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Engage to Grow: Forum 35 Welcomes New Executive Officers and Board of Directors

Monday, April 3, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Angela Schifani
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 Forum 35 Welcomes 2017 – 2018 Executive Officers and Board of Directors

BATON ROUGE – Forum 35 transitioned its executive officers and board of directors in conjunction with its new administrative year beginning April 1, 2017 and extending through March 31, 2018.

“Our theme and key to success for the upcoming year is "Engage to Grow". To grow personally, professionally, and to collectively grow Baton Rouge, it's our duty to be actively engaged and engage those in our circles of influence,” stated Mathew Laborde, Forum 35 President. “Our city is amid a major cultural renaissance. Join Forum 35 to be on the forefront fighting for progress."

The 2017 – 2018 executive officers include:

  • Mathew Laborde, President, Elifin – Elite Financial Realty
  • Jessica Keasler, President-Elect, Terracon Consultants
  • Matthew Zagotti, Treasurer, Ryan LLC
  • Erinn Sala, Secretary, Perkins Rowe – Trademark Property
  • Blake Fowler, VP of Development, Exit Realty Group
  • Jeffrey Wale, VP of Membership, State/Attorney General
  • Brandi Brown, VP of Arts & Culture, Baton Rouge Printing
  • Leland Moss, VP of Service, The Water Institute of the Gulf
  • Melissa Thompson, VP of Leadership, Baton Rouge Area Chamber
  • Terrence Merkerson, VP of Diversity, Pelican State Credit Union
  • Angela Schifani, VP of Communications, Sexual Trauma Awareness & Response™

The 2017 – 2018 board of directors includes:

  •  Matt Adams, Louisiana Board of Regents
  • Branden Barker, Perkins Rowe – Trademark Property
  •  Kelly Bienn, Immediate Past President, Baton Rouge Area Chamber
  • Neva Butkus, City Year Baton Rouge
  • Maria Connolly, Dig Baton Rouge
  • Courtney Debetaz, Performance Contractors
  • Paige Johannessen, The Shobe Financial Group
  • Megan Johnson, Piccadilly Restaurants LLC
  • Vijay Murugesan, CES USA Corporation
  • Daniel Richard, Louisiana Scrap Metal
  • Jessica Trepagnier

Forum 35 is an all-volunteer community comprised of over 400 young men and women improving Baton Rouge. The nonprofit organization depends on individual membership and the generosity of corporate partners. Current corporate partners include, but are not limited to: Whitney Bank, Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, Baton Rouge Area Foundation, Enterprise, Iberville Bank, L’Auberge Casino Hotel, The Water Institute of the Gulf, Capital Wealth Asset Management, Blue Cross Blue Shield of LA, IWD Agency, Tipton Associates, & LSU Flores MBA Program.

For more information about Forum 35 visit Connect with Forum 35 on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.



Contact: Angela Schifani
Forum 35 | 2017-18 VP of Communications


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