Dec. 15, 2014 12:56
In his office at LHC Group headquarters in Lafayette, Chairman and CEO Keith Myers has a framed collage of photographs on the wall that was given to him by his wife, LHC co-founder Ginger Myers. He calls it his “evolutionary chart of a Cajun businessman.
June 18, 2014 10:30
Supporters of a financing plan to secure a Costco-anchored development argue it's an economic tool our community must use to be competitive; opponents cry cronyism.     An Ambassador Town Center plan being circulated by opponents of the PILOT financing plan shows the layout of the big box retailers within the development. However, Stirling Porperties' Townsend Underhill, asked to confirm the accuracy of the plan, would only say via email, "This is not the proposed public infrastructure plan that will be presented to the IDB for consideration. The full plan is being
April 17, 2014 10:00
Greg Manuel's Lafayette-based residential development company is taking advantage of exponential industrial growth in Lake Charles.   Photo by Robin May   Greg Manuel of Manuel Builders in front of a Parade of Homes modern craftsman house his company designed and built in Carencro   For a Lafayette native, Greg Manuel is becoming awfully familiar with Lake Charles. It didn't used to be that way, but with Calcasieu Parish anticipating up to $60 billion in industrial projects - including the granddaddy, a $21 billion expansion by South African chemi
March 21, 2014 10:00
Popular music venue slash bistro Artmosphere needs to sell more food or face the loss of its liquor license.   Photo by Robin May   Artmosphere owner Beryl Kemp   Would you go out to hear your favorite young Lafayette rock or roots band and not drink a beer or two (or three)? Probably not. That's why Beryl Kemp, owner of the popular live-music venue Artmosphere, finds herself between the proverbial rock and a hard place: Artmosphere is licensed as a restaurant, but the majority of its sales come from alcohol thanks to its nightly live music, placi
Feb. 21, 2014 11:00
A fundraiser co-chaired by former U.S. attorneys from both sides of the political aisle could signal the end of Mike Harson's long grip on the D.A.'s office. A fundraiser co-chaired by former U.S. attorneys from both sides of the political aisle could signal the end of Mike Harson's long grip on the D.A.'s office. By Leslie Turk and Walter Pierce That former Assistant District Attorney Keith Stutes is picking up endorsements is little surprise. Stutes was a competent, respected prosecutor - a straight shooter who shepherded some of Lafayette's most prominent criminal cases to satisfacto
Feb. 21, 2014 11:00
Former W. Home Furnishings owner Rene Ward faces seven years in prison. In what appears to have been an elaborate scheme to defraud the government - one that ultimately ended with him and his wife, Nina, skipping town after breaking promises to deliver furniture to waiting customers - 45-year-old Rene Michael Ward admitted in federal court Feb. 3 that he submitted false documents and lied to the U.S. Small Business Administration. Court documents indic
Jan. 20, 2014 11:00
A sales rep who ripped off an industrial design from a major corporation loses again. But will the corporation ever collect its $1 million in damages? An Acadiana businessman ordered to pay nearly $1 million to Siemens Water Technologies Corp. for misappropriating a proprietary industrial design has now been found liable for more than $125,000 in attorney fees after an unsuccessful appeal to the Louisiana 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal. Rubbing salt in the wound, the appeals court in early January not only ordered Jacob David and his now-defunct Vermilion Parish company, Revo Water Systems,
Dec. 16, 2013 06:00
The major deals that shaped the business scene this year. Big 10 The major deals that shaped the business scene in 2013. By Leslie Turk Look no further than LEDA's third quarter Economic Performance Index on Page 33 to see the kind of year Lafayette Parish has had, along with key indicators about the direction in which the economy is moving. It's also worth noting that in 2013 Lafayette was recognized as the No. 1 MSA in the country by Area Development, and fDi Magazine placed it among the top 10 Small American Cities of the Future. Just recently it was named one of 20 Be
Dec. 16, 2013 06:00
Far from an overnight success, ABiz Entrepreneur of the Year Lenny Lemoine helped build a successful construction company the old-fashioned way: through hard work, determination and cultivating relationships. Far from an overnight success, ABiz Entrepreneur of the Year Lenny Lemoine helped build a successful construction company the old-fashioned way: through hard work, determination and cultivating relationships. By Walter Pierce  |  Photos by Robin May     Photo by Robin May   Lenny Lemoine Lenny Lemoine takes his coffee black.
Nov. 15, 2013 12:00
High-flying Lafayette businessman's fracturing company hopes to reorganize hundreds of millions in debt. By Leslie Turk Nov. 15, 2013 He is known to be quite the salesman - but whether he delivers on those promises is a different story entirely. In October 2011 Mike Moreno told ABiz he was living in Dallas temporarily to raise $300 million for Green Field Energy Services, a company that was providing hydraulic fracturing services to the oil and gas industry. (The main purpose of Moreno's call was to deny an ABiz story indicating he was no longer involved in the day-to-day operatio

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