Walts among this year’s 20 Under 40 honorees!

10. 04. 2017

Here are this year’s 20 Under 40 honorees! The 20 Under 40 Young Leader Awards aim to honor Acadiana’s best and brightest–those younger than 40 who help move Lafayette forward through their leadership skills and community service.


For the fifth year in a row, The Daily Advertiser has proudly partnered with the705 to organize and sponsor the awards along with Capitol One Bank and Cox Communications.


Please join us in celebrating the achievements of this year’s 20 under 40 Acadiana Leadership Awards honorees on Nov. 16 at the DoubleTree by Hilton.


We’re proud to announce 2017’s honorees:

  • Susan Allardyce, Home Bank, Assistant Vice President/Marketing Specialist

  • Kyle Bacon, Jones Walker, Partner

  • Anita Begnaud, One Acadiana, Vice President of Governmental Affairs and Communications

  • Joelle Boudreaux, Lafayette Habitat for Humanity, Volunteer Services Director

  • Elsa Dimitriadis, United Way of Acadiana, Director of Marketing & Communications; Artist/Arts Administrator

  • Liam Doyle, Lafayette Consolidated Government, Disability Affairs Coordinator

  • Scott Feehan, Festival International de Louisiane, Executive Director

  • Lana Fontenot, South Louisiana Community College, Associate Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement

  • Kevin Guillory, UL-Lafayette, Admissions Counselor

  • Alexander Lazard, One Acadiana, Director of Events & Special Projects

  • Robin LeBlanc, Robin LeBlanc CPA, Owner/CPA

  • Jeremy Morrow, NeunerPate, Partner

  • Ashley Mudd, Leadership Institute of Acadiana, Executive Director

  • Destin Ortego, Lafayette Economic Development Authority, Program Administrator

  • Christy Pennison, Phoenix Family Life Centers, Regional/Site Director

  • Drake Pothier, Drake Pothier Insurance Agency, Owner

  • Terysa Ridgeway, CGI, Program Manager

  • Brandon Smith, CGI, Information Technology Consultant

  • Amy Thibodeaux, Crowley Chamber of Commerce, President & CEO

  • Nic Walts, The Picard Group, Director of Policy

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