Here Are This Year's 20 Under 40 Honorees!

The 20 Under 40 Young Leader Awards aim to honor Acadiana's best and brightest — those younger than 40 who help move Lafayette forward through their leadership skills and community service.

For the fifth year in a row, The Daily Advertiser has proudly partnered with the705 to organize and sponsor the awards along with  Capitol One Bank and Cox Communications.

Please join us in celebrating the achievements of this year's 20 under 40 Acadiana Leadership Awards honorees on Nov. 16 at the DoubleTree by Hilton.

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We're proud to announce 2017's honorees:

Susan Allardyce, Home Bank, Assistant Vice President/Marketing Specialist

Kyle Bacon, Jones Walker, Partner

Anita Begnaud, One Acadiana, Vice President of Governmental Affairs and Communications

Joelle Boudreaux, Lafayette Habitat for Humanity, Volunteer Services Director

Elsa Dimitriadis, United Way of Acadiana, Director of Marketing & Communications; Artist/Arts Administrator

Liam Doyle, Lafayette Consolidated Government, Disability Affairs Coordinator

Scott Feehan, Festival International de Louisiane, Executive Director

Lana Fontenot, South Louisiana Community College, Associate Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement

Kevin Guillory, UL-Lafayette, Admissions Counselor

Alexander Lazard, One Acadiana, Director of Events & Special Projects

Robin LeBlanc, Robin LeBlanc CPA, Owner/CPA

Jeremy Morrow, NeunerPate, Partner

Ashley Mudd, Leadership Institute of Acadiana, Executive Director

Destin Ortego, Lafayette Economic Development Authority, Program Administrator

Christy Pennison, Phoenix Family Life Centers, Regional/Site Director

Drake Pothier, Drake Pothier Insurance Agency, Owner

Terysa Ridgeway, CGI, Program Manager

Brandon Smith, CGI, Information Technology Consultant

Amy Thibodeaux, Crowley Chamber of Commerce, President & CEO

Nic Walts, The Picard Group, Director of Policy

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