Lafayette, LA— University of Louisiana alumnus Jerry Prejean has been elected Chairman of the Board of Commissioners for the Lafayette Economic Development Authority (LEDA) for 2011-2012. Prejean is a 1992 UL Business Administration graduate, and is currently Senior Vice President and Private Banking Manager for IberiaBank.
Prejean has been a member of the LEDA Board of Commissioners since 2007 and has served as Vice Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary. Prejean is appointed to the LEDA Board by the Lafayette City-Parish Council.
Serving with Prejean on LEDA’s Executive Committee are: David Strother, Vice Chairman; Chad Hanks, Treasurer; Tom Cox, Secretary; Susannah Malbreaux, Member-at-Large; and Dr. Paula Carson, Immediate Past Chairman. The Lafayette City-Parish Council recently made appointments to fill two vacancies on the LEDA Board of Commissioners. Edward J. Krampe III, Vice President of Finance and Marketing for McDonald’s of Acadiana, and Flo Meadows, Commercial Realtor with Coldwell Banker Commercial Worldwide, were each appointed to one four-year term.
Strother, Hanks, Cox and Meadows are also UL alumni, and Dr. Carson is a professor in the UL Moody School of Business.
LEDA's mission is to provide assistance to local companies in their growth, market development and workforce development efforts; to recruit additional companies considering locating in this area; and to assist in the development of new companies in order to diversify the economy within Lafayette Parish.
Created by the state legislature, LEDA is governed by a board of 12 commissioners who are appointed by various governmental and educational entities.