Rome Floyd Chamber Small Business Spotlight – Lamante Attaud of Tendo Technologies

Lamante Attaud, Tendo Technologies.

TENDO technologies was the brain child of Founder and CEO, Lamante Attaud. In Sept 1996 he opened his first “internet” account with pipeline.com. It was a small community of mostly nerds and programmers like himself. That year, using his background in Fortran and C++ began teaching himself HTML. Using IRC chat (a predecessor to modern messaging programs), he learned quickly creating his first web page. It was a single page, with a white background and a single burgundy rectangle placed in the center. From that day until now he has loved the ever evolving world wide web.

In 2004, he stepped out in faith with the encouragement of his first client and mentor, Phillip Gaines of Hi-Tech Signs. After eliminating all obstacles the final one was the need for a client. Phillip wrote him a check that day and TENDO was off the launch pad. Lamante became active with the Rome Chamber, serving 7 years on the board. He also served on many of its committees. He has served on several non profit boards including the Community Criminal Justice Foundation, South Rome Redevelopment Association, Domestic Violence Task Force, The Adult Prom benefiting the End to Alzheimer’s Disease, among many others.

Lamante’s mission has been to help companies and organizations of any size across to globe. From the local “insurance guy” to the New York fashion event agency to a major global manufacturer, and everything in between. His passion for puzzles and programming is the fuel that keeps the TENDO engine going strong. With the assistance of his marketing gladiators, TENDO is helping you fight off the competitors, protecting your brand, and expanding your empire.

Pam Powers-Smith, Rome Floyd Chamber

The leadership of the Rome Floyd Chamber, in conjunction with the Greater Rome Existing Industries Association, has selected Pam Powers-Smith to serve as the community’s contact for existing businesses and industries in the area. The executive search was led by The Chason Group, an executive search consulting firm providing services for chambers of commerce, economic development organizations, foundations and other non-profits. Powers-Smith currently serves as president and chief executive officer of the Opelika Chamber of Commerce in Alabama. Her new title in Rome will be Director of Business and Industry Services.

A graduate of Auburn University, Powers-Smith began her career in the economic development / chamber of commerce world in 1998 as communications coordinator for the Auburn / Opelika Tourism Bureau. In 2002 she opened her own photo business in Opelika which she held ownership of until 2016. In 2011, Powers-Smith was named director of Opelika’s Main Street program which was followed by the chamber leadership role in 2016.