New Partner at Phelps, Royal Sonesta Announces Hiring, Bankers Association Appoints New Board of Directors | Economic news

New Orleans

Calvin Johnsonretired judge, was appointed new president of freedom’s kitchen Board of Directors.

After retiring from Orleans Parish Criminal District Court, Johnson was one of the founding organizers of Liberty’s Kitchen in 2008. The organization helps young people overcome barriers to employment, helping them solve problems such as housing, access to mental health care and transportation.

Kara Johnson was elected vice-chairman of the board of directors. She’s a lawyer and founder of The Cook Shop, which produces seasonings inspired by her grandparents.

Jeff Gulotta was hired as a career readiness trainer.

Gulotta has years of management and hiring experience for the culinary and hospitality industry.

Reshonda W. Thompson and Kelly A. Gismondi we’re joining Simon, Peragin, Smith & Redfearn.

Thompson focuses his practice on trucking and transportation law, accident litigation, personal injury and premises liability cases. She has nearly 10 years of experience handling cases in municipal and district courts. Prior to joining the company, Thompson worked for a large regional personal injury company. She earned a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Southeastern Louisiana University and her law degree from LSU’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center.

Gismondi focuses his practice on construction and commercial litigation. She has significant experience in formal and informal court defense through plea and sentence negotiations with judges and district attorneys.

Gismondi served as a court clerk at the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court in Florida. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida, a master’s degree in education from Lipscomb University, and her law degree from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, cum laude. During her undergraduate and graduate years, she worked as a middle school English teacher for Teach for America.

Shaun Clarklawyer litigator in criminal and commercial law, is now a partner of Phelps.

Clarke built practices in Louisiana and Texas. Prior to that, he worked at the US Attorney’s Office in New Orleans.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a law degree from Yale Law School.

Royal Sonesta New Orleans has taken on several management positions.

Glen Clark is the executive chef of the hotel. Clarke has over 25 years of experience in the culinary industry. He most recently served as Executive Chef at Princess Cruises.

Randall Scott Miller was hired as room manager. Scott-Miller served as room manager for Hilton hotels in Key West, Florida.

Celestial Saltalamachia was hired as human resources manager. Saltalamachia most recently served as Regional Human Resources Manager for Caesars Superdome.

Olivia Sage-El joined the team as catering sales manager. Sage-El has extensive experience planning events in New Orleans.

Red Stick

Scott McCallister was named vice president of the western region for Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Unitedstarting August 1.

McCallister will be based in Baton Rouge and responsible for Coca-Cola’s sales, marketing and distribution for Louisiana and southern Mississippi.

McCallister is director of the Louisiana division of Coca-Cola United and is responsible for six sales centers with approximately 1,500 associates. He has been with the company since 2015, when he was named manager of the former North Louisiana division.

McCallister joined the Coca-Cola system in 1995 after three years with Kroger Co. He will replace Susanne Hall, who will become senior vice president and chief commercial officer of Coca-Cola United.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Ouachita Baptist University.

Lydia Thom was named vice president of human resources and training at Federal Credit Union The Capitol.

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Thom brings over 20 years of experience as a human resources manager, including roles at Amedisys, Associated Grocers and Baton Rouge General. She served the previous two years as The Capitol’s Director of Human Resources.

She earned bachelor’s degrees in finance and management, with a concentration in human resources, both from Southeastern Louisiana University.

Lyon specialist company.a Port Allen-based wholesale distributor, announced a number of recent promotions.

Jason Alexander was promoted to Vice President of Sales (formerly Regional Sales Manager). Alexander began his career with Lyons in 1998 as a warehouse picker and has since worked in all aspects of the business, including positions as a truck driver, merchandiser, warehouse supervisor and installer. coffee/slush machines.

Dawn Byrd was appointed general manager. Before joining Lyons in October, Byrd worked at Albemarle Corp. for nearly 27 years, serving in a variety of roles including Director, Global Sourcing and Business Process Manager.

Andy Clown was promoted to director of business development. Clow joined Lyons in July and previously worked in account acquisition, management and development, taking on progressively increased responsibilities at both the distributor and broker level.

Kameryn F. Zito was promoted to Controller after serving as Assistant Controller for two years.

Other job changes at Lyon include Quincy Robertsondirector of warehouse operations; Sal Caminita, director of transportation; and Chris Weltydirector of inventory control.

Around Louisiana

K. Brent VidrineChairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bank of Sunset, was appointed Chairman 2022-23 of the Louisiana Bankers AssociationBoard of Directors.

Vidrine succeeds Jerry Ledet, Chairman and CEO of Synergy Bank in Houma. As outgoing president of the association, Ledet will continue to serve for one year as outgoing chairman of the LBA Board of Directors.

The other officers 2022-23 are:

President-elect Joseph F. Quinlan III of First National Bankers Bank in Baton Rouge

Treasurer Brian North of Fifth District Savings Bank in new orleans

The delegates to the convention of the association elected these new administrators:

Acadian region: Kip Bertrand of Washington State Bank

Capitol Region: Marc S. Puppets of Bank of Zacharias

Central region: Darryl J. Ellerbee Jr.of Delta Bank in Vidalia

Southwest region: Samuel V. Wilkinson of First Federal Bank of Louisiana in Lake Charles

The other Association Directors who will continue to serve for the coming year are:

North East Region: Paige B. Oliver of Bank of Oak Ridge

Northwest Region: John C.Cole of Gibsland Bank & Trust

South-central region: Steven J. Crispino of Bank of South Louisiana in Houma

Southeast region: chip knight of Bank Hancock Whitney in new orleans

Southeast region: Chris Ferris of Loyalty bank in new orleans

General member: Rose M. Miller of First National Bank of Louisiana in Lafayette

Ginger Laurent, ALB CEO at Baton Rouge.

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Andrew B. Reiter