BATON ROUGE, LA – The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) announced its officers and Board of Directors for 2022 at its Annual Meeting last week, along with members of the 2022 LABI Emerging Leaders Council (ELC). The ELC is a group of young entrepreneurs from each region of Louisiana who have demonstrated a commitment to making the state a great place to live and work.
“From job shortages to inflation, the Louisiana business community is facing tremendous challenges going into 2022,” said LABI President and CEO Stephen Waguespack. “But I’m hopeful that with this outstanding group of business leaders, we can work together to bring solutions to the Capitol as well as results to Main Street. Representing every area of the state, these innovators are at the top of their game and they’re ready to help move Louisiana forward.”
Christel Slaughter, CEO of SSA Consultants, will serve as the chair of LABI for 2022. She replaces Terry Baugh, CFO of D&J Construction Company, who becomes the immediate past chair. B1BANK CEO Jude Melville will serve as the board’s vice chair. Jason DeCuir, partner at Advantous Consulting, will become secretary while Tom Cox, CEO of golfballs.com, will serve as treasurer.
“LABI is a catalyst for change in the business world,” said Slaughter. “We had a very successful legislative session last year because LABI has the ability to bring people together. Now especially, there are lots of opportunities to attract business to our state and retain and expand the business and industry who are already here. LABI is a convener, bringing businesspeople together to create jobs and solve problems. I can’t wait to get started.”
Other appointments include:
- Lisa Johnson of Bossier Chamber of Commerce will serve as this year’s president of Louisiana Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives
- Adam Haddox of Capitol Resources will serve as the annual Trade Association Representative
- John Overton of Turn Key Solutions will serve as the Small Business Representative
- Cody Bauman of Drax Biomass will serve as Chair of the Emerging Leaders Council
7 LABI members are new to the Board of Directors:
Camille Pampell Conaway
Placid Refining Company
Taylor, Wellons, Politz & Duhe, LLC
26 LABI Board members were nominated for another term and will join the returning 61 board members:
Fire Extinguisher & Supply Company
J.H. Campbell, Jr.
Client Consulting Services
Gulf Coast Bank & Trust
Hancock Whitney Bank
George Guidry, Jr.
Koch Companies Public Sector
Nucor Steel Louisiana
Hornbeck Offshore Services
Diamon B Construction and Affiliated Companies
Shell Oil Company
Badger Oil Corporation
Community Coffee Company
Kelli Bondy Troutman
LUBA Workers’ Comp
9 LABI members are new to the Emerging Leaders Council (ELC) and will join the 40 returning ELC members:
Mark Kent Anderson
Placid Refining Company
Grace Hebert Curtis Architects
Capital City Collision
For a full list of 2022 LABI board members please visit Board of Directors – LABI: 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 www.labi.org