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Congratulations to all the Members who received an award at the 2016 Leadership Team Conference!
 

Baton Rouge Region

 

  • Green Light Chapter
    • Business Boomers – earned 8 green light ratings this term
    • Trade Wins – earned 3 green light ratings this term
    • Livingston Leaders – earned 4 green light ratings this term
       
  • Membership Extravaganza Qualifying Chapters
    • Ascension Producers
    • Livingston Leaders
    • Trade Wins
       
  • Platinum Members
    • Meredith Eicher, Premier – 17 new members
    • Jerry Graves, Better Business Builders – 13 new members
    • Vince Whittington, Red Stick – 13 new members
       
  • Medallion Chapters
    • Livingston Leaders – Gold Medallion Chapter with 40+ members
    • Business Boomers – Gold Medallion Chapter with 40+ members
       
  • $Million Chapter – Closed Business
    • Business Boomers (2nd year)
    • By Referral (2nd year)
    • Livingston Leaders
    • Premier (2nd year)
    • Red Stick (2nd year)
    • Trade Wins
       
  • 5+ and 10+ years Members
    • Receiving 10 + years Nametags:
      • Johnny Kovalcik, Premier
      • Micah Ellis, Premier
      • Keith Covington, Red Stick
      • Patsy Burdine, YES
      • Ginger Murray, Premier
      • Mark Bounds, By Referral
    • Receiving 5+ years Nametags:
      • Josh Ellzey, B.E.S.T.
      • Boyd Adams Jr.
      • Ben Marcel, Red Stick
      • Scott Forte, By Referral
      • Kathy Pickerell, Livingston Leaders
      • Jolene Ott, Business Boomers
      • David Maples, Premier
      • Nancy Kemske, B.E.S.T.
      • Jon Hunt, Red Stick
      • Chris Perkins, Business Boomers
      • Ellen Pino, Premier
      • Beau Thurman, Geaux Givers
      • Vicki Melancon, Premier
      • Claudia Spilberger, Business Boomers
      • Joshua Henderson, Business Boomers
      • Arnold Kairdolf, Geaux Givers
         
  • Notable Networker
    • Ann Marie Erie, Apex
    • Angie Bush, Better Business Builders
    • Danny Paline, Business Boomers
    • Brandy Allain and Ellen Elias, By Referral
    • Joe DiGiovanni ,Connectors
    • Marla Dodds, Geaux Givers
    • Tracy Frederick, Livingston Leaders
    • Ginger Murray, Premier (2nd year)
    • Ben Marcel, Red Stick
    • Teresa Landry, Trade Wins
    • Brandon Brown, Vision Partners
    • Laquica Fisher, YES
       
  • Referral of the Year
    • Ann Marie Erie, Apex
    • Phil Schmitt, Better Business Builders
    • Tricia Johnston, Business Boomers
    • Shannon Andre,  By Referral (2nd year)
    • Chris Beech, Connectors
    • Arnold Kairdolf, Geaux Givers
    • Shelby Carnahan Andrews, Livingston Leaders
    • Jason Doise, Premier
    • Tevora Tabor, Prosperity Partners
    • Ben Marcel, Red Stick (2nd year)
    • Stacey Levin, Trade Wins
    • Katherine Robins, Vision Partners
    • Joy Russell, YES
       
  • Member with…
    • Most Referrals:  Stephanie Harrison – 252
    • Most One-To-Ones: Christian Inchausty – 238
    • Most Visitors: Cheryl Jeane – 47
    • Most Closed Business: Stacey Levin – $1,907,550
       
  • Chapter Per Member with…
    • Most Referrals: Business Boomers – 55.07 (2nd year)
    • Most One-To-Ones: Geaux Givers – 67.72
    • Most Visitors: Geaux Givers – 11.80
    • Most Closed Business: Premier -  $144,861
       
  • Chapter with…
    • Most Referrals: Business Boomers – 2166  (2nd year)
    • Most One-To-Ones: Geaux Givers – 1326
    • Most Visitors: Livingston Leaders – 381
    • Most Closed Business: Premier – $3,529,351 (2nd year)

 

Lafayette Region

 

  • $Million Chapter – Closed Business
    • BNI Founders - $1,417,963
    • Vermilion - $1,081,618
       
