On deck: The Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra has named Eric Marshall as its executive director. Marshall joins the BRSO after serving with the Austin Symphony for more than 9 years. Originally from Erie, Pennsylvania, Marshall received a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance degree from Mercyhurst University. (Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect that Marshall is not replacing the retiring Timothy Muffitt as BRSO’s music director. Daily Report regrets the error).
Keynotes: The Baton Rouge Area Chamber announced that Mary Stagaman and Darrin Redus, executives with the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, will serve as keynote speakers for its Diversity in Business Event scheduled for May 7. Redus and Stagaman’s presentation, “Modeling a Community for Inclusion,” will focus on strategies to retain a workforce for the future. Registration for the event is $35 for BRAC investors and $45 for non-investors and can be purchased online.
Up in the air: It’s now official: Monroe teenager Mason Andrews is the youngest pilot to fly solo around the world and is officially a part of the Guinness World Records. Andrews was 18 years and 163 days old when he landed his Piper PA-32 Lance in Monroe on Oct. 6. The previous record-holder, Lachlan Smart of Queensland, Australia, was 71 days older. Read the full story.