Executive Committee


Executive Committee

30th Anniversary

  • Tim Temple | Chair
    President | Temptan, LLC.
    Tim Temple | Chair
    President | Temptan, LLC.
    • Regions
    • 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.

  • Wayne Brown | Vice-Chair
    Founder & Vice-President | Brown Builders
    Wayne Brown | Vice-Chair
    Founder & Vice-President | Brown Builders

    B. Wayne Brown founded and served as President of Brown Builders, Inc. from 1971 to 2012 and currently serves as the Vice-President, and Chairman of the Board. Wayne holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from LSU and a Master of Science degree in Construction Management from Purdue University.

    Mr. Brown is an active member of the local chapter of the Associated General Contractors of which he is a past President. Wayne also serves on the LSU Board of Supervisors. He is active in local politics, economic and civic organizations.

    Wayne served as Vice President of the Bossier Chamber Board and on the Greater Bossier Economic Development Foundation Board for over twenty years, including a term as Chairman. He is a member of both the Shreveport/Bossier Committee of 100 and the Louisiana Committee of 100. Wayne is also a member of the North Louisiana Economic Partnership serving on the Board of Directors.

    Wayne is a registered Professional Engineer and is currently a member of the Louisiana Engineering Society and American Society of Civil Engineers. He has served on many community boards for non-profit organizations and churches. In 1996 Wayne was selected the Small Businessman of the Year by the Bossier Chamber of Commerce. He was also selected as a Top Ten Small Business by the Shreveport Chamber of Commerce, and both he and Brown Builders were selected as finalist for the 1997 Louisiana Entrepreneur of the Year. He was named a 2014 Southern Gentleman for the Southern University of Shreveport Foundation.

  • Dr. Phillip Rozeman | Secretary-Treasurer
    President | Cardiovascular Consultants
    Dr. Phillip Rozeman | Secretary-Treasurer
    President | Cardiovascular Consultants

    Dr. Phillip Rozeman is the co-founder and president of Willis-Knighton Cardiology and the Minden Heart and Vascular Center and has served as past chief of staff at Willis-Knighton Health System and Minden Medical Center. He is previous president of the Shreveport Medical Society and the second recipient of the John Miciotto Lifetime Healthcare Achievement Award given by the Bossier Chamber.

    He graduated with honors from LSU-S and LSU Health Sciences Center and served his internship and residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Cardiology at the Medical University of South Carolina.


    Dr. Rozeman is active in multiple areas of community service in NW Louisiana and the state as a whole. He is past chairman of the Shreveport Chamber, Blueprint Louisiana, Alliance for Education, and Education’s Next Horizon. In addition to the Louisiana Committee of 100, he currently serves on the board of the Louisiana Committee of 100, LABI, PAR, Louisiana Policy Institute for Children, LSU-S and BPCC Foundations, and the Magnolia K-12 Charter School.

    Dr. Rozeman led the Citizen’s Advisory Committee of the Caddo-Shreveport Master Plan as well as Governor Blanco’s Regional Healthcare Consortium. He also took a leadership role in designing and implementing the Shreveport-Bossier health care response for Hurricane Katrina and Rita evacuation efforts.

    He has been named Business Leader of the Year by both Shreveport and Minden Chambers of Commerce and is a member of the Northwest Louisiana Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame. Over the last 25 years, he has received the annual community service awards of the Northwest Louisiana and Acadiana United Way, LSU-S, Shreveport Bar Association, March of Dimes, Louisiana State Medical Society, Northwest Louisiana Medical Society, and the Council for A Better Louisiana (CABL).

  • Gray Stream | Immediate Past-Chair
    President | Stream Companies
    Gray Stream | Immediate Past-Chair
    President | Stream Companies

    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. (NYSE: CKX) from 2007-2017; including serving as Audit Committee Chairman from 2011-2017 and rejoined the Board of Directors in 2018 and is currently serving as President and Treasurer. He is a Director for Waitr Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: WTRH), and is currently Chairman of the Audit Committee and the Compensation Committee, while also serving on the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee. 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.

    Mr. Stream is a member of YPO and is the Immediate Past Chairman of the Louisiana Committee of 100 for Economic Development. 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 began serving as a Trustee for the National World War II Museum.

