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Chamber SWLA Board of Directors

The 2019 Executive Board of Directors

  • Chair Phil Earhart of Iberia Bank
  • Immediate Past Chair Tobie Hodgkins of Century 21 Bessette Realty
  • Chair Elect Kristy Armand of Healthy Image Marketing Agency
  • Vice Chair of Public Policy Bart Yakupzack of The Jack Lawton Companies
  • Vice Chair of Business Diversity Ernie Broussard of HGA
  • Vice Chair of Education & Workforce Development Jennifer Spees of Louisiana Mortgage
  • Vice Chair of Quality of Life Celia Broussard of the Southwest Call Center
  • Treasurer Poncho Seaford of Business First Bank
  • Legal Counsel Bill Monk of the Stockwell Sievert Law Firm
  • President/CEO George Swift 


  • Junaid Abassi, Nikki P’s Realty
  • Kurt Allen, Air Liquide
  • Chip Arnould, Entergy
  • Dr. Neil Aspinwall, Sowela Technical Community College 
  • Eric Avery, Crying Eagle Brewing Company
  • John Berryhill, Image 360
  • Krystle Blue, Leadership SWLA
  • Fil Bordelon, Capital One, N.A.
  • Keith DuRousseau, Keiland Construction
  • Jerry Dunn, CITGO
  • Amber Ewing, Fusion Five
  • Jeff Favre, Isle of Capri Casino & Hote
  • Janie Fruge, West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital
  • Jim Giffin, Edward Jones
  • Gary Gobert, Lake City Trucking 
  • Jason Guillory, CPA, McElroy, Quirk & Burch
  • Rich Harbison, Phillips 66
  • Paul Hipppman, Sasol
  • Leon Lagneaux, Amerisafe
  • Ryan Navarre, Billy Navarre Chevrolet, Cadillac, Honda & Hyundai
  • Michael K. Pendergast, L'Auberge Casino Resort
  • Ronnie Petree, Home Bank
  • Denise Rau, Rau Financial Group
  • Jim Rock, Lotte Chemical Company
  • Scott Sirois, Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana
  • Roxie Smith, KZWA Radio
  • Alan Trantina, Golden Nugget
  • Greg Thibodeaux, Turner Industries
  • Ashli Waldrep, Arts & Humanities of SWLA
  • Greg Webb, First National Bank of Louisiana
  • Nic Zaver, Insignia Hotel Management 

Courtesy Seats 

  • Anne Causey, Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce
  • Kyle Mestayer, Greater Beauregard Chamber of Commerce
  • Marion Fox, Jeff Davis Business Alliance
  • Lillian Karr, DeQuincy Chamber of Commerce
  • Lena McArthur, West Calcasieu Association of Commerce
  • Susan Percle, Junior Achievement
  • Barbara Savant, Kinder Chamber of Commerce
  • TBA, Oakdale Area Chamber of Commerce
  • TBA, Junior League of Lake Charles, Inc.

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