Charleston, S.C., Mayor Joseph P. Riley, who is currently serving an unprecedented ninth term in office, is known as one of the most visionary and effective governmental leaders in North America. During his tenure, Charleston developed an impressive record of innovation in public safety, housing, arts and culture, children’s issues, the creation of parks and other public spaces, and economic revitalization and development. The city is now recognized as one of the most livable and progressive cities in the country.
Riley will be the keynote speaker for The Independent Weekly’s 2009 Smart Growth Lecture and INDesign Awards, slated for Thursday, April 30, at 11:45 a.m. at The City Club. Cherry Fisher May, the newspaper’s co-publisher, says this is Riley’s first-ever visit to Lafayette. “It’s taken us four years to find a time that coincides with the mayor’s schedule,” she says. “He is in very high demand as a speaker all across the country.”
This is the fifth annual lecture to address progressive solutions for cities like Lafayette that are dealing with the challenges of growth in population and size. IberiaBank is the sponsor of the Lecture Series, and Van Eaton and Romero Realtors has co-sponsored all five of the Smart Growth Lectures.
Front row: Joel Gooch, Gail Romero, Nancy Van Eaton Broussard and Gene Darnall Back row: Chris Miller, Bill Bacque, Larry Sikes and Clay Allen
Photo by Blane Faul
Pete Yuan, IberiaBank’s Lafayette market president, says Riley’s message will be timely for Lafayette. “Given his track record, Mayor Riley can provide our community tremendous insight into making the right decisions today to positively impact our future,” Yuan says. “We are proud to be part of an innovative and proactive effort, like The Independent’s Lecture Series, which is committed to the continued development of our community. We believe our investment in these prominent and profound guest speakers is simply an investment in the lives of our associates, clients and our community.” The bank has supported the lecture series since its debut event in 2004, which featured Dr. Richard Florida, author of The Rise of the Creative Class. “Thanks to IberiaBank’s support, we’ve been able to bring cutting-edge thinkers to Lafayette to foster new ideas in our dynamic community,” says May.
Several companies will join Van Eaton and Romero as supporting co-sponsors for the 2009 Smart Growth Lecture, including the law firm of Allen & Gooch and CPAs Darnall, Sikes, Gardes & Frederick; all three companies reside in Camellia Towers II, located at the corner of Camellia Boulevard and Kaliste Saloom Road. River Ranch and Sugar Mill Pond Development corporations will return as co-sponsors for this year’s event.
Pete Yuan of IberiaBank and Ted Beaullieu of Sugar Mill Pond and River Ranch Development
Photo by Robin May
The 2009 INDesign Awards for excellence in architecture, interior design and historic preservation will also be presented during the luncheon. Winners are listed in a sidebar to this story and will be profiled in an April 29 cover story.
Tickets for this event are $35 per person or $295 for a table of eight. For more information, contact Cherry Fisher May by e-mail at
or by phone at 337.769.8620. Ticket order forms are available on-line at www.theind.com ; click on INDevents.
Winning projects will be profiled in an April 29 cover story in The Independent Weekly.
Gold: Donald Breaux.
Gold: Hector Lasala.
Silver: L7 Architects.
Bronze: Angelle Architects.
Golds: Donald Breaux; Architects Beazley-Moliere.
Silvers: The Sellers Group; Abell+Crozier; David Courville; Sidney Bourgeois; Chenevert Architects.
Bronze: Pécot & Company.
Honorable Mention: NMF Architecture.
Golds: Mark Owen Pritchard; emerymcclure architecture.
Silvers: John Maak; L7 Architects.
Golds: Marie Oliver Lukaszeski; Angelle Architects-Michelle Thibodeaux.
Silver: L7 Architects-Dionne Bourgeois Sonnier.
Gold: Larayne Ainsworth Guidroz.
Silver: Lissa Schmidt.
The 2009 Smart Growth Lecture and
INDesign Awards Luncheon
Charleston, S.C., Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Keynote Speaker
Thursday, April 30, 2009 – City Club at River Ranch – 11:45 a.m.
Tickets: $35 per person or $295 per table of eight. Ticket order forms available online at www.theind.com ; click on the INDevents button. For more information, contact Cherry Fisher May by e-mail:
or by phone: 337-769-8620.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.
Philip deMahy Sr., a once respected New Iberia ad exec, was sentenced May 2 to spend the next two years (he faced up to 100 years) in a state penitentiary after state and federal investigators found dozens of images depicting children engaged in lewd sexual acts on his personal computer.