This year’s EXCEL Class found themselves east bound to Baton Rouge for their 4th session of the 2023 program!
They kicked off with breakfast at the Office of the Louisiana Attorney General, where they visited with different divisions of the Attorney General’s office. The AG’s office mission is to protect the people and resources of the State of Louisiana by providing superior legal representation, and interpretation, professional and effective law enforcement, and public education programs.
The class then walked down to sit in on committee meetings going on that day! They then head to lunch with Haynie and Associates, taking a deeper dive into the lobbying process, as well as a visit from State Representative Troy Romero. Followed by a tour of Longview, the historic former home of Mrs. Earl K. Long along the Capitol Lake.
After lunch, the class headed back to the capital where they visited the Vault at the Treasury with John M. Schroder Louisiana State Treasurer. After a quick visit, Treasurer Schroder’s staff educated the participants about how their office handles over 60 billion dollars annually and on their unclaimed property department. They even assisted the class on claiming unclaimed property they had.
Wrapping up the day with legislative updates from interim president and CEO of Louisiana Association of Business and Industry – LABI, Jim Patterson and a debrief in their beautiful outdoor space.
Leadership EXCEL stands for Experience in Community, Enterprise and Leadership. The program is designed to prepare emerging leaders to meet the future leadership needs of our community. Through the exchange of viewpoints and experiences, participants are exposed to the challenges, opportunities, and vital issues affecting Acadia and Jeff Davis parishes.
The EXCEL program is hosted by the Acadia Parish Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Jeff Davis Chamber of Commerce and thanks to the following sponsors, the Leadership EXCEL program is possible. The 2023 Sponsors are as follows: This program would not be possible without the generous support of its sponsors: First National Bank, Home Bank, Acadia Parish Farm Bureau, Acadia Parish Police Jury, Acadia St. Landry Hospital, Bank of Commerce, First Guaranty Bank, Ochsner Acadia General Health Center – Crowley, Bryan Comeaux, South Central Insurance Brokers, Elder outreach, Platinum realty- Michael doughty and Rayne Building + Loan.