CDFS GROUP OF AMERICA – PORT CAMERON BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Will J. Belton of AAmagin Property Group, LLC
Will J. Belton, Owner/Principal of AAmagin Property Group, has over 25 years of experience in development of affordable housing and other real estate properties. He has been developer, principal or consultant on 1,973 units valued at $216 million since 1994. This includes being a consultant for the 452-unit Ritz Carlton hotel in New Orleans. Mr. Belton has served on the Board of Directors for the Louisiana State Conference for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and was the recipient of the NAACP’s highest award, the Rupert Richardson President Award. Mr. Belton has an excellent educational background, including a B.S. Degree Marketing/Management and over 30 hours at accredited law school, Southern University Law Center. AAmagin Property Group is located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Mr. Belton has formed and focused resources, capacity, skill, and experience, using industry contacts of key principles and their affiliates collectively to bring AAmagin Property Group over forty years of diverse experience that include asset management, real estate development, property management, construction management, brokerage and consulting.
Stewart Juneau of le Triomphe Property Group, LLC
Stewart Juneau is Chairman of le Triomphe Property Group, LLC, a Louisiana based company that specializes in planning, construction, and property management of multi-family residential housing, resort condominium communities, retirement communities, historic properties and hotel developments. Under the leadership of Stewart Juneau, le Triomphe have developed over 4,500 units of Apartments, Condominiums and Hotel Rooms plus over 300,000 square feet of commercial space and active elderly retirement centers in Total Development Value of $500,000,000. Prior to le Triomphe, Stewart ran the largest Real Estate & Management Company in Louisiana, growing the company from 80 employees and agents to 2,000, and from $80 Million in sales to $1 Billion yearly.
Daniel M. Wallach of Shepherds Finance, LLC
Dan Wallach is Owner/Principal and CEO of Shepherds Finance, LLC, a public finance company headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida which focuses on investing public debt. Dan Wallach and Shepherd are effective with the SEC and 38 states. Mr. Wallach has managed a $300,000,000 unsecured portfolio of commercial receivables from contractors, as well as the origination and default servicing of a $300,000,000 secured portfolio. Over his years of business, Mr. Wallach has been responsible for the borrowing/lending of $10,000,000,000 of funds in the construction industry.
John Graves of Evans-Graves Engineering
John Graves received a degree in Aeronautical Engineering at LSU in 1959 (which has since been replaced by Civil Engineering). Mr. Graves accepted his first engineering job in 1968 with Edward E. Evans & Associates, founded in 1953. In 1986 he acquired full ownership of the firm at which time the name was officially changed to Evans-Graves Engineers, Inc. Mr. Graves has over 40 years of experience in private consulting as a Civil Engineer, Surveyor and Administrator. Over his 35 years as a Principal of Evans-Graves Engineers, Mr. Graves was responsible for plan production and management of all phases of projects undertaken by the firm, from preliminary planning and feasibility studies, through final engineering design and construction. His work experience includes property and engineering assessments for site selection, project management, transportation planning and analysis, boundary and topographic site surveys, and civil site engineering. Mr. Graves has worked on a multitude of engineering projects for clients representing the petrochemical industry, national retail companies, industrial parks, recreational facilities, hospital and institutional complexes, residential development, utility companies, as well as local, state and federal government. Mr. Graves frequently serves as a court expert providing research and testimony in his field of expertise.
Lewis Dill, LEWCO Specialty Products of Baton Rouge
When Lewis Dill, CEO and founder of Lewco Specialty Products, Inc., started the company out of his home in 1985, he wasn’t sure it would succeed. Now, thirty-one years later, Mr. Dill has advance Lewco as a premier textile manufacturer and global provider. The company was founded to develop new and improved high temperature, chemically resistant, asbestos free and environmentally safe textiles for industrial users. Lewco now employs over 70 men and women, working multiple shifts in a 175,000 square foot manufacturing and distribution center located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Also, under the leadership of Mr. Dill, acquisition strategies have expanded and established a division of the Company named “Carolina Technical Fabrics” in Ridgeway, South Carolina. Carolina Technical Fabrics serves coating and lamination, composite, and insulation markets in the US and Internationally. In addition, Lewco has multiple sales and stocking locations throughout North America providing its customers with delivery of goods and services.
