John Spain, executive vice president of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, is being presented honorary American Society of Landscape Architects membership in recognition of his advocacy for the development of downtown Baton Rouge.

Under Spain’s leadership, the foundation created the Water Institute for the Gulf and subsequent Water Campus to bring scientists, policymakers and others together for water preservation and coastal restoration research. He also led the planning for other community projects and championed the Louisiana Speaks Regional Plan after hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.

Three members of the American Advertising Federation-Baton Rouge won American Advertising Awards, having been selected from more than 40,000 entries nationally and advancing from local and regional levels to the national competition.

BRZoom won gold in sales promotion packaging for “Proximo Spirits - Maestro Dobel Tequila Diamante Drum VAP” and silver in direct marketing – 3-D/mixed direct mail for “Proximo Spirits – Jose Cuervo The Rolling Stones Tour Pick Press Mailer;” student member

Brandon Coffee a gold in elements of advertising – animation or special effects for “Kevin & Bert: A Short Film;” and Hatchit a silver in website-based apps for “10 Days.”

MedCompGx received accreditation for laboratory excellence from the accreditation committee of the College of American Pathologists.

Accreditation is based on an on-site inspection, examination of the laboratory’s records and quality control procedures for the preceding two years; laboratory staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety program and record; and overall management.

The Baton Rouge Area Association of Black Journalists was named one of three finalists for the Professional Chapter of the Year Award from the National Association of Black Journalists.

The award is based in part on new memberships, community activities and programs, and the number and size of scholarships awarded by the chapter.

The other nominees are the greater Cleveland and the southern New England chapters. The winner will be announced Aug. 3.

The Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce graduated 23 participants in its 2016 Leadership Livingston class, who participated in 10 months of instruction focused on development, community services and professional growth and also tackled four community projects that produced $120,652 in cash and in-kind contributions and involved at least 1,600 volunteer hours.

Recognized with Above & Beyond Awards are Amy Konieczka, of Amy K & Co., the Lighting the Night Award; Kay Landry, of Covington & Associates, the Team Vision Award; and Todd Peters, of Our Lady of the Lake, the Heart & Sole Award.

Other graduates are Amie Barton, Regions Bank; Steven Bernard, Client Technology Services; Brittni Blankenship, Quality Engineering & Surveying LLC; John C. Blount, Blount General Contractors LLC; Michele Crosby, attorney; Carl Duplessis, Jefferson Financial Credit Union; Tracy Girlinghouse, Livingston Parish Council; Lana Guay, Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce; David Hobbs, Media Choice LLC; Cheryl Jeane, Triton Healthcare; Percival Kane, North Oaks Health System; Mary Kistler, Livingston Parish President’s Office; Wayne Mack, Livingston Parish Assessors Office; Craig McGehee, mayor of Killian; Sabrina Puryear, Ochsner Health Systems; Michael Sanchez, Labarre Associates Inc.; Jennifer Seneca, Livingston Parish Library; Lori Steele, Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office; Clint Trant, First Guaranty Bank; and Denisse Velazco, Papi’s of Watson.


One Acadiana received a Communication Excellence Award from the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives for an advertising campaign that tells Acadiana’s story as the right place to do business.

The campaign was developed in coordination with local economic development professionals and marketing firm Calzone & Associates.

The Breast Center at Lafayette General Medical Center has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology.

The designation recognizes breast-imaging centers that have accreditation in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy and breast ultrasound. It is based on peer-review evaluations for practice standards in image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs.


Insurance Professionals of Greater New Orleans recognized Liz LaGrange, commercial lines account manager at Gillis, Ellis & Baker, as the organization’s 2015-2016 Rookie of the Year and Lazara “Liz” Barker, senior underwriters assistant at Burnett & Co. Inc./QBE as Insurance Professional of the Year.

GNO Snoring and Sinus in Metairie has been granted a three-year term of accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission in Computed Tomography in the areas of sinus and temporal bone CT.

Accreditation is based on an application and review process and compliance with published standards of quality patient care in computed tomography.


The Louisiana State Bar Association presented President’s Awards to the New Orleans Bar Association; John J. Finan Jr., president and chief executive officer of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System Inc. in Baton Rouge; Kendall P. Green, of Orleans Public Defenders in New Orleans; Abid Hussain, a solo law practitioner in New Orleans; Calvin Johnson, retired chief judge of Orleans Parish Criminal District Court in New Orleans; Hillar C. Moore III, district attorney for the 19th Judicial District in East Baton Rouge Parish; Christopher K. Ralston, a commercial litigation partner at Phelps Dunbar LLP in New Orleans; and Mark C. Surprenant, a partner in the New Orleans office of Adams and Reese LLP. President Mark A. Cunningham chose the recipients based on their services to the association.

The Catherine D. Kimball Award for Advancement of the Administration of Justice

went to Harry T. Lemmon, of New Orleans, who retired as an associate justice on the Louisiana Supreme Court from 1980-2001; Ronald J. Sholes, a partner and the arbitration and alternative dispute resolution team leader in the New Orleans office of Adams and Reese and former Orleans Parish Civil District Court judge; Jeffrey E. Richardson, a partner in the New Orleans office of Adams and Reese; and Martin A. Stern, appellate team leader and claims counsel in the New Orleans office of Adams and Reese.

The Stephen T. Victory Memorial Award went to Michael S. Finkelstein, an associate attorney with New Orleans law firm of Didriksen, Saucier, Woods & Pichon PLC, recognizing outstanding contributions to the Louisiana Bar Journal, the organization’s bimonthly magazine.

The John Ashby Hernandez III Memorial Award for Francophone Leadership went to

Warren A. Perrin, chair of the association’s Francophone section and an attorney with Lafayette law firm Perrin, Landry & deLaunay and a skills professor at Loyola University College of Law.

The Curtis R. Boisfontaine Trial Advocacy Award went to Christine Lipsey, a member in the Baton Rouge office of McGlinchey Stafford PLLC.