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Emerging Leaders Council

In January 2016, LABI established the inaugural Emerging Leaders Council, a select group of distinguished young entrepreneurs from each region of Louisiana who have a demonstrated commitment to making the state a great place to live and work. The 2020 Emerging Leaders Council represents the top talent in the Louisiana business community across a range of industry sectors.

Acadiana Region

  • Anita Begnaud Lafayette Downtown Development Authority / Downtown Unlimited
  • Charles Fenstermaker Fenstermaker, Inc.
  • Hunter Chauvin Liskow & Lewis
  • James Debaillon CGI
  • Laura Pryor Johnson Allen & Gooch
  • Michelle Hensgens Our Lady of Lourdes in Lafayette

Bayou Region

  • Riley Kennedy Woodward Design+Build

Capitol Region

  • Albert Alexander Bluehenge Capital Partners
  • Allyce Trapp Home Builders Association of Greater Baton Rouge
  • Amy Canik Province Regions Bank
  • Anita Byrne SSA Consultants
  • Bo Thornhill Stupp Corporation
  • Brent Guthrie Cajun Industries, LLC
  • Carroll Devillier, Jr. Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P.
  • Chelsea Harris Entergy Corporation
  • Dustin Puryear Puryear IT
  • Eric Engemann Cristo Rey Franciscan High School
  • Julie Laperouse Emergent Method
  • Justin Landry Stirling Properties
  • Lance Glaser Performance Contractors, Inc.
  • Marissa Lingoni Providence Engineering & Design
  • Matt Adams AT&T Louisiana
  • Mawe Takyi Dent Asset Management
  • Meagan Shields, Chair LWCC
  • Micah Schilling Pactec, Inc.
  • Mike Nizzo Business First Bank
  • Nial Patel Cornerstone Government Affairs
  • Sarah Olcott Allen Cox Communications
  • Trent Hill Gatorworks
  • Trenton Rives Hunt, Guillot & Associates
  • Trey Williams JRE Private Equity Group / Southfin Southern Poke

Central Region

  • Jason Hayes Hayes Manufacturing Co.

Northeast Region

  • Robert “Robbie” Wooderson Durr Heavy Construction, LLC

Northwest Region

  • Cody Bauman Drax Biomass
  • Marshall Ferrell Construction Safety Products

Southeast Region

  • Arthur Dupre ACE Scholarships Louisiana
  • Canaan Heard Protac LLC and Protac Foundation
  • Justin Landry Stirling Properties
  • Ron Hemelt Evangeline Securities
  • Todd James Broadmoor LLC
  • William “Billy” Guste IV Coastal Engineering Solutions, LLC

Southwest Region

  • Dustin Granger Toujours Planning
  • Jeremy Stine Stine Lumber Company
  • Jessica Judice Cintas Corporation
  • Robert Williamson JD Bank