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Rob Guidry
Louisiana Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives and Lafayette Chamber of Commerce

Rob Guidry, the longest sitting President & CEO in the history of the Lafayette Chamber, is dedicated to maintaining a economic climate conducive to creating jobs. Rob provides professional guidance while brokering ideas with the Board of Directors. He directs the staff and volunteers to always maintain and generate value and relevancy for the Chamber's investors.

A Louisiana native, Rob received a BS from Louisiana State University and worked as a broadcast journalist before beginning his career with the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce. He is the founding Executive Director of Leadership Lafayette and a founder of Leadership Louisiana.

Rob is a two-time winner of the State Chamber Executive of the Year and serves on numerous community and professional boards and commissions.

He is the recipient of Richard E. Baudoin, Jr. Award from the Times Business Hall of Fame, which is awarded to an individual who has had an indirect impact on the business industry in Acadiana and the Rotary Club of Lafayette Vocational Excellence Award.

Guidry is a graduate from the Institute for Organization Management (IOM) which is a professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. This comprehensive course of study consisting of four annual one-week sessions focusing on professional growth and development as required by the Institute Board of Trustees.

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     02/17 - Black & the Blue

What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve?
Last year’s shooting of an African-American male in Baton Rouge by two white police officers re-ignited a national debate on how law enforcement interacts with minority communities. Nationwide demonstrations were ultimately marred by the targeted ambush of 12 white officers in Dallas and the killing of three members of law enforcement in Baton Rouge. What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve? How can Louisiana’s Capital City productively move beyond these events? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on a special town hall edition, “Black & the Blue” Wednesday, February 22 at 7pm; Sunday, February 26 at 1pm and Tuesday, February 28 at 10pm after the State of the Union address on LPB HD. In New Orleans on WLAE, Wednesday, February 22 at 7 PM. (Recorded Monday, February 20)

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Our panelists will be:
• Fr. Rick Andrus, St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Together BR
• Darrell Basco, state president of Fraternal Order of Police
• Sharon Weston Broome, Mayor-President of Baton Rouge
• Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge; Public Safety Task Force
• Stephanie Riegel; Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Reverend Raymond Jetson, pastor of Star Hill Church host the program. Robyn Merrick with the Southern University System and Bob Mann with LSU’s Manship School will moderate the discussion.
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