Promotion at Zehnder Communications, New Executive Director of New Orleans Regional Black Chamber of Commerce, New Leaders of New Orleans Metropolitan Association of Realtors | Economic news



Allison Smith was promoted to public relations account manager at Zehnder Communications.

Smith joined Zehnder in 2020 as PR Coordinator. In her new role, she will continue to work in the agency’s public relations department, supporting clients’ strategic plans in the economic development and hospitality sectors.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations from LSU.


The Metropolitan Association of New Orleans Realtors sworn in officers for 2022.

David Favret, of Last & Blum, is now president. He has been a member of the association since 2004.

Melissa Warren, of Stirling Properties, is the Chairman of the Association’s Commercial Investment Division. She has been a member of the association since 2010.

Juhmad Hollis, of Sil-loH Realty New Orleans, is now president of the Gulf South Real Estate Information Network. He has been a member of the association since 2017.

Brody LeBlanc was appointed Director of Catering and Executive Chef of Le Meridien New Orleans.

Leblanc worked at the Ritz Carlton and W hotel and spent five years with Dickie Brennan. In 2012 he was guest conductor at the Masters Tournament.


Edison Avila is the new Director of Operations for Acadian Ambulance Orleans Service Area, which covers the parishes of Orleans, Jefferson, and St. Bernard.

Avila began her career with Acadian in 2008 as an emergency medical technician and later became a paramedic. He has worked as a Paramedic Field Supervisor and Operations Supervisor, and was most recently the Operations Coordinator for the Service Area.

jeffrey hunt was appointed executive director of the New Orleans Regional Black Chamber of Commerce.

Hunt has over 18 years of experience in public policy, fundraising/economic development, strategic planning and member retention.

The organization also announced the new Board of Directors, which includes: Pear Tree Sholeschair; Krista Pouncy DysonImmediate Past President; Brown Rubyvice-president; Josline Gosser and Franksecond vice-president; Andre Lewistreasurer ; Stephanie Chambliss, Secretary; and Dana Brown Martinmembership chair.

In addition to the Executive Committee, new board members include: Pretty Bernard, Joan Miner, Lynette Colin Blanc, Diana Holmes, Schuyler-Williams, Dr.Shondra Williams, Jon Lyndon Renthrope and Renato Glasper. Former board members are Ed Robinson and Arlanda Williams.


Franklin Associates made the following promotions:

Johnathan Hill is Practice Leader of Advisory Services. Hill joined the company in 2018.

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James C. Taylora 10-year veteran of the company, was promoted to senior project manager.

Andrew Santee was promoted to project manager. A retired army captain, he joined the company in August.

Tran Doan was promoted to project coordinator after joining the firm in the spring.


Mickey Robertson is the 2022 Chairman of the Board for the Coalition for Growth.

Robertson is the president of MR Engineering and Surveyingwhich he has owned since 2009.

Robertson takes over as attorney Erik Piazzawho was president from 2018 to 2021.

The members of the executive committee are Larry Bankstonexecutive Director; rusty goldenvice-president; David Guillory, treasurer ; and Justin LangloisSecretary.

women’s hospital added four new directors to its management team:

Bryan Baucom is Executive Director of Care Delivery Information Services. Baucom brings with it knowledge in healthcare information services and IT. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management Information Systems from Central Oklahoma University and a Master of Business Administration in Health Care Administration from Oklahoma City University.

Jennifer Levy returns to Woman’s as Executive Director of Medical Practice Management. Levy was Nurse Manager at Woman’s from 2017 to 2020.

Alicia Plume was promoted to Clinical Director of Perioperative Services. Plumer has 18 years of nursing experience with training in critical care and perioperative wards.

Tonya Songy was promoted to Director of the Tumor Registry. She has served as Manager of Health Information Management and Cancer Registry at Woman’s for the past 17 years.


André Durdin was appointed Director of Medical Practice Management at Lane Regional Medical Center.

He will oversee the day-to-day functions of Lane Dermatology, Lane Family Practice, Lane Gastroenterology, Lane OB/GYN, Lane Pediatrics, Lane Surgery Group and FastLane After-Hours Urgent Care Clinic.

Durdin was most recently as a director for Anesthesiology Group Associates in Baton Rouge.

He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Southeastern Louisiana University and a master’s degree in public administration from LSU.

Bryce Rischer was promoted to partner at Nelson’s Dyke Architecture.

Risher was a founding member of the company, starting in July 2012 as a project manager.

He received a master’s degree in architecture from LSU. While at LSU, he won the AIA Henry Adams Award, which recognizes academic achievement, character, and leadership.

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