People in Business for Aug. 25

Kamran Abdollahi, a professor of urban forestry and Urban Forestry Program leader at Southern University Ag Center, has been appointed to the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council by U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Abdollahi represents academic institutions on the council, with an expertise in urban and community forestry activities.

Megan G. Bourgeois has been named as assistant branch manager of the Baton Rouge office of Ardaman & Associates Inc. Bourgeois will continue to serve as laboratory manager and project engineer.

Benjamin Benton has been named senior art director at Wright Feigley Communications, overseeing art direction for all clients. He has worked for Otey White & Associates, The Graham-Group and Compose Digital.

Esau Lolis has been named library public relations director for the East Baton Rouge Parish Library. Lolis was media relations coordinator for International Foundation for Education and Self-Help in Scottsdale, Ariz.


Kevin Bergeron, of Mandeville, has been named senior vice president and commercial banking sales manager for Baton Rouge-based Investar Bank’s market on the northshore of Lake Pontchartrain, serving new and existing commercial bank clients throughout the New Orleans area. Bergeron was with Whitney Bank, providing corporate lending services to large businesses.

Susan Talley, co-chairwoman of the real estate practice group at Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann LLC, has been named chair of the American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law. The 25,000-member section provides programs, continuing education and expertise on current issues, trends and best practices for real estate and trust and estate lawyers nationwide.


Benjamin Potier, of Broussard, has been named director of business development in the water solutions business unit of Pellerin Energy Group.

Potier was with Siemens in its water technologies business unit.

Emily Burke has been named account service director at BBR Creative, overseeing daily activities and management of long-term initiatives of the agency’s account service team. Burke previously had founded bBOLD, an Atlanta-based niche-marketing agency.


Gradon Clemons, of Century Financial Services LLC in Amite, has been elected president of the Louisiana Finance Association.

Other officers and board members are Shawn Sagrera, of Sherman Credit in Baton Rouge, president-elect; Anita Fontenot, of Southwest Loan Co. in Lafayette, vice president; and Kimberly Baggett, secretary-treasurer and executive director of the LFA office in Baton Rouge.