Officers of the OneAcadia Board have hired Laurie Myers Suire to serve as Interim Executive Director of the new organization. “Suire began working with the steering committee in the Spring of 2013 to create marketing pieces that would relay the positive message and theme of unity of the start-up organization. Her passion for the community in which she was born and raised is evident. She is forward-thinking and purpose-driven,” says Pat Bordes, OneAcadia Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Suire’s strength is in marketing and branding. She worked as Vice President of Marketing for an international company negotiating promotions and contracts with companies such as Neiman Marcus, Forbes, and Stuller Settings. Locally, her talents have been used on boards and committees to promote the region. As a life-long resident of the parish, Suire is familiar with the community – its people and its potential. “First and foremost, Acadia Parish is my home. I am very proud of where I am from, where I live, and where I am raising my children. I have great faith in the purpose our area fulfills and the promise it holds. I have enjoyed working with some outstanding leaders in our community to bring OneAcadia to this point and look forward to what it will become.”
Suire’s initial focus is to grow the new organization’s membership and begin providing opportunities for partners to both share their talents and grow their knowledge. In addition to working with partner members, Suire acknowledges other important partnerships in the parish. “We are fortunate to have two active Chambers of Commerce in our parish running successful grassroots programs for the communities they represent. With a parish-wide focus, OneAcadia looks forward to working with them and other regional organizations on parish projects keeping in mind the theme of OneAcadia: “What’s good for part of the parish is good for all of the parish.”
OneAcadia is a parish-wide alliance of businsses and community leaders whose focus is progressive growth for Acadia through action in the areas of education, business advocacy, quality of life and economic development. For more information on the organization and membership email LMSuire@gmail.com.