Monday, June 17, 2024

Leaderboard: Brown named president of board, LSUS faculty journal co-editor, Argent grows & more

by BIZ Magazine

SBCTB’s Stacy Brown named president of state convention and visitors bureaus board

Stacy Brown, president and CEO of the Shreveport-Bossier Convention & Tourist Bureau (SBCTB) was installed as immediate past chairman of the Louisiana Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus (LACVB) Board of Directors during the association’s January meeting.

“I am so honored to serve as an officer on this distinguished board alongside so many friends from other parishes,” said Stacy Brown. “The LACVB allows us to work together to showcase all the wonderful destinations Louisiana has to offer.”

New officers installed include the following: Carla Tate, with the Tangipahoa Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau, as chairman; Tracy Browning, with the Ascension Parish Tourism Commission, as vice chairman; Cody Gray, with Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou, as treasurer; Serena Gray, with Webster Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau, as secretary. 

LSUS faculty Dr. Heather Carpenter to serve as co-editor in chief of the journal of nonprofit education and leadership

LSUS Faculty Member and Interim Executive Director of the Institute for Nonprofit Administration and Research, Dr. Heather Carpenter, was recently appointed as Co-Editor in Chief of the Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership with Dr. Roseanne Mirabella of Seton Hall University.   

The Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership (JNEL) publishes quality manuscripts to disseminate the latest knowledge related to nonprofit education and leadership to help develop theory and practice. Relevant topic areas (centered on nonprofit education and leadership) for the journal include, but are not limited to: nonprofit governance, fundraising, volunteer management, operations, legal framework, philanthropy, program planning, implementation and evaluation, and financial management. 

The journal provides a forum for authors interested in nonprofit education and nonprofit leadership to exchange information via quality, peer-reviewed articles. This exchange is designed to advance theory and improve practice. 

Drs. Carpenter and Mirabella take over the editorship from Dr. Normal Dolch, retiring Emeritus Editor, who founded JNEL in 2010. Dr. Dolch is Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Founding Director of the Institute for Nonprofit Administration and Research at LSUS.  

Argent Financial Group acquires Ameris Bank Wealth Management

Ruston-based Argent Financial Group announced that it has acquired Ameris Bank’s wealth management division with approximately $1 billion in assets under management.

The acquisition will enhance Argent’s existing presence in Atlanta and expand its reach further in Georgia and northern Florida. As a result of this transaction, Argent Financial Group’s total client assets exceed $40 billion.

Thirteen Ameris employees will join Argent as part of the transaction. William Keith will lead the trust group as director of trust services, working with Kimiko Miller, trust administrator, and Yana Zirkiyev, trust assistant. 

Jason Riley will continue to serve as managing director of wealth advisory, working with wealth advisors Don Acosta, Michelle Higgins, Phillip Knight, CFP® and Patrick Macabasco; and including Bonnie Johnson, wealth compliance officer; and Chad Johnson, investment portfolio manager. Vanessa Lewis, investment operations specialist; Mary Ann Taylor, trust operations manager; and Cerece Walker-Agard, trust operations officer, will report to Argent’s trust operations manager, David Sides.

GBT Bank names Lisa McCollough as Chief Retail Banking Officer

GBT Bank has announced the promotion of Lisa McCollough from VP/Treasury Management to Chief Retail Banking Officer.

“With over 20 years of banking experience, Lisa’s excellent customer service and management skills will be an asset to our organization,” said Mike Hipp, President of GBT Bank. “Lisa has worked throughout the retail side of the bank and her experience will help establish objectives, direction, and strategic initiatives to help coordinate the day-to-day retail operations of each branch.”

Among McCollough’s duties, she will ensure that GBT Bank’s employees have the proper training, and placement, and are given the ability to properly serve customers within each of GBT Bank’s markets.

Hipp added, “We look forward to the opportunities that she brings in providing leadership and customer service skills to our organization.”

Founded in 1948, GBT Bank is headquartered in Gibsland, Louisiana with 13 locations in North Louisiana.

Savage Creative Solutions expands with first new hire

Savage Creative Solutions is pleased to announce the hiring of Courtland Carey as Jr. Graphic Designer and Digital Specialist.

Carey, a Shreveport-Bossier native and Louisiana Tech alumnus, graduated in 2021 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. His concentrations include Graphic Design as well as Fine and Studio Arts.

Carey will be working closely with clients to translate insights into ROI and provide engagement that sells. He has a passion for creating human-centered design and believes that design should be a collaboration with a healthy dose of courage.

Prior to joining Savage Creative Solutions, Carey assisted individual clients, and served as Graphic Design and Marketing Coordinator for Robinson Film Center in Shreveport, LA.

Savage Creative Solutions has been in business for 11+ years, but recently celebrated its one year anniversary of going full-time with the business. As an integrated creative agency, they handle a variety of marketing and advertising services, including marketing strategy, digital advertising, and web design, all under one roof. 

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