People People – Out to Lunch – It’s Acadiana
We hear a lot in the national news about the global economy, and how weâ€™re all connected.Â Here in Acadiana we can certainly see how our families are connected, but itâ€™s often difficult to see our connection to the rest of the state, much less the nation, and the world.
Sitting in for Peter Ricchiuti on this edition of Out to Lunch, Aileen Bennett introduces two local businessmen who are both part of the bigger picture. Theyâ€™re using skills theyâ€™ve picked up outside of Acadiana to grow businesses that extend beyond our borders.
Tommy Hebert is Manager of Public Affairs for the Atmos Energy Corporation.Â If youâ€™re not familiar with Atmos, theyâ€™re the country’s largest, natural-gas-only distributor. They have more than three million customers in eight states – from the Blue Ridge Mountains in the East to the Rocky Mountains in the West. Â
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You might be surprised to learn that there are folks with names like â€œRodierâ€ in the U.S. outside of Acadiana. In places like Montana. Thatâ€™s where Bill Rodier came from before settling in Acadiana, a decade or so ago, and becoming Executive Director of St Landry Parish Economic Development.Â
Both Bill and Tommy stress the importance of the one thing we in Acadiana pretty much all agree is at the center of all business: people. Both businessmen agree that above all they are people people.
Out to Lunch is recorded live over lunch at Cafe Vermilionville in Lafayette.