The guest list for the 2015 Super Regional Canvas Trip to Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona is set and includes 145 of the top parish, business and civic leaders in the New Orleans and Baton Rouge regional areas.

Noticeably missing from the list are New Orleans and Baton Rouge mayors Mitch Landrieu and Kip Holden.

St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister, St. James Parish Parish President Timmy Roussel, and St. John the Baptist Parish President Natalie Robottom are attending the trip. Baton Rouge City Council members Chandler Loupe, Ryan Heck and John Delgado have signed on as well as city council members from Jefferson Parish, St. Bernard Parish and Ascension.

The semi-annual destination workshop started off as a Baton Rouge Area Chamber organized trip to allow the parish’s leaders to learn about other cities’ successful economic and community development policies and implementation. Previous canvas trips have included Austin, Nashville, Raleigh-Durham, Portland, Richmond, Pittsburgh, Louisville, and Central Florida. In 2013, BRAC partnered with GNO Inc. in an effort to make create a regional alliance.

This year the trip will focus on Phoenix and Tuscon which have recently embraced a sense of regionalism, according to organizers of the trip.

Last year, Holden was the highest ranking elected official on the trip of 175 regional leaders. But he caused some friction with Electronic Arts Inc. during a workshop where he spoke for several minutes, commanding the attention of the room and questioning the business’s commitment to Baton Rouge. People in attendance referred to Holden’s actions as “embarrassing” and “confusing.” He later said he didn’t intend to insult EA officials.

Here’s the 2015 guest list:

