E.C. “Chuck” Anselmo, III became an owner of the Louisiana IceGators, together with his father E. C. “Chuck” Anselmo, Jr. on August 12, 2010.
“Buying the Louisiana IceGators and continuing to be more involved in the Lafayette community is a dream come true,” Anselmo said after reaching an agreement to purchase the team. “I pledge to our fans that I will work my hardest as the owner of this beloved hockey team to build it into a respectful, successful, and entertaining organization, both on and off the ice. I will do my utmost to build a winning team, make the fans experience at the Cajundome enjoyable and increase the presence of the IceGators across Louisiana.” My vision is an IceGators organization that is committed on behalf of its fans to winning in the Cajundome and in the community.
Chuck, 42, is the president of AllStates Building Systems, Inc. He has a reputation as one of South Louisiana’s leaders in contemporary metal architecture and construction. In 2009 ABS was awarded the most prestigious honor from the Better Business Bureau, the Integrity award. In 2012 Chuck would repeat this honor with his other organization, the IceGators.
Anselmo was born in Opelousas and grew up in Lafayette, where he presently resides. He attended the University of Southwestern Louisiana before attaining AllStates Building Systems. He is married to Katherine and he has three children: Nicholas, Estelle, and Cecile.
He serves as a member of a number of associations including Upper Lafayette Economic Development, ICSC Developers Organization, Better Business Bureau, Costal Conservation Association, and Acadiana Home Builders Association.
- C. “Chuck” Anselmo, Jr. – Owner >
Chuck Anselmo was born in Port Arthur, Tx. He is the son of the late Earnest Charles Anselmo, Sr. and the late Violet Young Anselmo Parks. He has a daughter Angelique in Lumberton, Tx, a son Alberto in Beaumont, TX and Chuck III here in Lafayette. He is married to Cynthia Comeaux Anselmo and they reside in Carencro, LA.
At the age of 7 after his parents divorced he moved to Michigan with his mother where he lived for the next 11 years. He often visited his father in Port Arthur where he became really interested in his Italian Heritage. His grandfather Vincenzo Anselmo immigrated from Caccomo, Sicily and his grandmother, Angelina Buttera came from Bisequina. That interest has followed him his entire life.
After he received an honorable discharge from the United States Army he returned to Port Arthur, Tx where he worked various jobs and began to work with volunteer organizations. During that time he was in the Lions Club and worked with the March of Dimes. In 1967 he moved to Opelousas, La where he started a moving company known as Bekins. He also stayed active in community affairs. He joined the Jaycees and was named outstanding Young Man of the Year in 1968. He served on the Jaycees Board of Directors and as Vice President. He received the Jaycees Spark Plug Award in 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974 and 1975. He received the Spoke Award in 1973. Also in 1973 he became a member of the Bona Fidum Club in Opelousas. His involvement with this Italian organization started his commitment to the Italian-American community. He served as president for two terms in 1975 and 1976. He was awarded Man of the Year by the National Federation of Men’s Club in 1975. He served as the Young Mens Club liason Officer to the Italian organizations in Louisiana in 1975. It was at this time that his meeting with Joseph Maselli, Salvatore Panzecca and Tony Notto resulted in forming the American Italian Federation of Louisiana this enabled all of the Italian organizations in Louisiana to be under one umbrella. Chuck was elected Vice President in the first convention of this federation in 1979 and kept that title for the next 10 years. Since then this organization has grown and changed its name to the American Italian Federation of the Southeast United States. It consists of Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and Florida. He served as president in 1993 then reelected in 1995 and again in 2004 to 2011. He is now serving as Chairman of the Board. He also helped in establishing the Italian American Renaissance Foundation. This organization maintains a museum and Sports Hall of Fame in New Orleans dedicated to the accomplishments of Italians. In addition to acquiring and remodeling the museum itself, the foundation is also responsible in developing the Plaza d’Italia outside the museum. This plaza has a large fountain with a model of Italy superimposed in the middle. It was donated to the City of New Orleans after its completion. Mr. Anselmo served as First Vice President of the foundation from 1986 to 1988. This organization also publishes an Italian American newspaper and has a library with extensive material on Italy, Italian-Americans and Italian immigration.
He has been honored by the State of Louisiana by being named an Honorary Ambassador of the Italian Community and serves on the Advisory Commission. He was awarded the Centurion Award by the Sertoma Club of Opelousas for 1977-1978.
For all his efforts on behalf of Italians in the United States, The Republic of Italy honored Mr. Anselmo in 1978 with the rank of Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella Della solidariate’ Italiana. When he was knighted the Italian government singled out his fund raising efforts to restore the Municipo (City Hall) of the town of Vinzone in Province of Udine which was severly damaged during an earthquake. He also received the Antonio R. Rizzuto Award from the Unico National. Their motto is “service above self”.
Mr. Anselmo moved his business to Lafayette from Opelousas and became a Mayflower Transit Agent. When United Van Lines bought Mayflower he then became an Agent for United also. He ran a successful business until the time he sold it in 2005. During these years he donated his trucks for various causes some of which were Thanksgiving Dinner on the Mayflower where a radio station would serve a lucky winner their Thanksgiving Dinner inside the trailer which was decorated with new furniture donated to the winner. He also was a big supporter for the Food for Families Drive where his trucks were used to transfer the donated food to the food bank for storage. In 1980 he also opened a Portable Building Business that is still in existence. His son Chuck III bought him out in 1999. In 1998 he started a Record Storage Business that he later sold in 2008 but is still in existence and doing well. When he sold his last business he and his wife, Cyndie traveled some but he became very bored. That’s when he bought himself a job “ The Louisiana Icegators”.