Full name: Tammy Jeansonne Cheatham
Title: Vice President
Company: The Recycling Foundation
Hometown: Paulina, La.
Why do you do what you do?
To have the opportunity to work and laugh with family everyday. Doing something good for the environment at the same time is the “cherry on top!”
What is your greatest professional accomplishment?
Balancing a business/career and family and keeping God at the center of it all.
What was your first job?
Working at a snowball stand during High School summers.
What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
The Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
Who do you most admire in the local business community and why?
My Father, and Father-in-law, who are both successful businessmen and equally incredible mentors.
What is the greatest personal or professional obstacle you’ve overcome?
Leaving our Lakeview, New Orleans home in the wake of Hurricane Katrina to help build our Recycling Facility in Baton Rouge. We successfully began operations on November 1, 2005.
If you started over, what would you do differently?
I started over 3 years ago (personally and professionally), and I wouldn’t change a thing!
What is your prescription for life?
Through faith and trust in God, all things are possible.
What book are you currently reading?
The Shack, by William P. Young
What do you do to unwind?
I love to read books to my little ones (ages 3 and 1).
What is your favorite weekend activity?
Taking the kids to LSU to feed the ducks, see Mike the Tiger, and have lunch at The Chimes.
What’s your theme song?
“With a Little Help from my Friends” (I like the Joe Cocker version best.)
What’s your favorite spot in Baton Rouge?
Tiger Stadium on a Football Saturday night!
How do you take your coffee/tea?
Coffee with cream and (real) sugar.
What is something that you can’t live without?
If you could change one thing about Baton Rouge, what would it be?
What is your greatest hope for Baton Rouge?
To continue to elect leaders who share a progressive vision for our city, and aren’t afraid to make it reality.
What is your greatest fear for Baton Rouge?
That we will never reach our full potential as a capital city to attract and retain young professionals, encourage business growth, and offer a first-class public school system.