Names in the News: The People Shaping the Future of Lake Region Businesses – American Press

Names in the News: The People Shaping the Future of Lake Region Businesses - American Press

Dunn new Citgo VP of Refining

Recently named Citgo Jerry Dun the company’s new vice president of refining, overseeing the operations of the company’s three refineries located in Lake Charles; Lemont, Ill.; and Corpus Christi, Texas.

Dunn previously served as vice president and general manager of the Lake Charles Manufacturing Complex, a position he has held since 2018. Dunn joined the Citgo Lake Charles Refinery in 1989 as a project engineer.

Citgo named Sterling Neblette, currently general manager of engineering and business services at the Citgo Lemont Refinery, to replace Dunn as vice president and general manager of Lake Charles. Replacing Neblett at the Lemont Refinery is Renee Atkins, currently Corpus Christi Area Manager East Plant II.

Bayou Rum receives the Lantern Award

The Louisiana Economic Development Lantern Awards are given annually to Louisiana manufacturing companies that have been in business for at least three years based on their contributions to improving their communities, increasing employee numbers, and improving the expansion of their facilities.

Lantern Award winners are selected by Louisiana’s Regional Planning and Development Districts for each planning district in the state and recognized at a reception held each January at a reception in Baton Rouge.

Lacassine-based Bayou Rum was chosen as the 2020 Lantern Award recipient for the Southwest Louisiana region. Dione Sabelhausdirector of the Jeff Davis Parish Tourism Commission, accepted the award on behalf of Bayou Rum.

“Our late CEO, Marion ‘Butch’ Fox, was instrumental in helping Bayou Rum get started. She recognized the value of Jeff Davis Parish, both to economic development and tourism. I know she would be so happy to see their growth, both locally and now around the world. We are happy to have Bayou Rum here and look forward to continuing to work with them to grow Jeff Davis Parish,” Sabelhaus said. .

Stewart named chief executive

Coushatta Casino Resort named Todd Stuart as the new CEO. He started his career at Coushatta as the station’s Chief Financial Officer in October 2020 and has served as Acting General Manager since June 2021.

Stewart’s extensive experience of over 30 years in the gaming and hospitality industry, including over 17 years at the corporate and ownership level with a major publicly traded regional gaming operator and over 5 years of working with tribal gaming operations, greatly benefits his position as the leader of the resort’s management team. He holds an MBA from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, as well as CPA and CMA licenses.

As General Manager of Coushatta, Stewart will oversee all aspects of the resort’s administrative functions and activities, including personnel, purchasing, finance, records and property management systems, ensuring compliance with Tribal Commissions requirements. , federal, state and games.

LC Memorial recognized

Lake Charles Memorial Hospital for Women recently received the Louisiana Birth Ready designation from the Louisiana Perinatal Quality Collaborative. The designation recognizes skillful work, continuous improvement, and the implementation of best practices assessed by the LaPQC.

Hospitals receiving Ready-at-Birth designation go through a rigorous application and review process by the LaPQC. To earn the Birth Ready designation, Memorial Hospital for Women met five requirements: participation in collaborative learning; health disparity and partnership with patients; policies and procedures; structures and education; and outcome and process measures.

Sommers appointed to board

RED STICK – William A. “Bill” Sommers Sr. of Lake Charles was renamed to Imperial Calcasieu Human Services Authority by Governor John Bel Edwards.

The Imperial Calcasieu Human Services Authority provides behavioral health and developmental services to residents of the parishes of Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Jefferson Davis and Cameron.

Sommers is assistant secretary of youth services for the Louisiana Department of Corrections. He will act as an advocate in the field of mental health.

Abel nominated for the award

Sowela Associate Professor Adrian Abel was nominated for the prestigious SkillsUSA Louisiana Post-Secondary State Association Advisor of the Year award.

Achievement is dedicated to individuals who have a strong commitment and dedication to ensuring the success of SkillsUSA at the college, state, and national levels. The recipient of the award will be officially announced at a special ceremony on Friday, April 1 at Central Louisiana Technical Community College.

Hankins at the head of family and youth

Michael HankinsChairman of Hankins Development has been named Chairman of the 2022 Family & Youth Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors is made up of 18 diverse community leaders committed to the interests of children and families in Southwest Louisiana. These individuals work tirelessly to further the mission of Family & Youth, providing guidance to our eight divisions.

