Deokie Ramlochan-Ramjohn, Board Chair and Director of Corporate Services at AlgEternal Technologies LLC.
Ms. Deokie Ramlochan-Ramjohn, a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago, serves as the Director of Corporate at AlgEternal Technologies, LLC (AET), a company focused on the sustainable application of microalgae as an alternative to fossil hydrocarbons. Deokie holds an MBA in Marketing from University of Bedfordshire; B.A. in Business Management, from Herriot-Watt University, and a Professional Certificate in Events Management from the George Washington University School of Business. Deokie has over 20 years’ experience in providing Corporate Services Support and Management in increasingly senior roles both in the private and public sector.
Deokie provides critical Corporate Services Management support to AlgEternal, reviewing, amending, and creating where necessary, the internal policies, procedures, and controls to ensure that the Company meets and exceeds internal and statutory reporting requirements. She manages a team that supports marketing, procurement, logistics, accounting, and bookkeeping services for AlgEternal, to ensure that the Company maintains good Corporate Governance Standards. She is methodical, comprehensive, and anticipates the needs of the organization ensuring that operations run smoothly and without interruption. A logistics and planning expert, Deokie manages all Corporate events, planning and executing from the sophisticated and elegant to the informal and impromptu, within budget and on schedule. Deokie is also the Brand Ambassador for the AlgAllure® skin care, produced by AlgEternal and is a member of the Noon Lions Club and Rotary Club of La Grange, Texas.
Deokie is a board member with Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area representing Fayette County and La Grange Noon Lions Club. In her spare time, Deokie enjoys spending time with family, cooking, traveling, shopping, volunteering, and exercising.
Michelle Gulash, Secretary and Owner of Dress for Success Uniforms https://www.shophellouniforms.com/
Michelle Gulash was born and raised in Victoria, TX. She met her husband, Bob Gulash, while attending Texas Lutheran University. After living in the Mid-West for 7 years Michelle and her family relocated to Fayette county in 2014.
After working for 10 plus years as a healthcare professional, she decided to take a leap of faith into the world of entrepreneurship. In 2017, she saw a need within the community and opened Dress for Success Uniforms now Hello Uniforms. Hello Uniforms provides essential uniforms for healthcare workers, first responders, and private school uniforms.
She is also an active member of the following community organizations: the La Grange Rotary, Catholic Daughters of America , and the Texas Women’s League. When Michelle isn’t busy managing her business she enjoys spending quality time with her husband and 3 children, Leah, Waylon, and Madeline.
Tony Brock, Treasurer and owner of The Ups Store in La Grange. Tony uses his 35+ years of experience in leading retail business sales, marketing and development to deliver solutions to small businesses throughout Fayette County. Tony believes that supporting your customers with quality products and exceptional, friendly service are the keys to successful retail business.
As a young man in his early twenties, Tony began his professional career with JC Penny’s in New Mexico. Tony found his passion for the western boot business while working for JC Penny’s. This led him to successful careers at ACME Boot Company, Dan Post Boots, and Cooper’s Western Warehouse. While at Cooper’s Western Warehouse, Tony began his corporate leadership career. First as a Senior Buyer of Boots, Belts and Hats, to General Merchandise Manager and then Chief Merchandising Officer. This career led him back to the great state of Texas where he was the Chief Merchandising Officer for BTWW (Boot Town Western Warehouse) who at the time was the largest Western Clothing Chain in the U.S., with over 150 locations. In 2008, Tony choose to leave the retail world and move to the wholesale side of the business by joining 3D Belt Company in Schulenburg, Texas as their VP of Sales and Marketing. By a twist of fate, Tony and 3D parted ways in 2017 and Tony moved to Fayette County.
Tony decided to take on his dream of owing his own business. Seeing the need to support small business small businesses and the growing shipping business, Tony opened The UPS Store in La Grange in June 2018 and plans to expand his business in surrounding communities.
Kala Gunn, Insurance Agent with Fayette County Farm Bureau
Kala has spent the past 10 years living and working in the great community of La Grange, Texas. As a graduate from Texas A&M University with a Degree in Ag Business, Leadership & Development, she has an extensive background and passion for team leadership. She is an entrepreneur with a passion for growing and developing businesses! Kala currently lives in La Grange with her husband (Sam) & 2 Children (Beckett- 4 & Everly-2). Kala also started an exciting new career in April of 2022, at Texas Farm Bureau as a licensed Agent specializing in Farm, Home, Auto & Life Insurance. She looks forward to joining the Chamber, becoming a part of the new team and lending a helping hand to this great community!
Brandon is a Broker Associate for Bubela Real Estate
Working out of the La Grange office. Brandon started his real estate career in 2004 in Bryan/College Station by helping investment clients diversify their investments into real estate. In 2017, Brandon and his family moved back home and is now helping clients buy, sell, and invest throughout Fayette County and La Grange, TX. Brandon has the wisdom and creative eye to visualize and bring to fruition the highest and best use of any piece of real estate.
Brandon and his wife, Britney, live in La Grange, TX with their 4 children, Skarlet, Bohen, Winnie, and Jonah. They are very active in the community by volunteering with Little League, the Fayette County Fair, and The Green Door Fund with Fayette Community Foundation which helps with workforce development initiatives in the county. They are also active members of The Remnant Church in La Grange. In their free time you can find them working in their garden, helping others in their gardens, or on the golf course.
Davis (Mac) Brooks, Co-Owner of Mac’s Daqs Bar & Lounge
Born in Atlanta, Georgia, is a co-owner of Mac’s Daqs Bar and Lounge in La Grange, and a proficient Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst at Capitol Market Research in Austin, Texas. Mac pursued his higher education in Louisiana, where he met his fiancée, Kelsey. He then advanced his academic journey at Texas State University, earning a Major in Geography and a Minor in Soil Science. His strong academic background paved the way for his current part-time position in Austin, where he plays a critical role in the analysis and interpretation of geographical data in the Real Estate Market.
Alongside his fiancée, Kelsey Parchman, Mac co-founded Mac’s Daqs Bar and Lounge in 2019. What started as a daiquiri bus at the Warrenton Antique Show and Fayette County Fair soon evolved into a communal hub in La Grange. Mac and Kelsey’s dedication to their community is evident in their concerted efforts to grow their business, contributing to the social and economic vitality of the area.“