    Mr. Stream resides in Lake Charles, Louisiana with his wife, two daughters, and son.

  • Scott Ballard
    Owner | Ballard Brands
    Scott Ballard
    Owner | Ballard 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

  • Linda Biernacki
    President | Fire Tech Systems, Inc.
    Linda Biernacki
    President | Fire Tech Systems, Inc.

    Linda opened her own firm, Fire Tech Systems, Inc. in September of 1990. Fire Tech Systems, Inc. provides a valuable service offering life safety needs through fire protection to commercial businesses as well as residential homes. Her involvement in fire protection extends nationally in numerous associations. She serves on the Technical Committee with the National Fire Protection Association for the NFPA 232 Code for Record Protection, President of the Louisiana Fire Sprinkler Association, Building Owners and Managers Association Board, Sci-Port Discovery Center Board, the LSUS Foundation Board, American Fire Sprinkler Association Board Secretary and the Shreveport-Bossier Military Affairs Council Board. Professional involvement also includes Associated General Contractors and National Association of Women in Construction.

    Community service evokes a strong commitment from Linda. She was appointed by the first commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, Lt. General Frank Klotz, to serve as a charter member of the Air Force Global Strike Command Civic Leader Program 2010-2013. Air Force Global Strike Command is one of Nine Major Commands in the US Air Force. In 2013, Linda was inducted into the Junior Achievement of N. LA’s Business Hall of Fame which celebrates exceptional business leaders who have demonstrated a lifetime of achievement and investment in our community.

    Linda is a community partner with the Cyber Innovation Center, I-49 North Coalition, Sheriff’s Safety Town and the Minority Supplier Institute. In 2010, she served as the first woman President of the Committee of One Hundred and currently serves on the Board. In 2013, Linda was appointed to the Ambassador Program for Louisiana Economic Development. In 2011, Mayor Cedric Glover appointed her to the City of Shreveport Architects and Engineers Selection Committee, on which she still serves. She aspires to help the local community so she established the Fire Tech Systems Scholarship Program for ambitious and aspiring young ladies whose studies involve the construction industry. Linda also partners with the National Association of Women in Construction to offer a scholarship through the Caddo Career & Technology Center.

    • National Fire Protection Association — Appointed to serve on Technical Committee for Record Protection, NFPA 232 Code Book
    • American Fire Sprinkler Association ~ Currently serves as Board Member and Secretary
    • Associated General Contractors Shreveport Chapter — Past Co-Chair on the Membership Committee; Committee Member in the Development and Implementation of the First Annual AGC Owner Recognition Awards Luncheon
    • Louisiana Fire Sprinkler Association — Currently serves as President, first woman president
    • Building Owners and Managers Association — Currently serves as Board Member

    Licenses & Certifications

    • Arkansas RME License # 1326
    • Louisiana Fire Sprinkler Designer License # E2997
    • Texas RME License #RME-0165-G
    • Oklahoma Commercial Sprinker Manager License # 9813
    • Mississippi Certificate of Responsibility License # 15159
    • NICET Level IV Fire Protection Engineering Technology Water Based System Layout
    • Graduate of Shreveport-Bossier Vocational Technical Institute – Drafing and Design Technology
    • Graduate of North Caddo High School
  • Tom Clark
    Partner | Breazeale, Sachse and Wilson, LLP
    Tom Clark
    Partner | Breazeale, Sachse and Wilson, LLP
    • Regions
    • 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.

  • Carlton Golden, Jr.
    President | Builders Supply Company, Inc.
    Carlton Golden, Jr.
    President | Builders Supply Company, Inc.

    G. Carlton Golden (Carlton) is President of Builders Supply Company, Inc., (BSC) a 100 year-old locally owned and operated supplier of ready-mixed concrete and building materials for commercial and industrial buildings, homes, apartments, streets, highways and other types of construction projects.

    He joined the company in 1985 to serve in a commercial and residential sales capacity and was named Top Salesman for the company from 1988-2000. Since then, Carlton was promoted to and served in a number of leadership roles for BSC, including Sales Manager, Treasurer, Vice President, President and Chief Financial Officer. Carlton has served as President and CFO since 2009.

