Classic summit moves to North Louisiana

The Bayou Classic University-Business Summit presented by Caddo Parish, Shreveport, Louisiana, in collaboration with the Minority Business Expo will be held Friday at 9 a.m.  until  noon. The event will take place  at Sam’s Town Hotel & Casino, 315 Clyde Fant Parkway.

This event for Bayou Classic is a half-day panel series with community, university and business leaders to gain the solutions needed to help grow and sustain business in North Louisiana. Leaders will come together at this event to discuss the future of business, HBCU education and hiring.

You will hear in-depth information on what these leaders are doing to keep up with the most recent business trends and what are the most sought out industries right now in the job market. 

Panel presentations will focus on Economic Opportunities for Business, Workforce Development and Cyber Technology. Panelists/presenters will include:

n G.B. Cazes, vice president, Cyber Innovation Center

n Eric England, executive port director, the Caddo-Bossier Parishes Port Commission

n Alberta Green, director, NLEP, Information Technology Initiatives

n Krystle Grindley, director of university relations, SUSLA

n John Grindley, executive director of Cohab

n Larry Hall, president and CEO, Q-Net Information Services

n Scott Martinez, president, NLEP – North Louisiana Economic Partnership

n Otto Meyers, interim vice president of Advancement, Research and Economic Development at GSU

n Jonathan Reynolds, chairman, Shreveport Bossier African American Chamber of Commerce

n Janice Sneed, vice chancellor, Community & Workforce Development, SUSLA

n Jeffrey Thomas, executive director, Minority Supply Institute

n Herman Vital, bureau chief of Workforce Development, City of Shreveport

n Mike Welch, managing director of Ground Services, FlyGlo

n Sonia Eubanks Wilson, business consultant/training coordinator, LSBDC

The Bayou Classic ( features one of America’s greatest college sports rivalries, bringing the fans and alumni of Grambling State University and Southern University to New Orleans for a celebration of football, family and the traditions and pageantry surrounding Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Proceeds from the annual series of Bayou Classic events provide support to the campuses’ athletic programs and fund scholarships through the SU System Foundation and the GSU Foundation. 

The 42nd Annual Bayou Classic will be played Nov. 28. 

For more information contact Jeffrey D. Ory, ABC, APR, il Stratega Marketing & Communication at (504) 458-5866 or