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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 2022 Emerging Leaders Council represents the top talent in the Louisiana business community across a range of industry sectors.

  • Matt AdamsRegional Director, External AffairsAT&T Louisiana
  • Mark Kent AndersonExecutive VP – Sales & MarketingMid-South Extrusion
  • Dusty BastionBridge Department ManagerHNTB Corportation
  • Cody BaumanProject EngineerDrax Biomass
  • Cody Bauman (2022 Chair)Project EngineerDrax Biomass
  • Anita BegnaudCEOLafayette Downtown Development Authority / Downtown Unlimited
  • Catherine BrennerReal Estate ManagerOchsner Health
  • Ian ByramGeologistHeritage Energy Company
  • Hunter ChauvinPartnerLiskow & Lewis
  • Melanie ClouatreCredit ManagerPlacid Refining Company, LLC
  • 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.
  • Arthur DuprePresidentACE Scholarships Louisiana
  • Eric EngemannPresidentCristo Rey Franciscan High School
  • Peyton FarrProducerThomas & Farr Agency
  • Marshall FerrellPresidentConstruction Safety Products
  • Lance GlaserStrategic Procurement ManagerPerformance Contractors, Inc.
  • Chelsea Harris DufreneEconomic Development Marketing StrategistEntergy Corportation
  • Canaan HeardCEOProtac LLC and Protac Foundation
  • David HebertPrincipal, ArtchitectGrace Hebert Curtis Architects
  • Ron HemeltInvestment BankerEvangeline Securities
  • Trent HillDigital Marketing StrategistGatorworks
  • Josh HollinsVice PresidentStifel Financial Corp.
  • Jason HughesOwnerCapital City Collision
  • Seth IrbyChief Marketing & Customer Experience OfficerLWCC
  • Whitney LaNasaManaging DirectorStonehenge Capital
  • Justin LandryReal Estate DevelopmentStirling Properties
  • Julie LaperouseDirector of Culture and TalentGulf Coast Bank & Trust
  • Phillip LeBlancBusiness DevelopmentDurr Heavy Construction
  • Mallory LeBlancSafety Section SupervisorExxonMobil
  • Laura LylesPresidentNatchitoches Area Chamber
  • Wes MartinEVP and Chief Lending OfficerBank of Oak Ridge
  • Coulter McMahenAttorneyTaylor Porter
  • Mike NizzoMarket President for East Baton RougeBusiness First Bank
  • Melissa OubreDirector of Legal & Labor AffairsAssociated Grocers, Inc
  • Nial Patel (Past ELC Chair)Vice PresidentCornerstone Government Affairs
  • Trenton RivesProject ManagerHunt, Guillot & Associates
  • Cody SaucierConsultantSSA Consultants
  • Jason SistrunkGeneral ManagerCintas
  • Jeremy StineMarketing DirectorStine Lumber Company
  • Allyce TrappGovernment Relations CoordinatorAdams & Reese
  • 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
  • Robert WilliamsonSVP Market PresidentJD Bank
  • Matthew WilsonDirector, Marketing, Communications, Gov’t AffairsBarriere Construction Company
  • TJ WoodardPharmacist/OwnerPrescriptions to Geaux
  • Jiten ZaveriPresidentProsperity Hospitality Management
  • Josh ZumoSenior Project ManagerCajun Industries, LLC