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Shreveport-Bossier business leaders selected as C100 member for 2022

by BIZ Magazine

The Committee of 100 for Economic Development (C100) has announced new members from Shreveport-Bossier for 2022.

The new members are Cintas Corporation General Manager Suyi Georgewill, Shreveport Business Owner Grant Nuckolls, Shreveport Business Owner Rick Simpson, and Managing Partner of Fairfield Property Management Edward Taylor.

C100 Executive Committee member Linda Biernacki stated, “Suyi brings talent, know-how and an energy to the Committee of 100’s mission of making Louisiana a better place for our citizens, businesses, and industries.”

Suyi is the General Manager of Cintas Corporation in the Shreveport-Bossier area. Through his years of leadership, Suyi has developed a reputation for being a results and solutions-oriented manager with a proven track record of achieving and exceeding goals while focusing on a high level of customer satisfaction. In his role at Cintas, Suyi has made process improvements and increased production efficiency throughout Cintas’ locations in East Texas, South Arkansas, and Northwest Louisiana.

In 2013, Suyi graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Southern Mississippi, where he was a three-time medalist in Conference USA Track and Field Championships and named the African American Male Athlete of the Year 2013. Suyi is a current member of the Shreveport Bossier Chamber of Commerce (Young Professional Network) and serves on the Board of Directors for the Independence Bowl and the Louisiana Economic Development Corporation, among other distinguished civic organizations.

About Nuckolls, Biernacki said, “Grant will be an asset to C100. Grant brings talent and a passion for Louisiana that align with the Committee of 100 principles important to our purpose in making Louisiana a better place for our citizens and for business and industry.” 

Grant is currently the owner of Twisted Root Burger Co. and the co-owner of Jacquelyn’s Café, Cuban Liquor Co., and a new South Shreveport location of Southern Maid Donuts which is opening winter 2022.  Prior to being a business owner, Grant was the Product Manager for Hardware Resources where he was responsible for the product design, sales, marketing, quality, and profitability of a $50 million product line.

Grant graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Management and with a Master of Finance degree both from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University. In addition to his business interests, Grant faithfully serves on the Shreveport-Bossier Military Affairs Council, is President of the Boy Scouts of America Norwela Council, and a board member of the committee of One Hundred, Inc. of Shreveport, and the Independence Bowl Foundation. Grant has been recognized for his many accomplishments, including receiving the City of Shreveport “Love Shreveport” Award in 2019 and the Shreveport Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year in 2016.

In regards to Simpson, Biernacki stated, “C100 is excited to have Rick. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the membership of C100 that will greatly benefit our members and the citizens of our state.”

Rick is the founder, CEO and President of Professional Sitter Services, LLC, in Shreveport, a business that he manages with his business partner/ sister, Emily Jones. Prior to his work in Shreveport, Rick represented top brands for product integration for the motion picture divisions of Warner Brothers Studios, Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, DreamWorks, Buena Vista Pictures, Castle Rock, Paramount Pictures, and Sony. Rick has extensive experience in the hospitality industry, including opening and developing the Graciela Hotel (now known as Hotel Amarano) in Burbank, California, and completing the Ritz Carlton Hospitality executive training program in 2001 in Los Angeles under the leadership of the program’s founder, Horst Schulze.

A Shreveport native, Rick attended Louisiana Tech University and is a member of the Shreveport Bossier Executive Association, the Board of Directors for Robinson Film Center in Shreveport, and is serving on the current committee for the Shreveport Regional Arts Council.

C100 Vice Chairman Wayne Brown said about Taylor, “C100 is fortunate to have Ed Taylor join our membership. Ed brings a genuine commitment and an extensive know-how to getting things done for the betterment of the people of our state.”

Edward is Managing Partner of Fairfield Property Management. Since 1976, Fairfield has specialized in professional property management for multifamily housing nationwide. Fairfield’s management professional portfolio includes approximately 5,500 units in Louisiana, Alabama, and New Mexico.

In addition to overseeing Fairfield Property Management, Edward is an active real estate developer and owner. His development focus is on multifamily properties. Since 2002, he has been involved in the development, construction, and/or rehabilitation of over 2,500 multifamily units. As an engaged member of his community, Edward is a member of the Committee of 100, Inc. Shreveport-Bossier, the Shreveport Bossier Executive Association (SBEA), and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Louisiana Affordable Housing Providers (LAAHP) and on the Board of Directors for CHRISTUS Foundation Shreveport-Bossier.

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