Bill Rodier has served as the CEO/Director of the St. Landry Parish Economic Development Group (SLED) since May 2013. He is responsible for the visioning, alignment, and the strategic efforts of four area economic development boards. Collectively, they implement collaborative community, economic, and area transformational development initiatives. The SLED Group has been recognized nationally through outlets such as Business in Focus Magazine. The group has also developed best practice models for targeted reinvestment through area development districts.
Previously, Bill provided key leadership as the Director of Business Services for the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) and held progressive recruitment roles with Louisiana Economic Development (LED). His background also includes executive management of a Gulf Coast real estate development firm and C-Level leadership for a Gulf Coast automotive group. He also spent two tours in the Air Force managing daily operations within an USAF Elite Guard Unit.
Bill serves on numerous area and regional non-profit boards and is actively engaged with the mentorship of area young professionals and students. He also provides leadership in multiple regional boards, committees, and steering teams that are strategically focused on Acadiana’s accelerated, but sustainable growth.
Bill has a master’s degree in International Business, a bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing, and an associate degree in Security Technologies. He is also a graduate from the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute, is a certified Economic Development Finance Professional, a graduate of Leadership Louisiana, and has completed coursework at the Harvard, Kennedy School of Business.
Personally, Bill regularly competes in Iron Man, and Xterra long distance Triathlon Events. In 2018 he was honored by Iron Man for reaching their exclusive All World Athlete category. He is also a Master Scuba Diver Trainer. Bill is an active leader in area education advocacy and veterans support initiatives.