Names in the News: People shaping the future of SW La. business

Published 8:33 am Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Williams named supervisor

CSE Federal Credit Union has named Logan Williams business development supervisor. Williams brings more than 10 years’ marketing and business development experience in the Southwest Louisiana area.

He holds a Bachelor of behavioral science degree from McNeese State University.

As a member of mid-level management, Williams will oversee the business team for CSE, under the direction of senior management member Colleen Desselle, director of marketing and business development.

Williams has also been appointed to the 2021 board of directors for Mae’s Mission. His experience and knowledge in business development will be beneficial in advancing their work, maximizing their impact and incorporating many points of view to support a good cause.

Mae’s Mission provides funding to Southwest Louisiana nonprofits by raising money and giving back to the community through grants.

CSE has been a supporter and sponsor of the organization since 2019.

Gruspier passes state bar exam

Robichaux, Mize, Wadsack, Richardson and Watson would like to congratulate Tristan G. Gruspier on passing the Louisiana State Bar Exam.

Gruspier graduated from Louisiana State University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts from the Manship School of Mass Communication, and a minor in business administration. Following graduation he joined the Army in 2013. While serving on active duty, he was assigned to the 4th Infantry Division in Fort Carson, Colo.

In 2016, he was appointed to The Old Guard, and assigned to the Commander-in-Chief’s Guard in Arlington National Cemetery. Following his time in service, he returned to Louisiana and earned his Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration from Loyola University New Orleans in 2021.

Upon his graduation from Loyola he has accepted a position at the law firm of Robichaux, Mize, Wadsack, Richardson & Watson.

Center launches radio show

The Southwest Louisiana Law Center is proud to announce its new, public service, call in radio talk show, Law Talk, hosted by Law Center Attorneys Jonathan “the Law Dawg” Fontenot and Mark “the Director” Judson.

The show will explore topical legal issues, feature special guests and take on callers’ civil legal questions every Saturday at 2 p.m. on 104.1 FM in Lake Charles, 98.5 FM in Lafayette, 1520 AM in Lafayette, or download the app Newstalk104.1 FM.

Anyone with a civil legal question can call 337-706-0113 between 2-3 p.m. and have their question answered on the air. The SWLA Law Center is a non-profit, sliding scale, low bono law firm that has been providing first rate legal representation to the economically disadvantaged since 1967.

Bank announces promotions

JENNINGS — JD Bank is pleased to announce the promotions of Oliver Clark and Kitty Jo Deshotel to senior vice president regional manager and Kayla Robinson to branch manager for the Big Lake and Morganfield branches in Lake Charles.

Clark began his banking career at JD Bank in 2003 and is the branch manager of the La. 14 branch located at 2726 Gerstner Memorial Blvd. He has served as banker, loan associate, consumer lender, assistant branch manager and branch manager. As a regional manager, Clark will expand his duties to oversee the management of the Iowa, Jennings, Lake Arthur and Welsh JD Bank branches. He is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University.

Active in the community, Clark volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Louisiana, serves on the Board for the Kiwanis Club of Southwest Contraband, and is a reserve deputy for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Deshotel has more than 20 years of banking experience and joined JD Bank in 2013 with the merger of JD Bank and Guaranty Bank. She manages the JD Bank Eunice Branch. Having worked her way up through the ranks, she has held the positions of teller, mortgage loan originator, assistant branch manager, branch manager and consumer lender. In her role as regional manager she will oversee the management of the Lafayette, Mamou, New Iberia, Opelousas, and Ville Platte JD Bank Branches. She graduated from McNeese State University with a Bachelor’s degree in finance. She is a board member and past president of the Eunice Rotary Club and also serves on the board of directors for the Eunice Chamber of Commerce.

Robinson joined the JD Bank team in 2013 as part of the Management Trainee Program. She is a consumer lender and serves as AVP branch manager of the Big Lake Branch at 4904 Big Lake Road. With her promotion, Robinson will oversee the daily operations, as well as, serve as consumer lender for the Morganfield Branch at 4989 E. McNeese St.

A graduate of McNeese State University with a Bachelor’s degree in business administration, she is an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Southwest Contraband and Zeta Phi Beta sorority. She is a graduate of the Louisiana Bankers Association Leadership School, Bankers School for Supervisory Training, and Leadership School.

Real estate agent recognized

SULPHUR — EXIT Realty Corp. International recently recognized its innovative, hard-working champions for outstanding achievement during a special awards presentation broadcast throughout the U.S. and Canada:

Josh Foster, franchisee with EXIT Realty Southern in Sulphur was honored with the Gold Award by EXIT Realty Corp. International. The award was given in recognition of closing between 75 and 99 real estate transaction sides during the production year July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021. Foster was also inducted into the prestigious Ruby Circle in recognition of closing 500 real estate transaction sides during one’s career with EXIT.