Moran Group expands into New Orleans

The Moran Group, an advertising agency, has expanded into New Orleans with an office at 643 Magazine St., Suite 102.

With more than 30 years of experience, the Baton Rouge-based company handles regional advertising for the Hyundai and Honda groups and has clients in over 50 markets across the country.

The new office will be led by Kathryn Lemoine, vice president, digital strategy and operations.

“We’re excited about the opening of a second office in New Orleans. It’s a great environment to find top talent, continue the growth of our company and branch into new verticals,” founder and President Jim Moran said.

The Moran Group has nearly 60 full-time employees.

Private equity group acquires Express Energy

Express Energy Services, an oilfield services company with two locations in Louisiana, is being acquired by funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management LLC and participating managers.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Express, founded in 2000, assists petroleum and energy industries customers with six service lines, including casing and tubular running and completion and production services, and a workforce of about 1,700 employees in more than 30 locations across the country, including Houma and Minden.

Express will continue to be headquartered in Houston.

“We believe we are well-positioned to help Express achieve its long-term growth strategies for its existing and future service line offerings,” said Michael Jupiter, partner, Apollo Global Management.

“Apollo is one of the largest and most successful private equity firms in the world and possesses the type of deep energy expertise that we believe will enhance the value of Express Energy Services,” said Darron Anderson, chief executive officer of Express Energy Services.

CABL announces keynote speaker

Fox Business Network anchor Cheryl Casone will be the keynote luncheon speaker at the Council for A Better Louisiana’s 52nd annual meeting and luncheon on Dec. 11 at the L’Auberge Hotel Conference Center in Baton Rouge.

Casone is known for her weekly segment “Top Companies Hiring this Week,” which spotlights some of the major job opportunities available.

Before the noon luncheon, a panel of political observers will dissect the 2014 congressional races and look ahead to the 2015 elections for governor and the Legislature.

Casone will discuss ways Louisiana can meet the challenges of an expanding economy and ensure that growing businesses have access to the employees they need. Registration information is available by calling (225) 344-2225 or on the CABL website at www.cabl.org.

Ambulatory surgery center opened

Lafayette General Health has opened an ambulatory surgery center within Lafayette General Surgical Hospital at 1000 W. Pinhook Road.The Oil Center Surgical Plaza is a 12,656-square-foot facility for less-complicated procedures related to ophthalmology; ear, nose and throat; plastic surgery; and pain management. The ambulatory surgery center has seven pre-op beds, four operating rooms and 12 post-op beds.

Oil Center Surgical Plaza is part of Lafayette General Health and is co-owned by Lafayette General Medical Center and a group of physicians.