People in Business for Jan. 20, 2013

Pat Wattam, ReMax First
Pat Wattam, ReMax First

BATON ROUGE

Pat Wattam, of ReMax First, has been elected president of the Greater Baton Rouge Association of Realtors.

The executive board includes Bridget Fredericks, of Home After Home Real Estate, president-elect, and Carol Poché, of Keller Williams Realty Red Stick, secretary-treasurer.

The board of directors includes Timothy DeAngelo, CJ Brown, Perkins; John Dunaway, Dunaway Realty Co. Inc.; Barbara Anne Eaton, Coldwell Banker One; Wendy Heflin-Berry, Pro Sold Realty; Linda Gaspard, ReMax First; Ashley LaBorde Vuci, CJ Brown, Sherwood; Andrea McKey, Coldwell Banker One; Tiffany Palmer, Pro Sold Realty; Missy Roberts, CJ Brown, Perkins; Wynona Squires, ReMax First; Jeffery Welsh, Keller Williams Realty, Red Stick; and Donna Wolff, ReMax Professional.

Gwen Hamilton has been elected chairman of the YMCA of the Capital Area board of directors.

Other officers include Lance Kinchen, vice chairman, finance, and Ralph Bender, assistant vice chairman, finance; Norman Chenevert, vice chairman, construction, building and grounds; Edmund Giering, vice chairman, personnel; and Kathi Gill, secretary.

Incoming board members are Jason Dupree, Trey Godrey, Ted James, Jared Llorens, Scott Martin and Russel Long Mosley.

Kiki Bergeron has been named a partner in the Taylor Porter law firm.

Bergeron specializes in construction law and commercial litigation.

Bradley Tate has been named a manager in the tax services group at Postlethwaite & Netterville. Tate was tax counsel for The Shaw Group Inc.

Candace Eldridge has been named senior manager in the human resources department of LaPorte CPAs & Business Advisors. Eldridge was district human resources manager for The Home Depot in Baton Rouge.

Glen Duncan has been named communications director for the Louisiana House of Representatives. He previously was communications director of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center.

Motivating Students for Academic and Career Success has named Montrell McCaleb as chairman and chief executive officer; N’Kyia Moten as president and chief program officer; Kayla Thomas as business manager and chief financial officer; Maya Robinson as associate vice president of educational support services and programs; and ShaMyra Williams as vice president of educational innovation and programs.

McCaleb was president and chief operating officer and Moten was executive vice president. Thomas was a finance and marketing intern with the Taylor Marketing firm in Houston. Robinson and Williams served as regional directors for Motivating Students.

Jeff Aucoin has been named a partner with Horne LLP, an accounting and business advisory firm. He specializes in fraud, forensic and litigation services.

KPMG LLP has named Perry Leslie as managing partner in its Baton Rouge office and Tommy Mount as a partner. Leslie succeeds Jerry Jolly, who is retiring, and has served in the firm’s federal tax practice for industries, including advertising, engineering and construction, financial and legal services, manufacturing, and oil field and energy services. Mount is in the firm’s audit practice and specializes in serving international companies in the engineering and construction, energy, chemicals and mining industries.

Robert A. Myer, the mayor of New Roads and a franchise owner of Comfort Keepers, has been named to the national advisory committee for the franchise corporation, which provides non-medical, in-home personal health care for aging adults. Myer operates locations in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Shreveport and Lafayette; Gulfport, Miss.; and Tallahassee, Fla.

David Beach has been named vice president and trust administrator
at Whitney Bank. LinkedIn shows he was a private banker at J.P. Morgan.

Theresa Jones, president of The Lemoine Co., has been named president of LSU’s Construction Industry Advisory Council’s board of directors.

Other officers are Scott Couper, Pala-Interstate LLC, president-elect; Gerrad Delatte, Turner Industries Group LLC, treasurer; and Josh Rounds, Performance Contractors Inc., secretary. Steve Fleury, Topcor, is past president.

