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James, Benjamin "Ben" Posted: 12/27/2016 10:24:59 AM
Class of 2004

Ben James, Senior Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch in Shreveport, LA, recently obtained the Certified Investment Management Analyst® certification. The CIMA® certification, delivered by Investment Management Consultants Association® (IMCA®), is the only credential designed specifically for investment advisors and consultants.

The CIMA® certification identifies individuals who have met experience and ethical requirements and successfully completed investment management consulting coursework provided at the MIT Sloan School of Management. CIMA professionals must pass an examination covering a wide range of in-depth investment topics. Additionally, those who earn the certification must agree to meet ongoing continuing education requirements, and agree to adhere to IMCA’s Code of Professional Responsibility and Standards of Practice.

Ben's accomplishment adds to his ability to offer the skills and strategies necessary to guide clients through complex financial challenges and help them pursue their financial goals.
Byrd (Porter), Jennifer "Jennifer" Posted: 11/15/2016 11:28:58 AM
Class of 2004
Stanley "Warren" Byrd, 2004 graduate in Civil Engineering, is the new Executive Director of the Red River, Atchafalaya & Bayou Boeuf Levee District serving the parishes of Avoyelles, Rapides and St. Landry.
Freeman (Freeman), Linnie "Linnie" Posted: 10/6/2016 2:00:50 PM
Class of 1974

Linnie Freeman
Linnie Freeman, BA, Journalism '74, has been named Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Willbros Group, Inc., a publicly traded energy construction company based in Houston, Texas. Before joining Willbros in 2008, she practiced civil law with firms in San Francisco and Houston. She received her law degree from the University of Texas and holds licenses in Texas and California.
Semerad, James "Jim" Posted: 8/13/2016 12:33:31 AM
Class of 1981

Jim Semerad worked at EDS, Hewlett Packard, and VisionIT until April 2008 working with fortune 200 companies implementing information technology. He served as a US Naval Supply Officer in the Naval Reserve and returned to active duty for almost 5 years at the Military Sealift Command, Pentagon, then AFRICOM in Naples, Italy. He retired as a Commander in October 2012 and returned to Lake Orion, MI. In October 2015, he joined the VA Medical Center in Detroit managing logistics and supply chain operations. His 2 daughters will make him a grandfather later in 2016.
Dobbins, Alton "Tuna" Posted: 5/18/2016 10:20:02 AM
Class of 1973

Alton "Tuna" Dobbins is a graduate of the class of 1973 with an Engineering degree. Alton, "Tuna" to most people now, has his first book - Crossbow Revenge - published recently. Crossbow Revenge is a crime novel where a seemingly random carjacking murder creates a vigilante that goes about shooting people with a pistol crossbow for revenge. There is a love story between the first victim's daughter and the junior homicide detective. The novel is set in Houston, TX.
Alton retired from the Air Force in 1996 then worked for the Federal Aviation Administration until retiring in 2015. "Tuna" is my fighter pilot nickname.
Alton has a second crime novel in production and hopes to have it published before 2017.
Young (Corrado), Colleen "Colleen" Posted: 4/29/2016 2:48:42 PM
Class of 2007

Colleen Young published two books. Taking Flight and Remove Before Flight in 2016.
McGuffee, James "James" Modified: 3/14/2016 4:39:45 PM
Class of 1989

Starting July 1, 2016, Dr. James McGuffee (LA Tech '1989) will be the Dean of the School of Sciences at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN.
Smith (Roberts), Reagan "Reagan" Modified: 2/5/2016 1:09:06 PM
Class of 1999
Reagan Roberts Smith(BS Accounting 1999, MPA 2000) was promoted to Chief Financial Officer at Murex Petroleum in January 2016. Reagan resides in Houston, TX with her husband Justin and two children, Addyson and Coltyn.
Carter, Daniel "Dan" Modified: 12/21/2015 5:02:12 PM
Class of 1979
I joined Houston-based Scientific Drilling International, Inc. (SDI) in May 2011 as Senior Vice President and General Counsel. SDI is the largest independent directional drilling and wellbore navigation service provider in the world.

SDI engineers, fabricates, and deploys proprietary systems and tools for use in the oil and gas, geothermal, and mining industries. These proprietary products and services assist clients with their projects saving them time and money.

Using its more than 40 years of experience, SDI combines state of the art software with its products to accurately model and predict torque/drag, bit hydraulics, pressure loss output, and coefficients of friction using a variety of bottom hole assembly and drill bit combinations -- an important capability when designing multi-million dollar well pads. Because of its capabilities and reputation, SDI boasts a long and distinguished client list that includes: British Petroleum, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Occidental Petroleum, Royal Dutch Shell, Lukoil, and many others.
Russell, Thomas "Tom" Posted: 12/7/2015 10:04:20 AM
Class of 1997
Tom Russell (BS Agribusiness/Plant Science 1997) was recently appointed as the 2016 President of the Louisiana Agriculture Industries Association (LAIA). Tom has served on the association's board for the past two years. LAIA was established to promote Louisiana's row crop agriculture related industries and services. Participating business segments include seed, chemical and fertilizer sales and distribution, as well as the merchandising and handling of grain and oilseeds at the local and export elevator levels.
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