Names in the News: People Shaping the Future of Lake Area Business
Posted 2:36 p.m. on Sunday, April 23, 2023
The Foundation pays tribute to Roland
The SWLA Community Foundation held its annual meeting recently and presented its posthumous Professional Advisor Award to Roland Terrel. Roland loved southwest Louisiana and made the Community Foundation the beneficiary of a life insurance policy to continue to value the area.
Roland and his wife died in a car accident in 2022. Through his forward thinking, the Community Foundation is able to invest his gift to benefit the Foundation’s work for the future.
Austin Terrell, Roland’s son, accepted the award on his father’s behalf.
“It’s great to see Dad being recognized for the work he has done throughout his life to make his community a better place. My parents’ commitment to improving the community has set an example that I instilled the value of not only being active in the community now, but also planning for a successful future,” said Austin Terrell.
Austin is now a lawyer and joined the family business, Terrell and Associates.
Thompson CSE Branch Manager
Monica Thompson has been selected as the new Moss Bluff Branch Manager for CSE Federal Credit Union. Thompson comes to CSE with more than 20 years of experience in branch management, financial services and financial education with the Louisiana Bankers Association, adding up to 70 hours of in-depth education.
She holds a BA in Biblical Counseling from Kings University.
Thompson will manage the overall branch operations of CSE’s Moss Bluff branch, located at 1170 Sam Houston Jones Pkwy.
Miller honored by McDonald’s
Bridget Miller, a Patel McDonald’s employee for 28 years, received the McDonald’s 2022 Outstanding Operations Contributor Award for her outstanding work in restaurant operations.
This award recognizes the top 20 people in the United States for their passion, dedication and positive impact on McDonald’s restaurant operations. Their leadership inspires others to embrace and achieve McDonald’s vision of customer excellence and its long-standing commitment to people.
These leaders demonstrate operational excellence that drives exceptional business results and lays the foundation for the future.
Miller began her career at McDonald’s in 1995 as a crew member and now serves as Director of Operations for 29 Louisiana McDonald’s locations for the Patel organization.
SULFUR – In recognition of National Volunteer Week, the Lake Charles Manufacturing Complex recently honored TeamCITGO volunteers during the WAVE (We Are Volunteer Employees) celebration.
Lynette Cormier-PitreCitgo’s Operations Excellence Supervisor, received special recognition as Volunteer of the Year with the Most Hours of Service.
TeamCITGO, celebrates its 36th anniversary in 2023
TeamCITGO volunteers make it a priority to volunteer their time for worthy causes and charities throughout the year. Some of the grantee organizations include United Way of SWLA, The Nature Conservancy, McNeese State University Foundation, and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Golden Nugget in contention for the title
NASHVILLE— Golden Nugget Lake Charles is delighted to announce that it has been nominated for Casino of the Year at the 58th Academy of Country Music Awards.
Hosted by global superstars Dolly Parton and Garth Brooks, “Country Music’s Party of the Year” will stream live exclusively on Prime Video Thursday, May 11 at 7 p.m. from The Star’s Ford Center in Frisco, TX.
The Emmy-nominated, star-hosted experience will celebrate country music’s biggest stars and emerging talents, and feature unforgettable performances, exclusive collaborations and unexpected moments that will captivate fans everywhere. The full replay of “Country Music’s Party of the Year” will stream for free the following day on Amazon Freevee.
Local lawyers honored
NEW ORLEANS—Members of the Louisiana State Bar Association, local bar associations and a specialty bar received awards from the LSBA’s Young Lawyers Division, including the inaugural Top 40 list, presented to the top young lawyers in the States who have made outstanding contributions to the legal profession and their communities. .
All of the awards were presented at the Louisiana Young Lawyers Conference on March 31, with the theme “Empowered to Lead.”
The Young Lawyers Council of the Southwest Louisiana Bar Association was a finalist for the Outstanding Local Affiliate Award.
The Southwest Louisiana Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Council organizes social and philanthropic events for young lawyers, including two to four per year involving members of the judiciary. The Law Day program is organized by the Young Lawyers Council in conjunction with the SWLBA, including the essay and poster competition for school children.
Among the top 40 winners:
Derek G. HoffmanLake Charles, associate attorney at Stockwell, Sievert, Viccellio, Clements & Shaddockin Lake Charles, completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Utah (2010) and graduated from Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center in 2018. His civil practice includes estate planning, probate and probate, and real estate transactions.
Adam P. Johnson, Lake Charles, who, along with his brother Jonathan, owns The Johnson Firm in Lake Charles and focuses on family law, criminal defense and personal injury law. He earned a BS in business management in 2006 from Louisiana State University and his JD in 2009 from Southern University Law Center. He represents the Fourth Board District on the Board of Governors of the Louisiana State Bar Association. He was a member of the 2013-2014 LSBA Leadership class and co-chaired the 2014-2015 LSBA Leadership class.