Member Testimonials

“The Jefferson Chamber is a valued resource in the business community. They are leading the way in economic and cultural development for Jefferson Parish. The staff at the Jefferson Chamber is top notch, and always available. From crawfish boils to galas, they truly have something for everyone. ”

Todd Pereira

Business Development Manager
Xplore Federal Credit Union

"As a brand new member of the Jefferson Chamber, I resisted joining for years. I had no idea what the Chamber could do for the small human services non-profit organization I have the privilege to lead. After much prodding by my current board chair, I joined and instantly knew I should have done this years ago. Since joining the Jefferson Chamber in 2017, some things I have done have been attending multiple businesses and breakfasts, joining the Education Committee and showcasing our agency at the State of Jefferson. Most importantly, many people and organizations that didn’t know about Families Helping Families now know who we are and the invaluable support we provide to families throughout Jefferson Parish.”

Mary Jacob

Executive Director
Families Helping Families of Greater New Orleans

"I joined the Wyndham Garden New Orleans Airport Hotel in late 2015 and the first thing I was told is, ‘You’ll be our representative to the Jefferson Chamber’ and ‘Try to become an Ambassador.’   Having grown up in the metropolitan New Orleans area, I realized at an early age what a true partner Jefferson Parish is to the City.  Through my participation in Chamber events, I have developed great relationships on both a business and personal level.  More importantly, I’ve found that when working together with these colleagues, we are a strong voice continuing to moving Jefferson Parish forward.  Not only is this accomplished through networking, but by our involvement with all levels of government and educational programs helping young professionals learn how to be professionals and even teaching the more ‘seasoned’ professionals how to embrace new technologies.  Even though I no longer reside in Jefferson Parish, it is my home. From working with the Chamber, I know Jefferson Parish will flourish for years to come.”

Lisa Emboulas Farrell

Senior Sales Manager
Wyndham Garden New Orleans Airport

"Being a Chamber member has afforded me opportunities to work on issues that are important to the growth of Jefferson Parish and Fidelity Bank.  From the Education Committee focusing on improving how we prepare our students for their future, to the Government Committee partnering with our legislators to help make our parish and state a place where businesses want to invest and grow, this Chamber really works hard for the people, and businesses, in Jefferson.  But the thing I appreciate most is getting to meet and work with the other members and the Chamber staff.  It truly is an honor to work with this group every day focusing on making Jefferson Parish a better place to live and work.”

Robert Baer

Vice President | Digital Marketing & Community Outreach
Fidelity Bank

"I have been a member of The Jefferson Chamber for over 20 years and have received innumerable benefits to both my business and me personally through increased visibility and networking connections.

As a Jefferson Chamber Ambassador, I have had many new business interactions and enjoyed meeting vendors for products and services that I or my clients may need.

My return on investment of time and talent has been priceless!”

Katie Hymel

Sales Agent
Allstate – Katie Hymel’s Agency

"BNI has been involved in the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce since 2002. During that time, we have built many great relationships through the networking opportunities the Jefferson Chamber provides. We also have a partner in the Jefferson Chamber that works hard to advocate for business in our parish and around Louisiana with our local, state and federal governments. There is no other Chamber that works harder for its members than the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce.”

Tim Paulin

Executive Director LA-MS
BNI