BATON ROUGE AREA
Setpoint Integrated Solutions has promoted Jeff Birch to president and chief executive officer.
Birch was chief operating officer and has been with the company about 1½ years. He is a former vice president of commercial finance for the Dr Pepper Snapple Group, based out of Northlake, Illinois. Birch earned a business administration degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, is a licensed CPA and has a master of business administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
Setpoint is in the process control industry, with 13 facilities across the Gulf Coast supporting the power, refining and chemical industries with valve repair and industrial equipment services. Setpoint is a Baton Rouge-based subsidiary of Pon Holdings B.V. of the Netherlands.
Angela Machen, a principal in Machen Management Group, has been elected president of the board of commissioners for the Port of Greater Baton Rouge. She represents East Baton Rouge Parish on the board.
Other officers are Kevin Stevens, co-owner of Blanchard’s Building Materials in Plaquemine and of State Lumber and Hardware on Highland Road in Baton Rouge, vice president; and Clint Seneca, a deputy assessor for the Iberville Parish Assessor's Office and an elected alderman for the town of Grosse Tete, treasurer. Stevens represents East Baton Rouge Parish, and Seneca represents Iberville Parish on the port board.
The 15-member commission appointed by Gov. John Bel Edwards is selected from Ascension, Iberville, East and West Baton Rouge parishes to oversee 85 miles of the Mississippi River.
NEW ORLEANS AREA
Ben Luzynski has been appointed as chief executive officer of Watch Systems in Covington, creator of a national sex offender registry network and community notification solution called OffenderWatch.
Former CEO Lou Luzynski plans to retire and continue to serve as a managing partner and board member.
Ben Luzynski was executive vice president of Watch Systems and OffenderWatch, having previously served as a web developer then vice president of information technology for the company. He also conceived the idea of OffenderWatch Focus, which helps law enforcement evaluate which sex offenders may need closer monitoring to prioritize their time and resources. The Kenner native graduated from St. Paul’s Catholic School in Covington and studied business administration at the University of New Orleans.
Eagan Insurance Agency has promoted to vice president Gerard Ryder and Andrew Eagan.
Gerard was an associate and has been with the company seven years. Eagan retains his capacities as sales manager and joined the agency eight years ago.
Danos has named David Cedro, of Metairie, as vice president of finance and administration overseeing its domestic and international financial activities and James Callahan, of Lockport, to the new position of vice president of project services, providing oversight and management of the company's service lines.
Cedro has more than 25 years experience in construction and energy finance, including managerial positions with Ernst & Young and The Shaw Group. Callahan joined Danos in 2013 and has nearly three decades of experience in risk management, asset procurement and administration.
Couhig Partners has named Ralph Wall as law partner.
With nearly 25 years of experience, Wall focuses his practice primarily on litigation and also practices administrative law and advises trade associations on antitrust issues and assists the insurance industry in creating new insurance products by participating in the creation of various policy forms used in the oil and gas insurance market and working with state regulators on insurance policy issues.
Wall graduated from Loyola University School of Law and has bachelor's in management from Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business.