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LABI Announces 2019 Board of Directors, Members of the Emerging Leaders Council

February 12, 2019

BATON ROUGE, LA (February 12, 2019) – Today at the Annual Meeting in Baton Rouge, the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) formally announced its officers and Board of Directors for 2019, along with the members of the 2019 LABI Emerging Leaders Council, a group of distinguished entrepreneurs and young professionals. LABI is pleased and proud to be guided by some of the top leaders and talent from the Louisiana business community from every corner of the state.

Sonia Pérez, president of southeast states for AT&T, will serve as the chair of LABI for 2019. She replaces Tim Stine, CEO of Stine Lumber Company, who becomes the immediate past chair. Terry Baugh, Chief Financial Officer of D&J Construction Company, Inc., will serve as the board’s vice chair. Tom O’Neal, President of O’Nealgas, Inc., and Christel Slaughter, CEO, SSA Consultants, will serve as Secretary and Treasurer respectively, rounding out the slate of 2019 LABI Officers. Serving as chair of the Emerging Leaders Council is Jim Raines, partner, Breazeale, Sachse, and Wilson LLP.

Fourteen LABI members are new to the Board of Directors, and 19 leaders were re-nominated for another term. That combined list is as follows:

Andree Begneaud
Owner, Begneaud Manufacturing, Inc. (Lafayette)

Greg Bowser – Trade Association Representative
President, Louisiana Chemical Association/Louisiana Chemical Industry Alliance (Baton Rouge)

J. H. Campbell
Manager, Client Consulting Services, LLC (Baton Rouge)

Kim Carver
Vice President of Government Relations, Gulf Coast Bank & Trust (New Orleans)

Michael Echols
Director of Business Development, Vantage Health Plan (Monroe)

Cassie Felder – Small Business Representative
Managing Attorney, Swamp Dragon, LLC (Baton Rouge)

Felicia A. Frederick
State Government Affairs Manager, Chevron U.S.A., Inc. (New Orleans)

Ryan Girouard
Vice President – Middle Market Banking, Hancock Whitney Bank (Baton Rouge)

George Guidry
Regional Manager, State Government Affairs, Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC (Baton Rouge)

Mike Hall
Controller, Nucor Steel Louisiana LLC (Convent)

David Huval
Professional Civil Engineer, CEC, Inc. (Lafayette)

Steve Jordan
CEO, Central Crude, Inc. (Lake Charles)

Christopher Kinsey
CEO, Kinsey Interests, Inc. (Shreveport)

Jay Lapeyre
President, Laitram, LLC (Harahan)

Jamey LeBlanc
Senior Director – Strategic Support, Community Coffee Company, LLC (Baton Rouge)

Brad McFarland
General Manager, LafargeHolcim U.S. (Metairie)

Danny Montelaro
South Louisiana Area President, Regions Bank (Baton Rouge)

Jody Montelaro
Vice President – La. Governmental & Regulatory Affairs, Entergy Corporation (Baton Rouge)

Spencer Murphy
General Counsel, Canal Barge Company, Inc. (New Orleans)

Mark Myrtue
Treasurer and Corporate Secretary, Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. (Covington)

Reldon Owens
Director of External Relations, Diamond B Construction LLC (Alexandria)

Fred Palmer
State Government Relations Manager – Southeast U.S., Shell Oil Company (New Orleans)

Sonia Pérez
President – Southeast States, AT&T (Baton Rouge)

Todd Perry
Principal/Senior Geologist, PPM Consultants (Monroe)

Arthur Price
President, Badger Oil Corporation (Lafayette)

Paula Ramsey – Chamber of Commerce Representative
Vice President, The Chamber Southwest Louisiana (Lake Charles)

Phillip Rozeman
President, Willis-Knighton Cardiology (Shreveport)

Christel Slaughter
CEO, SSA Consultants (Baton Rouge)

Matt Stuller
Founder and Chairman, Stuller, Inc. (Lafayette)

Kelli Bondy Troutman
Vice President, Director of Communications & Community Relations, LUBA Workers’ Comp (Baton Rouge)

Rusty Vincent
Secretary Treasurer, Century Group, Inc. (Sulphur)

Robert Webb
President, Louisiana CAT (Reserve)

William Windham
CEO, Windham, LLC (Bossier City)

Other current members of the LABI Board of Directors include:

Clay M. Allen
Managing Partner, Allen & Gooch (Lafayette)

Robert Angelico
President and Managing Partner, Liskow & Lewis (New Orleans)

Joe Arroyo
Fire Extinguisher and Supply Company, Inc. (New Orleans)

James A. Babst
Attorney, Wegmann & Babst, LLC (New Orleans)

Scott Ballard
Founder, Ballard Brands (Covington)

Bobby Barousse
Chief Financial Officer, Elmer Candy Corporation (Ponchatoula)

Terry Baugh
Chief Financial Officer, D&J Construction Company, Inc. (West Monroe)

Adrianne Baumgartner
Partner, Porteous, Hainkel, & Johnson (Covington)

C.J. Blache
Attorney, Roedel, Parsons, Koch, Blache, Balhoff & McCollister (Baton Rouge)

