Shreveport’s 40 Under Forty 2023: Celebrating Exceptional Young Leaders

The Greater Shreveport Chamber’s Young Professional Initiative Honors Top 40 Young Professionals

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SHREVEPORT, Louisiana – Each year, the Greater Shreveport Chamber’s Young Professional Initiative (YPI) recognizes forty of the region’s most dynamic and influential young professionals. The “40 Under Forty” accolade, now in its 2023 iteration, celebrates individuals under the age of forty who have made significant contributions in various sectors, including business, politics, and public service. This prestigious recognition not only highlights their current achievements but also signals their potential as future leaders.

The 2023 “40 Under Forty” class, selected in collaboration with the 318Forum, features an array of talented professionals. Dr. Timothy Magner, president of the Greater Shreveport Chamber, expressed admiration for this year’s honorees, noting their vital role in invigorating the community. The selection process culminates in a gala event in December, where these young leaders are formally celebrated.

Among this distinguished group, one individual is chosen as the “Young Professional of the Year,” a title that honors the most exemplary member of the class. Sara Nelms, the 40 Under Forty Chair, lauded the 2023 class for their exceptional qualities and expressed excitement for the upcoming gala on December 1st.

The 2023 class is characterized by its diversity and breadth of expertise. It includes KaDavien Baylor, a public artist, and Liz Buhler, a marketing coordinator, to Dr. Kirandeep Chahal, a physician at the Willis Knighton Health System, and Kelli Cole, an entrepreneur and owner of Good Granoly. The list continues with professionals from various sectors, such as Cory Craig, a music educator and saxophonist, and Shocker Creal, the Chief Technology Officer for the City of Shreveport. The complete list of the members of the 2023 class is as follows:

  1. KaDavien Baylor: Public Artist
  2. Liz Buhler: Marketing Coordinator
  3. Jeremy Burge: Chief Operations Officer, Louisiana Truck Stop and Gaming
  4. Dr. Kirandeep Chahal: Physician, Willis Knighton Health System
  5. Kelli Cole: Owner, Good Granoly
  6. Cory Craig: Music Educator and Saxophonist
  7. Shocker Creal: Chief Technology Officer, City of Shreveport
  8. Krystal Critton: Program Director, Junior Achievement of North Louisiana
  9. Krysta Cyr: Director of Human Resources, Red Ball Oxygen
  10. Meagan Davis: Business Analyst, Centerpoint Energy
  11. Biskie Duncan: Evening Anchor, KSLA News 12
  12. Lakeisha Florence: Program Administrator, Providence House
  13. Christena Francis: Middle School Teacher and Jewelry Designer
  14. Wanda Gertin: CEO, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ally Real Estate
  15. Bridgetta Giles: Clinical Sexologist
  16. Lariana Graham-Taylor: Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  17. Tamika Hayden: Accounting Coordinator, LSUS
  18. Dr. Ryan Jacobsen: Program Manager, Veterans Affairs
  19. Rodney Johnson: Corporate Credit Manager, McElroy Metal
  20. Erin Johnston: Owner, Healing Minds Therapy Practice
  21. Dr. Jimmy Jones Jr.: CEO, Axom Development
  22. Rodjerick Larry: Engineering Manager, Alloy Piping Products
  23. Dr. Shawn McNeil: Physician, LSU Health Shreveport
  24. Paige Melton: Associate Director of Communications, United Way of NWLA
  25. Lucas Morgan: Director of Athletics, LSUS
  26. Matt Oates: Professional at Home Federal Bank
  27. Corrie Parker: Assistant Director of Habilitation, Holy Angels Residential Facility
  28. Dr. Sierra Pollock-Durov: Veterinarian, Medical Director at University Veterinary Hospital
  29. Thomas Pressly: Attorney and Public Servant
  30. Dr. Krista Queen: Director of Viral Genomics and Surveillance, LSU Health Shreveport
  31. Allison Richardson: TBRI® Program Case Manager, Volunteers for Youth Justice
  32. Jason Shidiskis: HR and Recruiting Coordinator, Praeses
  33. Matt Stephens: Owner, Willow Chute Financial
  34. LaToria Stewart: Principal, Broadmoor Stem Academy
  35. Nikura Tucker: Family Nurse Practitioner
  36. Brittany Willis: Chemist and Business Owner

These individuals were nominated for their achievements and contributions in their respective fields, making a significant impact in their community.

The “40 Under Forty” initiative offers more than just recognition; it fosters a network of emerging leaders poised to shape the future of Shreveport. Through their varied contributions in business, public service, and community engagement, these young professionals embody the spirit of innovation and commitment essential for community growth and development. Their recognition serves as an inspiration to others and a testament to the vibrant potential within Shreveport’s younger generations.

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