Louisiana Growth Leaders

Louisiana Growth Leaders

2022 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 2022 Louisiana Growth Leaders. These leaders were recognized at the 2022 Spotlight Louisiana event on April 21, 2022. These companies have gone above and beyond as both business and community leaders.

LED also recognized one past Louisiana Growth Leader as the inaugural Louisiana Growth Leader Legend. Only previous Growth Leaders were eligible to apply for the Legend award. 
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Flexicrew Technical Services
Metairie, Louisiana

Flexicrew Technical Services (FTS) is honored to be among the extraordinary businesses being recognized as 2022 Louisiana Growth Leaders. We are proud to be a Louisiana based recruiting firm that has overcome and flourished with perseverance through the pandemic. LED has been a great resource for FTS as we continue to absorb and apply the material provided by many of the distinguished programs offered. With what started as an idea in 2015, FTS has expanded across the gulf south as one of the fastest growing recruiting and staffing firms in the region. The continued growth of FTS is a direct result of our dedicated internal team, the associates we place, and the client partners we serve. We are confident that the future is bright, and the best has truly yet to come.” 
– Brandon Smith, President

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NANO Architecture | Interiors
New Orleans, Louisiana

“After graduating with our Masters in Architecture at Tulane School of Architecture in 2001, we started NANO with only $5,000 in the bank and an ambitious vision to create an architecture firm unique from any other architecture firm in New Orleans. We could have never predicted experiencing growth, exposure, and success at the scale that we have. The LED Growth Network has been an invaluable resource for our firm, and we are extremely honored to have been acknowledged for a third consecutive year. LED has provided us with incredible business connections, avenues for firm advancement and growth. We are humbled by this recognition and equally inspired to continue providing the high quality, detailed architectural design services that NANO is committed to.”
– Terri + Ian Dreyer, Managing Partners


Online Optimism
New Orleans, Louisiana

“Online Optimism is honored to be recognized as a 2022 Louisiana Growth Leader alongside many great organizations. The past several years have shown that innovation, optimism, and passionate work will provide companies and their employees with the best possible environment to reach their full potential. Our organization's experience with the LED CEO Roundtables, and System for Integrated Growth enabled us to increase our revenues beyond Louisiana. During COVID, our growing national client base led us to expand our company to two additional offices in other regions, as well as to change policy allowing for fully remote work. Despite these options, the majority of our staff choose to come in every day to work in our 4,200 square foot national headquarters in New Orleans' Irish Channel. We are excited to continue building a company, workforce, and physical space that is perfect for crafting a center of creativity on the Gulf Coast.”
– Flynn Zaiger, CEO

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Southern Scripts
Natchitoches, Louisiana

“On behalf of the entire Southern Scripts team, we are honored to be recognized as a Louisiana Growth Leader.  We are thankful for LED programs that support the development of businesses that call Louisiana home.  One of our Core Values is “Strategic Growth in All Measures”, and we consider this recognition a great testament to our commitment to living out this value.  At the heart of Southern Scripts, we believe not only in the importance of growing as a business, but also the importance of growing our team of people, growing individuals professionally and personally, and growing our communities.”
– LeAnn Boyd, CEO and Co-Founder

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Southern Services & Equipment, Inc.
Saint Bernard, Louisiana

“Southern Services and Equipment, Inc. is honored to be chosen as a 2022 Louisiana Growth Leader by LED. This achievement is a testament to the hard work and dedication put forth by our outstanding group of employees, who work tirelessly to build successful projects in and around the great state of Louisiana. As we enter our 25th year of operation, we are looking forward to being a regional leader in steel fabrication, while maintaining a workplace where employees look forward to coming to work each day. Thank you, LED, for this commendation; we are pleased to be among such a deserving and impressive group of companies.”
– Mindy Nunez Airhart, President and CEO

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Thomas Pump & Machinery
Slidell, Louisiana

“We are extremely proud to be recognized by the LED Growth Network as a 2022 Growth Leader. This represents the hard work and dedication of so many of our employees, every one of them should take pride in this recognition. Louisiana Economic Development, specifically the CEO Roundtable program, was very important in shaping my views as a 2nd generation CEO.  LED has created a suite of programs that are truly tailored to support business growth in the state of Louisiana. We are very proud of our roots and look forward to continuing our growth trajectory as a Louisiana Growth Leader.” 
James Thomas, CEO

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Trigon Associates, LLC
New Orleans, Louisiana

Trigon is honored to be recognized as a Louisiana Growth Leader by Louisiana Economic Development (LED) along with the other outstanding businesses recognized. We are very appreciative of the support and guidance provided by LED since our founding—this investment in our small Louisiana-based engineering firm has been so important in our successes domestically and abroad.   Our dedication to our guiding principles of Quality, Commitment and Client Service sets us apart, motivates us daily and enables us to continue to grow while providing exceptional services to our communities and clients.
– Michelle Herbert, Chief Executive Officer


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Universal Data, Inc.
New Orleans, Louisiana

“Universal Data Inc. is honored to be included in the Louisiana Growth Leaders Award. For this award to come in conjunction with our 40TH Anniversary year is almost symbolic of the hard work and passion of our amazing team and clients who enable us to do what we love every day. If the past couple years has taught us anything, it’s that organizations need to be agile to operate in today’s modern workplace. This agility must apply to clients, partners and staff. LED has provided us with countless resources to help our business and the Louisiana business community alike. This is an exciting time to be a locally owned company.”
– Chad Perrier, Vice President


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Utiliserve, LLC
Bossier City, Louisiana

“We at Utiliserve, LLC are truly honored to be recognized as a 2022 Louisiana Growth Leader.  LED has been essential in the growth of our company from leadership support through CEO Roundtables, Strategic Research (multiple rounds), Mentorship (American Academy of Entrepreneurs), and through the LED partnership with the Edward Lowe Foundation. The impact felt by our relationship with LED is priceless; we have been able to increase and develop our workforce, increase efficiencies leading to revenue increases and develop a culture that allows for so many opportunities.  It’s good to be a Small Business from Louisiana!”
– Zach Raley, President and Owner

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VPG Construction
Harvey, Louisiana

"The VPG team is deeply honored to be recognized by the LED Growth Network as a Louisiana Growth Leader. We're a people business and want to recognize our team's continued support and hard work because we wouldn't be who and where we are without each of them. We are incredibly proud and grateful for the success we have amassed over the past few years, and look forward to continuing to cement ourselves as one of the fastest-growing construction firms in Louisiana and the Southeast region."
– Michael Merideth, CEO

Inaugural Louisiana Growth Leader Legend

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Argent Financial Group
Ruston, Louisiana

“An early investor in Argent once encouraged us, ‘There may be a limit of what we can do in Ruston, but there is no limit to what we can do from Ruston.’  Thirty-two years later, Argent is still headquartered in Ruston and now boasts over 300 employees working in 30 markets across 12 states with responsibility for more than $38 billion of our clients’ assets. We are proud of our history and growth and are humbled to represent the ingenuity and success of Louisiana businesses as the inaugural recipient of the Louisiana Growth Leader Legend Award.”
– Kyle McDonald, CEO