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Leaderboard: January 2024

by BIZ Magazine

YPI names Pressly Young Professional of the Year

The Young Professionals Initiative of Northwest Louisiana, a program of the Greater Shreveport Chamber, is pleased to name Thomas Pressly as the recipient of the 2023 Young Professional of the Year Award. The award was presented at the 17th Annual 40 Under Forty Awards and Gala held at Sam’s Town Hotel and Casino on Friday, December 1, 2023.


Thomas Pressly is an experienced attorney, public servant, and leader in Northwest Louisiana. As a civil litigation attorney, Thomas advocates for his clients and spends time mentoring younger lawyers. He has given back to his profession as the President of the Young Lawyers Section of the Shreveport Bar Association as well as the Chair of Law Day. He has served on the board of the Robinson Film Center, the Shreveport Bar Association, the Young Professionals of Community Renewal International, and is a frequent speaker on various issues facing our community and state.  Over the past four years, he has fought for our region as a Louisiana State Representative. He works tirelessly to bring people together and find common ground while remaining true to his principles and beliefs.

The 40 Under Forty Awards honor forty professionals under the age of 40 that have excelled in their careers, education, professional development, community leadership, and volunteer efforts. One honoree is chosen out of the 40 to receive the Young Professional of the Year Award for exemplary efforts in each category.

LADA appoints Shreveport native president and CEO

The Louisiana Automobile Dealers Association (LADA) announced the appointment of Coulter McMahen as its new president and chief executive officer. McMahen joins LADA from Taylor Porter, one of Louisiana’s oldest and largest law firms, where he has a proven track record of success in representing clients across various industries, making him a strategic choice to lead LADA into a new era. 

McMahen’s selection as president and CEO follows a rigorous executive search conducted by LADA chairwoman Kristie McMath Hebert and the board of directors, reflecting LADA’s commitment to excellence. As president and CEO, McMahen will lead LADA’s strategy, advocacy efforts, and oversee operations of LADA and its subsidiaries, focusing on elevating the profile of the Association and championing the interests of Louisiana’s automobile dealers. 

Mikayla McCoy Tapped to Lead Providence House Child Development Center

Providence House is pleased to name Mikayla McCoy as the new Child Development Center Director. McCoy joins the Providence House team after more than 10 years in the industry.

She received a Bachelors Degree in Children Services from California State University San Marcos. She served as the Childcare Specialist at Northwestern State University Child and Family Network in Shreveport and Regional Directors for Brightside Academy in Ohio. She is certified as a trainer, director, and site supervisor by the Louisiana Department of Education. McCoy also holds CLASS, CPR/First Aide, ECAC and ODJFS certifications. Her love for education and children is evidenced by her life-long journey in early childhood education.

Phase I of the Center’s renovation toward a STEAM center was completed in early 2023; phases II and III are planned in 2024. McCoy will lead all of the Child Development Center’s future, planned growth and is tasked with building a robust center where every child is ready for kindergarten magnet programs.

Public Relations Association of Louisiana’s Northwest Chapter recognizes Member and Communicator of the Year for 2023

The Northwest Chapter of the Public Relations Association of Louisiana (PRAL) annually recognizes two local public relations professionals for the honors of Member of the Year and Communicator of the Year. The honorees are decided by the board of directors from nominations taken by the membership based on the following criteria.

The PRAL Northwest Chapter Member of the Year Award recognizes and honors a PRAL NW member who has demonstrated dedication to professional development and to the advancement of the PRAL Northwest Organization. Criteria for nomination and selection are: the nominee should be a member of PRAL Northwest, the nominee should have demonstrated great initiative to excel in their profession and the nominee should have been focused on helping PRAL grow in the region, and be an outstanding member and asset to the organization.

Terri Hensley, owner of Advance Awards and Gifts, was named the PRAL NW 2023 Member of the Year. 

PRAL Northwest Chapter Communicator of the Year Award recognizes and honors a community professional and PRAL NW member who has demonstrated exemplary communication skills throughout the past year. Criteria for nomination and selection are: the nominee should live and work within the Northwest region of Louisiana, and the nominee should have demonstrated a high degree of skill in communicating effectively through the use of one or more of the mass media. Effective communication was based on a high degree of knowledge in their field of endeavor; presented with candor, forthrightness, and truthfulness; and resulted in the social, culture, or economic betterment of the region involved.

Michelle Marcotte, senior communications consult at AEP SWEPCO, was named the PRAL NW 2023 Communicator of the Year.

Willis-Knighton supports local nonprofits with grants

In a spirit of thankfulness and appreciation for the success Willis-Knighton provides ongoing support to nonprofit organizations that enhance the health and well-being of our community.

During November the health system’s philanthropy allocated grants and sponsorships designated for humanitarian services, healthcare, quality of life, education, youth and mental health services.

The largest grant of $40,000 was given to The ARC of Caddo-Bossier to purchase a transport vehicle for their programs that benefit people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Other donations included funding for:

– Gingerbread House, child advocacy program for victims of sexual abuse, severe physical abuse and

child sex trafficking in Northwest Louisiana

– Shreveport Opera for Shreveport Opera Xpress, the educational touring arm of the Opera

– Bayou North AHEC for headsets for healthcare education simulation technology to introduce students to healthcare fields

– Ark-La-Tex Ag Council to support youth exhibiting at the Louisiana State Fair Livestock Show

– Centenary College Choir for their annual television broadcast of holiday music

Willis-Knighton is committed to being a vital community partner that elevates the health and quality of life of people who live here.

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