SBA WINNER RETURNS FROM WASHINGTON WITH NATIONAL RECOGNITION

Edward V. Lepre, C-SAPA, was named the 2012 Louisiana Small Business Person of the Year 

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Ed Lepre Pictured with Karen Mills head of the SBA

HARAHAN, LA – Edward V. Lepre, C-SAPA, the President and CEO of International Drug Detection, LLC (IDD), a Harahan based company, was recognized and honored with an SBA Award from SBA Administrator Karen G. Mills during the week long National Small Business Week celebration held in Washington, DC. During his visit to the Capitol, Lepre, the 2012 Louisiana Small Business Person of the Year for both the SBA and LED, met with Senators Mary Landrieu (D) and David Vitter (R). The award is given annually to the person who best personifies the value of hard work, innovative ideas and dedication to the community. Ed was nominated for the award by the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce.

Previous, Ed was honored with awards at celebrations conducted at the Governor’s Mansion on May 15 and at an award luncheon sponsored by the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce on May 17.

“I am deeply honored and humbled by this award since the SBA recognized me and my company for our achievements as a small business,” Lepre said. “After all, small businesses have been, are and will always be the driving force of our American economy. Small business leaders are the job creators and difference makers in the lives of our families.”

Lepre, who founded IDD in 1997, was in the running for the National award and was one of only a few state winners invited to attend the National week long celebration of small businesses in America..

“This honor is especially significant since this year my company, International Drug Detection, celebrates its 15thanniversary and Louisiana celebrates its bi-centennial of becoming a state,” Lepre said. “I consider myself blessed to be surrounded by supporting family and staff.”

Lepre, who is involved in several community and church activities such as Special Olympics, has more than 25 years of law enforcement and drug detection experience. During his tenure of service as a Jefferson Parish Deputy, Lepre earned several awards and accommodations including being named as “Law Officer of the Year” in 1990.

LSBA-026_000Since 1992, Lepre has been in the drug testing industry and has earned the prestigious C-SAPA (Certified Substance Abuse Program Administrator) designation, a title held by less than 110 professionals world-wide. In 1997, Lepre and his wife founded International Drug Detection, LLC (IDD). Their vision was to create a drug testing facility and Third Party Administrator (TPA) dedicated to providing professional service with a foundation of integrity and hard work. During the past 15 years, Lepre and his staff have conducted almost 250,000 tests for several fortune 100 companies.

 

Today, IDD is one of the fastest growing drug detection facilities in the South. Its diversified client base ranges from small community one or two person businesses to Fortune 100 international companies. Even though most of the IDD clients are in the Maritime and Oil and Gas Industries, its staff serves local schools, restaurants, construction companies and car dealerships.

IDD offers a full range of drug and alcohol testing for both DOT and Non-DOT tests. Services are provided at the IDD corporate office and at client designated sites. Testing is conducted by certified technicians on land, on docks and offshore. Technicians often travel to sites from Florida to the Texas Coast and as far north as Chicago. Through its network of partner facilities located strategically in several states, IDD offers its clients testing anywhere in America including Alaska and Hawaii.
Always ready to respond to the needs of its clients, the IDD team in 2010 helped the Gulf cleanup effort for BP by professionally conducting more than 50,000 drug and alcohol tests to BP contractors. In this challenging time, IDD responded in a prompt manner to ensure a safe and successful cleanup.

“Helping people through a crisis is important to me. In the past few years, the people of Louisiana have faced hurricanes, floods and oil spills. I am proud that IDD was able to help our clients through these challenges. We always rebuild bigger, better and stronger than before,” Lepre said.

As an industry leader, IDD has earned several prestigious awards. This includes the IDD K-9 teams earning the top three honors in the Private Industry Bracket for the 2009 NNDDA Nationals (National Narcotic Detector Dog Association). About 150 K-9 teams participated in the event, which featured divisions for Law Enforcement and Private Industry.

Recently, IDD added a state-of-the-art mobile testing vehicle. This huge freightliner, which is 39 feet long, contains four complete collection stations, two bathrooms and reception area along with satellite communication. With this latest addition to the IDD fleet, technicians can now provide testing at remote sites. The new mobile testing facility, which is nicknamed “The Unit”, is an example of how IDD combines old-fashion work ethics with new technology while complying with constantly changing rules and regulations.

From humble beginnings to now, the vision of IDD, with its staff of dedicated full-time and part-time employees and award winning K-9s, is to be the leader in helping businesses create a safe and drug-free workplace. After all, a drug-free business is a better business.

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