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Spotlight Louisiana: Gov. Edwards, LED honor 2021 Growth Leaders

Annual event honors exceptional small businesses in LED Growth Network

Spotlight Louisiana: Gov. Edwards, LED honor 2021 Growth Leaders

LED honored 10 companies as 2021 Louisiana Growth Leaders through Spotlight Louisiana, an annual event celebrating second-stage businesses in the LED Growth Network.

Cited for their community involvement and business success, the 2021 Louisiana Growth Leaders are:

  • Ballard Brands of Covington | Peter Boylan III, president
  • BBQGuys of Baton Rouge | Russ Wheeler, CEO
  • CyberReef of Shreveport | Hilton Nicholson, CEO
  • E-Claim of Harvey | Thomas Brown, founder and CEO
  • Genesis 360 Facility Maintenance & Construction of Baton Rouge | Craig Stevens, president
  • ITinspired of Baton Rouge | Rob Wise, co-owner and CEO
  • LogoJET of Lafayette | Susan Cox, president, founder and CEO
  • MasteryPrep of Baton Rouge | Craig Gehring, founder and CEO
  • Techneaux Technology Services of Lafayette | Ben Johnson, owner and CEO
  • ThreeSixtyEight of Baton Rouge | Kenny Nguyen, co-founder and CEO

Louisiana Growth Leaders are selected by economic development professionals from across the state. A panel evaluates applications on growth, strategy, innovation, leadership, culture, philanthropy and intangibles.

Created in 2017, the LED Growth Network consists of more than 500 companies from all eight Louisiana regions. Members are second-stage businesses — beyond the startup stage and poised for growth — and they collectively account for over $3.6 billion in annual sales and represent 17,400 jobs. Louisiana small businesses enter the LED Growth Network by participating in one or more of the department’s programs for second-stage firms, which include strategic research, peer learning, leadership retreats and more.

To watch the 2021 Spotlight Louisiana award ceremony, click here.