2017 Nic Walts

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Bio

Originally from California, I grew up surfing and playing beach volleyball but traded my board in when I decided to go to LSU. I became fully immersed in all that Louisiana has to offer and developed an understanding and appreciation for the diversity of our State while working on various Gubernatorial and Congressional campaigns. Nowadays, I tend to do more hunting and fishing, but still enjoy vacationing to places where I can get back in the ocean. Having been an Eagle Scout, I love to go camping/hiking outdoors and continues to volunteer with some of the local troops in our area. I enjoy playing golf and any sport with a frisbee. I am Director of Policy for The Picard Group. Before that I worked four years with the State Senate and the Governor’s Office. During my time at the Capitol, I built knowledge concerning the legislative process and an understanding of a multitude of issues, both State and Local. I graduated from LSU with a degree in Business Administration. While in school I became a member of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity and served on the IFC as VP of Standards. I was a Leadership Lafayette graduate of Class XXVII and currently serve as Chair of State Government Day. I also sit on the Board for JA of Acadiana, supported LEF’s ReProm as a court member, and volunteers with Big Brother Big Sisters. To complement my work at The Picard Group, I participate in the Governmental Subcommittee of OneAcadiana.

Favorite Restaurant:
Pamplona

Favorite Film:
Layer Cake

Personal Statement

I have been a member of the705 since having moved to Lafayette. It has afforded me the opportunity to meet and socialize with amazing people in our community, all unified by the same goals – to connect, engage, and lead in Acadiana. I want to serve on the Board to give back to an organization, that has helped me grow and develop my own professional and social network. I believe we are in a pivotal time here in Lafayette, we face a lot of challenges in the near future. Whether it be funding for major infrastructure projects, revitalizing our core and the gateways to our community, or to the approaching election cycle – this next year will be critical in setting the trajectory of our community. With that challenge comes opportunity and I want to ensure, as a group, the705 will have a seat at the table during those conversations and provide the chance for our membership to be a part of the decision making. I believe I have the network and the skill set to connect the705 to both the professional and the governmental sectors, to develop unique non-conventional solutions to conventional problems, and to identify additional experiences for our organization as well as individual members to connect, engage, and lead.