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JEDCO, Jefferson Chamber to host Prosper Jefferson seminar on hiring & firing

Your employees play a major role in the success of your business. It’s important to find the right people for the job and to develop an effective strategy to keep them happy and engaged. Additionally, you need to know how to deal with underperforming employees whether that means having a conversation to enhance their performance or making room for someone who can better fill that role within your business.

The Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission & the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce have teamed up to help you navigate the hiring and firing process. In this month’s installment of Prosper Jefferson, three experts will cover a variety of issues related to Human Resources, including:

  • Achieving effective employee relations
  • Hiring productive and cooperative employees
  • Positive approach to discipline
  • Progressive Discipline defined
  • Employee coaching/counseling
  • Verbal warning
  • Written warning
  • Final written warning/suspension
  • Reducing legal exposure

Join us Wednesday, October 26th, at the JEDCO Conference Center (701A Churchill Parkway, Avondale, LA 70094) from 9:00 – 10:30 AM. Admission is free, but registration is encouraged to attend. The event is open to all businesses and entrepreneurs. Register online at


Jodee P. Carpenter, Delta Administrative Services

Jodee has been the HR Manager for Delta Administrative Services, a Professional Employer Organization (employee leasing), for the last 8 ½ years. She comes to us with 10 years of experience in the HR industry with a background in the Oilfield Services Industry on the private sector side.  She works with a team of HR Generalists and HR Assistants, who ensure clients are compliant in all facets of human resources from hiring/on-boarding to final separation.  Her team’s number one goal is to ensure Delta Administrative Services’ clients have the best representation and training in HR practices at all levels of the organization. Jodee especially enjoys the face-to-face interaction with her clients and their employees. Jodee has a degree in Business Management with a minor in Human Resources.

Chris Cole, Kelly Services

Chris’s experience in training, sales and management extends over 13 years. He has been involved in hiring and evaluating employees for over 7 years. Currently, Chris is the Area Sales Manager with Kelly Services, which provided employment to 550,000 employees in 2015. Chris is also active in the community. He is an Ambassador for the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Jefferson Young Professionals and Jefferson Chamber. Additionally, Chris is a mentor for the Loyola University College of Business Executive Mentorship Program. He is President of Celebration Toastmasters and Director of Area 13 for Toastmasters. Chris recently accepted the role of Education Coordinator for his Business Networking International Chapter. Chris grew up in Mid-City New Orleans. He graduated from Jesuit High School and received his degree in Advertising from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Fred Preis, Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P.

Fred is a senior partner at the Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson law firm in 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 throughout the United States for more than 30 years.

Fred is past chairman of both the Louisiana and New Orleans Bar Association Labor Law Sections and is 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 as 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 was also recently selected by the Louisiana State Bar Association to serve on the initial eight-member Commission on Labor Law specialization where he was elected Vice Chair.

Fred has written numerous scholarly articles on employment law, which have appeared in such periodicals as the Loyola Law Review, The Corporate Counselor, Employee Relations Law Journal, New Orleans CityBusiness, and the Louisiana State Bar Journal. He is also the contributing editor to The Developing Labor Law book published by the American Bar Association.