April Young Professional Spotlight
Meet Eric Dexter
Occupation: Director of Business Development
Organization: Civil Solutions Consulting Group
Hometown: Alexandria, LA
Tell us a little about your Baton Rouge Story. What brought you to Baton Rouge?
I moved to Baton Rouge in the summer of ’05 after I graduated from Northwestern State. I originally moved here to work as a licensed insurance agent. Although I had the opportunity to move anywhere I wanted, it ultimately came down to Lafayette, New Orleans, and Baton Rouge. I chose Baton Rouge because I had family here and it was in the middle of a region that was steadily developing.
Tell us more about how you’re involved in Baton Rouge.
Well, for my paying gig, I identify and pursue favorable business opportunities for our civil engineering consulting firm. We assist governmental agencies, developers, and architecture firms with the planning, design, and management of transportation infrastructure, residential and commercial development, and disaster recovery projects and programs.
As a volunteer, I currently serve as the chairman of the board for Apex Collegiate Academy Charter School. I also serve or have served on boards/committees/councils for the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, Baton Rouge Blues Foundation, Brotherhood Sisterhood Committee, Capital Area United Way, Complete Streets Citizens Advisory Committee, Dialogue on Race Louisiana, Downtown Development District, Forum 35, LABI, Louisiana Art & Science Museum, Manship Theatre, Sustainable Transportation Action Committee, and the Urban Congress on African American Males in Baton Rouge.
What is your favorite thing about Baton Rouge?
Good food, cool music, and genuine people.
What is your dream for Baton Rouge?
To be a place that values its rich history and past, but doesn’t continuously live in it. Now is the time to be planning for the next 10-20 years – not 10 years from now. I think we’re beginning to realize that more and more these days.
How are young professionals like yourself shaping Baton Rouge?
We aren’t waiting to be told when it’s our time to step up and take on leadership roles in our respective organizations. We’re recognizing that we’re highly connected and talented and that our ideas are worth being listened to and implemented.
What would you say to someone considering a move to Baton Rouge?
That if you’re looking to get involved in the community and make a difference, this is a place that welcomes your ideas AND the energy you bring to help execute those ideas.
What is your Baton Rouge favorite?
- Place to eat: It’s hard to choose just one, so I’ll say Bistro Byronz, Beausoleil, and Mestizo’s (in no particular order)
- Place to hang out: Downtown Baton Rouge
- Place to capture the perfect Instagram pic: Sunset on the Mississippi River levee
- Place to people watch: North Boulevard Town Square
- Place to network: Any of the plethora of BRAC events throughout the year
- Way to give back: My personal favorite is spending time in schools listening to students and providing them with any kind of advice they might find useful
- Event: Baton Rouge Blues Festival (April 14-15, 2018)
With significant job growth, a bustling arts scene, delectable cuisine, abundant outdoor activities and more, the Capital Region attracts talent of all ages, including young professionals. Whether straight out of college or looking to establish their own business, more and more young professionals are choosing to lay their roots in Baton Rouge.
Each month, BRAC highlights one of these young Baton Rouge Area movers and shakers in the Young Professional Spotlight.