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William Taylor Potter
 
| Lafayette Daily Advertiser

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Our Lady of Lourdes President Bryan Lee is leaving for an executive leadership position with Bon Secours Mercy Health in Virginia. Jennifer Clowers, the CFO, will serve as the interim market president while the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System searches for a replacement.

“We are extremely grateful for Bryan Lee and his servant leadership to further both this hospital and our community,” said Bryan Hanks, chairman of the Our Lady of Lourdes Board of Directors. “We have always seen great promise in him and wish him well. Bryan has assembled a tremendous executive team at Our Lady of Lourdes and we have full confidence in Jennifer Clowers to lead the organization forward as we select a new President.”

FMOLHS has organized a search committee including several Lafayette leaders to choose Lee’s replacement.

Lee joined Our Lady of Lourdes nearly four years ago and made significant growth contributions to the system in Lafayette. Under his leadership, Lourdes acquired the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, developed the emergency room in Scott, built four new urgent care locations and further aligned with the heart hospital.

“The strategic growth of our Acadiana ministry is particularly notable under Bryan’s leadership,” said Dr. Richard Vath, FMOLHS CEO. “His thoughtful and collegial style will be missed. Our well wishes and prayers are with him as he makes this career move.”

$7.3 million church approved

A new commercial permit was approved for a $7.3 million church at 302 Town Center Parkway, records from Lafayette Consolidated Government show.

The permit was awarded to First Apostolic Church of Lafayette, which bought the land in 2019 for $1.1 million, according to the Lafayette Assessor’s office.

St. Landry Parish bank hires veteran bankers

St. Landry Homestead Federal Savings Bank announced Tuesday that it hired banking veterans Gina McCoy, Dena Richard and Leslie Olinger. The three bring more than 75 years of combined experience to the bank.

McCoy will serve as the chief risk officer. Richard is the accounting manager, and Olinger is the credit manager.

“Each of these women has earned an exceptional reputation for bringing her best to the workplace and helping others achieve more,” said Joe Zanco, president and CEO. “Gina, Dena and Leslie will play key roles in helping us improve and grow our company. I’m grateful they are now part of the Homestead team.” 

Sherwin-Williams gets permit for new Lafayette store

The Sherwin-Williams Company, one of the world’s largest paint brands, received a permit for a new location on Ambassador Caffery Parkway. The new location is valued at $850,000.

The company currently has two locations in Lafayette, one on Johnston Street and another on Kaliste Saloom Road.

Noble Plastics celebrating 20th year

Noble Plastics, the Grand Coteau-based injection molding company, is celebrating 20 years in business, the company said in a press release.

The company’s co-founders, Scott and Missy Rogers, founded the company after Scott had a poor experience with a manufacturer mishandling the launch of an invention. Since then, the two have aimed to create a better experience for first-time inventors.

Both Scott and Missy Rogers received a mechanical engineering degree from LSU.

In 2006, the company moved from Lafayette to Grand Coteau and expanded into Opelousas in 2014. 

“We take our clients trust very seriously,” Missy Rogers said in a release. “The product we are helping to create may represent a retirement plan, or perhaps it’s how our client will pay for their children to go through school.” 

BlackRose Group expanding to Philadelphia

The BlackRose Group, a Lafayette-based merger and acquisition firm, announced Tuesday it is expanding to Philadelphia and bringing on Frank J. Somma to serve as the vice president of business development for the northeast region.

The group, founded in Lafayette in early 2020, assists with corporate transactions. The group has offices in Tennessee, North Carolina, Texas and Pennsylvania with the recent expansion to Philadelphia.

Somma, who will be based in Philadelphia, has more than 20 years of experience with sales and business development in the telecommunications, textile and food processing industries. Somma has also worked as an entrepreneur in e-cycling.

“We are pleased that Somma has joined our group,” said Ken Miller, BlackRose Group founding partner. “Frank will expand our business to the northeast United States. He provides clients with focused marketing strategies, drafts of agreements and research in industry sectors aligned with their objectives. This is how we connect ideal buyer/seller and close deals.”

Contact reporter William Taylor Potter with tips or questions at wpotter@theadvertiser.com or on Twitter at @wmtaylorpotter.

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