- Sonia Perez-Immediate Past ChairPresident, AT&T LouisianaSonia Perez-Immediate Past ChairPresident, AT&T Louisiana
- Captial Region
- Geo Area
- Region 2
Throughout her many years with AT&T, Sonia Perez has been active in the company’s efforts to provide the latest technology to keep customers connected while giving back to the communities it serves. As president of AT&T Louisiana, Sonia works closely with community leaders, elected officials, stakeholders and the leadership team of AT&T.
In connection with this work, Sonia serves on the executive committees of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry and Xavier University on the boards of the Urban League of Greater New Orleans and the National World War II Museum. She also serves as vice chair of the Louisiana Committee of 100, roundtable advisory board member for the Times-Picayune/NOLA.com, and is a governor’s appointee to the State Workforce Investment Council.
Sonia has received numerous honors such as, Louisiana Center for Women in Government and Business Hall of Fame (2014), the National Diversity Council’s “Most Powerful & Influential Women in Louisiana” (2010, 2011), one of the “Most Powerful and Influential Women” by the Louisiana Women’s Conference, New Orleans CityBusiness’ “Women of the Year,” New Orleans Magazine’s “People to Watch,” Family Services of Greater New Orleans 2013 “Ten Outstanding Persons” award winners, and the 2013 Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana “Inspiracion Award.”
Prior to being named president of AT&T Louisiana in 2010, Sonia served as vice president for AT&T Texas, responsible for the company’s initiatives in Houston and Southeast Texas. During that time, she was involved in numerous business, civic and community boards, including serving on the executive committees of the Greater Houston Partnership and the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. She also served for six years on the board of the national Public Broadcasting Service and on the board of the Memorial Hermann Hospital System.
Sonia received many honors for her contributions to the community, including being named the Houston Hispanic Chamber Female Executive of the Year, Outstanding Young Texas Ex by the University of Texas at Austin Alumni Association, and Humanitarian of the Year by the Muscular Dystrophy Association of the Rio Grande Valley. She has also received the Texas Diversity Council’s Leadership Award.
As the first woman to hold the position of president for AT&T Louisiana, Sonia Perez has been a champion of diversity within the workplace since starting with AT&T. The work Sonia and her team do each day directly influences the lives of AT&T customers and the daily operations of Louisiana businesses. And, Sonia considers successfully fulfilling the needs of Louisiana customers her biggest honor.
- Gray Stream-ChairPresident, Stream CompaniesGray Stream-ChairPresident, Stream Companies
- Region 5
- Geo Area
Gray Stream serves as President of Matilda Stream Management. MSM is responsible for managing all of the Stream family’s business and investing activities. He has worked for the Stream Companies since 2004, and has held Vice-President and President positions within various Stream entities over the years. He is an active Director for several companies in which the Stream Companies maintain significant ownership. He served as a Director of publicly traded CKX Lands, Inc. (CKX) from 2007-2017; including serving as Audit Committee Chairman from 2011-2017. He worked for the 7th Congressional District of Louisiana in Washington, D.C. before joining the Stream Companies. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, and he received his MBA in Management and Finance from Rice University.
Mr. Stream has served and led numerous charitable and civic causes. In 2010 he received the Southwest Louisiana Civic Service Award from the Chamber of Commerce. He has served on the Louisiana Innovation Council; the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Coastal Protection, Restoration, and Conservation; and the Board of Directors for the SWLA Economic Development Alliance.
Stream is a member of YPO. He currently serves on the Executive Committee for the Louisiana Committee of 100 for Economic Development as Vice Chair. He formerly served on the Louisiana Board of Regents as Regent for the 3rd Congressional District, and also as Chairman of the National Hurricane Museum and Science Center. In the summer of 2018 he will begin serving as a Director for the National World War II Museum.
- Tim Temple-Vice ChairPresident, TemptanTim Temple-Vice ChairPresident, Temptan
- Region 2
- Geo Area
- Capital Area
Tim Temple is currently President of Temptan, LLC., a family owned company that manages financial and real estate holdings.
Mr. Temple’s experience started within the insurance industry and is both broad and comprehensive. Born into an insurance family in DeRidder, La., he spent his formative years working in the family businesses, including Gulf Universal Holdings, which consisted of Amerisafe Insurance Company (workers’ comp) and Morris, Temple & Co., a Louisiana-based managing general agency which also provided loss prevention and third party administrative services.
