President/CEO, Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce
Dean, LSU College of Engineering
by M. Walter Levine "It talks about making a difference, helping people and going the extra mile. I am a firm believer that people buy from people. This book focuses on the people aspect of business. Building relationships with your customers is very important to success. My customers trust that I am going to do what I say and will fulfill their expectations with our products. They know that I will go the extra mile to ensure they are satisfied with the purchase and that we build a quality product that I will stand behind."—Chris Ferrara, president and CEO, Ferrara Fire Apparatus
Executive director, Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board, and host of Saturday Style' on Talk 107.3
Our tail-pinching, head-sucking love of crawfish might be a little odd, but it's not new, as writer Sam Irwin explains in his latest work. Irwin was raised in Breaux Bridge, in the cradle of Louisiana crawfish culture. His grandfather, Joe Amy (pronounced ah-mee), was an industry pioneer, dealing crawfish from Amy's Fisheries in Henderson as early as 1932. Louisiana Crawfish is available online from The History Press, and at better bookstores and bait shops.
Chief marketing officer, Global Data Systems Inc.
Asked what she "geeks," Mary Stein replies, "Music and design and enthusiasm!" The nationwide Geek the Library campaign is one of many successful programs Stein has implemented as assistant director of EBR Parish Library. Stein embraces the program's basic theme: that whatever you "geek," or are passionate about, the public library supports. "When I do sound bites," she says, "I say, 'Libraries change lives. Libraries mean business. Libraries provide access. Libraries build communities.' " Nearly 30 years ago, with a master's degree in library science from LSU, Stein joined the staff of EBRPL in a "step 1" position in Circulation and Adult Services. "I had wonderful mentors throughout the staff of EBRPL," she says, "and I was fortunate enough not only to move up in rank but also to learn so much in every assignment." The mother of two sons and longtime choir member at St. Joseph Cathedral, Stein provided steady, visionary leadership during 2011 and 2012, serving as co-director with...
Occupation: NovelistHometown: Baton RougeAge: 36