December 2012

A BIG Thank You to 2012 Treasurer Terry Albert, Past President Chett Chiasson and Board Member Simone Maloz for their hard work and commitment on the BIG Board of Directors for the past six years!  Their terms on the Board end on December 31.
We appreciate all you have done and continue to do to make a better BIG!

Special Thanks also to outgoing President Francis Richard for his outstanding leadership of our organization in 2012!
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Race/Boil-Off Committee Meeting
BIG will host its inaugural 5K Race and Crawfish Boil-Off on Saturday, April 27 at Peltier Park to raise money for our scholarship program and other education efforts.  We would love your help in making this event a success!

Please join us for an event committee meeting on Wednesday, January 9 at noon at Bayou Country Club.  Contact Executive Vice-President Ricky Melancon with questions or suggestions.

Hope to see you there!

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January 14 Luncheon Features Oil and Gas Association Leader Chris John

Bayou Industrial Group's first monthly luncheon of 2013 will feature Chris John, President of LA Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association, as guest speaker. John will present an update on the health of Louisiana's energy production industry as well as the economic outlook for our own local oil and gas support companies.

The luncheon is scheduled for Monday, January 14, 2013 beginning at noon at the Bayou Country Club in Thibodaux. 

January 14, 2013 Meeting Notice

Reservations are requested by Thursday, January 10.

BIG members attend lunch at no charge. Bring a guest to lunch with you or send someone in your place if you are unable to attend!

There is a $20 fee for reserved guests; $25 for walk-ins. Since BIG is required to pay for total number of reservations, all reserved guests will be billed for payment regardless of attendance. 
Sponsorships and Award Nominations Now Being Accepted for 2013 BIG Banquet

The Bayou Industrial Group 2013 Annual Membership and Awards Banquet will be held Thursday, March 7 at 6 pm at Cypress Columns. We are pleased to announce that U.S. Congressman Bill Cassidy will be a keynote speaker.

Banquet sponsorships are now available. Thank you to Platinum Sponsor T. Baker Smith, our first member company to pledge their banquet sponsorship. We invite you to add your company's name to that list!

BIG is also now accepting nominations for our 2013 BIG Achiever Awards, which recognize a member company and individual who voluntarily contribute to the community in the areas of coastal restoration/protection, infrastructure, and education.  Nominations deadline is January 31, and the form is available here.

Thank you for your support!
New Officers, Board Members Begin Service in January

BIG members voted to approve a 2013 slate of Officers and Board of Directors at the December 10 membership luncheon.  Jimmy Ledet, Vice-President of Engineering at T. Baker Smith, will serve as Bayou Industrial Group President in 2013, assisted by Executive Vice President Dr. Ricky Melancon of Houma-Thibodaux Spine and Rehabilitation, and Howell Chiasson of Nicholls State University. Treasurer Steve Gaubert of Thibodaux Regional Medical Center and Past President Francis Richard of John Deere will also serve as officers in the new year. 

Board members include Raylan Alleman of Raylan Alleman, CPA;  Denny Borne of Bollinger Shipyards; Dwayne Bourgeois of North Lafourche Levee District; Hugh Caffery of Valentine Chemicals; Monique Crochet of the City of Thibodaux; Shane Guin of Duplantis Design Group; and Raymond Richard of MidSouth Bank.