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JEDCO & Jefferson Chamber to host human resources seminar

(Fairfield, LA) – Human Resources have an important role to play in any business. Hiring the right people and developing a strategy to retain those employees is vital to a company’s overall success. As part of the ongoing Prosper Jefferson seminar series, the Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO) and the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce team up once again to bring you a seminar on Human Resources. Hear from three experts in the HR industry as they cover a variety of issues, including:

  • How to hire & retain good employees
  • Developing a company culture
  • Outsourcing your payroll and human resources needs
  • Update to the Federal Wage & Hour regulations

Join us Wednesday, July 29th, at the East Bank Regional Library’s Jefferson Room (4747 W. Napoleon Avenue in Metairie) from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Admission is free, but registration is required to attend. The event is open to all businesses and entrepreneurs. Register online at

Meet Our Speakers

Ronnie Sloan

Ronnie Slone is the founder and president of The Slone Group, a consulting firm that specializes in organizational development and training for growing companies and organizations. He has over 30 years of experience in operations management, human resources, training and professional staffing. Ronnie is certified in technical services by the American Staffing Association and he is an Advanced Associate of Emergenetics International, a framework used to increase both personnel and team effectiveness.

In addition to leading a growing consulting firm, Ronnie is also a faculty member of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program at Delgado Community College and the national cohorts at Babson College (he facilitates Module #4, “You are the Leader,” and Module #5, “It’s the People.”) Ronnie’s commitment to his community can be seen and felt through his work on several local boards, including: Greater New Orleans, Inc., Jefferson Dollars for Scholars, the Jefferson Chamber Foundation, City Park New Orleans, the Good Shepherd School, and the Jefferson Community School. Ronnie also served as the Jefferson Chamber Chairman in 2010.

Fred Preis

Fred Preis is a partner at Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson law firm where he is a senior member of the labor and employment law section. Prior to serving as an officer in the United States Army, Fred earned both his undergraduate degree in business and his law degree from Louisiana State University. He has been representing management in labor law and employee relations for more than 30 years.

Fred is a Chairman of both the Louisiana and New Orleans Bar Association Labor Law Section as well as a member of the board of editors of The Corporate Counselor, a national newsletter. He was selected by New Orleans CityBusiness for inclusion in the Legal Hall of Fame and was recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine as one of the outstanding lawyers in the field of labor and employment law. He has been repeatedly named one of America’s leading labor and employment lawyers by the well-respected news publication, Chambers USA – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in Louisiana. Fred is active in many business and civic endeavors, including the Louisiana Association of Business & Industry, the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce, the American Red Cross Southeastern Louisiana Chapter, the Louisiana Liaison Group of Federal Government Contractors, the Willow Wood/Woldenburg Home for the Aged, the Louisiana Hospital Association Society of Hospital Attorneys, Goodwill Industries, Greater New Orleans, Inc., the World Trade Center, and the Rotary Club where he is a Paul Harris fellow.

Justin Farrae

Justin is a lifelong New Orleans native. He graduated from Brother Martin High School and LSU with a degree in Psychology. Justin resides in Metairie with his wife Joy Scheyd Farrae and three sons Connor (6 yrs. old), Caleb (4 yrs. old) and Quinn (1 year old). Justin has been in the payroll industry for 7 years and enjoys working with small to midsize business owners helping them to reduce labor costs and focus their attention on growing their business.