  • Green Light Chapter Award
    • Vermilion – earned Green Light rating for 5 Months
       
  • Medallion Chapter
    • Lake Charles Founders – Silver Medallion Chapter with 30+ members for at least 3 consecutive months
       
  • 5+ and 10+ Members
    • Receiving 5+ years Nametags:
      • Tina Thornton – Vermilion
      • Tracey Franzel Lassere – Hub City
    • Receiving 10+ years Nametags
      • Errol Cormier - Vermilion
      • Jimmy Brown – Vermilion
         
  • Notable Networker
    • Pam Van Dyke, BNI Founders
    • Kristin Farlow, Lake Charles Elite
    • Kathy Tate, 19th Hole BNI
    • Anne Broussard, Bayou Biz BNI
    • Erin LaFont, Cajun Connections BNI
    • Tracey Lassere, Hub City BNI
    • Laurie James, Vermilion BNI
       
  • Referral of the Year
    • Troy Van Dyke, Founders
    • Matt Shaheen, Lake Charles Elite
    • Eric Broussard, 19th Hole BNI
    • Karen Aguillard, Bayou Biz
    • Peter Marshall, Hub City BNI
    • Jimmy Brown, Vermilion BNI
       
  • Member with…
    • Most Referrals: Tracey Lassere - 135
    • Most One-To-Ones: Laurie James - 92
    • Most Visitors: Sonya Colliver – 36
    • Most Closed Business: Paula Ramsey - $265,539
       
  • Chapter Per Member with…
    • Most Referrals: Vermilion BNI – 37.83
    • Most One-To-Ones: Bayou Biz BNI – 33.45
    • Most Visitors: Cajun Connections – 7.20
    • Most Closed Business: LC Founders - $45,993
       
  • Chapter with…
    • Most Referrals:Vermilion BNI - 1346
    • Most One-To-Ones: Vermilion - 1097
    • Most Visitors: Vermilion - 220
    • Most Closed Business: Founders - $1,417,963

 

New Orleans Region

 

  • Chapter Traffic Light  Award
    • GNO Elite – earned 6 green light ratings this term
    • CC Business Partners – earned 5 green light ratings this term
       
  • Membership Extravaganza Qualifying chapters
    • GNO Elite
    • Wealth In Networking (congratulations to Jude Heath who won that trip)
       
  • Givers’ Gain awards
    • Galleria donated $2000 to JPSO for 5 bullet proof vests
    • NOLA Networkers volunteered in too many to mention areas, but a few include 2nd Harvesters, March of Dimes, YMCA (sponsor a child at camp), Red Cross, SPCA and many more!
       
  • $Million Chapter – Closed Business
    • GNO Elite (2nd year)
    • Wealth In Networking (2nd year)
       
  • Nametags to 5+ and 10+ years Members
    • Receiving 10 + years Nametags:
      • Stephen Juan, NOLA Networkers
      • Chuck Burkenstock, NOLA Networkers
      • Jeff Addison, Best Bank
      • Melissa Willis, Crescent City
      • Paul Navarro, NOLA Networkers
    • Receiving 5+ years Nametags:
      • Robin Tamplain, NOLA Networkers
      • Erica Knisely, Wealth in Networking
      • Jovan Payton, GNO Elite
      • Terri Kelley, Phoenix
      • Trey Begin, Wealth in Networking
      • Annick Burke, Galleria
      • Joe Chiarella, GNO Elite
      • Barbara Barach, GNO Elite
      • Lynne Vincent Lightfoot, Best Bank
      • Jack Galle, NOLA Networkers
      • Jeanette Hebert, Innovative Networkers
      • Courtney Kattengell, CC Business Partners
      • Samuel Jacob, Phoenix
         
  • Notable Networker
    • Melissa Willis, Crescent City (2nd year)
    • Geary Jaco, Founders
    • Stephen Antoine, Galleria
    • John Cressend, GNO Elite
    • Leslie Gambino, Innovative Networkers
    • Paul Navarro, NOLA Networkers (2nd year)
    • Tiffany Riddle, Opportunity Unlimited
    • Jodi Archer, Phoenix
    • Kevin Conley, Power Networking
    • Joe Henican, Summit Select
    • Katie Stromboe, Best Bank
    • Karl Steimle, CC Business Partners
    • Carla Widmer, Wealth In Networking (2nd year)
       
