Van R. Mayhall, Jr. named 2015 Baton Rouge Area Chamber Board Chairman / The Times Picayune

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) Tuesday (Jan. 13) named local attorney Van R. Mayhall, Jr. chairman of the board for the organization for 2015, after he was selected by unanimous vote during the December 16 meeting of BRAC’s board.

A senior partner at Breazeale, Sachse and Wilson, LLP, Mayhall practices in the areas of corporate and business law, business transactions, tax and securities, and insurance regulatory matters.

“I’m delighted to serve as BRAC’s board chairman as we continue to cultivate economic opportunities within the region,” Mayhall said. “This is a critical time and we are well-positioned to take advantage of the regional assets we possess and the significant opportunities confronting the Baton Rouge Area.”

Mayhall is a member of the Baton Rouge, State of Louisiana, and American Bar Associations and serves on the board of the American Bar Association’s Committee on Insurance Companies and is a member of the Federation of Regulatory Counsel. He earned his Juris Doctorate from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University and a Master in Law Taxation from Georgetown Law in Washington, D.C. Previously, Mayhall served as chairman of his firm’s executive committee.

Mayhall is known well within the community and civic service arenas. He is a former chair, vice chair, and secretary of the Downtown Development District; vice chair and member of the board of directors of the East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority; and former chairman of the boards of directors of the Capital Area United Way and Louisiana Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, among others. Additionally, Mayhall is a graduate of the Baton Rouge Area Leadership Program and Leadership Louisiana.

“As we prepare to embark on a new five-year strategic plan later this year, we’re pleased to have Van’s leadership,” said Adam Knapp, BRAC president and chief executive officer. “A long-time member of BRAC’s executive committee and board, Van has actively engaged with us – most notably through his leadership on the issues of transportation and crime.”

Mayhall replaces Michael Songy, president of CSRS, Inc., who served as BRAC’s board chairman in 2014.

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