Randolph Holly named Business Person of Year

The Central Louisiana Business League inducted nine Central Louisiana business legends into the 2009 Business Incubator Hall of Fame during its Annual Meeting and Christmas Gala held Friday, Dec. 4 at Paragon Casino Resort Ballroom.

For the second year, the Business League  honored individuals for their contributions, sacrifices and accomplishments to Central Louisiana.

The theme is “From Recession to Recovery: Surviving and Thriving.” The event’s keynote speaker is Lonnie R. Bridges Sr., vice president of Organizational and Executive Development at Paragon Casino Resort.

Randolph Holly, director of COPE Inc. Education Talent Search received  the 2009 Jimmy Rax Sr.  Business Person of the Year Award for his contributions to education in Central Louisiana.

Holly is married to Marvinette K. Holly and the father of three.

The inductees are:

  • Thomas David a native of Alexandria and resident of Pineville, president and principal of Pan American Engineers, which his father started in 1942. He is active in many civic, community and business activities. He and his wife, Carrie, have four children: Kristin, Katherine, Thomas and Jimmie Rose.
  • The late Johnny Downs, a lifelong resident of Central Louisiana. He served on the Alexandria City Council for five consecutive terms. He was instrumental in bringing the Alexandria Aces back to Alexandria. He and his wife, Nancy, have four children.
  • Curman Gaines, a native and resident of Alexandria. After a longtime career in education, he became the Central Louisiana Business Incubator’s first executive director. He and his wife, Maxine, have one daughter and grandchildren.
  • Martin W. Johnson, a native of Minden and resident of Alexandria. He is the city president of Regions Bank, responsible for managing and overseeing six bank branches in Alexandria and Pineville. He and his wife, Karen, are parents of two daughters: Lauren and Paige.
  • Edward Gordon “Ned” Randolph Jr., a native and resident of Alexandria. Formerly the mayor of Alexandria from 1986 to 2006, he also served in the Louisiana Legislature House of Representatives from 1972 to 1976, and the Louisiana House of Senate from 1976 to 1984. He is married to Deborah and is the father of two, Sanna Aimee Randolph and Edward G. “Ned” Randolph III, and the stepfather of one, Matthew Dunn.
  • Rick Ranson, vice president of Economic Development for the Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce and coordinator for the Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance. He spent 27 years in the banking industry. He and his family live at Cotile Lake.
  • Daphne R. Robinson, native of Greenville, Miss., and resident of Alexandria. She began her legal career in Alexandria in 1991 as law clerk to the Honorable F. A. Little, Jr. at the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana. She is past Vice-President of Governmental Affairs for the Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce, a former Trustee of the Rapides Foundation, a member of the Central Louisiana Business League Board, and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
  • Joe Rosier, a resident of Pineville, is the president and chief executive officer of The Rapides Foundation. Prior to The Rapides Foundation, he was the executive director and treasurer of the Louisiana Baptist Foundation. He and his wife Debbie are the parents of Sarah and Ben.
  • Charles Frederick Smith, a lifelong resident of Alexandria. Among his many civic and community affiliations, he served on the Alexandria City Council for 18 years. He and his wife, the late Thelma Williams Smith, have one daughter, Kym Smith Davis.

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