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Stacy Romero of The Broussard Chamber of Commerce Completes Year One at Institute for Organization Management
A Leadership Training Program Produced by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is pleased to announce that Stacy Romero, President/CEO, of the Broussard Chamber of Commerce, has recently completed her first year at Institute for Organization Management, a four-year nonprofit leadership training program at Winter Institute in Tucson, AZ.
“Institute graduates are recognized across the country as leaders in their industries and organizations,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s vice president of Institute for Organization Management. “These individuals have the knowledge, skills, and dedication necessary to achieve professional and organizational success in the dynamic association and chamber industries.”
Since its commencement in 1921, the Institute program has been educating tens of thousands of association, chamber, and other nonprofit leaders on how to build stronger organizations, better serve their members and become strong business advocates. Institute’s curriculum consists of four weeklong sessions at five different university locations throughout the country. Through a combination of required courses and electives in areas such as leadership, advocacy, marketing, finance, and membership, Institute participants are able to enhance their own organizational management skills and add new fuel to their organizations, making them run more efficiently and effectively.
Institute for Organization Management is the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. It is the premier nonprofit professional development program for association and chamber professionals, fostering individual growth through interactive learning and networking opportunities.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness. We educate the public on the conditions necessary for business and communities to thrive, how business positively impacts communities, and emerging issues and creative solutions that will shape the future.
Broussard Chamber of Commerce President/CEO, Jeremy Hidalgo, announced today that he will be stepping down after accepting a position as Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the City of Broussard under newly elected mayor, Ray Bourque.
Hidalgo, the Chambers first President/CEO, said that his tenure has been a life changing experience. “The past three and a half years have been extremely rewarding for me. Getting to work alongside such strong community leaders has been a blessing, and leading the Broussard Chamber has been one of the greatest privileges of my career.”
Chamber Chairman of the Board, Jesse Regan, thanked Jeremy for leading the chamber to its current level of success. “Jeremy took our all-volunteer chamber to the next level and put us on the map,” said Regan. “He has prepared the Broussard Chamber for great success, and while we will miss his leadership, we wish him well and look forward to working with him as he pursues this new endeavor.”
Chamber Vice President and Events Committee Chair, Nicole Landry, who has worked very closely with Hidalgo since 2010 said, “We’ve enjoyed working with Jeremy. He’s brought a lot of new ideas, and has pushed everyone to do new, progressive things.”
Hidalgo’s position with the City is a new position. Recently elected Mayor, Ray Bourque, stated that “after evaluating the City’s organizational structure, I recognized the need to create a more stable foundation. During the weeks leading up to me taking office, I couldn’t think of a better person to fill the COO position than Jeremy Hidalgo. His work ethic, determination, motivation, and commitment to service are just what the Mayor’s office and the City need.”
During Hidalgo’s tenure as President/CEO, the Broussard Chamber has experienced a whopping 70% growth in membership and engagement. The Chamber has become a major “quality of life” resource for the community, and has been hugely successful in uniting key stakeholders within our area. Shortly after taking over, Hidalgo pivoted the Chamber’s marketing efforts to more strongly highlight the community’s healthy business-friendly culture. The chamber also committed to marketing sports and outdoor activities more heavily to complement Broussard’s new state-of-the-art sports complex.
Hidalgo also had a voice in conversations regarding the creation of local tourism marketing efforts, such as revitalizing historic downtown Broussard, sports and recreation, and the renewed relationship with our sister city in New Brunswick, Canada, Cap-Pelé. “There have been so many accomplishments made by our chamber over the years,” said Past Chairman of the Board, Ray Bourque.
Stacy Romero, currently Broussard Chamber’s Community Development Manager, will serve as Interim President/CEO effective immediately. “Stacy has been with the Broussard Chamber for one year, and her leadership over the last 12 months gives us every confidence in her ability to guide our organization through this transition,” said Chamber Chairman of the Board, Jesse Regan.
