• Committees

  • The Chamber is stronger because of the participation of its members. Volunteer opportunities on committees also provide members with valuable business contacts. If you are a member and are interested in becoming involved in one or more of the following committees, please contact the chamber at 337-893-2491.


    Membership Committee—The membership committee is responsible for all areas of membership development – membership drives, membership retention, membership involvement and membership service awareness.
    Membership Chair: John Suire, Edward Jones Investments.

    Governmental Affairs Committee—The Governmental Affairs Committee is dedicated to promoting awareness among Chamber members about political events that affect local businesses and the community. As the voice of business, the committee will track, review, and when necessary, take a stand on legislative issues that affect businesses.
    Membership Chair: Ruben “Ben” Rivera, Thomson Smith & Leach Insurance Group.

    Business Development Committee— The Business Development Committee assists in the recruitment of small business, and in the development of community projects. The committee will provide programs that will help educate and inform small business profitability, provide business assistance and resources, and address the needs and concerns of small business.
    Membership Chair: Wendell Verret, Twin Parish Port Commission.

    Education (Workforce) Committee— The Workforce (Education) Committee focuses on increasing the business community’s awareness and support for education in Vermilion Parish and promotes workforce development.
    Membership Chair: Kathryn Sagrera Hoag, Langlinais, Broussard, & Kohlenberg CPA.

    Golf Tournament Committee— The Golf Tournament Committee assists in planning the Chamber’s annual golf tournament. Committee members begin planning for the golf tournament months before the event takes place. Members are responsible for working with sponsors, seeking donations, and assembling other supplies prior to the tournament. They continue to help during the tournament by working with volunteers and making sure guests have a fun and memorable tournament.
    Membership Chair: Ross Comeaux, Kaplan State Bank.

    Wiener Dog Race Committee— The Wiener Dog Race Committee assists in planning the annual Wiener Dog Race. They are responsible for working with vendors, seeking sponsors, and organizing the games and activities prior to the races. They work with volunteers the day of the event to make the races a fun family event. Fifty percent of your sponsorship will help Animal Aid for Vermilion. Money is desperately needed for veterinary care for animals, for basic operating expenses for the organization, and for expenses for transporting animals to rescue organizations.
    Membership Chair: Anita Carrere, Abbeville Chiropractic Clinic.