Business Honors for April 13

NEW ORLEANS AREA

PortaVision Medical has won the second annual JEDCO Challenge held by the Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission and First NBC Bank.

Founder Terry Ancar designed and manufactured the NeoRay Portable Digital X-Ray System after recognizing a need in neonatal care units.

Pre-term babies often can’t handle the high level of radiation in X-ray devices used on adults. The NeoRay is a compact system designed to be used in Neonatal Intensive Care Units at the incubator.

The device was presented in the JEDCO Challenge pitch competition that included 44 applicants. PortaVision Medical won a prize worth almost $80,000 in cash and various business services.

TIM CLEMENTS, OF CLEMENTS INSURANCE SERVICES IN CHALMETTE, HAS BEEN NAMED THE 2014 PIA NATIONAL YOUNG INSURANCE PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR BY THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL INSURANCE AGENTS.

Clements was honored for his dedication to his profession, contributions to the community and efforts to get more young people to pursue a career as an independent insurance agent.

THE LOUISIANA TUMOR REGISTRY AT THE LSU HEALTH SCIENCES CENTER NEW ORLEANS SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH RECEIVED A FIRST-PLACE AWARD FROM THE SURVEILLANCE EPIDEMIOLOGY AND END RESULTS PROGRAM OF THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH’S NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE FOR ITS DATA QUALITY PROFILE.

This is the fifth time LSUHSC’s Louisiana Tumor Registry has earned the award and the fourth consecutive year.

The SEER Program evaluates a number of measures of data quality annually. The SEER Program collects cancer incidence and survival data from 18 population-based cancer registries in the United States.

It is considered to be the standard for quality among cancer registries around the world.

BATON ROUGE AREA

The Louisiana Society of Association Executives has presented William Dufrene, senior vice president of the Alliance Safety Council in Baton Rouge, with the President’s Award and Vincent Zebeau Jr., executive vice president of the Deep South Equipment Dealers Association, with the Executive of the Year Award.

They were recognized for their contributions to the statewide association, made up of chief executive officers and association professionals of different types of associations.

SUZANNE BORDELON, A STATE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAM ANALYST, RECEIVED AN AWARD FROM THE LOUISIANA SOLID WASTE ASSOCIATION AND THE BOARD OF CERTIFICATION AND TRAINING FOR SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT OPERATORS FOR HER YEARS OF DEDICATED SERVICE.

Bordelon works with the Board of Certification assisting landfill operators in obtaining the certification required by DEQ to operate Type II, II-A and III landfills.

THE HIGH GROVE, A LUXURY APARTMENT COMMUNITY DEVELOPED BY DOMAIN COMPANIES, HAS BEEN AWARDED LEADERSHIP IN ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN SILVER CERTIFICATION FOR MULTIFAMILY LOWRISE FROM THE U.S. GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL.

LEED silver certification is awarded to projects that meet extensive sustainable design and construction requirements in nine areas: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, location and linkages, awareness and education, innovation in design, and regional priority.

AROUND SOUTH LA.

New Orleans craft distillery Atelier Vie LLC and Lacassine-based Louisiana Spirits Distillery LLC won top awards in the American Distilling Institute competition among American craft, or boutique, distilleries.

Atelier won a gold medal in the category of “contemporary rectified gin” for its Euphrosine Gin No. 9.

Louisiana Spirits won in the spiced rum category with its Spiced Bayou Rum.

Three other Atelier Vie spirits also won medals: in the absinthe category, its Toulouse Green Absinthe tied with an Oregon distillery for first place and its Toulouse Red took second place; and in the clear whiskey category, its Riz Louisiana Rice Whiskey took third place.

Both distilleries also recently won honors from the American Craft Distillers Association.

Atelier Vie’s Euphrosine Gin No. 9 won a gold medal in that competition, and Louisiana Spirits Distillery won a gold medal for its Spiced Bayou Rum and a bronze medal for its Silver Bayou Rum.

The American Heart Association cited various local companies for achieving Fit-Friendly status by creating physical activity programs within the workplace.

Baton Rouge General Medical Center and Rubicon LLC earned the Worksite Innovation Award presented to worksites that creatively implement programs to promote physical activity in the workplace and/or community.

Platinum Award status went to Albemarle Corp.; Baton Rouge General Medical Center; Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana; Lane Regional Medical Center; Louisiana CAT; Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center; and Rubicon LLC.

Gold Award status went to Amedisys Inc.; Baton Rouge Cardiology Center; Iberville Math, Science, & Arts Academy-East; Lipsey’s; Louisiana Cardiology Associates; Louisiana Healthcare Connections; Mockler Beverage Co.; Performance Contractors Inc.; Providence; Provident Resources Group; Shell Chemical Plant; Spectrum Fitness; The Celtic Group; and Turner Industries Group LLC.