The American Society of Civil Engineers Baton Rouge Branch presented annual awards recognizing contributions to the society. The Outreach Award was presented to Danielle Welborn, of LSU Facilities; Outstanding Young Civil Engineer to Jennifer Shortess, of Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority; Outstanding Civil Engineer to Jeffrey Duplantis, of MWH Americas; Educator of the Year to Kerry Reed, of LSU; Lifetime Achievement Award to Kenneth Perret, of Good Roads; and Wall of Fame Award to Ara Arman, of GEC Inc.


Sales and Marketing Executives of Greater Baton Rouge announced its 2014 Excellence in Sales and Marketing Awards to sales professionals and marketers who promote the principles of the free enterprise system and have set their company apart from its competitors using great vision and innovative concepts.

The honorees are David Belanger, president and CEO of Community Coffee; Michael Bonnette, senior associate athletic director/sports information director of LSU Athletics; Dan Borne, president of the Louisiana Chemical Association; Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne; Jay Ducote, owner of Bite and Booze LLC and Hug Jay D LLC; Gordon Ellis Jr., sales agent with New York Life and owner of Ellis Insurance & Financial Group; Kristen Hogan, marketing director with the YMCA; Adam Knapp, president and CEO of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber; Brian Rodriguez, president of Gatorworks; Mitch Rotolo, founder and owner of Rotolos Pizzeria; Martin Schmidt, regional sales director with Gulf Coast Office Products; and Vickie Sweet, vice president and partner of Louisiana Medifast Weight Control Centers.

Winners will be honored at a cocktail and banquet at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at the L’Auberge Casino and Hotel.

The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry received the Outstanding Organization Award at the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform’s annual Legal Reform Summit.

The award recognizes LABI’s history of supporting legal reform and its successful efforts to pass important legal reforms during the 2014 legislative session.

Baton Rouge General Medical Center earned Seniors Friendly status from NICHE — Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders, based at NYU College of Nursing.

The designation recognizes a hospital’s commitment to excellence in caring for seniors, based in part on decreasing lengths of hospital stays, reducing hospital-acquired complications, educating staff on seniors’ needs and redesigning patient care areas for function and comfort.

An LSU College of Agriculture nutrition and food science team placed first in the national DuPont Knowledge Award, winning $10,000 for a new food product the team developed.

Graduate students José Estrada, Namrata Karki, Kennet Carabante and Samantha Stein beat out 33 other universities with their cottage cheese crumbles.

Medittage is described as a low-fat cottage cheese with a crumbly texture along with sun-dried tomatoes and dressing with Mediterranean herbs and a touch of olive oil.

The competition encourages the development of innovative new food and beverage products using two or more DuPont ingredients.

The LSU team used three DuPont ingredients: a natural antimicrobial to promote shelf life; a rosemary extract, which helps prevent lipid oxidation of the olive and sunflower oils; and a starter culture to make the cottage cheese curd.


The Lafayette Parish Bar Foundation presented its annual Champions of Justice awards to honor members of the legal community who have given time to provide legal assistance and counsel to victims of domestic violence, the homeless and the disadvantaged through the programs run by the foundation.

Outstanding Attorney Awards went to Mandi Borne, Philip Boudreaux, Marianna Broussard, Jeffrey Coreil, L’Reece David, Bradford Felder, Valerie Garrett, Valerie Guidry, Gregory Koury, Cliff LaCour, Craig Little, Seth Mansfield, Jason Matt, Will Montz, Jason Reed, Dwazendra Smith and K. Wade Trahan.

The top Lafayette Volunteer Lawyer program award went to Dwazendra Smith, of Davidson, Meaux, Sonnier, McElligott, Fontenot, Gideon and Edwards, for taking difficult cases such as divorce and custody for clients.

The top Counsel on Call program award went to Will Montz, of Randazzo Giglio & Bailey LLC, for providing free legal advice to more than 40 members of the community.

The Protective Order Panel program award went to Cliff LaCour, of NeunerPate, who handled 10 protective order cases.

The top H.E.L.P, or Homeless Experience Legal Protection, award went to K. Wade Trahan, of Ottinger Hebert LLC, for helping more than 70 clients obtain birth certificates and IDs.

Outstanding Service to the Bar Awards went to Jeffrey Coreil and Jacob Hargett.

The Solo Practitioner Award went to Valerie Garret. The Small Firm Award went to Koury & Hill, for firms of seven or fewer attorneys, and the Large Firm Award to NeunerPate, for firms of eight or more attorneys.


Leslie Jacobs, vice chair of the New Orleans Business Alliance, was awarded the Citizen Leadership Award by the International Economic Development Council.

The award recognizes an individual who is not an economic development specialist, but who plays a leadership role in pursuing economic development.

As the founder of Educate Now, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving New Orleans schools, the organization said Jacobs understands that education reform is a critical foundation in building long-term workforce development. Jacobs also played a leading role as a member of the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education in reshaping public education statewide.

Dr. Richard Dickey, founder of the Fertility Institute, has been presented the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

The award recognizes a member practicing physician who best demonstrates the ideals of compassionate and respectful care for a patient’s physical and emotional well-being. The society cited Dickey’s efforts following Hurricane Katrina to “rescue” cryopreserved embryos in two hospitals in the city and his efforts to get organizations to develop and publish a guideline listing measures that should be taken by fertility centers for emergency preparedness.

John Deveney has been presented the first Southern Region Communicator of the Year award by the International Association of Business Communicators.

The new award recognizes an IABC member from the Southern region who demonstrates the excellence in communication and leadership. He also recently was inducted into the IABC Fellows.