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Pilgrim to lead parish chamber in 2017
from The Concordia Sentinel
January 6, 2017 -

(Concordia Sentinel) — Beaux Pilgrim of Reed Insurance says he wants to keep the Concordia Chamber of Commerce on the successful path it has followed during the past few years.

Pilgrim is now in the position to do just that as the organization’s new president for 2017. He replaces outgoing president Josh Wilson of United Mississippi Bank, who served for two years at the chamber’s top officer.

Wilson said Pilgrim would represent the chamber well.

“I am excited to pass the Presidential reigns off to Beaux,” Wilson said. “He has been a very active chamber member the last two years and I know that he will continue pushing the chamber's vision forward in the new year. Beaux, being a local small business owner, has some great ideas on how the chamber can support our local businesses.”

Brandy Spears of Riverland Medical Center is the chamber’s new vice-president for 2017. Stephen Dawkins of Delta Bank is treasurer and Paula Savant of Tensas State Bank is secretary.

Jamie Wiley is executive director.

“During the last few years the chamber has been able to consistently add new members,” Pilgrim said. “We signed up three new businesses in December and have been getting new members every month. We hope to continue this.”

Pilgrim grew up in Morgan City. While studying at Louisiana College in Pineville, he met Beth Reed, the daughter of the late Paul Reed of Reed Insurance. Pilgrim and Beth began dating and married.

When Paul Reed offered Pilgrim a job at the agency, the couple made Vidalia their home.

“I liked the area and have lived here more than I have lived anywhere else,” said Pilgrim, who is 46. “I consider this home and I like being involved in this community.

“Josh (Wilson) recruited me into the chamber and I have enjoyed being a part of it.”

Pilgrim said that during the past two years the chamber has “made a hard press at living up to the missions statement and that is to benefit the businesses in our community. We will continue that push.

“This is also the second year of our emerging leaders program and this, too, will continue.”

He said more business classes and seminars are in the works. There were six last year. Ten are scheduled for 2017.

“They are well attended,” he said.

Presently, the chamber has 160 members.

Pilgrim credited recent chamber leaders for their past efforts.

He said Wilson “has put together a good team on the board that has really propelled us further along.”

Pilgrim said that involvement from members is brisk and that chamber events have “good attendance and good speakers.”

“We’ll have a fantastic board again this year,” he said. “We are all ready to roll up our sleeves and work hard.”

Pilgrim said the chamber’s annual banquet is slated for March 16.

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