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OneAcadia Hosts Parish CEOs

Posted on: October 14th, 2014 by Laurie Suire No Comments


CEOs of OneAcadia Platinum level partners were invited to attend the parish-wide business alliance’s first OneCEO Roundtable on October 8th. The lunch event, held at Chef Roy’s in Rayne and sponsored by Southwind Healthcare & Rehabilitation and Encore Healthcare & Rehabilitation, brought together twenty-five leaders for candid discussion on the challenges and opportunities in Acadia Parish. Prior to the occasion, each CEO completed a survey to gauge the economic climate of the parish. The CEOs at this inaugural event spent a lot of time getting to know one another, discussing the results of the survey, and laying important groundwork for what will become a regular meeting of these influential Chiefs.


During introductions, CEOs were asked to share what the best advice they had received. Among those responses were “Hire good people and get out of their way”; “Be an example”; and “Being kind costs you nothing”.


President/CEO of OneAcadia Laurie Suire says the feedback OneAcadia has received about the gathering has been very positive. “One hundred percent of our attendees said they see value in the event and would attend a future such event. This is an influential group of leaders that really has a pulse on what is going on economically in the parish.”


One CEO said this caliber of networking is an opportunity he doesn’t get often and was excited to get to interact with other CEOs he had heard of but had never gotten the chance to meet.


Chairman of the OneAcadia Board, Pat Bordes, expressed his excitement about the opportunity to have such a concentration of leaders in one room. “Having open conversations with these business leaders, hearing about positive programs they’ve implemented in their workplace, and learning about what they see as challenges will help give our Board greater direction on creating opportunities for economic change.”


The lunch was facilitated by Mr. Lee Lawrence of Crowley who is a former CEO in the healthcare industry. “He did a great job, keeping things on point, offering light-hearted commentary, and even came prepared with a referee flag,” says Suire.


The OneCEO Roundtable event is by invitation only to the CEOs of Platinum Partners of OneAcadia and will be held regularly. For information on joining OneAcadia contact Laurie Suire at 337-789-5244 or email



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Laurie Suire welcomes Platinum Level CEOs to the lunch facilitated by Lee Lawrence.


Free National Alert System Promoted

Posted on: October 2nd, 2014 by Laurie Suire No Comments

The Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office is making a concerted effort to register as many parish residents as possible for the NIXLE system. A technology based alert-system, Nixle provides real-time messages via email, text and/or voice notification of information that is geographically relevant to its subscribers.

Nixle sign up pic

Maxine Trahan, Public Information Officer with the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office, who issues the advisories for the Sheriff’s Department, has made it a personal mission to spread the word about this free service. “This may be the last line of communication between us and residents in the event of an emergency like a hurricane,” says Trahan.


“The service is available at no cost to both the recipients and the agencies who sign up to use it. At this time, most local law enforcement agencies utilize it, but schools and businesses can use it as well to communicate with parents and employees,” Trahan shares.


Trahan with Rachel Trahan from the Crowley Police Department was at Wal-Mart in Crowley on Wednesday, October 1st and then with Brandon Dupuis from the Rayne Police Department at Walgreen’s in Rayne on Thursday, October 2nd to generate public awareness for the service.


Laurie Suire, Executive Director of OneAcadia, was on hand at Wal-Mart as well helping to register new Nixle users. “As part of our community building outreach and public safety mission we want to support our local law enforcement agencies. The Nixle system is timely and relevant and incredibly easy to sign up for.”


One lady at Wal-Mart shared she was already on it, and had not only signed up for her local alerts but also for the zip codes of her grown children who live far away. “It’s another way I can be connected to them,” she said.


“You can sign up to receive information for multiple areas. Signing up for the zip code in which you work would be helpful,” says Suire.


So just how easy is it to sign up? The fastest way is to begin a new text message to 888777, then enter your zip code as the message and send. You can also tailor your notifications by signing up on the internet. Go to, create an account (no charge) and select the agencies you’d like to receive alerts from. You can specify the types of notifications you want to receive – alerts, advisories, community notifications, Amber alerts and National notices. You can also select how you’d like to receive those messages – text (SMS), email, and/or voice messages.


For more information on the Nixle system, go to or call Maxine Trahan at 788-8788.

Laurie Suire