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 , 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, Louisiana
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 Tugs
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.