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Local businessman and civic leader Tab Finchum has been recognized as the West Calcasieu Chamber of Commerce's (WCCC) 2015 Citizen of the Year. The presentation was made at the organization's 66th annual banquet held on Thursday, November 19, at the West Calcasieu Events Center in Sulphur. According to WCCC executive board chair Jody Barrilleaux, the list of nominees for this year's award was the most that the organization has ever received. The naming of Finchum marked the 32nd time the award has been presented. The first was given in 1984 to Oliver "Jackson" Schrumpf.
Marilyn Dawdy, the 2014 Citizen of the Year, was given the duty of announcing this year's winner at the banquet, which was a closely guarded secret up until that time. Before presenting him the award, she spoke of Finchum's love for his family and emphasized that he has given his "time, service, undivided attention and heart to this community for many, many, many, many years."
"And I am so proud to call him friend," said Dawdy. For his part, Finchum was quite taken aback by the recognition.
"I was quite shocked to say the least. This award is a tremendous honor," he said, "It is very touching when your peers and those who you work with in the community give you such an honor."
A transplant from Orange, Texas, Finchum came to Sulphur in 1984 to work as a Financial Advisor for Edward Jones. A million dollar producer, he has taught and supported other Financial Adivisors in Calcasieu Parish and nation-wide.
Finchum has also been a strong community presence. He is serving, or has served, in leadership positions for Contraband Days, Inc.; Krewe de la Louisiane; the WCCC; the Sulphur Group; the West Calcasieu Concerned Citizens; and the Sulphur Rotary Club. He is a current member of several organizations and boards, including the WCCC; the Sulphur Industrial Development Board; the Contraband Days, Inc. Board; the Krewe de la Louisiane Board; the Sulphur Rotary Club; and the SWLA Chamber-Economic Development Alliance. Finchum has previously served on the boards for the West Calcasieu Community Center Authority; the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Tournament; the Sulphur Group; the Southwest Louisiana/Lake Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau; a School Board Blue Ribbon Committee; Concerned Citizens of West Calcasieu; and the Henning Family Life Center.
Among his accomplishments, Finchum was creator and chairman of Sportsfest 1989-1993; Rotarian of the Year for 1987; and a past Boy Scout SME chairman. He has been a Limited Partner with Edward Jones since 1987.He is married to Misty Finchum and has one daughter, Taylor Finchum. "I came to this area over 30 years ago and knew no one," said Finchum, "But West Calcasieu welcomed me into their arms and gave me an environment in which my business and my personal life could flourish. The level in which this community has accepted me says a lot about the people of South Louisiana."
"I want to thank my wonderful wife Misty for nominating me and all the great friends who wrote letters in support of that nomination," he continued, "I have been blessed with truly great family members and friends.”
Southwest Daily News Article by Marilyn Monroe
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