    Carlton’s work in all facets of the business over the last 31 years at Shreveport-based BSC has helped grow the company to a regional business that serves clients across Northwest Louisiana. In particular, his success in identifying new markets, setting up additional distribution plants, and increasing the company’s truck fleet to supply new markets was instrumental in the company’s expansion and creation of 100 new jobs. Under Carlton’s leadership, BSC expanded building materials distribution with the additions of 100-car rail service, barge and trucking delivery services.

    Carlton has also been very active with the employee relations aspect of BSC’s business, working diligently through the years to help develop a positive work environment for all employees, resulting in a 60% reduction of company staff turnover in last decade.

    Carlton has been active in local, regional, state and national community and industry leadership throughout his career. He currently is Vice President of the Interstate 49 International Coalition; serves on the Shreveport-Bossier Convention & Tourist Bureau board of directors where he is the Chairman of the board and past chairman of the finance committee; is a member of Rotary Club of Shreveport and is a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow; and is a board and executive committee member serving the National Ready Mix Concrete Association. Some of Carlton’s past volunteer leadership includes board and officer positions with Concrete and Aggregates of Louisiana; Strategic Action Council of Northwest Louisiana; Shreveport Chamber of Commerce; Greater Bossier Economic Development; Industrial Development Board of the Parish of Bossier, LA, Inc.; Bossier Land Use & Development Master Plan Committee; Bossier Public Trust Authority; Bossier Chamber of Commerce; Better Business Bureau, and more.

    In addition to summer work serving in a number of capacities as Carlton learned all aspects of the business at Builders Supply, Carlton was a legislative assistant to Senator Foster Campbell, and prior to that, an assistant sergeant at arms for Senator Sidney Nelson in the Louisiana State Senate. Carlton earned a B.S. degree in business management from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana.

  • Rodney Greenup
    President | Greenup Industries, LLC.
    Rodney Greenup
    President | Greenup Industries, LLC.

    Rodney Greenup, Jr. is the president of Greenup Industries, LLC., an industrial maintenance form that is focused primarily on providing general repairs, maintenance, supplies, safety inspection, quality control and support to chemical refineries in the Gulf Coast. He is also the president of Gulf South Engineering and Testing, Inc., a company that provides geotechnical engineering, environmental permitting and construction materials testing services to private commercial, Federal, State and local clients.

    Rodney has more than two decades of experience in the planning and development of civil works projects, both with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) as a Project Manager and other local resource agencies that assess environmental project impacts and mitigation. As the president of Gulf South Engineering and Testing and Greenup Industries, both MBE companies (Minority Owned), he has solid expertise and leadership to offer when the team commences work on improving development issues in the state of Louisiana.

    Rodney was a founding principal and Vice President of Pontchartrain Partners, LLC., where he provided his project management services to the US Army Corp of Engineers. He manages over 75 professionals in the design and construction of $1.2 billion hurricane protection project for St. Bernard and Orleans parishes.

    Before founding Pontchartrain Partners, Greenup was a Federal Grant program officer for the US Department of the Interior (Minerals Management Service) in New Orleans. As a program officer Greenup approved and monitored coastal restoration projects in the Gulf of Mexico region for the Coastal Impact Assistance program (CIAP). From 1991 to 2007, Rodney worked in the US Army Corp. of Engineers (New Orleans District) in various project and program roles, including Sr. Project Manager managing civil works flood control, navigation projects and management the construction of three projects.

    Rodney attended the University of New Orleans for his undergrad and masters studies. In 1995 he earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and then two years later his M.S. in Engineering Management.

  • Trott Hunt
    President | HGA, LLC
    Trott Hunt
    President | HGA, LLC

    Trott Hunt is the president of HGA, with oversight for business development and operations.

    Mr. Hunt has served the company in numerous roles in his nearly 30 years with HGA including as President, Operations Manager, Plant Manager, Engineering Manager, Project Engineer, and Plant Superintendent.

    Mr. Hunt has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and is a registered professional engineer in Louisiana.

