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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 BegnaudCEOLafayette Downtown Development Authority / Downtown Unlimited
  • Hunter ChauvinPartnerLiskow & Lewis

Bayou Region

  • Riley KennedyDirector of Organization DevelopmentWoodward Design+Build

Capitol Region

  • Matt AdamsRegional Director, External AffairsAT&T Louisiana
  • Albert AlexanderSenior AssociateBluehenge Capital Partners
  • Anita ByrneSSA Consultants
  • Kyle CookPartnerHannis T. Bourgeois, LLP
  • Ryan CrossSenior Director, Government AffairsFranciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System
  • Patrick DerbesAccount ExecutiveCMA Technology Solutions
  • Carroll Devillier, Jr.PartnerBreazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P.
  • Eric EngemannPresidentCristo Rey Franciscan High School
  • Lance GlaserStrategic Procurement ManagerPerformance Contractors, Inc.
  • Brent GuthrieProject ManagerCajun Industries, LLC
  • Chelsea HarrisEconomic Development Marketing StrategistEntergy Corporation
  • Trent HillDigital Marketing StrategistGatorworks
  • Whitney LaNasaManaging DirectorStonehenge Capital
  • Justin LandryReal Estate DevelopmentStirling Properties
  • Julie LaperouseDirector of Culture and TalentGulf Coast Bank & Trust
  • Mallory LeBlancSafety Section SupervisorExxonMobil
  • Griffon LestageRetirement Plan AdvisorEmpower Retirement
  • Marissa LingoniDirector of Business DevelopmentProvidence Engineering & Design
  • Coulter McMahenAttorneyTaylor Porter
  • Mike NizzoMarket President for East Baton RougeBusiness First Bank
  • Nial PatelVice PresidentCornerstone Government Affairs
  • Amy Canik ProvinceCommercial Banking Relationship ManagerRegions Bank
  • Dustin PuryearCEOPuryear IT
  • Trenton RivesProject ManagerHunt, Guillot & Associates
  • Cody SaucierConsultantSSA Consultants
  • Micah SchillingBusiness DevelopmentPactec, Inc.
  • Meagan Shields
  • Bo ThornhillDirector of Loss ControlStupp Corporation
  • Allyce TrappDirector of Governmental AffairsHome Builders Association of Greater Baton Rouge
  • Michael VictorianAssociate Labor/Employment and LitigationPhelps Dunbar
  • Rawley WebberEngineering Market LeaderFenstermaker
  • Marcus WilliamsManaging PartnerWILLIAMS Architecture, LLC
  • Trey WilliamsManaging PartnerJRE Private Equity Group / Southfin Southern Poke
  • TJ WoodardPharmacist/OwnerPrescriptions to Geaux
  • Josh ZumoSenior Project ManagerCajun Industries, LLC

Northeast Region

  • Cody BaumanProject EngineerDrax Biomass
  • Peyton FarrProducerThomas & Farr Agency
  • Wes MartinEVP and Chief Lending OfficerBank of Oak Ridge

Northwest Region

  • Ian ByramGeologistHeritage Energy Company
  • Marshall FerrellPresidentConstruction Safety Products
  • Laura LylesPresidentNatchitoches Area Chamber

Southeast Region

  • Arthur DuprePresidentACE Scholarships Louisiana
  • Canaan HeardCEOProtac LLC and Protac Foundation
  • Ron HemeltInvestment BankerEvangeline Securities
  • Justin LandryReal Estate DevelopmentStirling Properties
  • Phillip LeBlancBusiness DevelopmentDurr Heavy Construction
  • Matthew WilsonDirector, Marketing, Communications, Gov’t AffairsBarriere Construction Company

Southwest Region

  • Dustin GrangerCEOToujours Planning
  • Jessica JudiceGeneral ManagerCintas Corporation
  • Jeremy StineMarketing DirectorStine Lumber Company
  • Robert WilliamsonSVP Market PresidentJD Bank
  • Jiten ZaveriPresidentProsperity Hospitality Management