2015 Chairman Announced


The Ascension Chamber Welcomes New 2015 Chairman of the Board

Gonzales, LA—December 18, 2014—The Ascension Chamber credits its success to an active membership of over 500 businesses, its dedicated staff and most importantly to a diverse, innovative Board of Directors. The Chamber’s Board functions under President/CEO Sherrie Despino and an appointed Chairman. Matt Pryor of Pujol, Pryor & Irwin, Attorneys at Law, handed over the reins as Chairman of the Board at the Ascension Chamber’s Christmas Social to new 2015 Chairman Kendal Matassa of Regions Bank.

Through Despino and Pryor’s leadership, the Chamber has enjoyed a memorable year. Throughout 2014 the Chamber has worked on improving its mission of strengthening the business community by implementing new strategies and increasing involvement with its members including the creation of a 2014 theme, “Ascension Now” which Pryor decided on at the beginning of his term to reinforce Chamber Members to think local first when doing business. 

The Chamber is extremely thankful for Pryor’s unfaltering commitment and is confident that positive changes in the organization will continue through the leadership of 2015 Chairman of the Board Kendal Matassa. Matassa’s immense involvement in the community through organizations such as Leadership Ascension Foundation and East Ascension Rotary Club make him an ideal, well-rounded candidate to continue to move the Chamber forward. The Chamber anticipates a prosperous year and once again commits to strengthening our economy by building our businesses.  

The mission of the Ascension Chamber of Commerce is to facilitate and foster economic growth for its members. The Ascension Chamber works to encourage a healthy and growing economic environment in the parish by offering its membership several promotional, sponsorship and networking opportunities in addition to encouraging its many visitors and callers to shop Ascension. For more information on how you can become a member or get more involved, contact the Chamber office at 225.647.7487 or visit our website at

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