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ABOUT ANNUAL REPORT
The Baton Rouge civic and business community is fortunate to have so many outstanding organizations, and we are proud to celebrate these “profiles of success” in our Annual Report special advertising edition. We hope you enjoy learning about this year’s participants—their history, their company cultures, their innovative ideas, and the impact they have on our community and on the future of Baton Rouge.

East Baton Rouge Magnet Schools: Challenging, innovative courses and real-world experiences

There's a diverse and challenging curriculum awaiting students enrolled in East Baton Rouge Parish School System’s magnet schools. Nearly 10,000 students are enrolled in the system’s 28 magnet programs. Of these, 11 schools are completely dedicated magnet schools, while 14 magnet programs are located within a standard school’s campus.

Westport Linen Services: Local company takes special steps to prevent spread of disease

Westport Linen Services processes more than 50 million pounds of health care laundry annually, and the locally owned company, which serves facilities in Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi and Alabama, has a key role in helping to prevent the spread of infectious disease.

Spectrum Employee Services: Multiple reinventions keep Spectrum ahead of the curve

Spectrum Employee Services is in a league of its own, combining an integrated approach to human resource management with a strong technological foundation. Owner John Davis originally founded the company in 1999 as an employee leasing service in the health care industry, but changes in state law two years later forced the company to find a new paradigm.

NAPA Auto Parts – APS LLC: Local stores rise to the challenge of a changing landscape

Resiliency and adaptability are the cornerstones of any business hoping to thrive in an ever-changing landscape. That’s why the locally-owned chain of NAPA Auto Parts stores has done so well. They readily recognize and respond to the shifting needs of the marketplace. AT A GLANCE Primary product/service: Automotive parts and supplies Top executives: Isra Thames, President; Timmy Thames, Managing Partner; Tracy Thames, Managing...

Capital Area United Way: Improving life through partnerships, programs and community conversations

For more than 95 years, Capital Area United Way has impacted thousands of lives through local nonprofits, programs and volunteers to make a tangible impact in the 10-parish area. In just the past 30 years, CAUW has invested more than $230 million and each year helps more than 250,000 residents. CAUW’s impact has included increasing school readiness and attendance...

Transformyx: Adapting to change and preparing for cybersecurity challenges

Like many of its customers, Transformyx is in the middle of a transformational change. But that’s nothing new. Since its founding in 1987, the company has exhibited an innate ability to adapt its business model and roll with the changes. In fact, there are few IT firms in Louisiana that can operate in such a continuously evolving landscape. Ned Fasullo,...

SERVPRO of East Baton Rouge/Ascension Parish: Experienced technicians respond to all types of disasters

From busted pipes, overflowing sinks and grease fires to catastrophic floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and freezes, SERVPRO of East Baton Rouge/Ascension Parish is ready to respond to any size disaster. SERVPRO provides restoration, cleaning and reconstruction for fire, water, mold and storm damage for residential, commercial and industrial clients. It is also experienced in the insurance claims process and can offer...

Louisiana Public Facilities Authority: LPFA supports student housing expansion at LSU

After a day of attending lectures and labs or cheering on a championship sports team, an increasing number of LSU students head home to newly built, contemporary apartment-style housing without ever leaving campus. As part of its master plan to expand and update student housing, LSU is developing nearly 2,000 new bedrooms of on-campus student housing and redeveloping approximately 2,850...

East Baton Rouge Public Library: Buoyed by new downtown branch, EBRP Library stays relevant in a changing world

The East Baton Rouge Parish Library is nothing if not resilient. Its evolving business model has enabled it to stay relevant in the face of an increasingly digitized, on-line society. Mary Stein, assistant library director, says the opening of the new downtown River Center Branch this Spring accentuates that point. “The new branch is wonderful,” she says. “The building is...

LSU Online & Continuing Education: Upskilling and re-skilling helps employees and companies alike

The team at LSU Online & Continuing Education is not only familiar with change … they thrive on it. From providing continuing education programs for more than 95 years to launching fully online degree programs in the last decade, the organization is adept at helping a wide range of non-traditional students improve their lives with flexible and convenient learning...