Jefferson Community Foundation, LABI Present Awards | business news

William Henry Shane Jr. was named the first recipient of the Jefferson Community Foundation’s “Jefferson First” Philanthropy Award.

The award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to Jefferson Parish through their philanthropic giving, community service, actions, talents and dedication.

Shane co-founded Favrot & Shane Co. with HM “Tim” Favrot and is now one of the largest owners of multi-family residential properties in the state.

Shane led the formation of what became known as the Jefferson Economic Development Commission, or JEDCO, and served as its first chairman. He was also one of three founding members of Greater New Orleans Inc., a regional economic development alliance serving the 10-community region of southeast Louisiana.

William “Bill” Balhoffformer President and CEO of Postlethwaite & Netterville, was awarded the 2022 Gold Medal Award of Distinction, the highest distinction bestowed by the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants.

Since 1944, the award has been given to accountants whose impact on the accounting profession was particularly notable.

Balhoff was instrumental in making P&N the largest accounting firm based in Louisiana. Both Accounting Today and CPA Magazine named him among the “Top 100 Most Influential People” in the accounting industry. The Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants honored Balhoff with the LCPA Life Member Award earlier this year.

Walter E. Blessey Jr. was named 2022 Maritime Person of the Year by the US Port of New Orleans Propeller Club.

Blessey was recognized for his contributions to the maritime industry in the New Orleans area.

He is the founder and owner of Blessey Marine Services in Harahan. Blessey founded the company in 1978. It now has more than 750 employees and operates a fleet of barge tankers and tugboats.

In 2019, Blessey was honored with a Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service Award to recognize his services to the inland waterway industry.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a law degree from Tulane University. The university later presented Blessey with the Lifetime Achievement Award for the Class of 1967.

Annette DrodyExecutive Director of the Louisiana Dental Association, made an Honorary Fellow of the International College of Dentists.

ICD is a dental honor society that recognizes outstanding professional achievement.

Droddy began her career at the LDA as Director of Communications and Public Affairs in 2003 and was promoted to Deputy General Manager in 2011.


The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry announced the winners of the Free Enterprise Awards 2022.

E. Fredrick Price Jr., a partner of Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, won the Ed Steimel Achievement Award. The award honors long-standing membership and service to LABI and recognizes individuals who have invested exceptional time and effort to improve the quality of life in Louisiana.

Amazon was named Large Company of the Year. Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Co. won the Small Company of the Year Award.

Terry BaughCFO of D&J Construction, was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year. Jacob LandryFounder and President of Urban South Brewing, was recognized as Young Businessperson of the Year.

BASF Corp. accepted the award for Major Manufacturer of the Year. Elmer Candy Corp. was awarded Small Manufacturer of the Year.

Ochsen health was recognized as Workforce Innovator of the Year. The award recognizes those who have launched educational or human resource development initiatives to bridge the employment gap.

Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce was honored as business development partner of the year.