Robert S. Boh
President, Boh Brothers Construction Company, LLC (New Orleans)

Boyd Boudreaux
President & CEO, JD Bank (Jennings)

Michael Boudreaux
President, Juban’s Restaurant, Inc. (Baton Rouge)

Ayres Bradford
Business Development Director, Lincoln Builders, Inc. (Ruston)

James B. Bulliard
Owner, Cajun Chef Products, Inc. (Saint Martinville)

Emile Cordaro
Government Affairs, American Electric Power (Shreveport)

Tom Cox
President,, Inc. (Lafayette)

Kim Cusimano
Manager, Government & Public Affairs, North American Operations, Sasol Chemicals USA (Westlake)

Hank Danos
President, Danos (Gray)

Jason DeCuir
Principal, Ryan, LLC (Baton Rouge)

Christopher Dicharry
Partner, Kean Miller LLP (Baton Rouge)

John Doggett
Chief Administrative Officer, Crest Operations, LLC (Alexandria)

Maura Donahue
Executive Vice President, DonahueFavret Contractors, Inc. (Mandeville)

Keith P. Duet
Owner, Duet Wealth Management (Covington)

Reggie Dupre
Owner, Dupre Logistics, LLC (Lafayette)

Michael Eason, Sr.
Vice President, Michael Eason – Merrill Lynch (Lake Charles)

Ronald Evans
Owner, International Packaging Company, LLC (Gretna)

Tommy Faucheux
Southeast US State Government Affairs Leader, The Dow Chemical Company (Plaquemine)

Art Favre
President, Performance Contractors (Baton Rouge)

Courtney Fenet, Jr.
Vice President and Special Assistant to CEO and President, R.E. Heidt Construction Company, LLC (Sulphur)

William Fenstermaker
Chairman/CEO, Fenstermaker (Lafayette)

John J. Finan, Jr.
Executive Emeritus, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, Inc. (Baton Rouge)

Wayne J. Fontana
Attorney, Fontana & Seelman, LLP (New Orleans)

William Fontenot
President & CEO, Cleco Corporate Holdings, LLC (Pineville)

Marlowe Foster
Government Affairs, Gulf Coast Region, BASF Corporation (Geismar)

David Gaines
CEO, System Retail Services & Vice President of Public Affairs, Ochsner Health Systems (New Orleans)

Lane Grigsby
Chairman Emeritus, Cajun Industries, LLC (Baton Rouge)

Richard Guillory
Vice President of Operations – South Central Group, Cintas Corporation (Lafayette)

Tyson Hackenberg
Vice President, APTIM (Baton Rouge)

Bryan Hanks
President, Beta Land Services, LLC (Lafayette)

Chris Haskew
Louisiana Market President, Capital One Bank Louisiana (Baton Rouge)

Tom Hawkins
President, Atmos Energy (Baton Rouge)

Bryan Jones
Gulf Coast Deputy Office Leader, HNTB Corporation (Baton Rouge)

Dana Keel
Government and Public Affairs Manager, CITGO Petroleum Corporation (Lake Charles)

Meryl Kennedy
President, Kennedy Rice Dryers, Inc. (Mer Rouge)

Melissa Mann
Senior Director of Government Affairs, Central Region, CenturyLink (Monroe)

Martin Mayer
President, Stirling Properties, Inc. (Covington)

Jude Melville
President, Business First Bank (Baton Rouge)

Patrick Mockler
President, Mockler Beverage Company (Baton Rouge)

Jessica Monroe
Director of State Government Affairs, Johnson & Johnson HCS (Baton Rouge)

John Overton
Owner & CFO, Turn Key Solutions (Baton Rouge)

James Pellerin
President, Pellerin Millnor Corporation (Kenner)

Scott Poole
Chief Operating Officer, MARTCO LLC (Alexandria)

E. Frederick Preis
Senior Partner, Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, LLP (New Orleans)

Wynn Radford
State and Federal Affairs, Communications and External Affairs, BP America, Inc.

James T. Rogers, III
Partner, Adams and Reese (Baton Rouge)

Kenneth L. Ross
Managing Partner, Seale & Ross (Hammond)

Gordon E. Rountree
SVP/General Counsel, Lafayette General Health System (Lafayette)

Dana Stumpf
Chief Executive Officer, Durr Heavy Construction, LLC (Harahan)

Stephen Toups
President, Turner Industries Group, LLC (Baton Rouge)

Stephen Waguespack (ex oficio)
President & CEO, LABI

Peter Wilson
President & CEO, Barriere Construction Company, LLC (Metairie)

Joseph Zanco
Executive Vice President/CFO, Home Bank (Lafayette)

Angela Zeringue
Polyolefins Plant Manager, ExxonMobil Chemical Company (Baton Rouge)


The 18 new members of the 2019 LABI Emerging Leaders Council include:

Cody Bauman
Project Engineer, Drax Biomass (Monroe)

Anita Begneaud
CEO, Lafayette Downtown Development Authority

Kia Bickham
Community Outreach Manager, APTIM (Baton Rouge)

