LSU Engineering inducts three to Hall
The LSU College of Engineering welcomed three new inductees, Robert A. “Bob” Deason, Roy O. Martin III and Stephen Michael Moret, to its 30th annual Hall of Distinction. Moret earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from LSU in 1995, where he was elected president of the student body. He has served as secretary of Louisiana Economic Development since January 2008. Deason, a native of Natchitoches, La., received a B.S. in civil engineering from LSU in 1970. Deason is the former president and chief executive officer of J. Ray McDermott Inc. Martin, the president and CFO of Roy O. Martin Lumber Company LLC, earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering (Tau Beta Pi) from LSU in 1982.
D’Agostino earns lifetime achievement award
Charles D’Agostino, the executive director of LSU’s Louisiana Business & Technology Center, was awarded the National Business Incubation Association’s President’s Award. D’Agostino is the second person to get the honor, which he received “for lifetime achievement in support of the business incubation industry.” D’Agostino has been head of the LBTC since it was founded in 1988. During that time, the business incubator has received numerous national honors, including being named Incubator of the Year by the NBIA in 2005.
Schulz one of ‘Top 25 Minds’ in hospitality
New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau Vice President of Communications and Public Relations Kelly Schulz was selected by the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International as one of the 2010 “Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Sales and Marketing.” The Top 25 recipients were judged by a panel of senior travel industry executives for their recent work based on the following criteria: creativity and innovation; cutting edge sales or marketing campaigns; triumph in challenging situations; and sales efforts that resulted in dramatic gains.
Lafayette exec named top ‘Power Broker’
Lafayette insurance broker and senior vice president of HUB International Gulf South Ltd. Keith Poirrier was recently ranked as one of Risk & Insurance Magazine’s top Power Brokers in the nation. Power Brokers are recognized as the leading commercial brokers in their field who demonstrate the talent, ability and drive to provide the highest level of customer service to their clients. Poirrier works to provide insurance expertise and service to the marine and energy industries in the Gulf region. Specifically working to insure risks in the “lift boat sector” of the marine industry, Poirrier provides service to more than 10% of the worldwide fleet.
LMOGA honors ExxonMobil, Angelle
Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association President Chris John announced that ExxonMobil’s Louisiana operations are the recipient of the prestigious 2011 Pelican Award—the association’s highest honor—recognizing ExxonMobil’s outstanding achievement and commitment to the oil and gas industry, the community, the environment and Louisiana. The award was presented during a luncheon at the 89th LMOGA annual meeting in New Orleans. “ExxonMobil has invested billons of dollars in Louisiana and its people,” said John. “The tremendous positive benefits to the Louisiana economy and to the prosperity of its citizens—irrespective of whether they are directly employed by ExxonMobil—are incalculable.” Most recently, ExxonMobil’s Baton Rouge Refinery invested millions of dollars on a clean fuel expansion project that provided jobs for thousands of contractors. The project was widely recognized for bolstering the local economy during the recent economic downturn.
Louisiana Department of Natural Resources Secretary Scott Angelle was presented with the Blue Heron Award, which recognizes exceptional environmental stewardship in association with oil and gas activity as well as the unique efforts of the recipient to address the compatibility of the industry with environmental progress.
Ascension Chamber honors members
The Ascension Chamber of Commerce recognized InfiniEDGE Software with its Large Business of the Year award at its annual awards banquet. Meghann Hebert of EATEL was named Individual of the Year and GSA was named Small Business of the Year. This annual event recognizes the hard work and support these individuals and businesses dedicate to the Chamber and Ascension Parish.
First LSU 100 named
The Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute at Louisiana State University has announced its first annual LSU 100, a list of fast-growing companies with leaders who graduated from LSU. Companies were rated by compound annual growth rate of revenues for the last two years. The list includes some familiar south Louisiana businesses: Abita Brewing, Associated Grocers, Hollingsworth Richards Automotive Group, LUBA Workers’ Comp and The Shaw Group. To see the full list, go to lsu100.com. To be eligible for the list, companies must have been in business for five years or more, have verifiable revenue of $100,000 or more, and have a former LSU student owning 50% or more of the business or serving as president, CFO or managing partner. The first LSU 100 were honored at a luncheon April 8 at the Crowne Plaza in Baton Rouge.
