Speaker Date Topic
Chris Masingill Sep 21, 2018
St. Tammany Parish Development District
St. Tammany Parish Development District

Chris Masingill has been the Chief Executive Officer for the St. Tammany Parish Development District (STPDD) since July 2018.
Most recently, Masingill worked as a business consultant and strategic advisor for a public sector client dealing in infrastructure, multi-family housing, and public works. He also served as a resident scholar for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, where he advised and collaborated with the Bank’s Community and Economic Development Department on research and policy for workforce development, small business, and community investments.

Previously, Masingill served as the federal co-chairman of the Delta Regional Authority from 2010-2017. He was a U.S. Senate-confirmed presidential appointee. The DRA works to improve regional economic opportunity by helping to create jobs, build communities, and improve the lives of the 10 million people who reside in the 252 counties and parishes of the eight-state Delta region. As federal co-chairman, Masingill answered to a board composed of the governors of the eight states.
In Masingill’s seven years as federal co-chairman, the DRA leveraged more than $90 million in DRA funds into nearly $1.6 billion in total private- and public-sector investments in Delta communities. Overall, DRA investments under Masingill assisted in the creation and retention of more than 5,700 jobs. Almost 3,000 workers received training for 21st-century employment.

He has a proven track record of creating sustainable, collaborative partnerships with a variety of local, federal, and state agencies, as well as with business and community leaders, legislators, and nonprofit organizations. As part of his plan to increase the DRA’s transparency, accountability, and program capacity, Masingill instituted a strategic and proactive communications program to increase stakeholder and public awareness of the DRA.

For his leadership in advancing economic development initiatives in the Delta region, Masingill was presented the Federal Leadership in Economic Development Programs Award in 2015 by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

Prior to leading the DRA, Masingill served the state of Arkansas as Governor Mike Beebe’s director of intergovernmental affairs and chief policy advisor for economic and community development. During that time, he was also tasked to serve as the Arkansas recovery implementation director for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

His key areas of expertise include economic development; community revitalization and creative placemaking; small business development and entrepreneurship; workforce training and development; disaster recovery and resilience; public safety and law enforcement; and strategic organizational management and planning.

Masingill holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Science with a minor in business administration from Texas Wesleyan University. He also holds professional designations for economic development, project management and emergency management and disaster preparedness.

Mayor Greg Cromer Sep 28, 2018
City of Slidell Update
City of Slidell Update

Mayor Greg Cromer and his wife Peggy have lived in Slidell since 1982.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Management from Southeastern Louisiana University and a Masters in Business Administration from Louisiana State University.  Greg and Peggy have two children, Nikki and Clay, and two grandchildren, Stephen and Orson

Greg was employed for 27 years by Lockheed Martin, working on external fuel tanks for NASA’s Space Shuttle Program. He retired in 2009 as Safety and Product Assurance Liaison to the Production Operations division of the company and began working for Geocent, a multi-state corporation, as a Project Manager for the company’s work with NASA.
 
Treasurer John Schroder Oct 05, 2018
LA State Budget Update
LA State Budget Update

John M. Schroder, Sr. was elected Louisiana State Treasurer on November 18, 2017. As Treasurer, he oversees more than $6 billion in investments and over $38 billion in cash flow. He also chairs the Louisiana State Bond Commission and returns millions of dollars in unclaimed property to Louisiana citizens.

John was first elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives in 2007 to represent St. Tammany and Tangipahoa Parishes. John used his business sense while serving on the Appropriations and Joint Budget committees to focus on the need for structural changes in budgeting practices and capital outlay usage. After 10 years in the Legislature, he resigned his seat to run for State Treasurer.

John believes Louisiana state government should live within its means and is an advocate for transparency at all levels of government. As Treasurer, he will continue to push for a streamlined budgeting process, capital outlay reform, and controlling the out of control growth of government.

John is a graduate of East Jefferson High School, Southeastern Louisiana University, and a Veteran of the United States Army. He is a businessman, co-owner of a real estate company, and a residential developer. John has been married to Ellie Daigle Schroder for 33 years.