  • Michael Airhart, Capital Area Finance Authority, Executive Director
  • Barney Arceneaux, City of Gonzales, Mayor
  • Jane Arnette, South Central Industrial Association, Director
  • Paul Arrigo, Visit Baton Rouge, President & CEO
  • Cheri Ausberry, East Baton Rouge Mortgage Finance Authority, Chairperson
  • Rhonda Bagby, Humana, Market President
  • Bob Barton, Taylor, Porter, Brooks & Phillips, Partner
  • Mark Baum, Chenevert Architects, LLC, Principal
  • Dennis Blunt, East Baton Rouge Mortgage Finance Authority, Vice – Chairperson
  • Buddy Boe, St. Charles Parish, Chief Administrative Officer
  • Jerry Bologna, Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission, Executive Director
  • Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish Government, Parish President
  • Chris Brooks, Launch Media, Business Development & Marketing Director
  • Sarah Broome, THRIVE, Baton Rouge
  • Patricia Calfee, Baton Rouge Area Foundation, Special Projects Officer
  • Stephanie Cargile, ExxonMobil, Public and Government Affairs Manager
  • Teri James Casso, Ascension Parish Council, Councilwoman
  • Kerry Chauvin, Terrebonne Economic Development Authority, Commissioner
  • Norman Chenevert, East Baton Rouge Mortgage Finance Authority, Board Member
  • Michel Claudet, Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government, Parish President
  • Byron Clayton, Research Park Corporation, President & CEO
  • Astrid Clements, EBR Mortgage Finance Authority, Board Member
  • Kahli Cohran, Civil Solutions Consulting Group, Inc., President
  • Kenny Cole, BCBSLA, Assoc. Chief Medical Officer and VP of Care Delivery
  • Rebecca Conwell, City of New Orleans, Senior Advisor to the Mayor for Economic Development
  • Richard Cortizas, Jones Walker, LLP, Special Counsel
  • Helena Cunningham, East Baton Rouge Mortgage Finance Authority, Board Member
  • Ronnie Daigle, R. J. Daigle & Sons Contractors, Inc., President
  • John Delgado, City of Baton Rouge, Metro Councilman
  • Sherrie Despino, Ascension Chamber of Commerce, President/CEO
  • Eric Dexter, Civil Solutions Consulting Group, Inc., Director of Business Development
  • Carling Dinkler, Ochsner Health System, Director, Government Relations
  • Rachel DiResto, Center for Planning Excellence, Executive Vice President
  • Michael DiResto, BRAC, Senior VP for Economic Competitiveness
  • Jill Dyason, EBR Parish School Board, Board Member
  • Jason El Koubi, One Acadiana, President & CEO
  • Eugene T. Eski, Kenilworth Science & Technology School, CEO/Superintendent
  • Eliza Eugene, St. John the Baptist Parish, Economic Development
  • Connie Fabre, Greater Baton Rouge Industry Alliance, Executive Director
  • Corey Faucheux, St. Charles Parish Dept. of Economic Development & Tourism, Director
  • Stephanie Ferry, Raymond James, Managing Director
  • John Foley, Pan-American Life, Senior Vice President – Domestic Markets
  • Tommy Fonseca, GNO, Inc., Vice President of Corporate Relations
  • Penny Font, Business Report, Executive Editor
  • Charlie Freeburgh, Baton Rouge Community College, Sr. Vice Chancellor for Workforce Development
  • Barbara Freiberg, EBR School Board, Board Member-VP
  • John Paul Funes, Our Lady of the Lake Foundation, President/CEO
  • David Gaines, Ochsner Health System, CEO-System Retail Services/Marketing and Senior Vice President-Public Affairs
  • Melissa Gibbs, Gibbs Construction, LLC, Business Development & SBE/DBE Outreach
  • Shabaka Gibson, ExxonMobil, Public and Government Affairs
  • Kristin Gisleson Palmer, Louisiana Super Region Rail Authority, Chair
  • Fran Gladden, Cox Communications, Vice President – Government Affairs
  • Blair Green, One Acadiana, Director – Events & Special Projects
  • Jake Greig, NRG Energy, Director – Origination & Business Development
  • Phil Gunn, Postlethwaite & Netterville, Managing Director, New Orleans Office
  • Gwen Hamilton, New Schools for Baton Rouge, Community Engagement Director
  • Greg Hanly, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana, Regional Sales Director
  • Brian Haymon, SGS Petroleum Service Corporation, CEO
  • Cordell Haymon, SGS, Senior Vice President
  • Michael Hecht, GNO, Inc., CEO
  • Ryan Heck, East Baton Rouge Parish / City of Baton Rouge, Metro Councilman
  • Kasey Henry, Forum 35, President
  • Scott Hensgens, Breazeale Sachse & Wilson, Managing Partner
  • Bill Hines, Jones Walker, LLC, Managing Partner
  • Scott Howard, Regions Bank, President – New Orleans
  • Jim Hudson, IBERIA BANK, Southeast Regional Chairman
  • Councilman Casey Hunnicutt, St Bernard Council
  • Andrew Jacques, St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation, Executive Director
  • Bryan Jones, HNTB Corporation, Government Relations
  • Ric Kearny, Capital One Bank, Baton Rouge Market President