Since graduating from Southern Methodist University in 1993, Temple has worked as an aide to Louisiana State Treasurer Mary Landrieu, an agent with Morris, Temple & Co. and a reinsurance intermediary. In 2010 Temple took a position with Hammerman and Gainer, a firm specializing in Third Party Administration and Disaster Recovery Program Management. During his tenure at HGI, Temple worked on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill recovery with Kenneth Feinberg. Tim eventually became CEO of HGI before going to work at Worley Catastrophe. At Worley Temple was Executive Vice President responsible for the company’s governmental and disaster recovery divisions. In 2017, Temple left Worley to work at the family holding company.
Tim and his family reside in Baton Rouge.
- Tom Clark-Past ChairBreazeale, Sachse and Wilson, LLPTom Clark-Past ChairBreazeale, Sachse and Wilson, LLP
- Captial Region
- Geo Area
- Region 2
Tom Clark’s practice focuses on insurance regulatory law and dispute resolution, state procurement and contract dispute resolution, complex commercial litigation, executive and legislative branch government relations and filmed entertainment representation. Tom represents entities ranging in size from Fortune 500 companies down to locally owned sole proprietorships, providing results-oriented representation.
In the insurance arena, Tom is an active participant in the legislative and administrative process in the formulation and interpretation of laws and regulations, which impact all form of regulated entities (companies, funds, employers, producers, and intermediaries). He also assists those entities in obtaining regulatory consents and approvals as well dispute resolution through the administrative and judicial process where necessary.
In procurement and public contract matters, Tom represents proposers throughout the solicitation process to help obtain their desired objectives. He also represents contractors in negotiating and obtaining mutually acceptable resolutions of contractual disputes.
Throughout his career, Tom has been an active advisor, board member and supporter of numerous community organizations, events and economic development endeavors. In 2014, he was elected Chair of The Committee of 100 for Economic Development, Inc., a statewide nonprofit, non-partisan organization formed to provide leadership and resources to effect positive change by supporting efforts to improve the economy, government, education and workforce development and to thereby improve the quality of life for all the people of Louisiana. He continues to serve on the Executive Committee and serves as the Chair of C100’s Fiscal Reform Committee.
He also currently serves on the Board of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, the Executive Committee and Board of the Property Insurance Association of Louisiana, and the Executive Committee and Board of Teach For America – South Louisiana.
In 2016, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards named Tom as his sole appointee to the 13-member Task Force on Structural Changes in Budget and Tax Policy. The Task Force was created by the Louisiana Legislature in the 2016 Extraordinary Session as the body charged with conducting a comprehensive review of Louisiana’s tax and budgeting laws and practices for the purpose of recommending long-term initiatives for structural reform to the Governor.
- Wayne Brown-Secretary-TreasurerPresident, Brown BuildersWayne Brown-Secretary-TreasurerPresident, Brown Builders
- Sue Soileau DurandPresident, Washington State BankSue Soileau DurandPresident, Washington State Bank
- Tom HawkinsPresident, Atmos Energy LouisianaTom HawkinsPresident, Atmos Energy Louisiana
- Kris KirkpatrickPartner, long Law FirmKris KirkpatrickPartner, long Law Firm
- Phillip MayPresident, Entergy LouisianaPhillip MayPresident, Entergy Louisiana
- Region 2
- Geo Area
- Capital Region
Phillip R. May is the president and chief executive officer of Entergy Louisiana, LLC, which serves more than one million electric customers in the state. He is responsible for the company’s customer service, regulatory and public affairs, resource planning, economic development programs and charitable contributions, as well as its financial performance.
May led the successful effort to combine the Entergy Louisiana and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana operating companies to form a single, stronger utility to serve Louisiana customers. In addition, he is implementing the company’s long-term strategy to modernize its generation fleet while helping meet Louisiana’s future energy needs. He oversaw the completion and startup of operations at Nine Mile Unit 6, the first new power plant added to the Louisiana fleet in nearly 30 years.
Under his leadership, Entergy Louisiana also has received regulatory approval and started construction of two combined-cycle generation units, the St. Charles Power Station, which is scheduled to begin commercial operation in June 2019, and the Lake Charles Power Station, which is expected to be on line by June 2020. When the Lake Charles unit is complete, the company will have replaced since 2004 approximately half of its older, less efficient generation capacity with new, cleaner natural gas-fired units.
