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Livingston Future 5 Named at Livingston Young Professionals Annual meeting

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August 02, 2018
The Livingston Future 5 were announced on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, at the Livingston Young Professionals Annual Meeting. Winners of the inaugural Livingston Future 5 are
Rachel Brown, McHugh David, Amanda Moss, Jody Purvis and Jamie Seal. Congressman Garret Graves, young entrepreneur Jeremy Aydell and words from Jamie Seal, past council chair and Kevin Foster, current council chair were also on the agenda. 
“We initiated this program to showcase young professionals in Livingston Parish and their efforts in the parish. There are so many good things happening here, and the Chamber is taking the reins and making sure we acknowledge our future leaders. The Chamber began the Livingston Young Professionals program in 2015, and this is the next step in bringing awareness and engaging those in the 21-40 age group who are living, working and giving in Livingston Parish,” stated April Wehrs, Chamber CEO.
Jeremy Aydell, Sport Clips Haircuts franchisee, addressed the crowd of 80 plus, explaining how he went from a CPA to becoming a business leader in the Louisiana-Mississippi market. His first location opened in Denham Springs in 2010, and he now has 14 Sport Clips locations. Aydell’s excellence in business and leadership earned him several awards including being named one of Business Reports 40 under 40, recognition as one of the One Hundred Fastest Growing Tiger Businesses by LSU and selection by Sport Clips as Team Leader of the year.
Winners of the Livingston Future 5 were announced and include:
  • J. McHugh David Jr. of the Livingston Parish News. McHugh is an active member of Rotary, including past club president, where an interact club took root. He participated in the Chamber’s Leadership Livingston project involving a shelter for battered women and assisted the Leadership project of a park in Albany. McHugh’s association memberships include the Livingston Parish Chamber, Antique Association, Livingston Young Professionals, Press Association and Newspaper Association to name a few. He led his family’s business through turbulent times and it not only thrived but improved. He has bold plans to continue professional development and leadership.
  • Rachel Brown from Labarre Associates. In the past year, she has become a licensed architect and has been trusted to manage her firm’s largest multimillion-dollar project. She volunteers with her daughter’s girl scout troop, promoting girls in STEM and STEAM collaborations plus she is involved in military, environmental and local animal issues. Her plans are to obtain an industry accreditation and she also plans to continue to step out from behind the scenes, where she is most comfortable, to stretch her comfort zone. 
  • Amanda Moss of Hannis T. Bourgeois, LLP. Her volunteer efforts include being treasurer of a local 501 C3 non-profit in Livingston Parish. She is a member of Livingston Young Professionals, Louisiana Ice Sports Association, CPA Society and other associations. She became a Certified Public Accountant and was promoted within her firm. She finds solutions to and can streamline processes. The most defining part of Moss’ application was the nomination by a peer who explained the challenges she faced while continuing to excel in her work. 
  • Jody Purvis from Livingston Parish Public Schools. Jody is active in his church and volunteers as a coach. He serves on the Fourth ward water board and District 6th gravity drainage board. He is the regional Jump Start team leader. In his career, he was the youngest individual to be appointed principal in Livingston Parish. He then led Springfield High school to be a nationally recognized school with a bronze ranking while principal there. He nearly doubled the success in advanced placement testing through his current role at the administrative office. He was an advocate for summer Jump Start programming where 94% of students earned an industry certification. Purvis’ plans are for innovating in the classroom to prepare tomorrow’s workforce.
  • Jamie Seal from Quality Engineering and Surveying.  Jamie has been instrumental in his firm’s growth which was listed as one of LSU Alumni’s fastest-growing firms, 500’s Americas fastest growing firm and Baton Rouge’s best places to work. Seal has been with the firm since there were only two employees to the nearly 50 employees now. He is actively engaged in numerous associations for his industry. He is a member of Kiwanis. Jamie was key and instrumental in the founding meetings of this Livingston Young Professional program and invested himself and his firm’s resources in ensuring the program was successful. As a father of two children adopted through foster care, he champions that cause, serves on the CASA board and seeks ways to bring attention to our parish’s youngest and most vulnerable citizens. 
About Livingston Young Professionals:  Livingston Young Professionals (LYP) is a program of the Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce.  LYP was formed in 2015 for young professionals living, working or volunteering in Livingston Parish. LYP offers opportunities for professionals ages 21-40. 
About the Chamber: The Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce is the largest and longest standing business organization in Livingston Parish. We represent the business community and coordinate community initiatives and programs which make Livingston Parish better. The chamber is 501C6 nonprofit association serving Livingston Parish and each of its municipalities and communities. For more information contact April Wehrs, President & CEO at or (225) 665-8155.
April Wehrs, CEO & President
(225) 665-8155