  • Referral of the Year
    • Daniel Messinger, Crescent City
    • Joseph Pursell, Founders (2nd year)
    • Erik Garcia, Galleria
    • Lydia Cabibi, GNO Elite
    • Leslie Gambino, Innovative Networkers
    • Chuck Burkenstock, NOLA Networkers
    • Kaysie Wilkenson, Opportunity Unlimited
    • Alison Smith, Phoenix
    • Brad Borden, Summit Select
    • Nathan Triplett, Best Bank
    • John Giardina, CC Business Partners
    • Darren Olivio, Wealth in Networking
       
  • Member with…
    • Most Referrals: Chuck Burkenstock – 192
    • Most One-To-Ones: Lisa Ricks – 142
    • Most Visitors: Byron Virgadamo – 54
    • Most Closed Business: Sally Johnston – $430,200
       
  • Chapter Per Member with…
    • Most Referrals: NOLA Networkers – 70.43
    • Most One-To-Ones: Wealth in Networking – 60.49
    • Most Visitors: Innovative Networkers – 19.08
    • Most Closed Business: Wealth in Networking - $77,411 (2nd year)
       
  • Chapter with…
    • Most Referrals: Wealth in Networking – 1949 (2nd year) 
    • Most One-To-Ones: Wealth In Networking – 2848 (2nd year)
    • Most Visitors: Innovative Networkers – 426
    • Most Closed Business: Wealth in Networking – $3,644,494 (2nd year)

 

Northshore Region

 

  • $Million Chapter
    • Northshore Original $2,903,992 (2nd year)
       
  • Green Light Chapters
    • Northshore Networkers – 5 months
       
  • Silver Medallion Chapters
    • Northshore Networkers – 34 members 3 or more months
       
  • Givers’ Gain award
    • Referral Express volunteered at many activities including a FoodBank, adopting a family at Christmas, Humane Society, Cystic Fibrosis fundraiser and BNI flood relief
       
  • Platinum Members
    • James Briant - sponsored 12 new members
       
  • Membership Extravaganza Qualifying Chapter
    • Referral Express with 9 new members
       
  • 5+ and 10+ years Members
    • Receiving 10 + years Nametags:
      • Roland Rusich – Business Hurricanes
      • Kelly Motichek – Northshore Original
      • Alvin Dupre, Jr. – Northshore Original
      • Holly Wingerter – Northshore Networkers
    • Receiving 5+ years Nametags:
      • Mark Graves – Referred Bayou
         
  • Notable Networker
    • Sandy Baker, Business Hurricanes
    • Phylis Julian, Krewe de Referral
    • Gina Pausina-Cherry, Northshore Networkers (2nd year)
    • Julie Taylor, Referral Express BNI
    • Dominick Puipuro, Referred Bayou BNI
       
  • Referral of the Year
    • Carter Wright, Business Hurricanes
    • Megan Helwick, Krewe de Referral
    • Melissa Penzato, Northshore Networkers (2nd year)
    • Chad Danenhower, Referral Express BNI
    • Dominick Puipuro, Referred Bayou BNI
       
  • Member with…
    • Most Referrals: Julie Taylor – 161
    • Most One-To-Ones: Candice Barnes – 125
    • Most Visitors: Jennifer Frosch – 28
    • Most Closed Business: James Briant - $517, 093 (2nd year)
       
  • Chapter Per Member with…
    • Most Referrals: Referred Express – 47.28
    • Most One-To-Ones: Referral Express– 53.84
    • Most Visitors: Krewe de Referral – 11.31
    • Most Closed Business: Northshore Original - $107,238
       
  • Chapter with…
    • Most Referrals: Referral Express - 1052
    • Most One-To-Ones: Northshore Networkers - 1514
    • Most Visitors: Northshore Networkers - 158
    • Most Closed Business: Northshore Original $2,903,992

       

Shreveport Region

 

  • $Million Chapter – Closed Business
    • Elite - $1,670,197 (2nd year)
    • The SBC Networkers - $1,553,468
       
  • Green Light Chapter Award
    • Elite – earned Green Light rating for 7 Months (2nd year)
       
  • Platinum Sponsors              
    • Everardo Recendiz – 13 new members
    • Adam Lynch – 12 new members
       
