2017 Kassie Rougeau

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Bio

Ayoung multipotentialite with an eclectic educational and career background, I am currently developing a Leadership Coaching company and a brand for my artwork. It is my mission to take in every opportunity to learn and serve, therefore, most of my time is devoted to things like youth ministry, community projects like the M.I.Brary, and organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce in my hometown of Eunice, One Acadiana, and The705.

Favorite Restaurant:
When you love food (and Lafayette) can you really just pick one? I’m going on 45 minutes here and I still can’t decide.

Favorite Film:
Up

Personal Statement

Although I can’t decide where I like to eat the most, it comes from a spirit of adventure and curiosity. I’m anxious to dive further into an environment that can feed my curiosity of the inner workings of our young professional community and turn it into action. I aspire to be an advocate and a connector of the strengths, talents, and potential that make the culture of Acadiana a unique and successful one. And I’d be honored to have the chance to do that alongside our board members of The705.

Bio

Hailing from Nashville, Tn., Zachary earned the bachelors degree of business administration from Middle Tennessee State University. Upon graduation, Zachary joined SunTrust Mortgage, served as regional marketing manager and later as a mortgage originator. In 2003, he was selected Rookie of the Year before leaving in 2005 to pursue his own Nashville-based venture, BarkLoud Marketing, a corporate execution training and marketing management group. Zachary’s professional experiences include serving a Business Group Manager for NationLink Wireless (a BlackBerry/RIM Certified partner), Business Director for Advanced Network Solution, as well as Founder of Acadiana Sports Leagues, a Lafayette-based sport and social management company.

He currently serves as Executive Director for the Opportunity Machine, an entrepreneur acceleration initiative of Lafayette Economic Development Authority (LEDA), where he has served over 100 startup entrepreneurs in his 24 months with over $3M in funding being received by his clients. Zachary’s passion for community leadership currently has driven his leadership to serve as board President for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Acadiana (2014), Board Member of the 705 Young professionals, as well as President of the Nashville Area Junior Chamber of Commerce, a 90-year old, 300 member volunteer organization.

He is a graduate of Leadership Nashville (LN), as well as served on the LN leadership team in 2009-10.

Mr. Barker wed Dr. Nancy Dubuisson Barker in October of 2010 and resides in Lafayette, Louisiana since late 2010.


Favorite Restaurant:
Cafe Habana

Favorite Film:
The Dark Knight

Personal Statement

As we grow as Young Professionals, finding opportunities for useful professional development, quality community service and building meaningful relationships is difficult. My belief is that the705 can serve those capacities ideally. With an enhanced focus on professional development and building relationships, our group can establish itself as the pipeline for leadership in our community, our companies and in our political realm.

If elected, my hope is to bring back a meaningful focus on developing and training 705 members as individuals, through designed trainings, for our future roles as leaders of this growing community in business and leadership capacities.