The February Employee Spotlight shines on Anthony Joseph “AJ” Chauvin, Maintenance Supervisor at Tivoli Place in New Orleans, who is retiring after more than 40 years of dedicated service. AJ came to work in 1980 when Rodney Lawler and Pat Wood turned the vacant building that became Tivoli into a great place for the elderly and individuals with disabilities to live.
AJ has given 100% of himself over the 42 years he has worked at Tivoli, says Phil Lawson, Founder and Chairman of LHP Capital. AJ helped the property recover from a major fire in 1996 and horrific flooding from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He, along with Tivoli Community Manager Faye Mancuso, have been faithful caretakers of the property and its residents through these catastrophes as well as the COVID pandemic.
“AJ has been a model for Lawler-Wood and LHP employees to emulate,” says Phil. “He really cares about Tivoli Place, its residents, and his fellow staff members.”
Residents know they can depend upon AJ to keep their homes safe and in good repair. But his many contributions to the wellbeing of the Tivoli community go beyond thousands of timely repairs and completed work orders. AJ has a special place in his heart for the elderly and he truly is compassionate with the residents regardless of how difficult the circumstances, says Faye Mancuso.
“He is the most dependable, trustworthy person I know” says Faye. “He is my willow in a windstorm, he bends but never breaks.”
AJ’s care of the property during Mardi Gras is a testament to his commitment. Tivoli is on the parade route which brings thousands of revelers to the grounds and limits access due to road closures. AJ packs a bag and lives at the property during the annual celebration to make sure maintenance is available to deal with anything from a fire alarm to a janitorial emergency to a blown-out bulb. Faye says his days begin at about 5 a.m. and can last until midnight or later. He is there to take care of an issue or emergency at times when others might not be able to get there.
Mardi Gras is just one of AJ’s many “above and beyonds” says Faye. “I consider myself privileged to have been able to work with him and to call him a friend. He is truly one of a kind.”
Congratulations AJ on your retirement!
LHP is pleased to shine the spotlight on AJ Chauvin. We are grateful for his many years of loyal service and wish him all the best and much happiness in his retirement.