Monday, June 17, 2024

Leaerboard: Kean Miller adds attorney, Brown selected to state board, SBCTB wins award and more

by BIZ Magazine

Kean Miller adds new attorney in Shreveport

Kean Miller’s rapid growth continues as the 190-attorney, full-service law firm announces the addition of 13 attorneys in five of its offices in Louisiana and Texas.

The dynamic trajectory is evidence of the Firm’s commitment to provide clients with the best and brightest attorneys, meaningful counsel, and superior client service. Since November 2021, Kean Miller has added 32 attorneys in Shreveport, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Houston, and The Woodlands.

“We are excited to have so many talented attorneys join our team as we continue to strategically grow. We strive to provide our clients with the best and brightest legal talent, and these attorneys are no exception,” said Linda Perez Clark, Managing Partner.

The Shreveport office has added Reagan E. LaPietra. Reagan is practicing with the labor and employment law and construction groups. She earned her J.D. from the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law in 2022 and her B.A. in Political Science from University of Mississippi in 2017.

Kristen Brown named to State Licensing Board

Kristen E. Brown of Shreveport, La has been appointed to the State Licensing Board for Contractors by Governor John Bel Edwards.

Kristen is president of Brown Builders, Inc. and will represent the 4th Congressional District and serve as a member in building or industrial construction.

Kristen has been recognized by the industry for her construction excellence and has the experience and creative spirit to make each project as special as its owner. She was the first female elected president of the Shreveport Chapter of Associated General Contractors and is currently the only female serving on the State Licensing Board for Contractors.

MFS Logistics named a top company for women to work for in transportation

For the second consecutive year, AFS Logistics has been named a 2022 Top Company for Women to Work for in Transportation by the Women in Trucking Association (WIT). This award recognizes the third-party logistics (3PL) provider’s commitment to a culture and benefits that enable women to maximize their potential. The award was presented by Redefining the Road, WIT’s official magazine.

At AFS, women contribute at every level, including the executive and senior leadership teams, and account for 56% of the total global team. AFS offers flexible scheduling and work requirements, competitive compensation and a quality benefits package that includes paid maternity leave.

“The women at AFS have an invaluable impact on our business, and we are committed to ensuring all of our teammates, including women, have access to the support, career tools and benefits they need to realize their full potential in the workplace and beyond,” said Sharmen Pennington, vice president, human resources, AFS. “From our executive leadership to our interns, it is essential that women at AFS have the opportunity to advance their careers and benefit from outstanding female mentors.”

Among those mentors is Chief Analytics Officer Mingshu Bates, whose leadership of the company’s analytics team recently earned her recognition as a winner of the Women in Supply Chain award from Supply & Demand Chain Executive. Bates built her team at AFS from scratch and oversees the quarterly release of the Cowen/AFS Freight Index, which combines massive historical data with current macro- and micro-economic factors to carefully evaluate, select and build predictive models.

Shreveport-Bossier CTB Wins ConventionSouth’s Annual Readers’ Choice Award

Publishers and editors of ConventionSouth, the national multimedia resource for planning events in the South, present Louisiana’s Shreveport-Bossier Convention & Tourist Bureau (SBCTB) with a 2022 Readers’ Choice Award.

ConventionSouth Associate Publisher Tiffany Burtnett said, “The value in receiving this prestigious recognition is that it comes from the United States’ top meeting professionals who hold events in the South. These planners demand the highest level of customer service and quality facilities, and they have determined that Shreveport-Bossier CTB indeed displays the commitment to professionalism, creativity and service that they require.”

SBCTB is among 416 convention and visitor bureaus (CVBs), meeting facilities and hotels located across the South to receive this year’s Readers’ Choice Award. Throughout the year, meeting professionals nominated the meeting sites they believe provide exemplary service for group events. The nominated sites are then compiled onto an online ballot where meeting professionals and fans are asked to vote for the best of the best. Over 8,000 voters participated in the selection process. 

Since its creation in 2001, this is the eighth time that Shreveport-Bossier Convention & Tourist Bureau has received the award.

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