NLEP announces new board of directors and officers

North Louisiana Economic Partnership (NLEP) today announced its 2019-2020 Board of Directors and Officers.
NLEP’s new board members were elected by more than 200 investors for multi-year terms, and the Board in turn elects four board officers. The 2019 NLEP Board Chair is Mike Causey, Vice President of Sales for Hunt, Guillot & Associates. Adam Johnston, First Guaranty’s Vice President & North Louisiana Regional Manager, is NLEP’s new Chair-Elect. Chap Breard, President & CEO of MoeBiz, will serve as Treasurer; and Greg Lott, Progressive Bank’s Executive Vice President, was chosen as NLEP’s Secretary.  The newest members to join NLEP’s 52-person Board of Directors include:

  • Raymond Alley, Walker-Alley & Associates, LLC
  • Eric Barkley, CenterPoint Energy
  • Christian Burney, Magee Resource
  • Kevin Cook, Enterprise Computing Services
  • Kevin Crosby, Lazenby & Associates, Inc.
  • Jennifer Elliott, Capital One
  • Chancellor Rodney Ellis, Ph.D, Southern University at Shreveport
  • Clay Hipp, First National Bank
  • Victoria Lemane, International Paper
  • Mayor Adrian Perkins, City of Shreveport
  • Annmarie Sartor, Drax BioMass

“NLEP is honored to have this diverse group of talented and influential leaders from across North Louisiana volunteer their time, leadership and resources. Their dedication to helping grow the region’s economy promotes new opportunities for everyone,” said Scott Martinez, CEcD, NLEP President.

NLEP Chair Mike Causey, P.E., has been a licensed professional civil engineer in Louisiana for 25 years. Mike joined Hunt, Guillot & Associates (HGA) in 2000 and has led their business development in the oil and gas industry for the past ten years. These business development efforts involve promoting the expertise of HGA in engineering and pipeline services, including surveying, ROW/land acquisition, and inspection. He opened the first HGA branch office in Shreveport in 2008 to service the midstream companies in the Haynesville Shale. HGA’s revenue has grown over 5,000% since Causey joined HGA. The engineering firm now has 14 offices in five states and approximately 450 employees. Mike earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Louisiana Tech University in 1986 and completed his MBA at Louisiana Tech in 1988.

“NLEP is a talented group of economic development professionals that is working hard to position North Louisiana to retain existing businesses and to attract new companies,” said Mike Causey, Hunt, Guillot & Associates. “Economic development is important for all of North Louisiana to grow job opportunities for our resource rich region.  I am honored to be chosen as Board Chair. I look forward to working with NLEP’s staff, fellow board members and officers and business leaders throughout the region to promote economic development in North Louisiana.”