May, who joined Entergy in 1986, served most recently as vice president of regulatory services where he was responsible for the development and implementation of system-wide regulatory strategies. In this role, he implemented programs to address cost recovery and regulatory lag through innovative ratemaking such as formula rate plans, specific cost-recovery mechanisms, and performance-based rates.
Other positions of leadership include serving as vice president of transition management and managing director of corporate strategic planning and analysis.
May serves on the boards of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; GNO, Inc.; The Louisiana Nature Conservancy; Teach for America of South Louisiana; City Year Baton Rouge, and Second Harvest Food Bank.
May received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and a Master of Business Administration from the University of New Orleans. He also completed the mergers and acquisitions program at the Wharton School in Philadelphia, Pa.
- Dr. Phillip RozemanPresident, Cardiovascular ConsultantsDr. Phillip RozemanPresident, Cardiovascular Consultants
- Scott BallardBallard BrandsScott BallardBallard Brands
Ballard Brands formed in December 2012 by brothers Paul, Scott and Steve Ballard. The company’s restaurant portfolio includes retail brands WOW Café: American Grill & Wingery, PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans, The Original City Diner, and Boardhouse Serious Sandwiches, Ballard Hospitality and Deuce McAllister’s Ole Saint Kitchen and Tap. These brands collectively total hundreds of locations in both traditional and non-traditional models and continue to grow. Ballard Brands also operates wholesale brand New Orleans Roast coffee, which is sold in grocery stores and featured in an array of locations, including restaurants, hotels, airports and c-stores. Ballard Brands corporate offices are located in Covington, LA.
Entrepreneur / Business Co-President / CEO / Principal of Ballard Brands, LLC
• (2013) Deuce McAllister Ole Saint Kitchen & Tap New Orleans, Louisiana
• (2012) Ballard Hospitality (Founder) Covington, Louisiana
• (2012) The Original City Diner (3 Locations) Covington, Louisiana
• (2011) WOW Café & Wingery / Sodexo Partnership (60 Locations) Nationwide
• (2010) Boardhouse Serious Sandwiches (3 Locations) Covington, Louisiana
• (2008) PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans Café’s (72 Café’s)
Nationwide PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans Serving Accounts (150 Locations) Nationwide
(Waldorf Astoria, Windsor Count, Ruth Chris’s Steakhouse, Disney World, etc.)
PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans Retail Accounts (150 Retail Outlets) Nationwide
(Walgreens, Albertson’s, Rouses, etc.)
• (2008) New Orleans Roast Coffee & Tea Serving Accounts (Over 750 Locations) Nationwide
(Copelands, Royal Sonesta, Sodexo, Baton Rouge Airport, New Orleans Airport, etc.)
New Orleans Roast Coffee & Tea Retail Accounts (Over 250 Retail Outlets) Nationwide
(Walgreens, Albertson’s, Rouses, etc.)
Co-Owner / Franchisee
• (1997 – 2006) Smoothie King (1 Unit) Athens, Georgia
• (1997 – 2006) Smoothie King (8 Units) Raleigh, North Carolina
Community Involvement / Accolades
• Presently serves on the Louisiana State University System Board of Supervisors
• Presently serves on the Louisiana Tuition Trust Authority
• Presently serves on the Louisiana Student Financial Assistance Commission
• Currently serves as Director of the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation
• Awarded City Business “Top 100 Private Companies” for 4 consecutive years
• Graduate from St. Tammany Chamber Leadership Program Hope House Mad Hatter Tea Program
• St. Paul’s High School Alumni Association Executive Board
• Lead Role in Project Red Light (Supporting ALS, Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
• Member of St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce
• Member of Specialty Coffee Association of America, The International Franchise Association
• 2010 “Culinary Connoisseur Business Owners of the Year” • Awarded “Humanitarian of the Year” in 2010 by Louisiana Cookin Magazine
• Appointed by the Governor of Louisiana and Confirmed by the Louisiana Senate to serve on Louisiana Board of Regents in 2010
• St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce, “Best Business of the Year” Award in 2009
• Selected as one in 2008 Gambit, “40 Under 40 Most Influential Business Men of the Year”
• Awarded West St Tammany, “All in the Family” Award in 2003
• Selected as Restaurant Business Magazine, “The Future 50” Personal
• Political Science Degree Tulane University, New Orleans 1995
• Married to Kristi Ballard, has 3 Children, resides in St. Tammany Parish