AEDC Elects New Officers

Staff reports

The Ascension Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) announced today that a new slate of Officers were elected at its Board of Directors meeting on March 15, 2011.  Mr. William C. “Bill” Dawson was elected to Chair the organization while Mr. Don Ramsey will serve as Vice Chair and Mr. Randy Creel as Secretary/Treasurer.  These gentlemen will serve as Officers of AEDC until the next election, which will be held at the first Board of Directors meeting in 2012.

Mr. Dawson is the principal of Dawson Interprizes, Inc. in Gonzales and the President of NPC Services, Inc. NPC Services specializes in the remediation of environmentally contaminated properties, including EPA Superfund sites.  Prior to 2004, Dawson was employed by ExxonMobil for three decades, with his last assignment being a Project Manager in the energy conglomerate’s Global Remediation group.  Mr. Dawson was appointed to the AEDC Board for a three-year term in 2010 by Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez.

Mr. Ramsey is the Vice President and Chief Operations Officer of Ramsey Enterprises, Inc.  Ramsey Enterprises is located in Gonzales, specializing in training, staffing and consulting for a broad range of businesses, with emphasis in the communications area. Mr. Ramsey has served on the AEDC Board since the organization’s creation in 2005 and is an appointee of the Ascension Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Creel is a Senior Vice President, Branch Administrator in charge of all branch operations and employees, and a Loan Officer with Iberville Bank in Prairieville. Mr. Creel has served on the AEDC Board since December, 2008 and is an appointee of the Ascension Parish Council.

Mr. Dawson stated that he is appreciative of the confidence placed in him by AEDC’s Board of Directors.  “Economic development is the lifeblood of Ascension Parish”, Dawson said.  “We must continue to take an aggressive,  professional approach to job creation and capital investment on the part of both our existing enterprises as well as new business recruitment if we are to maintain a high quality of life in the Parish”, he added.