The Baton Rouge Lodging Association has elected as president Benjamin Blackwell, general manager of Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown.

Board chairs are Vice President John Grubb, The Cook Hotel; Treasurer Allison Crump, Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown; Secretary Scott Michelet, Crowne Plaza; Vice President of Education Ann Foster, Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Baton Rouge Airport; Vice President of Membership Allison Crump, Renaissance Hotel; Vice President of Allied Membership Chris Savoca, Travelhost Magazine of South Louisiana; Vice President of Public Awareness Marielle Land Howard, Baton Rouge Business Report; Vice President of Development Gary Jupiter, Double Tree Hotel; Vice President of Sales and Marketing Membership Glenn Maze, Springhill Suites Baton Rouge South; Immediate Past President Ralph Ney, Baton Rouge Marriott; and Visit Baton Rouge Liaison Geraldine Bordelon.

The association represents 34 hotel properties and 35 allied business members.

Michael Wilson, of Guaranty Bank and Trust Co. of Delhi, has been elected president of the Louisiana Bankers Education Council.

He succeeds Jake Guidry, of St. Martin Bank in Lafayette, who will serve as immediate past president on the executive council. Other council members elected are President-elect Adam Johnston, of First Guaranty Bank in Oil City and Benton; Secretary/Treasurer Mark Marionneaux, of Bank of Zachary; Education Chairman Jim Lyons, of First National Bank of Louisiana in Crowley; Membership Chairman Brooks Lewis, of Citizens Bank in Baton Rouge; and council members-at-large Jennifer Boggs, of Gulf Coast Bank in Baton Rouge; Mallie Bowers, of First Federal Bank in Lake Charles; Chad Burgess, of Citizens National Bank in Bossier City; Stephen David, of Whitney Bank in Baton Rouge; Robbin Hardee, of Metairie Bank; Tony Haring, of Caldwell Bank in Winnsboro; and Kendra Palmer, of First Guaranty Bank in Benton.

The Pelican Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. has named David A. Alexander as director of education for the ABC Baton Rouge Training Center.

He succeeds Robert Clouatre, who is retiring.

Alexander was the director of secondary schools in the Ascension Parish school system and was the principal at Dutchtown High School from 2005-11.


RedHawk Holdings Corp. in Youngsville has named Thomas J. Concannon as executive vice president and chief operating officer, effective Feb. 1.

Concannon also will be appointed to the company’s board of directors.

Concannon has worked as a financial consultant in private industry since 2013 and previously was senior vice president and secretary for Wolfpack Energy Services LLC in Texas.


Bollinger Shipyards in Lockport has promoted Brent Blackburn to director of engineering.

He was technical manager, managing projects and priorities.

Dr. Howard Osofsky, professor and chairman of psychiatry at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, has been selected to co-direct the National Child Traumatic Stress Network Terrorism and Disaster Committee for the second time.

The Terrorism and Disaster Program works to raise awareness of the impact acts of terrorism, disasters and mass violence have on the behavioral health of children, families and communities and shapes behavioral health policy before, during and after mass casualty events.

Bruce Cranner has been named a partner at Talley, Anthony, Hughes and Knight.

He serves as national Medicare secondary payer compliance counsel to two Fortune 500 companies and several major insurance carriers, specializing in medical liability as well as product liability defense.

IberiaBank has promoted Tony Adams and Will Hales to senior vice president and commercial team leader, Louis Bartels and Meghan Donelon to vice president and commercial relationship manager and Kelly Nolan to assistant vice president and portfolio manager and a financial literacy course instructor.

Adams will lead relationship managers serving middle market companies and private banking clients in the greater New Orleans market. He was a commercial relationship manager and commercial banking manager.

Hales will manage a group of commercial and private bankers in the New Orleans market. He has served as a credit underwriter, portfolio manager and commercial relationship manager.

Bartels has worked as credit underwriter and portfolio manager.

Donelon has been a commercial underwriter, portfolio manager, and assistant vice president and commercial relationship manager.

Nolan was a credit underwriter.

Anderson Baker, president of Gillis, Ellis & Baker, was named to the multinational board of directors of Assurex Global, a privately held commercial insurance, risk management and employee benefits brokerage group.

Jeffery S. Hall Jr., who served as an assistant district attorney with the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office in the felony trials division, has been named an associate to the Fowler Rodriguez law firm’s New Orleans office.