The Office of the Louisiana Attorney General Public Protection Division was presented the Louisiana Bar Foundation’s Horn Blower Award.

The award is given to a partner organization in recognition of outstanding support and leadership in advancing an LBF initiative, project or program. The division was recognized for assistance, protections and relief provided to Louisiana residents affected by the National Mortgage Servicing Settlement. The Louisiana Bar Foundation began working with the Office of the Attorney General last May as Louisiana joined 49 other states in a $25 billion joint state-federal mortgage servicing settlement with the nation’s five largest mortgage services.


The Young Leadership Council in New Orleans announced its 2014 Role Model Class of business, community and civic leaders to be honored at an Aug. 9 gala for actively contributing to the betterment of New Orleans.

They are Iftikar Ahmad, New Orleans International Airport; Justin Augustine, New Orleans Regional Transit Authority/Veolia Transportation; Therese Badon, UNCF; Arnold Baker, Baker Ready Mix; Bryan Batt, Le Petit Théâtre and NO/AIDS Task Force; David Blossman, Abita Brewing Co.; Matt Candler, 4.0 Schools; Michelle D. Craig, Adams and Reese LLP; Jeffrey Goldring, Goldring Family Foundation, Sazarac Co. and Crescent Crown Distributing; Stephanie Haynes, Greater New Orleans Drug Demand Reduction Coalition; Sister Marjorie Hebert, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans; James M. LeBlanc, Volunteers of America Greater New Orleans; Charles E. Leche, Deutsh, Kerrigan & Stiles.

Lan Chi Luu, LSU Health Sciences Center; Ed Marshall, First NBC Bank; R.M. “Iray” Nabatoff, Community Center of St. Bernard; Lavonzell Nicholson, PLAYNOLA Sports; Daryl Reginelli, Reginelli’s; Melissa Sawyer, Youth Empowerment Project; Dana Shepard, Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans; Michael O. Smith, Hyatt Regency New Orleans; Monica R. Sylvain, The Posse Foundation Inc.; Keith Twitchell, Committee for a Better New Orleans; Thomas P. Westervelt, IberiaBank; and Ana Zorrilla, Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.


The Louisiana economic development department presented Louisiana Small Business Awards recognizing top performers in various categories. LED Small and Emerging Business of the Year went to Dwayne Sonnier, of Drake Specialties LLC in Lafayette;

LED Small Business Innovation Award to Karan and Richard Kirkham, of Bullet Designs Inc. in Choudrant; LED Most Outstanding SEBD Intermediary to co-awardees in the central Louisiana region Mayor Jacques M. Roy and Johnie Varnado, of the city of Alexandria, and the Rev. Joe S. Green and Varnado, ministers of economic development in Alexandria; Louisiana PTAC Contractor of the Year to Phillip LeBert, of Service 24 Electrical & Maintenance LLC in Iowa; NFIB Small Business Champion to Scott Roe, of Spillway Sportsman in Brusly; USDA Rural Development Lender of the Year to A.J. Roy III of Cottonport Bank in Cottonport; USDA Rural Development Business of the Year to Judd Anderson and Brad Augustine, of Brudd Construction Co. in Simmesport.

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Louisiana District Office announced winners and runners-up for Louisiana Small Business Awards.

The Small Business Person of the Year is Keith DuRousseau, president & chief executive officer of Keiland Construction LLC in Lake Charles. Runners-up are Alejandro Hernandez, president of Hernandez Consulting LLC in New Orleans, and Alvin Childs Jr. and David Alexander, founders and partners of Vintage Reality Co. in Shreveport.

The Small Business Development Center Service Excellence and Innovation Center Award went to the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southern University.

Exporter of the Year is Patrick Gilliand, president of SPF Depot in Bossier City, and the runner-up is George M. Schaffer, president of Crompion International in Baton Rouge.

The Financial Services Champion is Clayton J. White, managing member of Simmons & White LLC of New Orleans.

The Family-Owned Business Champion is Robert Neal Smith, president of Smith’s South-Central Sales Co. LLC in Springhill. Runner-up is Mitch Rotolo, founder and CEO of Rotolo’s Pizzeria, based in Baton Rouge.

The Minority Business Champion is Tiya Scroggins, president and CEO of Scroggins Consulting LLC in Shreveport. Runner-up is Angela O’Byrne, president and CEO of Perez, a professional corporation in New Orleans.

The Women in Business Champion is Marian Pierre, founder and CEO of Crescent Guardian Inc. in New Orleans, and runner-up is Angela O’Byrne, president and CEO of Perez in New Orleans.

The Greater Lafourche Port Commission in Galliano was presented a Coastal Stewardship award by the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana for being a dedicated steward of Louisiana’s coastal lands.

During the past several years, the commission has worked with federal, state and local partners on numerous coastal and environmental restoration projects in and around Port Fourchon.