Board members are Mike Barber, Cajun Constructors LLC; Thom Bonner, Merit Electrical Inc.; Rudy Comeaux, The Lemoine Co.; Kathy Trahan, Alliance Safety Council; Glen Gulino, Industrial Specialty Group; Ken Naquin, Louisiana AGC; Vic Weston, Tri-State Road Boring; Travis Blair, Pala-Interstate; Kenny Freeman, Petrin Corp.; Art Favre, Performance Contractors Inc.; Lane Grigsby, Cajun Construction; Jon Gary, LSU alumni; Leslie Rosso, LSU Construction Management Department; Dean Richard Koubek, LSU College of Engineering; and Charles Berryman, LSU Construction Management chair.

Jeffrey K. Smith, of Hammond, has been elected president of the Louisiana chapter of the American Institute of Architects’ board of directors.

Other officers are William A. Tudor, of Alexandria, president-elect; Lisa Nice, of Baton Rouge, vice president–District B; Norbert L. “Knobbie” Langlinais, of Lafayette, vice president–District C; Samuel J. Herpin, of Baton Rouge, secretary/treasurer; and Mark Stielper, of Lafayette, immediate past president.

Will French, of Film Production Capital, has been elected president of the Louisiana Film and Entertainment Association.

Other officers are Lampton Enochs, Moonbot Studios LA LLC, vice president; Scott Niemeyer, Gold Circle Entertainment, treasurer; Diego Martinez, Millennium Studios, secretary; Patrick Mulhearn, Celtic Media Centre, immediate past president; and Clint Mock, Mock & Associates LLC, member at large.

Clay Pinson, who owns Massengale Grounds Management Inc., has been named to the 18-member leadership council of the National Federation of Independent Business-Louisiana. Leadership Council members are nominated by either NFIB’s state director or current members and elected by the council.

NEW ORLEANS

Joseph “Jed” Cain has been named an equity partner in the law firm Herman, Herman & Katz LLC. Cain was a non-equity partner. His practice focuses primarily on catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases.

LAFAYETTE

Ian A. Macdonald has been appointed chairman of the United Way of Acadiana’s 2014 Capital Campaign. Macdonald is a partner and the head of the Lafayette office of Jones Walker.

Stone Energy Corp. in Lafayette has named Richard L. Toothman as senior vice president-Appalachia; Paul K. Wieg as vice president-exploration and business development; Kevin G. Hurst as vice president-Gulf of Mexico Shelf/Deep Gas; and Keith A. Seilhan as vice president-deepwater.

Toothman was vice president-Appalachia. Wieg was director of geosciences/deepwater exploration manager. Hurst was general manager operations/Gulf of Mexico production. Seilhan was deepwater projects manager.

AROUND SOUTH LA.

Gov. Bobby Jindal has made appointments from the area to the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Coastal Protection, Restoration and Conservation: John Costonis, of Baton Rouge, chancellor emeritus at the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center; David Cresson, of Baton Rouge, executive director and CEO of the Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana; Chris Macaluso, of Baton Rouge, coastal outreach coordinator for the Louisiana Wildlife Federation; Al Sunseri, of New Orleans, owner and general manager of P&J Oyster Co.; Ronald Gonsoulin, of New Iberia, president of Ulysse Gonsoulin & Son Inc.; Linda Zaunbrecher, of Gueydan, a rice farmer and former president of the Louisiana Rice Growers Association; Ted Falgout, of Galliano, executive director of the Port of Fourchon in Lafourche Parish; Mark Piazza, mayor of Abbeville; R. King Milling, of New Orleans, a director at Hancock Holding Co.; Tim Creswell, of Abbeville, assistant director of the Vermilion Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness; Jody Montelaro, of Baton Rouge, senior governmental affairs executive for Entergy; Karen Gautreaux, of Baton Rouge, director of government relations for the Louisiana chapter of the Nature Conservancy; Michel Claudet, of Houma, president of Terrebonne Parish; Telley Madina, of New Orleans, coastal communities program officer with Oxfam America; Robert Stewart, of Lafayette, retired and a past director of the USGS National Wetlands Research Center in Lafayette; John Williams, of New Orleans, a principal architect at John Williams Architects; Charles E. Allen III, of New Orleans, chairman of the board of Holy Cross Neighborhood Association; Dwayne Bourgeois, of Raceland, executive director of the North Lafourche Conservation, Levee & Drainage District; Tanner Johnson, of Baton Rouge, director of donor services for the Baton Rouge Area Foundation; and William Rudolf, of Metairie, CEO and president of the Biloxi Marsh Lands Corp.