Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Whitney Bank, Allen & Gooch and Giles Automotive return as sponsors of the
Aug. 26 event.

Top 50 luncheon co-sponsor Whitney Bank commercial/business bankers, sitting,
left to right: Byron Breaux, Bill Hendrix, Duayne Richard, Earl Alleman and
Gregory Zaunbrecher. Standing: Brent Benoit, Nicholas Richard, Kenray Landry,
Lexi Baldridge, Mike Williams and Brannon Menard
The 2010 list of Acadiana’s Top 50 Privately Held Companies was published in our sister publication ABiz last week, the second year for this exhaustive research project. Despite the national economic downturn, the report reflects a robust year for the region’s top shops as well as a shuffle among the leaders on the list. You can read the full story online at and click on “Business” or pick up a copy at any one of a dozen new rack locations for the publication in Lafayette or New Iberia.

The Top 50, along with locally based publicly traded companies, will be honored at a luncheon on Thursday, Aug. 26, at The Cajundome Convention Center at 11:45 a.m. Keynote speaker will be Charlie Cook, often-quoted political analyst and author of “The Cook Political Report,” who is known and respected as one of the most independent, non-partisan and accurate handicappers of elections in the U.S. Cook is also a Louisiana native whose early career led him to Washington as an aide to former Sen. J. Bennett Johnston. “Given the broad interest in the upcoming mid-term elections, we are delighted that Charlie’s busy schedule will allow him to join us for the Top 50 luncheon,” says ABiz publisher Cherry Fisher May. “His specific insight into the issues facing Louisianians will make his presentation even more relevant.”

Top 50 luncheon co-sponsor Allen & Gooch law firm attorneys, sitting,
left to right: Joel Gooch, Clay Allen, Billy Parker and Nora Stelly. Standing:
Randy Theunissen, Neil Vincent, Jim Gibson, Michael Parker, Troy Broussard
and Emile Joseph
The law firm of Allen & Gooch returns as presenting co-sponsor of this event. “At Allen and Gooch, we have had the privilege of working with many of Acadiana’s top businesses, and we have witnessed first-hand the innovation, the work ethic, and the bold vision that is a hallmark of our region’s economic leadership,” says Managing Partner Clay Allen. “We congratulate the Acadiana Top 50 businesses for their corporate citizenship and for their role in our region’s economic vitality.”

Whitney Bank joins Allen & Gooch in sponsoring the luncheon again this year. “Whitney has been a strong banking presence in south Louisiana for 126 years and has served the Lafayette market for the past 24,” notes market President Duayne Richard. “During these years, we have seen strong business growth in the Acadiana area, and we strive to continue partnering in the growth of this region by providing customers with the most sophisticated commercial banking products and great customer service. We are proud to be a co-sponsor of the Acadiana Top 50 Privately Held Companies event and wish to extend our congratulations to all of the companies.”

Giles Automotive is the VIP parking sponsor for the luncheon.

Tickets are $50 per person or $450 for a reserved table for eight. For more information or to download a ticket order form online, go to or contact Robin Hebert at 337.769.8603 by phone or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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