Paul Rainwater of Rainwater Consulting, LLC
Paul Rainwater is the former Chief of Staff of Governor Bobby Jindal, and has recently started his own lobbying and consulting firm. During his tenure as Commissioner of Administration and as Chief of Staff under Governor Jindal, Mr. Rainwater has managed daily operations of Governor Jindal’s office as one of his closest advisers and as Commissioner and Executive Director of Louisiana Recovery Authority (LRA). As Commissioner of Administration and later as Chief of Staff, Mr. Rainwater was in Governor Jindal inner circle. State restrictions prohibit Mr. Rainwater from lobbying the Governor’s office for a few years, however, he is free to lobby the Louisiana Legislature. Over the years, Mr. Rainwater has also worked for U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and former Governor Kathleen Blanco’s administrations. Mr. Rainwater formerly served as manager of governmental affairs for Conoco, Inc.’s Gulf Coast Business Unit from 1998 to July 2000, and as manager of public affairs for ARCO Chemical in Lake Charles from 1995 to May 1988. Mr. Rainwater also serves as a Colonel with the Louisiana Army National Guard in the Joint Director of Military Support for Disaster Response Unit. Mr. Rainwater has earned a bachelor’s degree in government from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, a Master Degree in International Relations from Salve Regina University in Rhode Island, and has been certified as a local government manager by Louisiana State University.
Dr. Eric K. Oberlander of the NeuroMedical Center Clinic
Eric K. Oberlander, M.D. graduated from Virginia Tech with degrees in Engineering, French, and Chemistry. He was one of the first American engineering students to study at the prestigious Ecole des Ponts et Chaussees in Paris, France. He practices neurosurgery in Baton Rouge and is the team neurosurgeon for LSU. He has been recognized as a “Top Doc” and by Vitals as being in the top 1% of physicians. He serves on the medical advisory board for Marucci Sports. He also serves on the board for the Head Health Network, which is pioneering new ways to diagnose, prevent, and treat sports related concussions. Dr. Oberlander’s interests include energy efficiency and the “internet of things”, which he cultivates by serving on the board of two promising tech-energy startups, Nextek Power Systems and Amatis Controls.
Bud Viator of Southern Trading Corporation
Bud Viator, of Lake Charles, Louisiana, was instrumental in bringing the gaming industry to the Lake Charles area. He diversified the Southern Trading Corporation for the Louisiana emerging video gaming machine, equipment and device leasing industry, as well as trading in the Casinos and Video Poker industry in the State of Louisiana. Mr. Viator was a principal in The Lake Charles Rice Milling Company of Louisiana, Inc. (the largest plant of its kind in the world in 1926), and became the only plant in the world converting rice hulls into chemically pure cellulose.
Kurt Crosby of Crosby Holdings, LLC d/b/a Crosby Tuggs
Kurt Crosby (CEO) and his dad, Vinton Crosby, founded Crosby Tugs, LLC, in 1977 after they acquired their first vessel, the Paddy Crosby. Since then, Crosby Tugs has grown into one of the largest privately owned marine transportation businesses in the marine industry. The company continues to grow with acquisitions from Tidewater Marine, among others, and new build vessels. Their home office is located in Galliano, Louisiana, with a satellite office in Morgan City, Louisiana.
John F. K. Belton, Esq.
Mr. Belton is a career prosecutor who has dedicated 23 years to serving his community as a courtroom advocate. On November 4, 2014, he was elected District Attorney for The Third Judicial District, which includes Lincoln and Union Parishes. He received his Juris Doctorate degree from the Southern University Law Center in 1990 and his undergraduate degree (Bachelor of Arts) in 1986 from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He is a member of the United States 5th Circuit Court of appeals, Western, Middle and Eastern Federal District Courts, Louisiana Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, Lincoln Bar Association, and the Louis Martinet Society.
