The Baton Rouge Growth Coalition announced the hiring of Scott Bardwell as its new executive director. Hardy Swyers, previous executive director, remains as chairman of the board overseeing the governance of the organization. Bardwell is a third-generation developer in the Baton Rouge area and is owner of Bardwell Development Co., LLC.
LUBA Workers’ Comp has named Michael DePaul chief operating officer. He previously served as LUBA chief financial officer.
MidSouth Bank has promoted Joy Duhon to vice president/information technology manager and Bob MacQuinn to vice president/converged network manager. Duhon previously served as AVP/IT manager and has been with MidSouth Bank for eight years, MacQuinn previously served as AVP/Converged Network Manager.
Royce Hebert has been hired as managing partner at the North Baton Rouge location of FASTSIGNS. Hebert attended Louisiana State University and was most recently employed with Alpine Power Systems.
Louisiana Lottery President and CEO Rose Hudson has been elected Region II Director of the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries.
Marlene Laboureur has been named the new Northshore Banking Center President for Business First Bank. Marlene brings more than 26 years of business and private banking experience in New Orleans and along the Northshore to Business First. “Marlene’s proven leadership with business banking, middle market and private banking makes her especially well suited to Business First’s growth strategy,” said Executive Vice President Dennis C. Shill.
Lena Liller has joined Mesh Design as senior communications strategist and account manager. With more than 10 years experience in the agency business, Liller has become an integrated marketing professional, developing expertise in account management, media and account planning, media buying and social media.
Fidelity Homestead Savings Bank has named Alton K. McRee, an industry veteran with more than 30 years’ experience, as president and chief executive officer and a member of the bank’s board of directors. McRee served for 16 years as Federal Land Bank CEO. Most recently, McRee served as vice president of First United Security Bank, an Alabama community bank.
Jones Walker partner Ian A. Macdonald was elected chairman of the Our Lady of Lourdes Foundation Board for 2011. The Lourdes Foundation is an affiliate of Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center.
Business First Bank has announced that Chief Administrative Officer Jude Melville has been named as the company’s chief executive officer, succeeding Buddy Roemer, who will continue to serve as president of the bank.
NRG Energy Inc. (NYSE: NRG) has named Doug Pedigo president of its South Central Region, which is headquartered in New Roads. Jennifer Vosburg has been selected as the South Central Region’s deputy regional president. Pedigo has nearly 29 years of experience in various aspects of the energy industry and replaces Jeff Baudier, who is now leading NRG’s carbon capture efforts. Prior to joining NRG, he was in private law practice as a senior partner at Thompson & Knight LLP in Houston.
Bizzuka, a web development, content management and Internet marketing firm based in Lafayette, recently named Christian Vaccari as chairman of its board of directors. Vaccari has served on Bizzuka’s board since its inception in 2004. Vaccari, of Covington, was one of the co-founders and former CEO of Hornbeck Offshore Services and is currently president and owner of LEEVAC Industries LLC, a steel fabrication shipyard located in Jennings. Vaccari is also CEO of Cari Investment Co., a private investment firm.
In anticipation of the opening of the Southwest Louisiana Entrepreneurial & Economic Development (SEED) Center, the City of Lake Charles and Mayor Randy Roach have positioned Adrian L. Wallace at the SWLA Alliance to serve as the SEED Center program director and director of the Lake Charles North Redevelopment Authority.
Prentiss Wilks has joined United Community Bank as vice president and chief credit officer. Wilks comes to UCB with more than 14 years of banking experience and most recently served as a commercial lender at First National Bank USA in Boutte, La.