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JEDCO, Jefferson Chamber to host company culture seminar

Fostering a positive corporate culture can have a major impact on employee engagement and retention. Experts believe that developing a strategy to motivate and inspire your team will increase productivity and boost morale – and in most cases, will help you attract quality talent as well. There are many unique ways to enhance company culture to attract, retain, and engage with high-performing individuals. Placing an emphasis on culture can go a long way to boost your bottom line.

These days, there are lots of ways that local businesses are practicing positive company culture- even in the midst of a global pandemic. As part of the Prosper Jefferson seminar series, JEDCO and the Jefferson Chamber teamed up to bring you a whole webinar about building a positive company culture – whether teams are working onsite or from home. Join us Wednesday, April 28th, at 10:00am to hear from regional experts who have employed great company culture strategies to attract talent and keep employees happy. Topics include:

  • How to build a positive company culture
  • Focusing on a healthy workplace environment
  • How to maintain morale during crisis
  • How to build employee engagement and productivity
  • Successful case studies from local businesses


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. This seminar is free and open to the public. It will be recorded and shared on the JEDCO and Jefferson Chamber websites following the event.


Todd Murphy, Jefferson Chamber of Commerce

A native of Metairie, La., Todd is President of the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce and Ex-Officio Administrator of the organization’s Charitable Foundation and Political Action Committee, (PAC). Todd has been in this full-time role for over nine years and is the primary spokesperson for the organization driving advocacy, membership development, and marketing. Since taking the lead of the Chamber, representing businesses of the largest parish in the region, the organization has taken several notable public policy and legislative positions; grown its membership and high investor revenue by more than 25%; and received a five-star Accreditation from the US Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, the Jefferson Chamber was honored as the most outstanding Chamber in the State of Louisiana, (large chamber category), three of the past nine years by the Louisiana Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, (LACCE).  He is also past president of the state chamber association and has previously served on the boards of GNO,Inc and LABI. Todd has received the Champion of Economic Development Award from the Jefferson Economic Development Commission, (JEDCO) and was recently named a “role model,” by the Young Leadership Council, (YLC).


Bill Thomassie, Infinity Engineering

Bill graduated from the University of New Orleans with a BS in Civil Engineering in 1992.  He has been practicing engineering for 30 years and founded Infinity Engineering Consultants in 2004 with his lifelong friend and fellow Archbishop Shaw High School classmate, Raoul Chauvin.  Mr. Thomassie is a licensed Professional Engineer in 16 states, but has always called New Orleans home.  Married for 28 years, Bill and his wife, Mimi, have three children, two college graduates and a third halfway there.  For fun, he collects and restores classic cars and is a longtime member of the “Fat City Drum Corps,” parading and performing around the Superdome for Saints games.  Infinity’s office home with its staff of 35 is at 4001 Division Street in Metairie, proudly located in Fat City.

Angelica Rivera, Colmex Construction

Angelica, who proudly holds the Presidency at Colmex Construction, LLC has been recognized for her achievements by many different organizations – not only for her visionary leadership in the competitive construction industry in New Orleans, but also for her entrepreneurial spirit that has been an integral force towards the

organizational growth at Colmex.

Over the past 13 Years, Angelica has received many nominations and awards including: City Business 2019 & 2020 Excellence in Construction award, she was selected as one of our “heroes’ locales” by Telemundo 42 and Gulf Cost Bank. Under her guidance, Colmex was selected by the U.S. Small Business Administration Louisiana District for the 2019 Entrepreneurial Success Award of the Year, in 2018, Colmex was ranked 71 nationwide in Inner City 100 and one the fastest-growing companies in Louisiana by Inc. 5000. In 2020 Colmex was nominated as 1 of the top City Business Best Places to Work in Louisiana.

She was appointed by the governor to be part of the Louisiana Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council, she is a member of the City Of New Orleans Economic Development Advisory Committee, part of the Board of Directors of the Home Builders Association, and the current Chair of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation, in addition on she was part of the Resilience Louisiana Small Task Force, the City Home Builders Working Group and recently featured in the Building Women Magazine a publication of the NAHB.

Angelica is a native of Colombia and in addition to her professional life, she is the mother of 4 boys and is a loving wife to her husband and business partner. She is a successful trailblazer and hopes to continue opening many doors for future generations through her work and passion that is Colmex Construction, LLC