Dr. Loren Scott is that rare economist who can transform a dry and boring topic like numbers into something informative and entertaining for an audience. No wonder the professor emeritus was a perennial fave among students while he was in the classroom at LSU, where he chaired the Econ Department for 13 years. He retired in 1998 to continue as a consultant and frequent “go-to” source for major national corporations, news sources from around the world, and to produce the Louisiana Econometric Model each fall. Former students and new fans alike flock to his annual presentations on trends in the state’s economy.
Joining Andrus as a presenting sponsor this year is IberiaBank. “This is an exciting time in Lafayette as we continue to experience job growth opportunities across a diverse range of industries,” says Jerry Vascocu, IberiaBank’s Acadiana president. “Our community continues to rank at the top nationally for economic and job growth, and we are excited to present this breakfast event where Dr. Scott will forecast the state’s economy and how it impacts our important region.”
Also new to the sponsor mix this year is Bo Billeaud, chief investment officer of Billeaud Capital Management. “The economic factors that drive investment decisions within BCM are global rather than local,” says Billeaud, “but we understand the value of Dr. Scott’s data for our clients and all local business owners as they plan for the success of their companies. As they grow, so does their need for our services.”
Sustaining sponsors of the Entree to Business Breakfast include Turnkey Title and Escrow; The Acadiana Economic Development Council, this region’s institutional development coalition from Acadia, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin and Vermilion parishes; and Cane River Pecan Company, producers of custom-branded tins of choice, Louisiana-picked pecans for corporate gifting.
A copy of Dr. Scott’s PowerPoint presentation will be posted on the ABiz website and distributed to ABuzz subscribers following the breakfast courtesy of Vidox Motion Imagery, the digital media sponsor.
This event is traditionally a sell-out, and tickets — priced individually at $50 per person or $450 for a premium reserved table of eight — go quickly. For more information or to order tickets, contact Robin Hebert via email at email@example.com or by phone at (337) 769-8603.