People & Flashes


Lafayette General Foundation has named Chrissy Guilbeaux Thompson as development officer. Thompson brings 16 years of experience in marketing, public relations, management and business protocol in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors to the role. She most recently was employed as the sales and marketing director for Preferred Anatomic Pathology Services where she worked to acquire new accounts as well as maintain existing accounts. Thompson earned a BS in kinesiology and exercise science from UL Lafayette.

Broussard-based Aqueos Corporation has announced the appointment of David Grady to project manager for special projects. He has more than 10 years of project management experience in the oil and gas industry.

Cleco presented three scholarships of $1,500 each to students who attend South Louisiana Community College’s T.H. Harris Campus in Opelousas. The recipients, Thomas Hargroder of Opelousas, Joseph Brignac of Mamou and Zackary Deville of Ville Platte, were selected by the SLCC scholarship committee, which is comprised of SLCC faculty and staff.

Acadiana Symphony Orchestra has announced the addition of attorney Rye Tuten to its board of directors. Tuten heads Tuten Title and Escrow, which was founded in Lafayette in 2011 and is located at 326 Settlers Trace Blvd.

KTC Telecom, a division of Kaplan Telephone Company Inc., and Advanced Telephone Concepts have announced an operational merger to provide advanced business telecom systems, unified communication solutions, broadband, mobile B2B cellular service, disaster recovery solutions, and security and alarm monitoring throughout Louisiana. The combined company retains the KTC Telecom brand.

Brandon Kelly has joined Home Bank as VP/Community Reinvestment Act officer. Kelly has community development, marketing and public relations experience, having most recently spent 10 years as business development officer for the Baton Rouge-based EFCU Financial Federal Credit Union. He will work in all Home Bank service areas in Louisiana and Mississippi to enhance community outreach efforts, manage the bank’s CRA program and promote banking services and lending to low-and moderate-income families and underserved communities. Kelly is also a graduate of the John W. Barton Sr. Community Leadership Development Fellowship.

In late January, the Louisiana Travel Promotion Association honored Charlie Goodson of Southern Hospitality Kitchens as Restaurateur of the Year and DoubleTree by Hilton Lafayette as Full Service Accommodation of the Year during its Annual Membership Meeting in Natchitoches. Southern Hospitality Kitchens owns Charley G’s, Social Southern Table & Bar, The Tap Room and Pete’s.

Dwight Andrus Insurance has partnered with Maxwell Health, an employee benefits technology platform and innovative marketplace solution that makes benefits and HR simple for small- and medium-size businesses and their employees. With Maxwell, companies working with Dwight Andrus Insurance get a customized benefits storefront where their employees can enroll in all their benefits, including medical, dental, vision, life, short- and long-term disability, and financial benefits such as HRA/HSA/FSA.

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