NIMSAT honored for innovation
The National Incident Management Systems and Advanced Technologies (NIMSAT) Institute at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette received the Acadiana Innovation Award for the nonprofit sector at the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet. “Researchers at NIMSAT work diligently to foster crucial partnerships during times of crisis while also providing solutions to rebuild economies following disasters like hurricanes. It’s an honor for NIMSAT and the university to be recognized by the Chamber for this important work,” said Dr. Joseph Savoie, UL Lafayette president. NIMSAT is a homeland security and emergency management institute led by Dr. Ramesh Kolluru and Dr. Mark Smith.
P&N achieves Cisco specialization
Postlethwaite & Netterville, a Louisiana accounting and business advisory firm, has achieved the Advanced Wireless LAN (Local Area Network) Specialization from Cisco Systems. As a value-added provider, P&N Tech maintains partner status with Cisco Systems, in addition to several other industry leaders. Cisco’s Advanced Wireless LAN Specialization recognizes its partners for their knowledge in building and maintaining unified wireless LAN solutions.
LWCC gets A for FSR
LWCC announced its “A” (Excellent) Financial Strength Rating (FSR) has been affirmed by A.M. Best Company with an outlook of “stable.” A.M. Best states this rating reflects LWCC’s superior capitalization, historically strong operating performance, dominant position in the Louisiana workers’ compensation market, aggressive claims management, effective loss control services and the success of the management team in operating the company. The FSR rating is very meaningful to an assessment of an insurer’s financial condition, ability to meet obligations to policyholders and its projected financial solidity.
Albemarle makes list of best corporate citizens
Albemarle has been named as one of the 100 best corporate citizens by Corporate Responsibility Magazine. This is the second year in a row the Baton Rouge-based chemical company made the ranking. The list is based on a number of factors, including human rights, philanthropy, employee relations and governance. Albemarle came in at 90. Entergy was the only other Louisiana-based business on the list; it came in at number 74.
LCG and Kiwanis Club of Lafayette win recreation award
Lafayette Parks and Recreation and the Kiwanis Club of Lafayette were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the development and support of therapeutic recreation by the Therapeutic Recreation Symposium for the Southwest. The TR Symposium for the Southwest Outstanding Service Award was given to recognize the two entities for the development of Parc Independence, an ADA-compliant park built within Girard Park that opened in the fall of 2010. The project was a public-private partnership between the Kiwanis Club of Lafayette and the Lafayette Consolidated Government. Parc Independence is designed specifically to accommodate children who have physical and developmental disabilities. The intent of the park was to eliminate barriers and create a place where all children can play together—regardless of abilities—because accessible playground equipment promotes social interaction between children with and without disabilities.
Seafood business owners up for SBA Phoenix Award
New Orleans small business owners Tommy and Maria Delaune, who rebuilt their Katrina-ravaged seafood processing and distribution company and brought the business back to life again after the BP oil spill disaster, are being recognized nationally for their perseverance and ability to recover from disaster. The U.S. Small Business Administration has nominated the Delaunes, owner of Tommy’s Seafood and Redemption Restaurant, for the agency’s Phoenix Award, which is given annually to a small business owner whose efforts have enabled their company to recover successfully from a disaster. The winner will be recognized at a White House ceremony during National Small Business Week, May 16-20. The Delaunes started Tommy’s Seafood nearly 30 years ago with a used pickup truck and a few contacts on the shrimp and oyster docks of south Louisiana. Today, they oversee several seafood-related businesses, including Tommy’s Seafood, Redemption Restaurant and Tommy’s Fish House near Baton Rouge.
