July 15, 2016 02:49 PM

LEDA’s Gregg Gothreaux delivered his fifth annual State of the Economy speech at the Cajundome Convention Center June 16. Amid his analysis of a struggling local economy, one Gothreaux predicts will begin to recover next year, came word of Waitr Inc.’s decision to open a tech operations center in Lafayette, creating 100 jobs. Washington State Bank is the presenting sponsor of this annual ABiz luncheon, with supporting sponsorship by the Acadiana Economic Development Council and One Acadiana.

1. Sue Soileau Brignac and Paul Durand

2. Don Pierson

3. The Rev. Corey Young

4. George Plauché and Court Ramsay

5. Tojo Ward, Joane Ward, Jennifer Mixon, Amy Thibodeaux and Heidi Melancon

6. Chris Meaux, Don Pierson and Gregg Gothreaux

7. David Brignac Jr., Sue Soileau Brignac and Paul Sonnier

8. Sweet Cecilia

9. Liz Webb Hebert and Skyra Rideaux

10. Shaun Ford, Sudie Mann and Jim Prince

11. Chris Meaux, Frank Fink, Bob Miller and Zachary Barker

12. Buzz Durio, Dave Prochaska, Sue Soileau Brignac, David Brignac, Bridget St. Andre, Ben Marcantel, Burt Ortego and Judge Jimmy Genovese

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