The Livingston Future 5 were announced on Tuesday at the Livingston Young Professionals Annual Meeting.
Marissa Hofstetter was selected as the LYP member of the year for her contributions to the program’s activities over the past year. Also on the agenda was Kacie Stewart, co-owner of Stewart Family Medicine & After Hours.
Stewart opened by saying that when an opportunity presents itself, you should always say “yes”, even if it is uncomfortable.
After hesitantly accepting an opportunity to become involved with the Chamber, she soon learned that each opportunity led to yet another. With each “yes” she grew personally and professionally. The decision became easier each time, and eventually she began creating her own opportunities and asking to get involved.
Stewart closed with the secret to success – “I don’t think there is a secret to success. Success starts with very simple things and comes down to showing up.”
During the event, leadership of Livingston Young Professionals transitioned from outgoing chair, Ross Kinchen to the 2020-21 Chair, Kelsie Moak.
Kinchen presented Moak with a pair of bedazzled sneakers, something that has now become somewhat of a tradition, symbolizing the “big shoes” she will fill as the LYP Chair.
Winners of the Livingston Future 5 include Lindsay Barleycorn of Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Chad Foster of Gator Millworks, Inc., Ross Kinchen of The Kinchen Group, Brooke Labarre of Covington & Associates Real Estate, and Jonathan Taylor of the Livingston Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau.
“Livingston Future 5 winners are judged on a rounded background in areas of professional accomplishments and advancement, community involvement and volunteerism that makes our communities better,” said April Wehrs, Chamber CEO. “Their understanding and involvement in all areas of their personal, professional and community lives is what makes our communities better and advances our parish to the next level to not only keep up with other areas, but to excel beyond. We don’t just want to follow the standard of excellence here, we want to set it. Recognizing those who can help achieve that are substantial programs of the Chamber.”