Alongside Hankins, the Board Committee is comprised of the Vice Chairman, Jennifer Istre IBERIA First Horizon Bank; Treasurer Owen Thompson Oak Grove Wealth Partners; Secretary Megan Hartman from Phillips 66; SWLA Liaison Family Foundation Marc Hanudel of R&H Refactory Services and Past President Caitlin Guillory of the CPA firm McElroy Quirk & Burch.

Additional Boards dedicated to 2022 are Emily Ashworth, Ann Barilleaux, Jenny Bono, Donald Brinkman,

ET Browning, Travis Furs, Karen Harrell, Emily McDaniel, Elizabeth McLaughlin, Gene Pittman, Nora Popillionand Randy Roach.

Lofton Staffing Recognized

Lofton Staffing & Security Services, a leading staffing agency in the workforce solutions industry, announced that it has won the ClearlyRated 2022 Best of Staffing Service Diamond Award for providing superior service to its clients and candidates. for at least 10 consecutive years. Lofton Staffing & Security Services is part of an elite group of companies that have earned this distinction for 12 consecutive years.

Focused on helping companies find the right people for their job openings, Lofton Services has consistently received the Best of Staffing Service Award since 2010, earning Diamond Award status.

Founded in 1979 by Tommy Lofton, Lofton Services has grown from a small business to a full-service company with consulting, staffing, security, energy and medical personnel services. Lofton has thirteen offices across Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas and Mississippi with its headquarters located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Lofton specializes in partnering with clients to continually grow their business through the recruitment and retention of top talent in their respective industries.

Knighton joins the legal group

Stockham Law Group is pleased to welcome Whitney Knighton to the firm.

Knighton graduated from McNeese State University with a degree in General Studies with a concentration in Behavioral Science in 2012. At McNeese, she was an active member of the Cowgirl Kickers and Student Government Association.

Knighton then attended Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, where she received her doctorate in civil law in 2015.

She focuses her practice on representing homeowners and business owners who have suffered losses to their properties that have been denied or underpaid by their insurance companies. She handles all types of property insurance claims, including wind, water, fire, flood and construction defect damage.

Abell re-elected vice-president

ryan abel of Abell & Son, a Kubota, New Holland, Mahindra dealership in Lake Charles, Abbeville and Welsh, was re-elected as Vice President of the Deep Southern Equipment Dealers Association. The event took place during the annual business meeting of the DSEDA.

The Deep South organization represents agricultural, industrial, forestry, turf, irrigation and outdoor power equipment dealers in Louisiana, southern Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida.

The team celebrates a milestone

The team of cardiologists at the John and Sylvia Stelly Heart Center at Christus Ochsner St. Patrick’s Hospital have taken the next step in providing advanced cardiac care to patients in southwest Louisiana. Cardiologists Richard GilmoreMD; Jacques LeBeau, MD; and Thomas MulhearnMD, have successfully completed their 200th WATCHMAN procedure.

WATCHMAN, a game-changer for patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation, was first performed in southwest Louisiana at Christus Ochsner St. Patrick’s Hospital in October 2018. Atrial fibrillation is very common ; an estimated five million Americans are affected by the condition – an irregular heartbeat that feels like a quivering heart. People with atrial fibrillation are five times more likely to have a stroke than those with normal heart rhythms.

The WATCHMAN has been implanted in more than 150,000 patients worldwide. Clinical research shows that it effectively reduces the risk of stroke without patients having to worry about bleeding problems due to prolonged use of blood thinners. It’s about the size of a quarter and looks like a tiny parachute, and is implanted through a catheter threaded through a vein in the leg to the left atrial appendage (LAA) of the heart. The WATCHMAN seals off the LAA to prevent potentially harmful blood clots from traveling to other parts of the body and causing a stroke.

The main benefits for patients implanted with the WATCHMAN are a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery time.

Romano member of the Academy

ALEXANDRIA — The Louisiana Travel Association presented Creed Romano of the Jeff Davis Parish Tourist Commission, Economic Development, Chamber of Commerce, and Film Commission as a member of the Louisiana Tourism Leadership Academy class of 2022 at its annual meeting in Alexandria.

LTLA’s goal is to further educate tourism industry players by developing their leadership skills, strengthening their communication networks, and informing them of the responsibilities of leadership in building ato enrich their organizations linked to tourism. Class members will participate in class sessions and tackle group projects throughout the year, while learning from the experiences of all seasoned students.rism professionals.

LTLA’s Class 2022 also includes Hannah Nyman and Shalisa Roland of Visit Lake Charles.