Belton has a wealth of administrative experience in both the public and private sectors. From 1999 to 2005, he served on the Southern University Board of Supervisors, and was unanimously elected board chairman in 2001 and 2002. He is presently a member of the Board of Directors for First National Bank, the Lincoln Health System Foundation, and the Eddie G. Robinson Museum. He and his wife, Alana, own The Belton Companies which holdings include real estate, restaurants, legal services, and a sports training facility. Belton is associated with numerous community and civic groups (past and/or present): Greater Grambling Chamber of Commerce, Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, Union Parish Chamber of Commerce, Boys and Girls Club of North Central Louisiana, Boys Scouts of America, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Methodist Children’s Home, North Louisiana Legal Aid Council, United Way of Northeast Louisiana, Jaycees of America, Domestic Abuse Resistant Team (DART), and Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL). He also serves as the chairman of the Eddie G. Robinson Museum Commission, and has served as an adjunct professor at Grambling State University.
As a result of his exemplary community service, Belton has received the commendations of numerous organizations, including the 2015 Grambling State University Martin Luther King Jr.-Thurgood Marshall Justice Award; the 2013 Greater Grambling Chamber of Commerce Calvin Wilkerson Award; the 2011 Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce Hospitality Award for the Eddie G. Robinson Museum; the 2001 Southern University Law Center Distinguished Alumni Award; the 2015 Boys and Girls Club Community Service Award; and in 2015 he was inducted into the Southern University Law Center Hall of Fame.
Belton and his wife, Alana (a former prosecutor) have been married for 24 years and have served as Christian marriage counselors. They are the parents of two children, Alexis (22) and Jon Randall (17). They share a strong commitment to their faith, family and service to the community.
Judge Gene Thibodeaux
Ulysses Gene Thibodeaux, a graduate of Dartmouth College and Tulane Law School, where he was an Earl Warren Scholar, is the Chief Judge of the Third Circuit Court of Appeal. He is a member of the 2017 Hall of Fame Class of Tulane Law School. He is the past President of The National Council of Chief Judges, an organization consisting of chief judges of the intermediate appellate courts in the United States and its territories. He practiced law for seventeen years in New York City and Lake Charles before his election to the Third Circuit in 1992.
Thibodeaux chaired The Task Force on Judicial Independence and co-chaired the Louisiana Supreme Court Task Force on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts. He served as Justice Ad Hoc on the Louisiana Supreme Court in 2012-2013 for “In re: Office of Chief Justice, Louisiana Supreme Court.” He is the 2012 recipient of the Board Member of the Year Award from Charter Schools USA, an education service provider based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; the 2016 Education All Star Award from Stand for Children; the 2016 Difference Maker Award for being a leader in education reform; the 2013 Celebration of Children Award for his efforts to improve educational equality for children; the 2010 recipient of the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Award for Judicial Excellence from the National Bar Association; the 2009 recipient of the Thurgood Marshall Awardfrom the National Bar Association for serving as an exemplary role model for judges and lawyers; and, the recipient of the Louisiana State Bar Association’sPresident Award in 2009.
Thibodeaux has served as National Financial Secretary for the National Bar Association, as a member of the Louisiana Supreme Court’s Committee to Study Bifurcation of the Judiciary Commission, and as a member of the Advisory Committee to the Louisiana Supreme Court for Revision of the Code of Judicial Conduct. He is the Vice-Chairman of the Louisiana Judicial Compensation Commission. He is an Honorary Life Member of the Board of Trustees of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Judge Thibodeaux is active in the community as a Board member of several organizations: SWLA Center for Health Services, a federally qualified health center which serves 23,000 patients in southwest Louisiana; founder of three Type 2 charter schools with enrollments totaling 2,000 students; Lake Charles Memorial Hospital; and, Calcasieu Association for Retarded Citizens.
Judge Thibodeaux has authored articles on various topics in the Louisiana Law Review, the Louisiana Bar Journal, the Bench Press (newsletter of the Louisiana Judicial Council/NBA), and Louisiana Cultural Vistas, a magazine of statewide circulation.
He is a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church and is married to Phyllis Dugar Thibodeaux.