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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.

Current Topic


02/16 - Effects of Expansion: Medicaid in Louisiana

How will the lives of those who now have access to health care change?

Special Presentation


12/15 - Election 2015: An Analysis

What strategies did each of the major candidates use during the Governor's race?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

Would the breakaway City of St. George quash Baton Rouge’s school desegregation progress?

Coming Soon!


03/16 - Justice on Hold: Louisiana’s Public Defender Shortage

How serious of a problem is the shortage of public defenders in Louisiana?

Recent Topics


01/16 - Police POV: Body Cameras in Louisiana

What happens when police and the people they arrest have different versions of their encounters?


11/15 - Living Below the Line

What is living in poverty like?


10/15 - Funding the Future: Early Childhood Opportunities

How can improving early childhood programs improve the state’s educational outcomes, workforce, and economics?


09/15 - Agenda Louisiana

What issues will candidates face and where do they stand?

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