Jason El Koubi, who led the organization since it started two years ago, resigned in July. Todd Jorgenson, the search firm’s managing director and principal, is leading the assignment.
One Acadiana is hoping to fill the role with someone who embraces the unique culture of South Louisiana.
Kathy Bobbs, president and CEO of the Women’s & Children’s Hospital along with Don Broussard, CFO of the Lemoine Company are leading the group’s search committee.
“One Acadiana has made great strides in the last two and a half years in the areas of regionalism; policy initiatives including workforce development, transportation infrastructure, and public education; governmental affairs; and business leadership and engagement,” said Ms. Bobbs. “Our organization is leading efforts to make our region more competitive, and we are eager to fill this role with someone who embraces this opportunity as well as the unique culture of South Louisiana.”
Mr. Jorgenson, the search committee and a number of other partners and leaders in the region are working to develop a candidate profile for the role.
One Acadiana is the leading economic development organization for Acadiana, a nine-parish region in South Louisiana. Its mission is to make the area one of the most sought-after places in the South for business and professional talent. The organization serves a region of roughly 700,000 people.
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Serving Economic Organizations
With over 20 years of experience, Jorgenson Consulting serves organizations in non-profit, economic and community development. Its clients include Pasco Economic Development Council, Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership and the Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce, among others.
Mr. Jorgenson specializes in executive searches for non-profit, community and economic development entities throughout the U.S. His experience includes non-profit executive searches, information technology searches, executive compensation, sales operation management, business development and sales.
Jorgenson Consulting recently recruited Rodney A. Crider to his position as president and CEO of RowanWorks Economic Development. The firm is currently seeking economic development leaders in Atlanta; Kansas City; Ballston Spa, NY; Golden and Longmont, CO; Lafayette, IN.; and Sierra Vista, AZ.
Sector In Search of New Leaders
Economic and community development organizations continue to turn to executive search firms to find new leaders. Here’s a look at a few recent searches across the sector from the Hunt Scanlon Media newswire archives:
Executive search firm Chason Group was recently selected by the Augusta Economic Development Authority (AEDA) to lead the search for its next president. Tim Chason, the recruiter’s president, is spearheading the assignment. Walter Sprouse, who has led the authority since 2003, recently announced that he is stepping down effective Dec. 31.
Brent Cooper, an entrepreneur, small business owner and longtime leader in the regional business community, has been named president and CEO of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. The organization enlisted Cincinnati-based executive recruitment firm Centennial Inc. to conduct the search.
Waverly Partners placed Scott Martin as the president and CEO of the Norman Chamber of Commerce in Oklahoma. Debbie Galbraith, managing director and principal at Waverly Partners, led the assignment. Mr. Martin has served on the Oklahoma House of Representatives since 2006.
Executive search firm Elinvar placed Scott Levitan as CEO of the Research Triangle Foundation, which manages an eminent North Carolina research park known as Research Triangle Park. He succeeds Bob Geolas, who left the organization last September. Elinvar’s president and CEO, Patti Gillenwater, led the search.
Bialla Partners recruited Tallia Hart as president and CEO of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. Partner Jeff Hodge led the assignment. She is the first woman, first minority, and youngest to lead the 167-year old organization. Ms. Hart previously served as president and CEO of the Irvine Chamber of Commerce.
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