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Thomas opens an insurance office

Jimmy thomas was planning to open their new Brightway insurance agency in Lake Charles last year, but Hurricane Laura changed everything. Like so many others in the area, Thomas’ home and office was damaged by Hurricanes Laura and Delta. That didn’t stop him from opening his Brightway insurance agency, however.

Now, after working from home for the past year and helping rebuild the southwestern Louisiana area, Thomas is opening his office at 194 Williamsburg St. in the Heritage Square shopping complex.

Originally from Louisiana, Thomas is licensed to sell insurance in Louisiana and Texas. He has over 18 years of sales experience.

He graduated from McNeese State University at Lake Charles with a BA in General Studies. He is a deacon in his church and volunteers as a sports coach and mentor for young people.

Allen named manager of the year

April Allen of Lake Charles was named Sport Clips Haircut Area Manager of the Year.

Sport Clips Haircuts is headquartered in Georgetown, Texas. It was established in 1993 and began to be franchised in 1995. The sports-themed haircut franchise specializes in haircuts for men and boys.

Mount named Ellevate chair

METAIRIE – Ellevate Louisiana, a 501c4 nonprofit that empowers women leaders across Louisiana, recently announced the newly elected roster of officers and board members for Elvate Louisiana. Among the press officers is president Mount Willie, former mayor of Lake Charles and former Louisiana state senator.

Founded in 2020, Ellevate was created to empower women leaders in Louisiana to connect and be informed about challenges that impact the state. The organization advocates for non-partisan, data-driven solutions to build a better future for Louisiana.


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