LABI Logo Get Involved

Senate President Page Cortez, House Speaker Clay Schexnayder to Lead Morning Legislative Leadership Panel at LABI Annual Meeting

January 17, 2020

BATON ROUGE, LA (January 17, 2020) – Newly-elected Louisiana Senate President Page Cortez (R-Lafayette) and House Speaker Clay Schexnayder (R-Gonzales) will discuss policy goals and challenges for the upcoming Legislative Session and look ahead to the next four years of their terms during a morning panel discussion at the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) Annual Meeting in Baton Rouge.

“We’re pleased to have the new leaders of our Legislature join our members and guests as we gather to focus on the theme of ‘Building a New Main Street’ and what it takes to do business in today’s Louisiana economy,” said LABI President & CEO Stephen Waguespack. “We will dive into critical issues like legal reform and education, among others, and hear their governing plans for the upcoming session. These lawmakers have been allies during their years at the Capitol, and we at LABI look forward to working with them both as we continue to advocate for our members and job creators across Louisiana.”

LABI’s Annual Meeting will be held Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at the Crowne Plaza Executive Center in Baton Rouge. Ticket sales are open, and available at

Renowned cybersecurity and fraud prevention expert Frank Abagnale will serve as keynote speaker during the luncheon portion of the program, following the 9:30 a.m. Legislative Leadership panel. Abagnale’s career as rogue-turned-FBI-expert was made famous by his book and the Stephen Spielberg film Catch Me If You Can. He is a highly regarded public speaker who provides real-life stories and a deep understanding of today’s evolving security landscape to dispense perspective and counsel for businesses, governments and financial institutions.


For press inquiries, contact:

Marie Centanni

(225) 270-5014


About Frank Abagnale

Renowned cybersecurity and fraud prevention expert, bestselling author and subject of Catch Me If You Can

Frank Abagnale is one of the world’s most respected authorities on forgery, embezzlement, and secure documents. For over 40 years he has worked with, advised, and consulted with hundreds of financial institutions, corporations and government agencies around the world. Mr. Abagnale’s rare blend of knowledge and expertise began more than 50 years ago when he was known as one of the world’s most famous con men. His riveting story provided the inspiration for Steven Spielberg’s 2002 film, Catch Me If You Can, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Abagnale and Tom Hanks as the FBI agent fast on his heels. The Tony-Award winning musical, Catch Me If You Can, directed by the legendary Jack O’Brien, opened on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre.


“I chose to immortalize him on film because of what he’s done for the country for more than 30 years.” -Steven Spielberg

Mr. Abagnale has been associated with the FBI for over 40 years. He lectures extensively at the FBI Academy and for the field offices of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He is a faculty member at the National Advocacy Center (NAC) which is operated by the Department of Justice, Executive Office for United States Attorneys. More than 14,000 financial institutions, corporations and law enforcement agencies use his fraud prevention programs. In 1998, he was selected as a distinguished member of “Pinnacle 400” by CNN Financial News – a select group of 400 people chosen on the basis of great accomplishment and success in their fields.  In 2004 Mr. Abagnale was selected as the spokesperson for the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA).  He has also written numerous articles and books including The Art of the Steal, The Real U Guide to Identity Theft and Stealing Your Life.


“Abagnale’s lecture may be the best one-man show you will ever see.” -Tom Hanks

Mr. Abagnale refuses to accept payment for any of his government work.  Today, the majority of his income is derived from consulting with major corporate clients such as LexisNexis, Intuit, AARP, and Experian and his public speaking engagements. Mr. Abagnale has conducted over 3,000 seminars on identity theft, cyber crime and fraud worldwide.   Mr. Abagnale works as an advisor to a number of print and technology companies around the world.  He spent 20 years as an advisor to the Standard Register Company, creating security features for negotiable instruments, car titles, etc.   He spent 10 years as an advisor to the 41st Parameter which developed fraud detection technology, now used in 80 countries around the world and recently purchased by Experian.

In his latest book, Scam Me If You Can: Simple Strategies to Outsmart Today’s Ripoff Artists, Frank continues helping his audience by revealing what the world’s most skilled scammers are up to – and how you can stop them in their tracks.


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