LaPine Chapter wins big at international conference


The LaPine Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (“IAAP”) came away from the 2010 IAAP International Education Forum and Annual Meeting in Boston with seven awards in two categories:  Chapter of Excellence and Member of Excellence.

To receive the Chapter of Excellence, a chapter must meet 14 of 19 criteria set by IAAP that relate to education, participation, managing chapter business correctly, disseminating information and chapter growth.  This is the second year LaPine has received the award.

Also, the chapter had six members recognized for achieving the Member of Excellence.  They were Kimberly D. Boyd, CPS/CAP; Flora S. Keys; Shelley D. Malone, CPS/CAP; Frances T. Morrison, CAP; Cindy P. Rine, CPS/CAP and Deborah F. Watson, CPS.

To earn the ranking of Member of Excellence, individuals must meet eight out of 11 criteria.  The criteria for a member relates to those areas as listed above for the chapter, but on an individual level.  Examples include holding positions of leadership, participation and attendance at the chapter, division or international levels, and working toward certifications.

The LaPine Chapter was represented at the meeting by president Flora Keys, vice president Shelley Malone and member Mary Kee.

The mission of the LaPine Chapter is to enhance the success of career‐minded administrative professionals by providing opportunities for growth through education, community building and leadership development.

The LaPine Chapter conducts its regular meetings on the third Wednesday of the month, usually during the lunch hour, which feature guest speakers on a variety of educational and informative topics.  The group also hosts special events for the community such as a professional development seminar, recognition for Administrative Professionals in April and Bosses’ Day in October.

For meeting details, contact Frances Morrison at (318) 484-7695 or

Copeland’s restaurant closes due to economy

Copeland’s Famous New Orleans Bar and Restaurant in Alexandria has closed, according to published reports.

The restaurant, at 2421 South MacArthur Drive, was opened in March 2005 by Alexandria businessman Mike Shelton.

Shelton sold the restaurant to Alexandria businessman David Pugh in 2007.

The restaurant opened in Alexandria in March 2005.

Cleco names new president, COO

Cleco announced that George Bausewine, senior vice president of corporate services, has been named president and chief operating officer of Cleco Power effective Aug. 7, 2010.

With 24 years of experience at Cleco Corp. and Cleco Power, Bausewine has served in a number of roles including vice president of regulatory and rates and vice president of strategic and regulatory affairs. He has served as senior vice president of corporate services since May 2005.

“George has the experience and the skill set to ensure Cleco Power runs smoothly,” said Michael Madison, president and CEO of Cleco Corp.

Keith Crump and Bill Fontenot, group vice presidents of Cleco Power, will report to Bausewine. Dilek Samil, the former president and COO of Cleco Power, left the company effective May 23, 2010.

Bausewine holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL, and a master’s degree in business administration from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

RRMC announces its Board of Trustees for 2010

ALEXANDRIA, La., February 19, 2010 – Rapides Regional Medical Center welcomes four new members to its Board of Trustees for 2010. The members of the Board of Trustees are selected for their dedication to the medical center and its mission, as well as for their ability to represent the medical profession and the community.

New members appointed to three year terms include Jordan Eggers, M.D., pathologist; Kevin Jeansonne, M.D., radiologist; Shahid Mansoor, M.D., pediatrician and Haywood Joiner, Ph.D., chair of the LSUA Department of Allied Health.

Other members include Lance Templeton, M.D., urologist; Darryl Monroe, Roy O. Martin Lumber Company; Mark M. Wilson, M.D., nephrology; Leah Pearce, assistant professor, Northwestern State University; Ilyas Chaudhry, M.D., cardiologist; Wayne Denley;  Gary Maxwell, administrator/CFO, The Pentecostals of Alexandria; Mark Brown, CEO, Mid State Home Health; Joan Brunson, M.D., family practice; Howard Wold, M.D., oncologist; Jeffrey Hall, Senior Vice President of Governmental Affairs, CLECO; and David Williams, CEO, Rapides Regional Medical Center.

Dr. Ilyas Chaudhry serves as the 2010 chairman and Gary Maxwell serves as the 2010 vice chairman.

Vanda Davidson, M.D., serves as ex-officio member and president of the Rapides Regional Medical Center Medical Staff for 2010.

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.