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Hon. Joel T. Chaisson receives port community award

From staff and wire reports - July 21, 2013

Hon. Joel T. Chaisson, former Executive Director of the Port of South Louisiana, was selected pick for the 2013 C. Alvin Bertel Award.

The C. Alvin Bertel Award was established in 1967 and is presented each year to an individual who has made significant contributions to the Greater New Orleans port community.

The World Trade Center of New Orleans (WTCNO) hosted an award luncheon in Chaisson’s honor last month at the Sheraton New Orleans.

"Joel Chaisson is a treasured member of our maritime community, and this recognition is well-deserved," stated WTCNO CEO Dominik Knoll. "We look forward to celebrating his latest accomplishment."

David Fennelly, Director of Associated Terminals added, "A true and trusted friend, the Hon. Joel Chassion is passionate about our State of Louisiana’s Maritime industry and in particular for the success and growth of the jurisdiction of the Port of South Louisiana."

Prior to his current position, Chaisson served as the Legal Counsel of the Port of South Louisiana, judge of the 29th Judicial District Court, LA State Representative for District 56 and legal counsel of St. Charles Parish Public Schools.

Chaisson also has numerous professional, civic and business affiliations, such as the American Federal and Louisiana Bar Associations, Louisiana State University Law Alumni Association, Committee of 100, Ports Association of Louisiana, Gulf Ports Association of the Americas, Mississippi Valley Trade and Transport Council, International Freight Forwarders and Custom Brokers Association of New Orleans and the World Trade Center of New Orleans.

The award recipient is selected by a committee of eleven international trade, transportation, and economic development organizations in the New Orleans area. Nominating organizations include the Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans, City of New Orleans, International Freight Forwarders and Customs Brokers Association, Louisiana Maritime Association, Jefferson Parish, New Orleans Board of Trade, New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, Plaquemines Port, Harbor, & Terminal District, Port of South Louisiana, St. Bernard Port, Harbor, & Terminal District and the World Trade Center of New Orleans.

For more information, contact The World Trade Center of New Orleans at (504) 529-1601 or email

Joel T. Chaisson
Joel T. Chaisson