March 7, 2021

New Orleans, Baton Rouge area People in Business for March 7, 2021 | Business News

New Orleans area Entergy Corp. has named Bill Abler as vice president of investor relations; David Borde to lead its…

New Orleans area

Entergy Corp. has named Bill Abler as vice president of investor relations; David Borde to lead its utility strategy and regulatory efforts; and Michael Rhymes as chief information officer.

Since joining Entergy in 2003, Abler has served in leadership positions in commercial development and innovation, commercial operations and the company’s wholesale commodities business. He previously held commercial and leadership roles with Exxon, UBS Warburg and Apache Corp. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago.

Borde joined Entergy in 2009 and has held leadership positions in corporate development and finance. He previously was an associate with the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York and an investment banker at Citi, also in New York. Borde received a business degree from the Pantheon-Sorbonne University and law degree from Duke University.

Rhymes served as chief information officer since 2015 for Gates Corp. and previously held senior leadership positions at Eaton, Cooper Industries, Ernst & Young and Anderson Consulting. The El Paso, Texas, native holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and a Master of Business Administration from Texas A&M University.

James Skrmetta has been named external marketing manager at Bernhard, an engineering, mechanical and electrical contractors company headquartered in Metairie.

Skrmetta was manager of marketing and communications for The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security; communications officer at The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Ocean Science and Engineering; and a reporter for the Sun Herald Newspaper in Gulfport, Mississippi. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communication with a concentration in broadcast journalism from The University of Southern Mississippi.

The Bureau of Governmental Research has appointed to its board of directors for three-year terms Thomas A. LaVeist, dean of the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical MedicineJuley Thuy Le, engagement manager for enterprise at ResiliaPatty Riddlebarger, vice president of social responsibility for Entergy Corp.Syrita Steib, executive director and founder of Operation Restoration; and Lamar Villere, partner and portfolio manager at Villere & Co.

Officers of the board for 2021 are Norma Grace, chair; Merritt Lane, vice chair; Maureen Clary, secretary; Hunter G. Hill, treasurer; Blake Stanfill, assistant secretary; and Anne P. Baños, assistant treasurer.

Directors starting a second, three-year term are Christine Albert, vice president of marketing and communications for LCMC HealthSusan G. Brennan, president and CEO of Second Line Stages; and Blake Stanfill, director of growth at Trepwise. Returning members are Tara Adams, Charmaine Caccioppi, Andrea Chen, Vanessa Claiborne, Leah N. Engelhardt, Ludovico Feoli, Louis M. Freeman Jr., Alex Gershanik, Jessie Haynes, Andrew R. Lee, Gary L. Lorio, Jennifer M. Neil, Graham Ralston, Jennifer Roberts, Melissa Sawyer, Jennifer Schnidman, Steven W. Usdin and Charles West.

Erin Parkinson been named a partner in the New Orleans office of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP.

She had retired from McGlinchey Stafford, Parkinson after 29 years, and is licensed in Louisiana and Texas, representing companies in state and federal courts in reinsurance and insurance coverage and defense litigation matters in areas, including asbestos, environmental law, aviation and product liability issues. Parkinson received her bachelor’s degree in political science from Loyola University New Orleans and juris doctorate from Loyal University New Orleans College of Law.

Baton Rouge area

Greg Inman, chief operations officer of Neighbors FCU, has been named chairman of the Credit Union National Association Councils executive committee.

Councils, which include more than 7,300 individuals across the U.S., provide resources, information, networking and career development to credit union leaders. Inman will direct the priorities and initiatives for the organization, including the challenge of adapting to a post-pandemic “new normal.”

Kimberly L. Hood has been appointed at the Louisiana Department of Health as assistant secretary for the Office of Public Health.

Hood, an attorney, was the statewide COVID-19 community testing coordinator and also was responsible for managing the Hepatitis C Elimination Program. Before joining the department, she was chief operations and compliance officer at a local federally qualified health center and HIV nonprofit. Hood received her bachelor’s degree and juris doctorate from LSU and executive master of public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Workers’ compensation company LWCC has named Richard “Rich” Hubbard as senior vice president, chief underwriting officer.

Hubbard was with Hartford, serving during his 15-year tenure as vice president for middle markets and managing a $500 million book of business, almost half of which was workers’ compensation. He previously worked for PMA for 17 years, heavily immersed in workers’ compensation. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from Loyola College in Baltimore.

Peter Trentacoste has been named executive director of LSU Residential Life.

Trentacoste has served as executive director of housing and residence life at Ohio University and has more than 11 years of experience. Trentacoste received his bachelor’s degree from Bloomsburg University and his master’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Lafayette area

Jo Ann Nixon, an attorney at Glenda M. August and Associates in New Iberia, has been reappointed to the State Civil Service Commission by Gov. John Bel Edwards.

Nixon was nominated by the president of Dillard University, Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough, to represent the 3rd Congressional District. The seven-member State Civil Service Commission has final authority over the administration of the State Civil Service system. Six of the commission members are appointed by the governor; the seventh is an employee representative elected by fellow state employees. Each member serves a six-year term.

Other members of the commission are David Duplantier, chairman, Loyola UniversityD. Scott Hughes, vice chairman, Centenary CollegeJohn McLureLouisiana CollegeG. Lee GriffinTulane UniversityRonald M. Carrere Jr.Xavier University; and Kristi Folse, employee representative.

Around Louisiana

Louisiana Realtors has installed Mark Ouchley, of West Monroe, as president; Eloise Gauthier, of Lafayette, as president-elect; and Tony Cornner, of Lake Charles, as secretary-treasurer.

The Louisiana Travel Association has presented Louisiana Spirit Awards to Marion “Butch” Fox, the first annual recipient of the Marion “Butch” Fox Advocacy Award; Stan Harris, president and chief executive officer of the Louisiana Restaurant Association in Metairie; Lisa Brutto, owner of Logan Mansion in Shreveport; Chelsea Boudreaux, owner of Stellar Beans Coffee Shop in lake Charles; and Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser.

The awards honor humanitarian efforts and recipients who’ve used their position and influence in the industry to serve their communities.

Scott Graf, a sales and leasing associate at Corporate Realty, has been elected 2021 president of the Louisiana chapter of CCIM, or Certified Commercial Investment Member.

Other officers are Evan Scroggs, of Latter & Blum Inc., president-elect; Archer Frierson, of Vintage Realty, secretary-treasurer; and Flo Meadows, of Latter & Blum Inc., immediate past president.

Directors and their responsibilities are Jacob Crist, of the Port of New Orleans, energy conference; Matt Eaton, of Re/Max Commercial Brokers, programs and events; Jack Hodges, of Latter & Blum Inc., membership; Richard Juge, of Re/Max Commercial Brokers, education; Mignon Richard, of Latter & Blum Inc., designation promotion and public relations; Clint Shepard, of Latter & Blum Inc., sponsorships; Jim Purgerson, of Citizens Bank & Trust, legislative; and Brad Stillwagon, of Stirling Properties, candidate guidance.

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