Annual Awards
Regional EDO honors business and community leaders

Baton Rouge, La. (March 16, 2017) – The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) yesterday announced recipients of its annual awards at its Shareholders’ Meeting.

“BRAC exists to transform our community, and it works best when the business community is involved and leading the charge,” said Adam Knapp, president and CEO of BRAC. “These individuals and organizations have contributed meaningfully to the regional economy, and it is important to recognize and thank them.”

Award recipients include:

  • Jensen Holliday Award – Monique Scott-Spaulding, owner and CEO of JaniKing Baton Rouge, and 2016 chairman of BRAC’s Legislative Committee
    The D. Jensen Holliday Award is presented to a member of the BRAC board of directors for his or her extraordinary leadership and exemplary service to BRAC. Individuals honored with the award demonstrate selfless service to the economic growth of the Baton Rouge Area. 
  • Community Champion Award – Ralph Bender, chief financial officer of Manship Media, and 2016 chairman of BRAC’s Investor Development Advisory Committee
    BRAC presents a Community Champion Award annually to an individual for outstanding contributions to his or her company and above-and-beyond leadership in the community. Recipients also demonstrate leadership, visionary thinking and extraordinary volunteerism. 
  • Project of the Year – General Informatics
    In October of 2016, General Informatics began construction on a $20 million headquarters facility, a project that represents 90 jobs in the Baton Rouge Area.
    BRAC’s Project of the Year Award is presented 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. 
  • 2016 Board Chairman Award – Ann Forte Trappey, president and CEO of Forte and Tablada

Pamela Bounds with Berente Companies was recognized in December as BRAC’s 2016 Ambassador of the Year.

About the Baton Rouge Area Chamber

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) leads economic development in the nine-parish Baton Rouge Area, working to grow jobs and wealth and to improve the business climate and competitiveness in the region. Today, BRAC investors include more than 1,500 small businesses, mid-sized firms, large industry and entrepreneurial startups, as well as individuals and organizations that support business and economic development. In this capacity, BRAC serves as the voice of the business community, providing knowledge, access, services and advocacy. More information is available at


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