Nicol Blanchard | Chief Executive Officer Houma Terrebonne Chamber of Commerce

Tell me about your work:

What is the best part of your job? 

I love the culture and diversity of the Chamber, and all the many different aspects of our members. I am so blessed to be here surrounded by an awesome staff, and every day I come to work to my
dream job.

What is the hardest? 

I believe balancing politics.

Why should local businesses consider joining/getting involved with the Houma Terrebonne Chamber?   

Through our events, the Chamber provides businesses and individuals with opportunities to develop business relationships and generate leads. Building and strengthening relationships are a big part of the monthly Business After-Hours events, the Business 2 Business luncheons, the monthly General Membership Luncheons, the golf tournament, and the annual banquet, as well as participating in the various committees.

The Chamber also provides an outlet for the opinions and needs of businesses in the community to be heard in order to influence projects and programs that support our community’s growth.  Issues such as the economy, health and wellness, education, and infrastructure become Chamber business issues because they are a significant part of our overall business climate.  As a collective voice, we can have a greater impact on issues that transform our community.

What’s on the agenda for the Chamber for the rest of 2019? What’s new for 2020?

Ending 2019, we are updating our member directory and planning our annual banquet for January 29, 2020. In 2020, we have our annual banquet, general membership luncheons, focusing on new goals for our committees and revitalizing our member events.

What’s one leadership skill you feel everyone must learn?   

I think being a good listener is an excellent skill in becoming a good leader.

Tell me about yourself:

As a child, what did you see yourself doing as a career?

I always wanted to be an accountant. I enjoyed working with numbers.

What was your very first job?

While in college, I was a Kmart cashier.

What time to do you wake up and how do you start your day?

I wake up at 5 a.m. and exercise until 6 a.m.

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?

I can’t do without electricity.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I love to read.

Favorites/This or that:

Favorite food:
Tostitos Lime Chips

Favorite vacation spot: 
Florida or Alabama Beaches

Favorite TV series:
Drama – Grey’s Anatomy

Comedy – Modern Family

How do you take your coffee? 
One Stevia and cream

Ice cream or frozen yogurt?  
If I’m going to spurge, vanilla ice cream with caramel sauce and nuts

Pen or pencil?
Blue ink pen

Early bird or night owl?
Early bird