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Maritime Administrator Mark Buzby tours Port of Beaumont

Newly appointed MARAD Administrator Rear Adm. Mark Buzby visited the Port of Beaumont Friday, Jan. 19, to familiarize himself with the busiest port in the United States for both import and export of military cargo.

Education First Federal Credit Union presents $35,000 to local schools

Education First Federal Credit Union and its We’re Paying It Forward program distributed 117 checks totaling almost $35,000 to local schools in Southeast Texas on Wednesday, Jan. 24, at the Event Centre in Beaumont.
The program was developed three years ago to support local education while allowing Education First members to direct a portion of their own dollars back into the communities in which they live and work.

Cheniere Energy demostrates LNG process at Youth Career Expo

Several thousand kids came by Cheniere Energy’s booth at the Youth Career Expo at Ford Park on Thursday, Feb. 1 as Cheniere’s process engineers demonstrated the properties of liquefied natural gas as an example of volume reduction by dipping a balloon in LNG.

Photo courtesy of Cheniere Energy

Vernon Pierce retires from Entergy

Vernon Pierce, whose career at Entergy spans more than 43 years, has announced his retirement.

Pierce officially retired at the end of January as vice president of customer service for Entergy Texas Inc. where he was responsible for oversight of distribution operations, including construction, engineering, repair and expansion of infrastructure for existing and new customers. He also maintained oversight of storm response activities, and most recently, led the Entergy Texas response to Hurricane Harvey, which knocked out power to 186,200 customers.

BBB Serving Southeast Texas to hold anniversary event for past Torch Award winners on Feb. 8

The 20th annual BBB Serving Southeast Texas Torch Awards is set for Thursday, Feb. 22, at Ford Park. The event was rescheduled from its previous date in September due to Hurricane Harvey.

Dubbed “Light Up The Night With Torch,” this year’s event will honor 20 years of past winners including nonprofits, small and large businesses.

“The Torch Awards is our premiere programming to recognize businesses for ethics and what they’re doing in the local market,” said Liz Fredrichs, president of the BBB Serving Southeast Texas.

New Motiva CEO talks company growth, potential expansion into chemicals

Motiva Enterprise’s new president and CEO was keynote speaker at the Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce’s 118th Annual Banquet.

Brian Coffman replaced Dan Romasko as CEO and as speaker at the banquet. Greater Port Arthur Chamber President Bill McCoy said the Chamber had originally scheduled Romasko to speak at the event before the announcement was made that Coffman was taking over as CEO of the company.

Dale Champagne announces retirement at Beaumont Chamber’s 115th Birthday Celebration

In addition to celebrating 115 years of advocating for and supporting the Beaumont business community and sharing plans for 2018, the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce announced Wednesday, Jan. 24, that a familiar face at the Chamber would be retiring.

After more than seven years at the Beaumont Chamber, Sales Membership Director Dale Champagne, 58, has retired.

Texas Coffee Co. copes with loss, moves forward with optimism

When Carlo Busceme III died suddenly and unexpectedly last September, the question arose, “What now?” for the Texas Coffee Company.

Carlo had been president of the Beaumont business for more than 18 years when in 1999, his cousins Joseph F. Fertitta Jr. and Donald P. Fertitta took over management of the company founded in 1921 and famously known for its Seaport and TexJoy products.

Although Joseph had extensive business management experience and Donald had a background in industrial sales, Carlo conveyed a message to his two cousins when they arrived.

LSC-O President Dr. Michael Shahan to retire in August

After nearly 24 years as the head of Lamar State College – Orange, Dr. Mike Shahan announced his plans to retire. Shahan said he plans to stay through the end of the fiscal year, making his last day at LSC-O Aug. 31, 2018.

Shahan’s time in the Lamar family started in 1977 as a history teacher at the Port Arthur campus. He moved up in rank there over the years and eventually became the Vice President of Academic Affairs. In 1994, he was moved to the Orange campus to serve as interim president. Shortly afterward, his title became permanent.

The Grill's multiple options under one roof perfect for romance or larger functions

Tucked away on Calder Avenue, The Grill by Arfeen, Smith & Payne is a charmingly diverse setting for a restaurant. It is a combination of ideas and atmospheres that blend seamlessly, and yet every section is distinct in its attitude and ambience.

“We are in this little nook here; it’s hard to find,” said Perry Celeste, general manager of The Grill, though this writer would argue that the location adds to the personality of the restaurant.