Angela Hedrick has been named branch manager and bank officer of American Gateway Bank’s Perkins Road location. Hedrick was a branch sales manager for Regions Bank.
Andy Papson has been named executive chef at the Renaissance Hotel on Bluebonnet Boulevard, overseeing culinary operations of the 256-room hotel, which includes its casual upscale restaurant Tallulah. Papson was executive chef at the Marriott New Orleans.
Krista Allen has been named an associate director in the Office of Advancement in LSU’s E.J. Ourso College of Business. She has been a recruiter for the LSU College of Arts and Sciences and assistant director of Development for the LSU College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Tawanda A. Weatherspoon, a contract surety account manager at Wright and Percy Insurance, a division of BancorpSouth Insurance Services Inc., has been elected president of Insurance Professionals of Baton Rouge.
Other officials are Carol Brown, of LUBA Workers’ Comp, president-elect; Laura Molino, of Wright and Percy Insurance, treasurer; Jane Walker, of LUBA Workers’ Comp, secretary; Deborah Ledford, of Wright and Percy Insurance, parliamentarian and board member; and Sylvia Thronson, of Wright and Percy Insurance, board member.
L.R. “Eric” Erikson, of Evans-Graves Engineers, has been elected president of the Baton Rouge chapter of the Louisiana Engineering Society.
Other officials are Michael J. Thomassie, of Duplantis Design Group, president-elect; Christopher P. Knotts, of the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, vice president; Jacob M. Loeske, of Buchart Horn, secretary/treasurer; and directors Chad A. Bacas, of Forte and Tablada, and Greg C. Wiley, of the East Baton Rouge Department of Public Works.
Dianna Braud, of the Safety Council of Louisiana Capital Area, has been elected president of Executive Women International of Baton Rouge.
Other officials are Toni Shaw, of the YMCA of the Capital Area, vice president/president-elect; Deanne Bonvillain, of Excel Group, secretary; Renee Barbier, of the Safety Council of Louisiana Capital Area, treasurer; Adrie Gist, of Baton Rouge Duplicating Products, communications director; Autumn Caldwell, of Investar Bank, membership director; Crystal Pichon, of Lexlee Overton Law Firm, and Tonia Griffin, of Earthlink Business, co-fundraising directors; and Leah Fredric, of Excel Group, director-at-large/ASIST.
Lisa Bailey has been appointed executive director of the Baton Rouge Area Alcohol and Drug Center. Bailey has worked in the addiction and behavioral health field as an administrator, consultant and clinician. She was program monitor supervisor for Capital Area Human Services District.
Charlie W. Brinkley Jr. has been named senior vice president of First National Bankers Bankshares Inc. Brinkley was chairman and chief executive officer of Floridian Financial Group Inc., the holding company for Floridian Bank in Daytona Beach and Orange Bank of Florida in Orlando.
Michelle Smith has been named campus director for University of Phoenix’s campuses in Baton Rouge and Lafayette. Smith was vice president of operations for California at Ameriprise Financial Services.
Craig Kiefer has been named chief operating officer of Edgen Murray. He was executive vice president and managing director of the company’s Western Hemisphere operations.