  • Nametags to 5+ Members
    • Receiving 5+ years Nametags:
      • Randy Pinkley, Elite
      • Shelly Wagner, Elite
      • Tara Rodgers, Elite
      • Ryan Tims, Elite
      • Heather Brown, The SBC
      • Brock Haggard, Elite
      • Clarence Ybos, The SBC
      • Michael Hudson, The SBC
      • Duane Simpson, The SBC
      • Ann Shea, Elite
      • Van Almond, The SBC
         
  • Notable Networker
    • Christopher Steinsholt, Lagniappe
    • Brandon Cox, The SBC Networkers
    • Nick West, Elite (2nd year)
    • Regan Horn, L’Abondance
    • Jeff Lee, The Closers
    • Holly Johnson, Monroe Delta Leaders
       
  • Referral of the Year
    • Jana Freeman, Lagniappe
    • George Valcho, The SBC Networkers
    • Tara Rodgers, Elite
    • Janice House, L’Abondance (2nd year)
    • Williams Woods, The Closers
    • Kaleb Deshotel, Monroe Delta Leaders
       
  • Givers’ Gain Award
    • Elite – volunteer service including Lighthouse VOA for children, Barksdale EOD wounded warrior hunt, Little League World Series and BNI South Louisiana flood relief
    • The SBC Networkers – volunteer service including Feed the Homeless (donations and time served)
       
  • Member with…
    • Most Referrals: Tara Rodgers – 199
    • Most One-To-Ones: Victoria Lynch – 118 (2nd year)
    • Most Visitors: Nick West – 28
    • Most Closed Business: Van Almond – $770,675
       
  • Chapter Per Member with…
    • Most Referrals: Elite – 58.11 (2nd year)
    • Most One-To-Ones: The SBC Networkers – 43.67
    • Most Visitors: Elite – 7.10
    • Most Closed Business: The SBC Networkers – $54,355
       
  • Chapter with…
    • Most Referrals: Elite  – 1971
    • Most One-To-Ones: The SBC Networkers – 1248
    • Most Visitors: Elite – 241
    • Most Closed Business: Elite – $1,670,197

 

Slidell Region

 

  • Million Dollar Chapter
    • Team BNI - $1,223,688
       
  • Green Light Chapter
    • Team BNI – earned 3 green light ratings this term
       
  • Silver Medallion Chapter
    • Team BNI – 33 members for 3 or more months
       
  • Platinum Member
    • Paul Chiasson – sponsored 12 new members
       
  • Nametags to 5+ years Members
    • Receiving 5+ years Nametags:
      • Darren LaSalla, Slidell Team
      • Erin Blackwell, Slidell Team
      • Karen Maness, Noon Networkers
      • Jude Benfatti, Slidell Team
      • David Hardin, Slidell Team
      • James White, Slidell Team
      • Dave Martin, Slidell Founders
      • Steve Kernahan, Noon Networkers
      • Lisa Harris, Noon Networkers
      • Jennifer Jennings, Noon Networkers
      • Megan Provenzano, Noon Networkers
         
  • Notable Networker
    • Heidi Crouch, BNI Noon Networkers (2nd year)
    • Nick Wakileh, Slidell Founders BNI
    • David Buelle, Slidell Team BNI
       
  • Referral of the Year
    • Heidi Crouch, BNI Noon Networkers
    • Michelle Schellinger, Slidell Founders BNI
    • David Hardin, Slidell Team BNI
       
  • Member with…
    • Most Referrals: Heidi Crouch – 118 (2nd year)
    • Most One-To-Ones: Heidi Crouch – 68 (2nd year)
    • Most Visitors: Michael Bell – 24 
    • Most Closed Business: David Hardin - $611,793
       
  • Chapter Per Member with…
    • Most Referrals: Noon Networkers – 48.84 (2nd year)
    • Most One-To-Ones: Noon Networkers – 22.01 (2nd year)
    • Most Visitors: Noon Networkers – 6.45
    • Most Closed Business: Slidell Team - $37,651.94
       
  • Chapter with…
    • Most Referrals: Slidell Team - 1001
    • Most One-To-Ones: Noon Networkers – 389 (2nd year)
    • Most Visitors: Noon Networkers - 114
    • Most Closed Business: Slidell Team - $1,223,688 (2nd year)