Jean-Paul Coussan and Elise Bouchner were selected as class representatives and delivered a humorous recap of the year. Representing LL’s sponsoring organization, the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, was Chairman Robbie Bush, a member of Class XVI. Also in attendance was Independent Weekly Co-Publisher Cherry Fisher May, a member of the inaugural Leadership Lafayette class who went on to participate in Leadership Louisiana this year. She was joined by fellow Class I participant Lynn Guidry. After the class members received their plaques and lapel pins, the party continued at Tsunami. Congressman Boustany and Cherry have inspired me to apply to Leadership Lafayette this year; Class XXII will be announced in the next couple of weeks. Look for Party Girl at the top of the list!
Members of Class XVII: Jeanette Alcon, Mary Neiheisel, Congressman Charles Boustany, Donna Delahoussaye and Lexi Baldridge
Leadership Lafayette Class XXI’s 10 months of leadership training and development culminated in a graduation ceremony at Oakbourne last month. U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, a Class XVII alumnus, was the keynote speaker, telling Acadiana’s future leaders how the program convinced him he could make a difference and propelled him to seek public office (and as you all know, he was just re-elected).
Members of Class XXI: Michelle LeBlanc, Emily Foreman and Aimee Landry
Congressman Boustany and Melanie Martin congratulate Joe Zanco, who broke his foot and could not make it up the stairs to receive his plaque. His classmates are in the background.
Graduate Emily Foreman, Congressman Boustany, Melanie Martin and emcee Rob Guidry
Class XXI members Elise Bouchner and Jean-Paul Cousson prepare for their graduation ceremony presentation.
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 go public this year.
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.