2022 J. Pat Beaird Industry of the Year Luncheon
This annual event, sponsored by the J. Pat Beaird Memorial Fund and presented by Regions Bank, allows the Greater Shreveport Chamber to bring nationally recognized speakers to the area and honors an outstanding Industry who demonstrates “Best Practices” of entrepreneurship, such as sound business planning, fiscal responsibility and innovation in operating their business. Nominations for the awards are accepted year round.
The 2022 speaker will be Stephen E. Murphy! As a Special Agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Stephen Murphy and his partner, Javier Pena, targeted the world’s first narco-terrorist, Pablo Escobar, and the Medellin Cartel.
Living and working alongside their Colombian National Police counterparts in Medellin, Colombia, as well as with elite U.S. military units, their efforts resulted in the dismantlement of the largest and most violent international drug trafficking organization of its time. This was a first in the field of international narcotics investigations. U.S. and international law enforcement agencies continue to utilize many of the strategies and innovative ideas that were created and implemented by Steve and Javier.