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OneAcadia Hosts Parish CEOs


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.


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