Louisiana Growth Leaders

Louisiana Growth Leaders

2020 Louisiana Growth Leaders

A diverse panel of judges, comprised of economic development professionals, evaluated applications based upon a select criteria determined by LED to choose the 2020 Louisiana Growth Leaders. These leaders were recognized at the 2020 Spotlight Louisiana virtual event on September 17, 2020. These companies have gone above and beyond as both business and community leaders.

Ballard Brands
Covington, Louisiana

“Ballard Brands is honored to be recognized as a Louisiana Growth Leader.  Our foundation for growth is directly tied to our family of franchisees and the continued support of the patrons in the communities we serve. We employ over 400 diverse and talented team members across our growing portfolio of brands, culinary concepts and hospitality services with a primary goal of creating exceptional experiences with every guest interaction.” 
Peter Boylan, President


Engineering & Inspection Services, LLC
Metairie, Louisiana

 “Louisiana provides a great environment for securing the necessary talent to grow our company.  We typically recruit from within the state, and both engineering programs at LSU and UNO provide the talent pool necessary for our success.  In addition, LED has been instrumental in helping us focus our marketing resources, allowing us to achieve maximum penetration within the niche segments in our industry.”
Joseph Brinz, P.E., Co-Founder & CEO


Isomag Corporation
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

“Locating in Baton Rouge twenty-five years ago augmented access to the industrial corridor in South Louisiana and the Gulf Coast. From the onset, Louisiana Economic Development has proactively supported Isomag’s growth with lean manufacturing models and R&D tax incentives that strengthened our location decision and justified hiring outstanding Louisiana citizens. The consequence allows us to consistently meet reliability and performance expectations of the most conscientious industrial facilities on earth.”
Stephen Dawson, President & CEO


Baton Rouge, Louisiana

 “Louisiana provides all of the assets a small business needs to succeed. The opportunities in our state are endless and expanding every day. The nationally recognized team and programming at LED is an invaluable part of our success at ITinspired. We are beyond grateful for the resources and development opportunities provided by LED to emerging businesses in our state. Winning this award in consecutive years is a testament to this network’s strength and vitality. We are proud to be a Louisiana Growth Leader in this exciting business climate!” 
Rob Wise, Owner & CEO

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LogoJET, Inc.
Lafayette, Louisiana

 “Here at LogoJET, we are honored to stand alongside the other businesses that have been recognized as Louisiana Growth Leaders — especially since we have won this award for two years in a row! As we celebrate our 15th anniversary this year, I've taken time to look back and reflect on the role Louisiana, its resources and its people have played in our success. Like the Acadians who came before me, leaving Canada and heading to Louisiana has worked out well! I am grateful for the support LED has offered our company through the years and look forward to what the future holds.”
Susan Cox, CEO, President & Founder

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana

 “Louisiana has been a wonderful place to grow an enterprise, and LED is the catalyst for creating this environment. MasteryPrep would not have been able to achieve anywhere close to the same growth and national impact if it weren’t for the strong community, support, and talent right here in our state.” 
Craig Gehring, Founder & CEO

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Neighbors, LLC
West Monroe, Louisiana

 “As natives of North Louisiana, we wanted to give back to the community that has given us so much, and Neighbors, LLC has been our avenue to do just that.  The story of Neighbors, LLC is one of persistence, grit, hard-work, dedication, and relentlessness in the face of adversity.  Turn around companies are not for the faint of heart and I am proud to say that we have been able to save over 150 jobs in our local community.  None of this would have been possible without our employees, community, and the support of LED.  This is the TRUE meaning of being a good neighbor!”
Meryl Kennedy Farr, CEO & Owner

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Pod Pack International LLC
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

 “It is an honor to be nominated as a Louisiana Growth Leader for the second year in a row.  We will continue to find ways to have a positive impact on the great state of Louisiana.”
Tom Martin, President & CEO

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana

"ThreeSixtyEight's mission is to challenge common thinking so that we can create an uncommon future. Our definition of an uncommon future is to help Louisiana become the renowned creative epicenter of the south. Receiving an award like this is a great acknowledgment of our team's efforts in realizing that dream. Why would we want to do what we do anywhere else when we have a state filled with talented people looking to make a difference?"
Kenny Nguyen, CEO & Co-Founder

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Wesport Linen Services, LLC
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

 “Our dedication to exceptional customer service sets us apart from our competition. Without the support from LED and Economic Gardening Program, we would not have been able to focus on the process and sustained this growth over the last few years. It is an honor for our organization to be recognized for this award and to solidify our commitment to growth in our great State.” 
Eddie Lefeaux, CEO