The Greater Baton Rouge Association of Realtors has recognized Bridget Fredericks, of Home After Home, as Realtor of the Year; Mitzi Anthony, of Choice Title, the Ben R. Downing Jr. Affiliate of the Year; Stacey Brown, of Wayne Clark Realty, Rising Star of the Year; Cathy Craddock, of River City of LA, Most Cooperative Realtor; and Beth Alford, of Re/Max Properties, the Charles H. Dillemuth Humanitarian of the Year.

Recognized with 40-year Realtor Emeritus status are Patty Dunaway, formerly of CJ Brown; H. Ben Johnson, of NAI/Latter & Blum Commercial; Cynthia Stafford, of EastBank Realty; and Phil Yeates, of Yeates & Co.

LSU AgCenter rice specialist Dustin Harrell received the Rice Researcher of the Year Award, and Dennis Burns, LSU AgCenter county agent in Tensas Parish, received the Precision Ag Researcher of the Year Award at the National Conservation Systems Cotton and Rice Conference.

Much of Harrell’s work has focused on fertility, and he has identified the significance of zinc deficiency, shown that seeding rates for drill-seeded rice can be reduced and demonstrated how nitrogen use efficiency can be improved.

Burns’ efforts have helped farmers adopt precision agriculture technology, such as yield maps, soil electroconductivity and sensing devices to measure plant health.


The Society of Louisiana CPAs recently presented Lafayette CPAs Ellen Cook and Misty Geer with the 2015 Women to Watch Award.

The award is presented in partnership with the American Institute of CPAs and its Women’s Initiatives Executive Committee to recognize women for their outstanding contributions to the CPA profession, to their workplaces and communities, and to the development of women as leaders.

Cook is assistant vice president for academic affairs, academic resources at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Geer is an accounting supervisor for Halliburton.


Professional services firm Dewberry has been recognized by the National Association of Flood and Stormwater Management Agencies for its work raising public awareness of flooding in St. Bernard Parish. The campaign, “Flood Risk: Safety, Control, and Responsibility,” received second place in the public awareness of flooding — campaign category in the nationwide annual contest.

The community education and outreach campaign was conducted in coordination with the St. Bernard Parish Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and Lake Borgne Basin Levee District.