“Stacy’s dedication to her community and extreme skill level will serve the Broussard Chamber very well,” said Hidalgo. “I will be available to assist Stacy and the Broussard Chamber as needed during this transition.”
As 2018 comes to an end, the Broussard Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for a successful 2019 after having experienced another record-breaking year of more than 16% growth. With well over 300 members who represent nearly 10,000 employees, the Broussard Chamber is committed to its mission of “assisting in the development and growth of business”.
Since 2007, the Broussard Chamber of Commerce has focused on furthering the collective interests of the businesses it serves, and advocating for economic prosperity while advancing its community. This focus has created a solid foundation for its membership.
This year the Chamber launched four new member and community benefits. First, BROUSSARD Women in Business. This engaging and empowering series brought nearly 200 women together to connect, learn, and recharge. This event was a huge success and is sure to impress again in 2019. The revival of our “shop local” brand, Eat-Shop-Play Broussard, was launched in September. With a strong focus on quality of life, the Broussard Chamber brought St. Julien Jams to the community. This is a live music series where good times and culture collide. In addition, the Broussard Chamber introduced a brand-new concept and has become the very first neXus chamber. This is an exclusive designation to a Chamber that is committed to sharing with its members the philosophy and practices of the neXus Initiative. Together with Brent Henley, author of the neXus Initiative and CEO of the Pyramid Group, the Chamber will offer to its members new ways to grow their business.
In addition to these new initiatives, the chamber welcomed Stacy Romero, Community Development Manager to the team. Stacy will focus on the implementation of Vision 2040, among many other things. “Adding Stacy to the team has truly taken our organization to the next level. Her work ethic and skill level are second to none.” Our outstanding board of directors have provided a solid vision for the organization and are committed to its successful implementation.
Moving forward you can expect to see your chamber championing collaborative efforts that progress its community. “With a strong and dedicated membership that spans the City of Broussard and beyond, the Broussard Chamber is dedicated to ensuring local business success.”
As your advocate, we will continue to collaborate with local, parish, and state officials to ensure a strong pro-business climate. In an effort to strengthen economic vitality, we will continue to support, unite, and lead.
-Jeremy Hidalgo, President/CEO
(October 31, 2018) The Louisiana Chamber of Commerce Executives (LACCE) has officially installed its 2019 Board of Directors and President, Paula Ramsey. Ramsey is Vice President of the Chamber Southwest/Southwest LA Economic Development Alliance located in Lake Charles. LACCE and its Board Members represent chambers of commerce from all areas of the state. The organization is the only statewide association formed for the advancement of local chambers, chamber executives and staff.
The Association holds an annual conference each fall to update chambers across the state on industry trends, business issues, and operations stability. LACCE membership includes fifty chambers of commerce in Louisiana,representing over ten thousand businesses and over one hundred thousand employees.
The following chamber professionals will serve on the 2019 Executive Board:
President – Paula Ramsey, Chamber Southwest/Southwest LA Economic Development Alliance
Incoming President – Sandra Lindquist, New Orleans Chamber of Commerce
Treasurer – Jeremy Hidalgo, Broussard Chamber of Commerce
Immediate Past President – Deborah Randolph, Central LA Regional Chamber of Commerce
The following chamber professionals will serve on the 2019 Board of Directors:
Melissa Bordelon, Hammond Chamber of Commerce
Camille Conaway, Louisiana Association of Business and Industry
Jamie Hanks, West Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce
Lisa Johnson, Bossier Chamber of Commerce
Dr. Timothy J. Magner, Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce
Raquella Manuel, St. Landry Chamber of Commerce
Amy S. Thibodeaux, Acadia Parish Chamber of Commerce
Lacey Toledano, St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce
April Wehrs, Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce
LACCE is the professional development organization for chambers of commerce executives and
staff members in Louisiana. LACCE equips chamber professionals with leadership development
opportunities and tools to build innovative chambers.