Coldwell Banker Trahan Real Estate Group has been named the Small Business of the Year for the Junior Achievement of Acadiana's annual Business Hall of Fame.
In 2013, brothers Todd and Chad Trahan founded Trahan Group. Recently, the business became an affiliate with Coldwell Banker, becoming Coldwell Banker Trahan Real Estate Group. The business offers a range of residential and commercial brokerage services to Lafayette and surrounding areas.
Todd Trahan is a graduate of Our Lady of Fatima and University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He received a degree in economics. In 1984, he obtained his real estate license. Soon after, Todd moved to Atlanta and worked for Landmark American and Argenbright Holdings.
In 1994, he decided to mix his favorite past time, enjoying a good cigar, with a small business opportunity and opened the first The Cigar Merchant in Alpharetta, Georgia.
Chad Trahan is a graduate of St. Thomas More Catholic High School and attended LSU.
In 1987, Chad worked as superintendent for No Fault Tennis Courts, where he traveled across the United States building tennis courts.
Four years later, he returned to Lafayette to start his own residential remodeling company. He took a brief hiatus from construction to assist his brother open The Cigar Merchant in the Oil Center. It wasn’t long before development and construction would call him back to his passion.
Todd Trahan is a proud supporter of UL athletics and is currently on the Board of Directors Executive Committee for the Ragin' Cajuns Athletics Foundation. Todd is married to Cynthia Davis Trahan.
Chad Trahan is also a proud supporter of ULL athletics and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Krewe of Bonaparte. Chad is married to Carol Ann Trahan. They have four sons.
The Trahan brothers, Lafayette natives, are involved in community organizations, including support for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lafayette, Boys and Girls Club of America and Sky High for St. Jude among other groups.
Small Business of the Year is awarded to a company with 50 or less employees and demonstrated success in its field that has contributed to the community and exemplified outstanding corporate citizenship. Corporate headquarters may be outside of Acadiana.