  • Kris Kirkpatrick
    Partner | Long Law Firm
    Kris Kirkpatrick
    Partner | Long Law Firm
  • Kellen Matthews
    Partner-in-Charge | Adams & Reese, LLP
    Kellen Matthews
    Partner-in-Charge | Adams & Reese, LLP

    Kellen Mathews advises clients on complex litigation matters in Louisiana.  He has defended clients in products liability, education, construction, commercial and personal injury matters.  He also defends employers in discrimination claims at both the administrative and federal court levels.  Kellen uses his employment litigation experience as the foundation to advise employers on the creation and revision of policies and procedures that ensure compliance with the law and in turn reduction of exposure for the employer.  He has tried multiple cases to verdict, including obtaining a defense verdict in a jury trial in federal court.

    Kellen also focuses a considerable portion of his practice on helping clients navigate the highly nuanced procurement protest process.  He assists clients in industries ranging from health care to insurance in challenging or defending the award of government contracts.  In this practice area, Kellen navigates the intersection of administrative law, government and litigation.

    “ I take ownership of a client’s issues. I take them home with me, and am constantly thinking of how to achieve the best result for the client. I pride myself on being accessible to clients, and I work until the matter is resolved. ”


    • Paul M. Hebert Law Center of Louisiana State University, J.D., 2008
    • Millsaps College, B.A., 2004

    Court Admissions

    • Louisiana Supreme Court
    • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
    • United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana
    • United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana

    Community Involvement

    In the community, Kellen is a board member of The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, which assists more than 130 charitable agencies in Baton Rouge and 11 surrounding parishes in feeding the area’s residents. In 2018, Kellen joined the Executive Committee of the board for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.

    Kellen serves on the associate board of City Year Baton Rouge and, since 2015, he has served as a member of the host committee for City Year Baton Rouge’s signature fundraising event, the School House Rock Gala.


    • Louisiana Rising Stars® (by Thomson Reuters) Civil Litigation: Defense 2016-2019
    • Louis Berry Award – Louis A. Martinet Legal Society 2016
    • Best Lawyers® – Commercial Litigation

    Professional Affiliations & Memberships

    • Louisiana State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Council, At-Large Member (2012-2017)
    • Louisiana State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Diversity Committee, Chair (2012-2017)
    • International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), Member

    Kellen interned for the Honorable Terri Love in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans and, following law school, clerked for the Honorable Harry F. Randow in the Ninth Judicial District Court for the Parish of Rapides.

  • Phillip May
    President | Entergy Louisiana
    Phillip May
    President | Entergy Louisiana
    • Regions
    • 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.

  • Sonia Perez
    President | AT&T Louisiana
    Sonia Perez
    President | AT&T Louisiana
    • Regions
    • 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.

  • Mary Leach Werner
    Director and Vice President | The Sweet Lake Land & Oil Company
    Mary Leach Werner
    Director and Vice President | The Sweet Lake Land & Oil Company

    Mary Leach Werner is a Director and Vice President of The Sweet Lake Land & Oil Company and The North American Land Company. Family-founded and owned, these 125-year-old companies are based in Lake Charles, Louisiana and engage in land management, oil and gas, farming, ranching, wildlife, and real estate operations. Mary is also a Director of CKX Lands Inc., a public land management company based in Lake Charles, and has served as a Member of the Committee of 100 Louisiana, dedicated to the state’s long-term economic growth and development.

    Community service has been instilled in Mary since she was a small child, and she is proud to have served on the Board of Directors for the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society (Calcasieu Area), Art Associates of Lake Charles, Education and Treatment Council/Harbor House, Louisiana Preservation Alliance, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, Lake Charles Civic Ballet, Children’s Museum of Southwest Louisiana, Imperial Calcasieu Museum and the Louisiana Center for Women in Government. She was also a founding Director of the Family Foundation of Southwest Louisiana, supporting the Family and Youth Counseling Agency in Lake Charles. Mary is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana and Second Harvest Food Bank.

    Mary is also very involved with her children’s schools, volunteering in several capacities. She served as a Trustee, Board Chair and Capital and Annual Fund Campaign Chair for Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Currently, she is a Trustee of Ascension Episcopal School in Lafayette, Louisiana, where she has served as Board Vice-Chair and Chair.

    Mary grew up in Leesville, Louisiana, where she graduated from Leesville High School. After attending Birmingham Southern College, she earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Brenau Women’s College in Georgia. She has been married twenty-five years to Joel W. Werner and they are the proud parents of three children.

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