St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

River Region Chamber Recognizes Small and Large Businesses of the Year

River Region Chamber Recognizes Small and Large Businesses of the Year

Saturday, January 14, 2012

The River Region Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards banquet on Thursday, December 1, 2011. In addition to a luncheon, the annual banquet is an opportunity to recognize outstanding members, install new Board of Directors, and show appreciation to all members for their hard work and dedication to the chamber throughout the year. St. John the Baptist Parish businesses currently account for 43% of the chamber membership and two of those businesses were named large and small business of the year award.

The Small Business of the Year award was presented to Gem Drugs, a locally owned pharmacy in Reserve. Gem Drugs has been in business in the River Parishes for 35 years, but was recently purchased by Randy and Kanoa Mire in 2010. Gem Drugs now offers a wider range of medical services to the community and the Mires are very active in the River Region Chamber. “Being a part of the Chamber provides a local voice in state and federal government and gives support to local businesses including Gem Drugs. We are very dedicated to the chamber which allows us to be involved in our community,” said Randy Mire.

The Large Business of the Year award was presented to IESI-SweeDee who currently holds the garbage contract in St. John the Baptist Parish. The company has been operating in St. John Parish since 2004, but recently purchased a larger facility for their operation. Over the years, they have grown and have provided more services to residents and businesses. “As a member of the River Region Chamber of Commerce, IESI has the opportunity to associate with other businesses in the community in an effort to grow and obtain success. It also allows us to fulfill our community obligations where we work and live,” said Frank Davis, IESI Operations Manager. IESI continues to support St. John Parish in many ways and is always available for questions or concerns.

Others awards for participation, excellence, and dedication to the Chamber went to Sheila Butler of Entergy; Tanyia Tregre of Family Homecare; Kanoa Mire of Gem Drugs; Phyllis Madere of Reserve Telephone Company; John Harmon of Civil Construction Contractors; Cherie Scioneaux of Valero of and Mike Palamone of Urban Systems.