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Business BriefsL’Observateur / July 8, 1998Hospital names Leake Nurse of the YearLAPLACE – River Parishes Hospital recently named Bridgette Leake, a registered nurse in the emergency room, as the 1997 Nurse of the Year.

Leake has been employed with the hospital for more than four years, previously serving as a nurse technician. She received her associate’sdegree in nursing in 1995 from the University of New York Regents College.

“Whenever I am rewarded with a smile of gratitude from a patient or family member, I am thankful that I chose nursing as my profession,” said Leake. “I especially enjoy working in the emergency roombecause I like the high intensity and the diversity of care.”Daphne Caldwell, RN, emergency room nurse manager and Leake’s nominator describes her as professional and caring. “Bridgette alwayshas a positive attitude and a smile,” said Caldwell. “She seeks outopportunities to further her knowledge and expertise in order to provide our patients with the superior care they deserve.””I am proud of the staff at River Parishes Hospital and of the quality care we provide,” said Leake. “To be selected for thisaward, from such an excellent team of medical professionals, is an incredible honor.”A native of the River Parishes, Leake currently resides in Baton Rouge with her husband, Loren.

Business Association meeting tonight

LAPLACE – A meeting of the St. John Business Association is setJuly 8 at Bull’s Corner Restaurant. Networking begins at 6 p.m.,with the general meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m. This meeting will be sponsored by Bell South Mobility. Guestspeaker is Paul Hensel, with the topic: “Strategic Thinking for Business Managers.” For more information about the St. John Business Association, call652-1800.

Welch named president of River Parishes CC

BATON ROUGE – The Board of Trustees for the University of Louisiana System has appointed Dr. Joe Ben Welch, president ofMiddle Georgia College, as president of River Parishes Community College.

Dr. Welch was selected from an initial list of 51 applicants. AZachary native, he received degrees from McNeese State University, Lamar University and Louisiana Tech University. He hasserved as president of Middle Georgia College since 1989.

Included among his many accomplishments as CEO are revision of the institutional assessment process, reorganization and streamlining of the administrative organization which realized a $750,000 saving in the annual operating costs of the institution, development of a comprehensive master plan, completion of capital improvement projects totaling almost $4 million and creation of an Academic Support Center.

As CEO at Lamar University-Orange he developed a comprehensive master plan and was instrumental in the drafting and passage of legislation creating the Lamar University System.

The 16 member Board of Trustees oversees the daily operation of 12 other colleges and universities in the State.

River Parishes Community College was created through legislation in the 1997 Regular Session as a comprehensive community college to other occupational/technical, developmental, and collegiate level transfer education to students residing in the River Parishes region. The College is to begin offering classes in the fall, 1999.

Schexnayder attends training conference

LAPLACE – Retirement planning, Social Security and the latest trends in fee-based asset management were among the topics discussed by some of America’s leading investment authorities at a training conference held recently in Albuquerque, N.M.Nolan H. Schexnayder of LaPlace was one of more than 1,100financial professionals attending Vest Fest ’98: Reaching New Heights. Vest Fest is an annual event hosted by H.D. Vest FinancialServices, one of the largest financial services firms in the United States.

During the four-day event, Schexnayder and his peers were introduced to strategies and techniques for effectively utilizing the latest industry software to assist them in furthering value- added client service. Additional discussion focused on examiningcritical issues facing the financial professional: retirement planning, insurance needs analysis and the significance of fee- based services. Keynote speakers at the conference includedJeremy Seigel, author of “Stocks for the Long Run” and Louis Harvey, of Dalbar, Inc., the nation’s leading research firm in thefinancial services industry.

“Clients demand informed and educated financial advisors that they can trust,” says Herb D. Vest, chairman, CEO and president ofH.D. Vest. “This conference provides an opportunity for ourrepresentatives to stay on top of the latest information, trends and strategies in this constantly changing, highly competitive industry. We provide them with the education and trainingnecessary to build successful client relationships and develop financial plans that are customized for their clients.”Headquartered in Irving, Texas, H.D. Vest provides financialservices, including mutual funds, general securities, insurance and money management products, to an estimated 1.8 millionAmericans and small businesses through its nationwide network of over 6,200 affiliates.

Securities offered through H.D. Vest Investment Securities, Inc.,6333 North State Highway 161, fourth floor, Irving, Texas 75038 (972) 870-6000.

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