Apex earns ANCC accreditation
The American Nurses Credentialing Center, Commission on Accreditation, has awarded a Certificate of Accreditation to Lafayette-based Apex Innovations as a Provider of Continuing Nursing Education. Apex Innovations is a health care education organization providing superior learning experiences via web-based interactive programs. Their unique methods offer nurses a new form of continued education. The ANCC is the most prestigious continuing education credentialing program in the country.
Brian White, senior vice president of Apex Innovations, will speak at ANCC’s Continuing Education Symposium in Chicago on July 7. The symposium is a premier learning and networking opportunity, with sessions on a variety of topics. White’s session will focus on “using technology to drive education,” highlighting the educational effectiveness of new educational technologies as well as the benefits these tools provide to medical organizations and professionals
ULL earns international accreditation in accounting
AACSB International announced that the University of Louisiana at Lafayette has earned accreditation for its accounting program within the BI Moody III College of Business Administration. Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools. AACSB accreditation has been earned by less than 5% of the world’s business schools.
STPH honored for respiratory care
Louisiana Society for Respiratory Care named St. Tammany Parish Hospital the 2011 Hospital of the Year for Respiratory Care in hospitals with more than 200 beds. “STPH respiratory care practitioners work in partnership with our medical staff to assess and treat pulmonary patients,” said Lisa Kinler RRT, head of respiratory services at STPH, “and our state society recognizes the difference this makes for patients. We’re proud to be honored in this way by our peers throughout the state.”
Accounting Today ranks HORNE LLP Top 50
Accounting Today has released its annual list of Top 100 accounting firms and ranked HORNE LLP as the 49th largest firm in the nation by revenue. HORNE ranks as the third largest firm in the Gulf Coast region, which includes Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. One of HORNE’s 12 office locations is in Baton Rouge. HORNE is one of the top 50 accounting and business advisory firms in the country, as reported by both INSIDE Public Accounting (IPA) and Accounting Today, and one of the top 10 accounting and business advisory firms in the Southeast.
East St. Tammany Chamber earns 5 stars
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced that, after a comprehensive review, it is awarding the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce with 5-Star Accreditation. This prestigious honor puts the East St. Tammany Chamber among the top 1% of chambers nationwide. The U. S. Chamber of Commerce recognized the East Chamber for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures and positive impact on the community. Accreditation with the United States Chamber of Commerce is the only program of its kind that defines excellence in chamber planning and recognizes chambers for outstanding contributions toward positive change in their communities.
Louisiana education gets tapped
Louisiana was honored at the 11th Annual TAP Conference in Los Angeles in March. Representatives of the Louisiana Department of Education were surprised with the TAP Award of Distinction, which honors organizations for distinguished accomplishments and overall implementation of TAP: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement. State Superintendent of Education Paul Pastorek accepted the award on the department’s behalf during a luncheon attended by 1,500 educators and policy leaders.
Durr snags national ABC award
Associated Builders and Contractors announced that Durr Heavy Construction LLC’s work on the SciAcademy project in New Orleans has earned the company an Eagle Award in the “Other Construction – $2-$100 million” category of ABC’s Excellence in Construction Awards. Despite the addition of $1.7 million of work to the original contract, Durr completed a new school consisting of 37,000 square feet of renovated modular trailers in just 60 days. A panel of industry experts served as the competition’s judges. Durr Heavy Construction is a Louisiana-based company with offices in Harahan, Covington and Loranger.
Chamber SWLA names first tech award winners
At the first Chamber SWLA’s IMPACT membership meeting, the SWLA Economic Development Alliance’s Technology Committee awarded some the best and brightest examples of tech-savvy individuals, businesses or institutions who have contributed in a significant way to the southwest Louisiana technology community and/or business committee at large. After reviewing the applications, the selection committee honored winners in three categories: Innovator (Center for Orthopaedics), Most Valuable Professional (Bruce Hamilton of National Networks) and Educator (Dr. Sheryl Abshire of the Calcasieu Parish School System).
