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Post Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting touts Growing Economy

Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting touts Growing Economy
Chamber Honors GM’s Dave Gibbons with ‘Business Leader of the Year’ Award

By: Tom Pace, Executive Editor, SBLive!
January 10th, 2008

It was a night of awards for Shreveport GM Plant Manager Dave Gibbons, and, outgoing
Chairman of the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce, Bobby E. Jelks. The 98th Annual Meeting was held in the Shreveport Convention Center’s Grand Ballroom, Thursday night, January 10th, 2008.

Gibbons received the award, ‘Business Leader of the Year” from the Chamber’s Reginald Abrams. An audience of business leaders, owners, and Chamber members gave Gibbons a standing ovation on receiving his award. Presented by the News Station, KTAL, anchor Heidi York served as Mistress of Ceremonies.

In his speech, Gibbons thanked General Motors for their investment in Shreveport, recapping that over the past 30 years, our GM Plant has produced over 5 million vehicles…(in fact, since Gibbons and his family transferred here six years ago, more than one million vehicles have been built in the west Shreveport facility.)

The Chamber’s 98th Annual Meeting saw immediate Past-Chairman Bobby Jelks receive the Barksdale Air Force Base ‘Eagle’ Award from Col. Bob Wheeler…Jelks also was presented, the Chamber’s Plaque of Appreciation by President Dick Bremer.

Following Jelk’s summary of 2007 positive economic events for Shreveport, Markey Pierre’ was handed the Chairman’s Gavel for her reign in 2008.

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