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Ericksen Krentel CPAs and Consultants has promoted Kay Miller to partner in charge of the firm’s tax services section, and Kenny Eldridge to a senior manager in the tax services section. 

Miller, a partner in the section, has experience in tax issues such as historic tax credits, Qualified Opportunity Zone funds, 163j business interest limitation issues and partnership basis, in the real estate industry. She also provides consulting for small businesses in the hospitality and professional services industries. She has 25 years of accounting and tax experience. She earned her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in accounting from the University of New Orleans.

Eldridge, who served as a manager in the tax services section, has experience in multistate taxation matters, cash flow for startup business through federal and state tax incentives, and assisting companies with corporate reorganization strategies. He specializes in individual, partnership, corporate and tax-exempt entities while representing clients before the Internal Revenue Service, as well as state and local tax authorities. He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of New Orleans.

Ryan P. Kruse has joined LaPorte CPAs & Business Advisors as a director, serving in the firm’s tax services department.

Kruse has 15 years of experience focused on serving high net worth individuals, family groups and privately owned businesses, advising clients in the areas of trusts and estate planning, as well as multistate tax planning. His industry experience includes construction, nonprofit, real estate and manufacturing. Kruse received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from LSU and master’s in accounting with a tax option from the University of New Orleans and started his career with LaPorte.

Anne ComardaEngel & Völkers, has been installed as president of The New Orleans Metropolitan Association of RealtorBryce French, of Max J. Derbes Inc. Commercial, as president of the Commercial Investment Division; and John Sibley, of Keller Williams Realty 4550100, as president of the Gulf South Real Estate Information Network.

Matthew Miller has been promoted to partner at Carver, Darden, Koretzky, Tessier, Finn, Blossman & Areaux LLC.

Miller practices in the New Orleans office’s intellectual property practice group. He has experience in obtaining and enforcing patents, trademarks and copyrights, and representing projects relating to computer software, mechanical inventions and inventions in the field of oil and gas exploration and production.

Baton Rouge area

Baton Rouge General has elected to its board of trustees Rick BondDr. Brad Gaspard and Jason MacMorran.

Bond, who is also the incoming chairman of the Baton Rouge General Foundation board of governors, will serve as an ex officio member. He is co-owner of Bond Construction Co. and also operates Clear Net Worth LLC and Clear Properties LLC. Gaspard is the medical director of Baton Rouge General Physicians. MacMorran is a director with Postlethwaite & Netterville’s consulting services group and leads the firm’s litigation niche. 

Other Baton Rouge General board members are Phyllis McLaurin, chair; Charles D’Agostino, vice chair; Annette Barton; Dr. Jacques de la Bretonne; Gwen Hamilton; Rhoman Hardy; Brian A. Jackson; Joseph E. Juban; Dr. Roy G. Kadair;  Scott Kirkpatrick; Dr. Louis Minsky, ex officio member; Isabelina Nahmens; Dr. Andrew Olinde; Ryland Percy; Edgardo Tenreiro, ex officio member; Christopher Tyson; and Dr. Raju Vatsavai.

Management consulting firm Emergent Method has named Christina Melton as a manager, supporting the firm’s strategic communication practice by providing crisis communication and public relations services to its clients.

Melton was deputy director of Louisiana Public Broadcasting, leading day-to-day operations for the network’s six television stations and digital platforms and secured grant funding.

Coleman Partners Architects LLC has promoted to principals architects Brent GuilbeauJonathan Heltz and William Thibaut.

Guilbeau has been with the firm for 20 years and serves the firm as project manager on various hospitality and higher education projects with an emphasis on health care education. He graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette School of Architecture and Design. Heltz has been with the firm for 23 years and is a project manager for local and international hospitality projects. He graduated from the LSU School of Architecture. Thibaut has been with the firm 11 years and is a project manager of educational facilities, specializing in K-12 design. He is a graduate of LSU’s School of Architecture. 

Clint Gautreau has been named a partner at investment management firm Horizon Financial Group.

Gautreau, who also manages financial planning matters for individuals and business clients has been with the firm for eight years. 

Christopher Morrison, professor and director of NeuroSignaling Laboratory, has been named associate executive director for basic science at Pennington Biomedical Research Center.

Morrison joined the Pennington Biomedical faculty in 2003 and holds the endowed John S. McIlhenny Professorship of Nutritional Neuroscience and will continue his research program in the NeuroSignaling Lab. He has directly contributed to Pennington Biomedical receiving more than $9.4 million in research funding. His lab is focused on dietary protein and its effects on appetite and body weight. Morrison earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science from LSU and his Ph.D. in animal science, reproductive physiology and neuroendocrinology from the University of Missouri.

Aimee Kilpatrick, senior vice president and director of sales development and operations at BXS Insurance Inc., has been appointed to the advisory board of The Institutes Insurance Broker, an education and research provider in risk management and property-casualty insurance.

Kilpatrick has been in the insurance industry for nearly 18 years, with 11 of those being with BXS Insurance, a subsidiary of BancorpSouth Bank. Kilpatrick earned bachelor’s degrees in business administration and international business from Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi, and a master’s degree in business administration from LSU.

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