Business Honors for May 10, 2015


Educational consultant Gwen Hamilton has been presented the Champion of Student Success award from City Year, a national educational organization.

The award is presented to those who “have generated transformative impact” for the schools and students City Year serves.

Hamilton served on the founding committee bringing City Year to Louisiana 10 years ago and remains an active member of the City Year Baton Rouge advisory board, working to put AmeriCorps members in classrooms. City Year Baton Rouge has deployed 64 AmeriCorps members to six Baton Rouge public schools this year.

Lee E. Melancon III, of Gonzales, was awarded the Pi Sigma Epsilon Honorary Life Membership. Melancon is University of Phoenix campus and academic director overseeing all south Louisiana locations. He also is a partner in MPower Group, an association management firm.

The award recognizes members who have consistently made an outstanding contribution to the organization, the profession of sales and marketing and to the welfare of the community. Since 1952, only 29 other people have received the award.

Pi Sigma Epsilon is a national professional co-ed fraternity in sales, marketing and management. Lee’s 25-year association with Pi Sigma Epsilon began as a sophomore at LSU.

Don Chance, the James C. Flores Endowed Chair of MBA Studies and a professor in the LSU E.J. Ourso College of Business department of finance, has received the Outstanding Contribution to CFA Institute Education Programs Award.

CFA Institute is a global association of investment professionals that sets the standard for professional excellence and credentials. The award recognizes a CFA, or chartered financial analyst, charterholder for outstanding contributions through dedicated effort and leadership and fostering the education of professional investors. He was cited for his contributions to CFA curriculum and exam development.

Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center was presented the 2014 Outstanding Achievement Award by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. The Cancer Center has received the award for two consecutive three-year survey cycles.

Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area received the Standards for Excellence Institute’s Seal of Excellence for completing its accreditation program.

Alzheimer’s Services went through a voluntary peer review examination for compliance with the Standards for Excellence Ethics and Accountability Code for the nonprofit sector in areas including mission, strategy and evaluation; leadership by board, staff and volunteers; legal compliance and ethics; finance and operations; resource development; and public awareness, engagement and advocacy.


Bollinger Shipyards in Lockport was presented the 2014 Award for Excellence in Safety for the 10th consecutive year and the 2014 Award for Improvement in Safety by the Shipbuilders Council of America.

The Award for Excellence in Safety is given to companies with the lowest total recordable incident rates based on a quarterly injury and illness survey conducted by the association. The Award for Improvement in Safety is presented to member companies with a 10 percent or more reduction of their TRIR from the previous year.

Greater New Orleans Inc. received an honorable mention in Site Selection magazine’s look at Top U.S. Economic Development Groups.

The magazine’s rankings include the top 10 metropolitan groups and honorable mentions.

Local economic development groups were first ranked according to four objective categories: new jobs, new jobs per 10,000 residents, new investment amount and new investment per 10,000 residents. Additional criteria included the creativity of economic development strategy; scope of project activity; and documenting link between the economic development organization and actual results.

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