The business community of Shreveport and Bossier City has grown throughout 2021.
By choosing our People to Watch in Business, we looked for people whose projects have had a positive impact on our communities, or have developed. We searched for people who were using their skills to make Shreveport and Bossier City better places.
Our selections represent the bright future of businesses in the territory in 2022.
Paul Savage, Jr.
Owner, Savage Creative Solutions
Paul Savage, a marketing, communications and public relations professional, owns and operates Savage Creative Solutions, an integrated marketing and advertising agency in Shreveport.
Savage was born and raised in Shreveport and graduated from Centenary College of Louisiana.
“I want to give other members of our community the opportunity to both pursue their passions and provide for their families,” said Savage.
In early 2020, Savage was appointed by the Mayor of Shreveport, Adrian Perkins, to serve on the commission charged with addressing race relations in the community as it relates directly to health care, criminal justice and education. .
Savage pointed out that this was the culmination of his success in 2021, “brought in by the Shreveport Commission on Race and Diversity to help with website design, audio / video projects and other services. as needed or requested by the commission ”.
Jessica Waldon Hemingway, PCED
Vice-president of the Bossier Chamber of Commerce
Jessica Hemingway is vice-president of the Bossier Chamber of Commerce, specializing in public policy and communications.
In 2021, Hemingway earned the Professional and Economic Community Developer title and is one of only four in the state of Louisiana to hold this title.
“I am deeply committed to making Bossier as well as Shreveport and the surrounding area a great place to live, work, learn and play,” said Hemingway.
With over 15 years of experience in journalism, non-profit organizations and communications, Hemingway oversees all of the Bossier Chamber’s branding and communications strategy as well as the “Be Bossier” campaign.
The “Be Bossier” campaign is a marketing effort by the Town of Bossier and the Parish of Bossier to spread the good news of Bossier.
“I want our residents to be proud to call this area their home,” Hemingway said. “This means that I will really be focusing on the assets, social capital, civic infrastructure and current business climate of Bossier as well as our region to see where we need to focus to create a place that will attract good jobs and Opportunities.”
Owner, elegant Asha
Asha Linnear has owned a salon for 11 years and a licensed hairdresser for 16 years. She is the owner of Stylish Asha.
Linnear was born and raised in Shreveport and is the product of the Caddo Parish Public School System, graduating with National Honor Society recognition from Fair Park High School.
In 2002, Linnear graduated from Guy’s Academy for Hair, Skin and Nails and has served the community ever since.
Asha has a knack for nourishing people and making them feel good about themselves.
This trait has been the catalyst for her role in helping women who have been abused and / or who are recovering from drug use. For the past decade, she has sponsored workshops on self-care and confidence-building opportunities for children and adults of all age groups.
“I am very grateful for the impact I have been able to have in the lives of 12 women during this year,” said Linnear. “My goal is to be realistic in what I want to help them accomplish and follow the plan that is in place to be successful. “
Linnear hopes to take stylish Asha accessories to the next level in 2022, with a greater selection of hair care accessories and kits for those in need.
“I am working on partnerships for more community engagement and service opportunities, as it relates to educating women to reach their full potential,” Linnear said.
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Financial Analyst III for the Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program (EAP), a division of BRF
Brett Brown is Financial Analyst III for the Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program (EAP), a division of BRF. Its role is to provide services to high-growth entrepreneurs wishing to start or settle in northern Louisiana in order to improve the economic development of the region.
Brown has over 10 years of professional experience in individual high net worth investing, corporate finance and operations analysis.
In 2021, he helped start-ups close out capital of over $ 5 million to enable them to launch or expand their businesses in northern Louisiana.
Brown holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, where he graduated with Distinction. He is also currently a Level 3 candidate in the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program.
Brown is excited for 2022, saying he has many new projects in the works.
“The new start-ups that I am working with cover multiple sectors such as healthcare, agriculture, virtual reality and clean energy. These companies have the potential to generate quality jobs for our region”, Brown said.
Brown was also elected to the Board of Directors of the Shreveport Home Mortgage Authority and looks forward to helping the Town of Shreveport.
Director of Operations at Holy Angels Residential Facility
Laurie Boswell is the COO of the Holy Angels Residential Center.
In 2007, Boswell joined Holy Angels Residential Facility as COO. Upon Sister Concetta Scipione’s retirement in 2010, Boswell was appointed Chief Executive Officer.
“I love serving Holy Angels with my golden retrievers Luke and Princess Leia,” Boswell said.
Boswell has over 30 years of experience in marketing, business development and healthcare administration. She was previously Director of Business Development for Brentwood Hospital, Director of Rehabilitation and Elderly Care for Minden Medical Center, and Director of Advocacy and Strategic Planning for CHRISTUS Schumpert.
Boswell hopes that Holy Angels employees will progress in their careers through the engagement program in the coming year.
“We provide career paths for staff. We pay them to train while on the job to achieve state and national certifications. Frontline staff have 4 levels of advancement and increased pay.” , said Boswell.
Holy Angels will also honor outstanding women in the community in Spring 2022, with the Virginia K. Shehee Most Influential Woman Award, presented by Red River Bank, to benefit Holy Angels.
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