Anita Byrne
Partner, SSA Consultants (Baton Rouge)

Eric Engemann
President, Cristo Rey Franciscan High School (Baton Rouge)

Marshall Ferrell
President, Construction Safety Products (Shreveport)

Lance Glaser
Strategic Procurement Manager, Performance Contractors, Inc. (Baton Rouge)

Dustin Granger
Financial Manager, CEO, Toujours Planning (Lake Charles)

Brent Guthrie
Project Manager, Cajun Industries, LLC (Baton Rouge)

Canaan Heard
CEO, Protac LLC and Protac Foundation (New Orleans)

Ron Hemelt
Investment Banker, Evangeline Securities (New Orleans)

Trent Hill
Digital Marketing Strategist, Gatorworks (Baton Rouge)

Riley Kennedy
Director of Organization Development, Woodward Design+Build (New Orleans)

Justin Landry
Development/Finance, Stirling Properties (Covington)

Mike Nizzo
Market President for East Baton Rouge, Business First Bank (Baton Rouge)

Dustin Puryear
CEO, Puryear IT, LLC (Baton Rouge)

Meagan Shields
Investment Portfolio Manager & Enterprise Risk Specialist, Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Corporation (Baton Rouge)

Stephen Smith
Petroleum Landman, Hunter Energy, LLC (Shreveport)


Other current members of the LABI Emerging Leaders Council include:

Albert Alexander
Senior Associate, Bluehenge Capital Partners (Baton Rouge)

Sarah Olcott Allen
Director of Government Affairs – Southeast Region, Cox Communications (Baton Rouge)

Jeff Andry
Business Developer, Cleco Corporation (Pineville)

John Blackledge
General Manager Shreveport/Bossier Market, Cintas Corporation (Bossier City)

Alison Burns
CEO, Precision Payment Systems (New Orleans)

Amy Canik
Commercial Banking Relationship Manager, Regions Bank (Baton Rouge)

Robert Crawford
Investor, Atco Investment Company (Shreveport)

Lynn Daigle
Commercial Real Estate Agent, NAI/Latter & Blum, Inc. (Baton Rouge)

James Debaillon
Senior Consultant, Operations US Federal Market, CGI (Lafayette)

Eric Dexter
Director of Business Development, Civil Solutions Consulting Group (Baton Rouge)

Paul Dickson, Jr.
Executive, Morris & Dickson Company, LLC (Shreveport)

Amanda Hatten Edge
Northern Region Project Manager, Entergy Louisiana (West Monroe)

Charles Fenstermaker
Chief Financial Officer, Fenstermaker, Inc. (Lafayette)

Seth Guidry
Program Manager, Danos (Gray)

William “Billy” Guste IV
Senior Program Specialist, ELOS Environmental (Hammond)

Jason Hayes
COO, Hayes Manufacturing Co., Inc. (Pineville)

Michelle Hensgens
Divisional Director, Business Development, Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center (Lafayette)

Bryan Hodnett
Director of Business Development, DonahueFavret Contractors, Inc. (Mandeville)

Michael Howard
Outside Sales and Business Development, Controlled Fluids, Inc. (Broussard)

Jack Hunt
Operations Manager, Hunt, Guillot & Associates, LLC (Baton Rouge)

Todd James
Director of Strategic Planning, Broadmoor LLC (Metairie)

Laura Pryor Johnson
Associate, Allen and Gooch (Lafayette)

Benjamin Lee
Insurance Agent, State Farm Insurance Company (Bossier City)

Mike Levy
Capital Stewardship Advisor, Chevron Corporation (Covington)

Marissa Lingoni
Director of Business Development, Providence Engineering & Design (Baton Rouge)

Chip McAlpin
Vice President – Corporate Strategy and Development, Stupp Corporation (Baton Rouge)

Brach Myers
Senior Vice President, LHC Group (Lafayette)

Robbie Naquin
Senior Vice President of Commercial Lending for Maritime, Capital One (New Orleans)

Nial Patel (past ELC chair)
Vice President, Cornerstone Government Affairs (Baton Rouge)

James Rhodes
Co-Founder, Rhodes Property and Development (Natchitoches)

Brian Rodriguez
President, Guaranty Group (Baton Rouge)

Nick Speyrer
President, Emergent Method (Baton Rouge)

Garrett Stine
Director of Training, Stine Lumber Company (Sulphur)

Mawe Takyi
Financial Advisor, Dent Asset Management (Baton Rouge)

Amy Thibodeaux
President, Acadia Parish Chamber of Commerce (Crowley)

Robert Williamson
Commercial Lender, Lake Charles Market, JD Bank (Lake Charles)

Robert “Robbie” Wooderson
Chief Operations Officer, Durr Heavy Construction, LLC (Harahan)


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(817) 944-5091


About the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry

The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry was organized in 1975 to represent Louisiana businesses, serving as both the state chamber of commerce and state manufacturers association. LABI’s primary goal is to foster a climate for economic growth by championing the principles of the free enterprise system and representing the general interest of the business community through active involvement in the political, legislative, judicial and regulatory processes. Find out more information at