Chapter History

In 2005, the same year SMPS HQ hosted their annual conference in New Orleans, Louisiana had three SMPS members with no local chapter. During this late-summer event, HQ encouraged the members to found a chapter for the Southeast Louisiana market. And as we know, Hurricane Katrina arrived in August and changed everything. 

The A/E/C landscape transformed drastically as the city began to rebuild. National firms moved into the market, and many local firms needed dedicated professionals solely to manage the surge of marketing and business development needs. It proved to be the ideal time to create a new chapter that could foster connections between local marketers and provide access to SMPS HQ’s robust resources.  

After many coffee shop meetings and strategic planning sessions, the SMPS Southeast Louisiana chapter was chartered in the spring of 2008 thanks to founding members: 

  • Stacey Schexnayder
  • Nicole Dufour
  • Lindsey Hilton
  • Nicole Marshall

The chapter is also grateful for the local AEC leaders who fully supported the vision and mission, including:

  • Chuck Perret, Lettermans Blueprint (Founding Sponsor)
  • William Sizeler, Sizeler Thompson Brown Architects
  • Allen Eskew, FAIA, EskewDumezRipple+
  • Ray Manning, FAIA, LEED AP BD + C, Manning Architects

SMPS SeLA has grown to nearly 100 members, and is one of the largest local marketing organizations.  The chapter continues to host monthly programs focusing on the six domains of practice and featuring key industry influencing speakers and education-focused events in New Orleans and Baton Rouge. The chapter also hosts touchstone events each year including a day-long educational Making Big Moves Workshop, joint-industry Big Build event, SeLAbration awards and joint-organization holiday party. 

2008 - 2009 Board

President               Stacey Schexnayder
President-Elect   Lindsay Hilton
Treasurer              Nikki Marshall
Secretary                Nicole Dufour

2009 - 2010 Board

President               Lindsay Hilton
President-Elect   Nicole Dufour
Treasurer              Nicole Marshall
Secretary               Christian Generes

2010 - 2011 Board

President               Nicole Dufour
President-Elect   Christian Generes
Treasurer              Lynne Sealy
Secretary               Erin Shaw
Director                 Rob Norton
Director                 Lindsey Cavalier

2011 - 2012 Board

President               Christian Generes
President-Elect   Rob Norton
Past President     Nicole Dufour
Treasurer              Caroline Pesses
Secretary               Erin Shaw
Director                 Tiffany Bergeron
Director                 Lindsey Cavalier

2012 - 2013 Board

President               Rob Norton
President-Elect   Erin Shaw
Past President     Christian Generes
Treasurer              Caroline Pesses
Secretary               
Perryn Olson
Director                 Tiffany Bergeron

2013 - 2014 Board

President               Erin Shaw
President-Elect   Lynne Sealy
Past President     Rob Norton
Treasurer              Julie Kirkland
Secretary               
Perryn Olson
Director                 Tiffany Bergeron

2014 - 2015 Board

President               Lynne Sealy
President-Elect   Perryn Olson
Past President     Erin Shaw
Treasurer              Julie Kirkland
Secretary               Tina Lagarde
Director                 Rachel Harris
Director                 Rebecca Moses

2015 - 2016 Board

President               Perryn Olson
President-Elect   Rachel Harris
Past President     Lynne Sealy
Treasurer              Whitney Watson
Secretary               Tina Lagarde
Director                 Matt Lundy
Director                 Trinity Bergeron
Director, BR         Rebecca Moses 

2016 - 2017 Board

President               Rachel Harris
President-Elect   Tina Lagarde
Past President     Perryn Olson
Treasurer              Whitney Watson
Secretary               Alexis Vigier Miranne
Director                 Matt Lundy
Director                 Marie Richoux
Director, BR         Marie Schexnaydre 

2017 - 2018 Board

President               Tina Lagarde
President-Elect   Whitney Watson
Past President     Rachel Harris
Treasurer              Brandi Johnson
Secretary               Alexis Vigier Miranne
Director                 Marie Richoux
Director                 Britton Grush
Director, BR         Kylee Lewis

2018 - 2019 Board

President               Whitney Watson
President-Elect   Alexis Vigier Miranne
Past President     Tina Lagarde
Treasurer              Brandi Johnson
Secretary               
Amanda Price
Director                 Elizabeth Wright
Director                 Britton Grush

2019 - 2020 Board

President               Alexis Vigier Miranne
President-Elect   Fannie Marcotte-Bennett
Past President     Whitney Watson
Treasurer              Gia Pieri
Secretary               Amanda Price
Director                 Brandi Johnson
Director                 Lorraine Lorio
Director                 Kelly Primeaux