German classical guitar virtuoso and former UL guitar professor Gerd Wuestemann appears poised to become the next executive director of the Acadiana Arts Council. At a special meeting last
night, the AAC's board of directors accepted a recommendation
from its executive committee to negotiate a contract with Wuestemann to fill
its top position. The board has been searching for a new director since
January, following the abrupt resignation of longtime director Buddy Palmer.
Arts Council board president Ed Abell says that the hire is not yet official, pending contract negotiations. “We don’t have an agreement,” he says. “We have a proposal in process, but it's not been accepted. We just need to be sure we’re all squared away and that’s what we’re working on.” (Wuestemann also is currently
event producer for The Independent Weekly’s Corporate Challenge.)
Abell says the board received 55 resumes for the position and that the executive committee conducted 17 interviews with candidates over a period of several weeks. “It’s been kind of an exhaustive process,” he says. "We have a preferred candidate. Obviously there was more than one qualified candidate. We have made a choice about what we’d like to do." Abell hopes to have a contract finalized within the next two weeks.
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to offer shares of its stock to the public for the first time.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.