Thursday, June 20, 2024

Who is the top Business Person of the Year?

by BIZ Magazine

Adam Bass is a lifelong resident of Bossier City where he owns and operates his Adam Bass Agency, as well as three other businesses, including an additional Allstate location in Ruston.  Adam previously served on the Financial Services Committee for Allstate’s National Advisory Board where he helped make decisions for the company on a national level.  Most importantly, Adam has a servant’s heart, and it shows through his commitment to the Bossier Parish School Board where he served as Vice President in 2021 and has taken the helm as President for 2022. 

Within the community, Adam has served as a past President of the Bossier City Rotary Club and has founded two new entities – Bossier Businesses 4 Bossier Teachers, where he raises money within our community to recognize and honor teachers for their hard work and dedication, as well as the North Bossier Business and Community Luncheon, which meets monthly to bring together local business professionals to stay informed and make a difference in the community.  

Adam’s nominator describes him as “very active in helping the next generation of community leaders get involved in the issues most important to our future success.” 

Patrick Gullatt has worked for Barksdale Federal Credit Union for nearly 23 years, serving the past four years at the institution’s President and CEO. Through his leadership, the Credit Union has surpassed $2 billion in assets and added four new centers in Texas and Northwest Louisiana. Professionally, Patrick serves on the Business, Accounting, Financial Studies (BASF) board and the Louisiana Credit Union League board, bringing his experience and knowledge to develop real change to the credit union industry.   

Patrick’s nominator said he is truly an example of what a leader should be – putting others first, caring about everyone he meets and continually trying to make life better for those around him. He has served his community on several boards, including the Military Affairs Council, past President of the Bossier Chamber of Commerce and an active volunteer in his church. Patrick’s commitment to caring for the community has helped cement Barksdale Federal Credit Union’s strong reputation for being a caring community partner within Northwest Louisiana. 

His nominator added: “He believes in professionalism. He believes in others. And, he believes in this community.” 

Angela Pfanner is the founder of Birdwell’s, a collection of Southern style begun out of love of home, family and Southern classics. From a start-up in 2015 , website launch in 2016, local launch in 2017 and a storefront in 2018, Angela has grown Birdwell’s from an idea to a successful boutique and anchor store in Airline Plaza in Bossier City. 

Her vision for Birdwell’s always revolved around being more than a retail store, as they sell product lines that “give back” through retail sales, and currently support three local non-profits within store retail space. 

Angela makes a point to support local entrepreneurs in her merchandising choices, providing space for local and regional art as well as housing local vendor products. 

Not only is Angela on the pulse of what her customers want from a retail perspective, she also hosts numerous pop-up events to get people engaged with the trends and items they love. 

Angela has a heart for being a good neighbor and recently took part in Bossier Parish Schools Community Based Vocational Training Program, hosting an Airline student who spent eight hours per week in the store to develop their workforce skills and offer opportunities in a retail setting.  

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