  • Scott Kirkpatrick, Roedel Parsons Koch Blache Balhoff & McCollister, Attorney
  • Adam Knapp, BRAC, President and CEO
  • Gus Kousoulas, Louisiana State University, Associate Vice President (STEM)
  • Mathew Laborde, Forum 35, Vice President of Development
  • Julie Laperouse, BRAC, Director of Talent Development
  • Ray Lauga, St. Bernard Parish Council, Councilman
  • Walter Leger, Leger & Shaw, Attorney
  • Tony Ligi, Jefferson Business Council, Executive Director
  • Larissa Littleton-Steib, Delgado Community College, Vice Chancellor for Workforce Development
  • Chris Loar, Ascension Parish Council, Parish President Candidate
  • Jared Loftus, MasteryPrep, COO
  • Chandler Loupe, City of Baton Rouge, Metro Councilman/Mayor Pro-Tem
  • Ben Louviere, Waldemar S. Nelson and Company, Inc., Business Development
  • Courtney Maciasz, Capital Region Planning Commission, Economic Development/PIO
  • Mandi Magill, BRAC, Director of Events
  • Derrick Martin, Algiers Economic Development Foundation, Executive Director
  • Todd Matherne, Biz New Orleans, Publisher
  • Marty Mayer, Stirling Properties, President & CEO
  • Van Mayhall, Baton Rouge Area Chamber, Chairman of the Board
  • Guy McInnis, St. Bernard Parish Council, Councilman
  • Carolyn McKnight, BREC, Superintendent
  • Patty McMurray, Adams and Reese, LLP, Partner
  • Earl Meador, Fletcher Technical Community College, Chancellor
  • Chris Meyer, New Schools for Baton Rouge, CEO
  • Philip Meyers, GEC, Inc., Senior Vice President
  • Walter Monsour, CSRS, Inc., Business Unit Leader
  • Beverly Moore, Baton Rouge Area Foundation, Director of Civic Leadership Initiatives
  • Carlo Mulvenna, Pan-American Life Insurance Group, Vice President
  • Todd Murphy, The Jefferson Chamber of Commerce, President
  • Michelle Octave, St. James Parish Government, Chief Administrative Officer
  • Laverne Osiris, St. John the Baptist Parish, Special Assistant – Economic Development
  • Nial Patel, Cornerstone Government Affairs, Vice President
  • Abhay Patel, New Orleans Business Alliance, Vice President of Business Development
  • Skip Philips, Taylor, Porter, Brooks & Phillips, Managing Partner
  • Tina Rance, Commercial Properties Realty Trust, Director of Marketing/Leasing
  • Davis Rhorer, Downtown Development District, Executive Director
  • Coleman Ridley, Jr., Business Council of New Orleans and the River Region, Managing Director
  • Paul Rivera, JEDCO, Chairman
  • Chris Roberts, Jefferson Parish Council, Councilman, At-Large Division A
  • Kimberly Robinson, Jones Walker, LLP, Partner
  • Natalie Robottom, St. John the Baptist Parish, Parish President
  • Deborah Sternberg, Starmount Life, Executive Vice President
  • Randy Roussel, Phelps Dunbar, LLP, Partner
  • Timmy Roussel, St. James Parish Government, Parish President
  • Shelby Russ, aos interior environments, President/CEO
  • Ryann Sanchez, City Year Baton Rouge, Development Director
  • Shane Sandefer, Kean Miller, LLP, Partner
  • Monique Scott-Spaulding, Jani-King, Franchise Owner
  • Henry Schexnayder, Whitney Bank, Baton Rouge Market President
  • Rachel Shields, GNO, Inc., Chief of Staff
  • Pam Shows, Humana, Health Solutions Client Executive
  • James Slaton, Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, L.L.C., Member
  • Bill Slaughter, SSA Consultants, President
  • Ronnie Slone, The Slone Group, President
  • Mark Slyter, Baton Rouge General, President and CEO
  • Jared Smith, Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, Chairman Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport Commission
  • John Spain, Baton Rouge Area Foundation, Executive Vice President
  • Mark Spansel, Adams and Reese, LLP, Partner
  • Allen Square, PosiGen, Chief Technology & Innovation Officer
  • Ralph Stephens, Postlethwaite & Netterville, Director
  • Trevor Theunissen, Ride New Orleans, President
  • Boo Thomas, Center for Planning Excellence, President and CEO
  • David Thornton, Thornton, Musso & Bellemin, Inc, President
  • Tina Tinney, Northshore Technical Community College, VC for Strategic Initiatives
  • Ann Forte Trappey, Forte and Tablada, CEO/President
  • Raul Travieso, NRG Energy, Inc., Director, Cooperative & Customer Relations
  • Gabe Vicknair, Downtown Development District, Assistant Executive Director
  • Czarina Walker, InfiniEDGE Software, CEO
  • Donald Washington, Jones Walker LLP, Partner
  • Scott Whittaker, Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, L.L.C., Member
  • Dr. David Winwood, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Chief Business Development Officer
  • Travis Woodard, CSRS, Inc., Business Unit Leader
  • Maggie Woodruff, Regional Planning Commission, Director of Economic Development
  • Ansley Zehnder, BRAC, Senior Vice President of Marketing
  • Devin Zito, Teknarus, President

The Advocate will also be in attendance this year.