Ardaman & Associates has promoted Robert J. Werner to Louisiana regional manager and senior consultant and Robert E. Jewell to branch manager of the Baton Rouge office and named Ching N. Tsai as principal engineer in the office.

Werner was Baton Rouge branch manager and principal engineer. He earned a bachelor's in civil engineering from the University of Cincinnati and masters of civil engineering, specializing in geotechnical engineering, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Jewell was project engineer and operations manager of the Baton Rouge office. He graduated from LSU with a bachelor's in civil engineering.

Tsai worked for Ardaman’s predecessor firm, Soil Testing Engineers, for 20 years before joining the state Department of Transportation and Development's pavement and geotechnical section, from which he retired in June. Tsai earned his bachelor's of civil engineering from National Chung-Hsing University, masters of civil engineering from University of Houston and doctorate of civil engineering from LSU.

LUBA Workers’ Comp has named Russell Michiels as manager of its claims department.

Michiels has been assistant claims manager since 2010 and with LUBA since 2007. He is an LSU graduate.

Jonathan Percle has been named director of operations and finance at management consulting firm Emergent Method.

Percle was chief financial officer at Louisiana Business Inc., parent company of the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report, 225 Magazine, InRegister and 10/12. He earned bachelor's degrees in accounting and finances at Nicholls State University and Master of Business Administration at LSU’s E.J. Ourso School of Business.

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center has elected as board officers Bill O’Quin, chair; Art Favre, vice chair; David Winkler, secretary/treasurer; and Brett Furr, immediate past chair.

Elected to three-year terms on its board of directors are R.J. “Ronnie” Daigle and Collis B. Temple III. Board members re-elected to three-year terms include John BoyceCordell HaymonTom Adamek and Art Favre

Calvin Mills Jr. has been named to the National Small Business Association Leadership Council, which promotes the interests of small business to policymakers in Washington, D.C.

Mills serves as vice chairman of the board for Research Park Corp., which owns and operates the Louisiana Technology Park and NexusLA. Mills is a graduate of Southern University with a bachelor's degree in computer science and business.


The College of American Pathologists has elected as its president Dr. R. Bruce Williams, a founding member and laboratory director of The Delta Pathology Group LLC with a full-time practice of anatomic and clinical pathology in Lafayette.

Williams has been a member of the organization for 40 years, served on the board of governors since 2009 and has been president-elect since 2015. Founded in 1946, the College of American Pathologists is an organization of board-certified pathologists and provides laboratory accreditation and proficiency testing programs.

Williams is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical School. He completed his anatomic and clinical pathology residency at Vanderbilt and LSU Medical Center-Shreveport pathology departments. He is associate clinical professor of pathology at LSUMC-Shreveport.


Jawed Alam has been named executive director of the Office of Research Services at LSU Health New Orleans.

He oversees pre-award and sponsored project activities, as well as the Institutional Review Board, which provides oversight for the protection of human subjects participating in research; the institutional animal care and use committee; the institutional bio-safety committee; and the conflict of interest program.

Alam earned his bachelor's of science degree from Clemson University and his doctor of philosophy from Purdue University, both in the field of biochemistry; a Masters of Business Administration from UNO; and completed postdoctoral fellowships at North Carolina State University and LSU Health New Orleans.

Ballard Brands LLC in Covington has appointed to its board of advisers Matthew Salmonson executive vice president of finance, inventory and outlet for Williams Sonoma Brand in San Francisco; Dale Scofield of Dallas, a New Orleans native and managing partner and financial adviser with Jones, Cannon & Scofield, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Inc.; and Marty Schweitzer, chief executive officer and owner of Network Designs Inc.

They join Ballard Brand owners Paul, Steven and Scott Ballard to complete the board.

Ballard Brands comprises of a restaurant division and a products and services division. Its restaurant brands include WOW Café American Grill, PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans, The Original City Diner, Deuce McAllister’s Ole Saint Kitchen & Tap, Richard Fiske’s Martini Bar and Boardhouse Serious Sandwiches. The brands total more than 170 locations in the U.S. and internationally. The products and services division includes products such as New Orleans Roast Coffee and Tea, Go To Gourmet Foods and Outstanding Management Group.