Mike Waguespack named chamber chairman

Allison B. Hudson

Mike Waguespack has taken over the reins as the chairman of the 2011 Ascension Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors.

The chamber, with more than 500 members, is led by Sherrie Despino, president and chief executive officer.

Out-going Chairwoman Glenda Shaheen recently introduced Waguespack as the new board chairman.

Through Despino and Shaheen’s leadership, the chamber has enjoyed a memorable year, according to a news release from the agency.

The chamber was awarded Louisiana’s Mid-Size Chamber of the Year award and a staff member was selected for a Women in Media Award of Excellence. In addition to these successes, throughout 2010 the chamber worked on improving its mission of strengthening the business community by implementing new strategies and increasing involvement with its members, the release stated.

In the past year, the chamber has launched an annual membership survey, began a social media campaign to inform and promote members, set up its first local festival booth and attracted more than 100 new members.

Waguespack is a graduate of the Leadership Ascension program and serves on the South Louisiana Business Bank Board of Directors. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus and has owned Waguespack and Associates Insurance for 25 years.

 The mission of the Ascension Chamber of Commerce is to facilitate and foster economic growth for its members.

For more information on how you can become a member or get more involved, contact the chamber office at (225) 647-7487 or visit on the Internet at http://www.ascensionchamber.com.