Hammond man gets nod from Constant Contact
Hammond businessman Brian Walker, a provider of email marketing, social media and websites, has received the 2010 All Star Award from Constant Contact Inc. Walker is one of Constant Contact’s 2010 top performers and most prolific user of its tools, which include email marketing, event marketing, social media marketing, and survey products. Walker is the owner of several small businesses, including WalkerWorx.
Northshore home builders recognized at state level
St. Tammany Home Builders Association members Michael LeCorgne and David Gaspard were both honored at the Louisiana Home Builders Association’s Installation Banquet earlier this year. LeCorgne was inducted into the LHBA Hall of Fame, which is a place of honor for the men and women who have made notable contributions, enduring in nature, to the housing related industry and to the Louisiana Home Builders Association. LeCorgne is an active member of eight local Home Builders Associations in the state and works tirelessly for the home building industry and as a company representative for 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty, where he is employed. Gaspard was named 2010’s LHBA Associate of the Year. In addition to being a member of the St. Tammany Home Builders Association, he is an active member of three other local HBA’s—in Greater New Orleans, the Capital Region (Baton Rouge) and Tangipahoa.
Flanagan elected to American Law Institute
Flanagan Partners LLP announced that Thomas M. Flanagan, who helped found the law firm in 2009, has been elected by the American Law Institute as a member of the internationally recognized organization, which is dedicated to scholarly research. Flanagan is the only lawyer from Louisiana represented in the current slate of newly elected members. ALI is the leading independent organization in the U.S. producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize and otherwise improve the law.
BR resident wins Northwestern Mutual Regional Leader Award
Northwestern Mutual honored Baton Rouge resident Cale Paul Smith, affiliated with Northwestern Mutual of Louisiana based in Baton Rouge, with its 2011 Southern Region Managing Director Leader Award. The honor recognizes Smith for an outstanding year of performance with Northwestern Mutual, serving the financial security needs of clients and policyowners throughout the region.
OLOL RMC named Hospital of Year
Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge was named Hospital of the Year for the third time by the Louisiana State Nurses Association in the large hospital category. This award recognizes quality service in the nursing and health care industry. Our Lady of the Lake was also recognized this year for performance excellence for the second time with the Level III Louisiana Performance Excellence Award from the Louisiana Quality Foundation. Level III is the highest recognition. The Louisiana Performance Excellence Award is a statewide award recognizing quality leadership in education, government, manufacturing, service industries, health care and nonprofit organizations.
Nola design award recipients honored
AIA New Orleans welcomed a record 95 entries for the 2011 Design Awards, “100 Years of Excellence in Design,” 12 of which were recognized with awards of honor or merit. Also recognized was the recipient of the newly established Sustainable Honor Award, the Green Project, which won more than 20% of total votes in the open public voting process. Other winners (with architect of record) included: Corporate Office, J&R Amusement (Lee Ledbetter & Associates); Storypod, The Neighborhood Story Project (Scott Bernhard); Yoga Studio, Sylvi Beaumont (Errol Barron/Michael Toups Architects); Holly Grove Pavilion (CRG Architecture, Cordula Roser Gray); A.L. Davis Park (CRG Architecture, Cordula Roser Gray); Gutenmacher Apartment Paris (AEDS, Ammar Eloueini); Sunshower SSIP House (Judith Kinnard LLC with Tiffany Lin); Cart Coop (Carey Clouse); Hollgrove Growers Pavilion (CRG Architecture, Cordula Roser Gray); L.B. Landry High School (Eskew+Dumez+Ripple).
Iberville Chamber hands out annual awards
Citizens Bank & Trust Company was awarded the Outstanding Community Business Partner Award, and Stacey Chiasson, public affairs leader of the Dow Chemical Company Louisiana Operations, was named volunteer of the year at the Iberville Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet. Held at Nottoway Plantation on January 27, the event was a sell-out and featured former LSU baseball coach and athletic director Skip Bertman as guest speaker.