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2024 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 2024 Louisiana Growth Leaders. These leaders were recognized at the 2024 Spotlight Louisiana event on April 11, 2024. These companies have gone above and beyond as both business and community leaders.

LED also recognizes one past Louisiana Growth Leader that has demonstrated sustained success as the Louisiana Growth Leader Legend.



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Brand Russo

Lafayette, Louisiana

“We are truly honored to receive the Louisiana Growth Leaders Award. This recognition is a testament to the unwavering dedication of the entire brandRUSSO team and our commitment to both business excellence and community impact. Being acknowledged in the company of such esteemed leaders is both humbling and motivating. We are grateful for this prestigious honor and excited to continue contributing to Louisiana’s growth and success.”

– Jaci Russo, PCM, Co-Founder of brandRUSSO

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CORE Boiler and Mechanical Services

Prairieville, Louisiana

“This award is a testament to the incredible dedication of the Core Boiler & Mechanical Services team. I am honored to be recognized as a growth leader by Louisiana Economic Development. Our commitment to excellence and integrity drives everything we do at CORE, and we are grateful for the opportunity to serve Louisiana and its people.”

– Paola Alvarado, President

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana

“As a past user of LED small business programs and a beneficiary of the Louisiana Digital Interactive Media and Software program, Envoc has reached new heights without selling our corporate soul to outside investors. We are proud to call Louisiana home and are honored to receive the 2024 Growth Leader award.

– Calvin Fabre, President and Founder

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Finding Solace

West Monroe, Louisiana

“We are so honored that Louisiana Economic Development recognizes us as a Growth Leader. The resources we received from LED were the perfect complement to the exceptional staff within our organization. Those things together led to exponential growth, expanding opportunities, and better quality of life- both inside our organization and in our surrounding communities. We will continue to be passionate about improving the lives of others through mental health support services, workforce development, and advocacy across the state”

– Lyla Corkern, Owner/CEO

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Foret Contracting Group

Thibodaux, Louisiana

“Foret Contracting Group is honored to receive the 2024 Louisiana Growth Leaders Award. We are so grateful to LED for this recognition and appreciate the ability to participate in programs like the CEO Roundtable. This award is only possible though the commitment and work of our team day in and day out. We have been blessed over the years to have some of the industry’s best men and women who work tirelessly to serve our customers and one another. We are proud to be a Louisiana-built company that was started with few resources years ago and has grown relying on our faith in God, our customers and one another. We look forward to what the future holds and remaining focused on our core values of Focus, Accountability and Team. ”

– Benton Foret, Co-Founder

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Gulf Wind Technology

Avondale, Louisiana

“Gulf Wind Technology is honored to be recognized as a Growth Leader by Louisiana Economic Development. The team and I are proud to lead the development of wind energy as an engine for economic growth in the gulf region – engaging with stakeholders and businesses, creating skilled employment, training the workforce and developing new technology. Partnering with LED and our local partners, we are unlocking potential for the energy transition to become an economic benefit for the State.”

– James Martin, CEO

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M S Benbow and Associates Professional Engineering Corporation (MSB)

Metairie, Louisiana

“MSB is honored to be recognized as a 2024 Louisiana Growth Leader. It is a testament to our long history of managing complex, time-sensitive projects as we efficiently serve our clients’ needs and continue to focus on industry standards for reliability and safety. From day one, we have concentrated on a coordinated, cross-departmental culture in which team members work together to enhance innovation and problem-solving capabilities. All these things combined, along with the diversity of the markets and locations in which we work, helps us position Louisiana as a viable competitor in the engineering landscape.

– Leo Holzenthal, Jr., President and CEO

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Martin Specialty Coatings

Shreveport, Louisiana

“It is a great honor to be selected as a Louisiana Growth Leader! Our team is fully committed to being best in class by serving exceptional clients, with a preeminent work force, and delivering innovative solutions. We’ve served the Louisiana market for over 75 years and recently benefited greatly from the CEO Roundtable Program and The System for Integrated Growth. On behalf of our 100 plus employees, we’d like to say thank you for recognizing the efforts of this amazing team.”  

– Tim Keeley, CEO

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Metairie, Louisiana

“RESTECH is honored to receive this recognition. We are honored to have served the local community for nearly 35 years and look forward to providing unmatched service levels in the future. Our sustained growth is due to maintaining high levels of service integrity and focusing on the human side of technology. We also treat our team as we do our clients, supporting their camaraderie with a bright, airy workspace, not to mention our famously and frequently shared meals. ”

– Vince Gremillion, Founder/President

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Urban South Brewery

New Orleans, Louisiana

“Over the past eight years, we’ve steadily built Urban South into the second largest brewery in Louisiana, and a top 125 brewery in the country with operations in three states and distribution throughout the Southeast. It’s been challenging, rewarding, humbling, and being named a Louisiana Growth Leader is recognition for this hard work. Today, Urban South is fueled by an exceptional team of nearly 100 individuals – folks who embody our core values: fearless, welcoming, better every day, honest and collaborative. We’re proud to make products enjoyed by all types of people, proud to collaborate with so many community organizations and individuals, and proud to call Louisiana home.

– Jacob Landry, Founder and CEO

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Louisiana Growth Leader Legend 2024

Tides Medical

Lafayette, Louisiana

“As I reflect on the past, celebrate the present and envision the future of Tides, the core tenet of putting patients first remains top-of-mind. It’s always been about helping people. Whether that is one of the millions of patients suffering from chronic wounds, or the providers and their staff who need expert support to navigate the complex reimbursement landscape, Tides Medical stands by its advanced products and expert service to expand access to regenerative medicine. Each day I am amazed by the growing company that we’ve built with our common purpose to improve and save lives. Even though we’ve come so far in 14 years, it feels like we’re just getting started!”

– Joe Spell, CEO

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