Tyron Picard is the founder and Principal of The Picard Group. Picard has developed a proven record of bipartisan legislative accomplishments on both the state and federal level. He was awarded the 2008 American Ambulance Association’s President’s Award for his efforts leading the industry’s National Political Action Committee and his role in assisting with passage of Federal Medicare Ambulance Payment Reform in 2008. In 2003, he served as Deputy Chair of Louisiana Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco’s transition team, and in 2007 served as a member of Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s Department of Environmental Quality transition team.
Previously, Picard served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and a board member for Acadian Companies. During his twelve-year tenure, Acadian grew from 600 employees to over 3,000 employees and from $70 million in sales to $350 million in sales. Prior to joining Acadian in 1998, he was a partner in the Lafayette business law firm of Picard & Stipe, L.L.P.
Picard currently serves as Chairman-elect of the Board of Directors of the Council for A Better Louisiana (CABL) and was selected to join the Louisiana Committee of 100 for Economic Development. He is Past Chair of the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce (2005); a former Board Member of the Louisiana Board of Commerce and Industry; served as Chair of the Opus Christi Magnum fundraiser benefiting the Lafayette Catholic Service Centers; and as President of the Acadiana Chapter of LEGATUS, an organization of Catholic CEOs.
Picard has been recognized for his civic and business efforts. He was named by The Times of Acadiana publication as one of its “Faces to Watch” 1995 edition; selected for the Lafayette Independent newspaper’s 2005 “Top 20 Under 40” edition; and selected as the Lafayette Daily Advertiser’s 2004 “Rising Young Business Leader of the Year”. Picard also received the Catholic Bishop’s Medal of Honor in 2010, for his work on behalf of the indigent & homeless in his community.
A native of Maurice, Louisiana, Picard is a graduate of Vermilion Catholic High School, LSU (B.A. Political Science), and Tulane University School of Law (Cum Laude, 1990). When not at work, he enjoys doing just about anything outdoors in Colorado (skiing, fishing, hiking) with his wife, Elizabeth, and two teenage sons, or being involved with his thoroughbred horses.