Petzold, Twisted Root BC, CSRA take home top Business Awards

BOSSIER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE NAMES
BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AND BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR AT THE 70TH ANNUAL GALA

On Tuesday, January 30, 2018, the Bossier Chamber of Commerce honored top business and community leaders as the organization celebrated 70 years of excellence in business. The event kicked off with a cocktail hour prior to the program, and a toast to the Chamber’s 70 years by the 2015 Business Person of the Year Mike McSwain and 2016 Business Person of the Year Barry Regula.

The Chamber hosted more than 500 business professionals at the CenturyLink Center for the area’s largest networking event, sponsored by Clay Young Enterprises. The Bossier Schools TAP Jazz Band provided entertainment for the evening, complete with their rendition of “There’s No Business like CHAMBER Business” to play off of the famous song and movie “There’s No Business Like Show Business.”

Each year, the Chamber takes time to celebrate the successes of the previous year while sharing plans for the year ahead. Outgoing Chairman of the Board Terry Moore of Merrill Lynch passed the reins to incoming Chairwoman of the Board Dana Smelser of CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier Health. Incoming board members were recognized and the coveted awards of Business of the Year and Business Person of the Year were announced, sponsored by the Greater Bossier Economic Development Foundation.

This year’s nominees are a group of leaders who excelled in the areas of leadership, growth and involvement.

2017 Business Person of the Year Nominees

Dr. G. E. Ghali, LSU Health

Gregory Kallenberg, Film Prize Foundation

Trey McGuire, The Warrior Network

Terry Petzold, Magee Resource Group

2017 Small Business of the Year Nominees

Amark Metals, Inc.

ANECA Federal Credit Union

Bossier City Farmers Market

Brewer Physical Therapy

The Frilly Magnolia Boutique

Twisted Root Burger Co. – Bossier City

2017 Business of the Year Nominees

Barksdale Federal Credit Union

Cintas Corporation

CSRA Integrated Technology Center

Margaritaville Resort Casino

 

Terry Petzold was named the Bossier Chamber’s 2017 Business Person of the Year for his work to help build a workforce for our region and market Northwest Louisiana as a great place to live, work and play.

Twisted Root Burger Co. – Bossier City was named the Bossier Chamber’s 2017 Small Business of the Year as this business has quickly made a success out of what would seem an ordinary business. But when you do business extraordinarily, treat your “home” as a special place and tout its strengths for all to see as well as having owners who give their time within the community – you have a winning combination.

CSRA ITC was named the Bossier Chamber’s 2017 Business of the Year for their impact on the local economy by adding high-skilled jobs and helping to diversify the local workforce as well as their swift help for our neighbors after the hurricanes in Houston and beyond.

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Winner bios below

 

TERRY PETZOLD, MAGEE RESOURCE GROUP: Terry Petzold is the managing partner of Magee Resource Group, LLC, a global technology, cybersecurity and healthcare recruiting staffing firm headquartered in Shreveport. Terry has been recognized as one of the world’s top producing headhunters and is considered an expert in workforce development. Over the past several years, his influence in the northwest Louisiana market has been crucial to its expansion, due to his team’s recruitment of both companies and candidates to the area, specifically in the IT, healthcare, cyber and federal arenas.

After purchasing the 20-year-old business, Terry reinvented the company’s entire culture. Most recently, he relocated his business to downtown Shreveport to attract millennials. Terry is a member of the Committee of 100, Shreveport Bossier Military Affairs Council, North Shreveport Business Association, and GBEDF. He is a 40 Under 40 honoree, and an Honorary Commander for Barksdale Air Force Base 2nd Bomb Wing, 2nd Communications Squadron. He was recently elected to the Board of Directors for the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce and NLEP, AMIkids, and serves as Finance Chair for the Bossier Innovates Foundation. Terry is also a Board Member for First Chance, a public and government service nonprofit helping train and equip law enforcement officers to save lives. He also serves on the Advisory Board for BPSTIL and the board of Step Forward. Terry is married to Emily Ackeberg Petzold and they have three children. Terry and his family are very active with the Simple Church. He is also the president of the Stonebridge Community Association.

 

TWISTED ROOT BURGER CO. – BOSSIER CITY: Twisted Root Burger Co. opened its Bossier City location in 2016 making franchise owner Grant Nuckolls the first multi-unit franchisee within the Twisted Root family. Instead of building a brand new space from the ground up, Nuckolls saw character and charm in a former gas station located off Airline Drive and completed a total remodel on the existing structure. Twisted Root Bossier City is a large supporter of Barksdale Air Force Base, so much so that the décor of the Bossier City location pays homage to the base with Air-Force themed exterior murals and a scale replica of a B-52 bomber, which flies out of the dining room wall. Twisted Root is also known for its array of community events including in-store spirit nights and fundraisers (which in 2017 alone, the Bossier City location was able to host over 30 groups generating over $5000 for the organizations), trivia nights, sports night, and meet and greets with legendary military veterans like Lt. Col. Dick Cole, the 100 year old Doolittle Raid Pilot. In addition to serving as a member of the Louisiana Restaurant Association, Twisted Root Bossier City is also a member of the Bossier City and Greater Shreveport Chambers of Commerce.

 

CSRA Integrated Technology Center in Bossier represents our region’s commitment to partnership, working alongside the state of Louisiana, Louisiana Economic Development, the City of Bossier City, Bossier Parish, Cyber Innovation Center and local higher education partners.

In less than four years, CSRA has recruited and hired more than 700 employees between their two Bossier facilities. In 2017 alone, CSRA hosted four job fairs to hire hundreds of employees. With plans to exceed their commitment to Bossier and Louisiana, the company plans to meet and exceed its commitment to create 800 jobs at the Integrated Technology Center alone.

As a key to their future success, CSRA partners with local higher education institutions to create a prime pipeline of talent for their facilities, staying engaged in curriculum discussions so local students are work-ready upon graduation. Many of these employees are coming from a variety of Louisiana higher education institutions and 35 percent of the current ITC employees are military veterans.

In September 2017, the federal government enlisted CSRA after Hurricane Harvey to help survivors navigate the system toward recovery. Overall, CSRA helped more than one million survivors from not only Hurricane Harvey, but Hurricanes Irma and Marie as well as the California fires.

CSRA employees are active members of local chambers and economic development entities and the company has sponsored local events like Give for Good and Girls Who Code as well as serving as a partner in the Bossier Chamber’s inaugural Innovation NWLA summit on entrepreneurship.