August Ambassador Spotlight
Meet Trey Truitt
When and why did you get involved with BRAC?
In 2009, my family and I relocated to Louisiana from Nashville, TN. Shortly after our move to Baton Rouge, I attended several BRAC business networking events. These first contacts through BRAC events were instrumental in building a professional network and understanding the changing business climate and growth in the Capital Region.
Tell us more about how you are involved in Baton Rouge?
Volunteering with BRAC really opened my interests in “getting involved,” volunteering, and taking on “servant leadership” roles in many aspects of my life. While employed at LSU, I had the pleasure of serving on LSU Staff Senate and as the 2016-2017 Staff Senate President. For the past five years, I have enjoyed serving in various leadership roles for the St. Thomas More Catholic Church Parish Festival committee and volunteering through projects sponsored by STM Men’s Club. I recently joined the Kiwanis Club at LSU, and I am looking forward to engaging in the club’s mission of “…making lasting differences in the lives of children.”
Why do you stay involved with BRAC?
There are three main reasons why I stay involved with BRAC.
- BRAC’s willingness to partner with a broad range of industry, education, legislative, civic, and non-profit sector leaders in matters of economic development. BRAC recognizes that change cannot happen alone, and that our region needs unified efforts and voices to make lasting impacts.
- BRAC’s initiatives go beyond the business community, such as their efforts towards transforming “the Baton Rouge area’s quality of life.” Great livable cities do not happen naturally. It takes strategic vision – and leaders to execute the plan. BRAC recognizes that our citizens not only want a community with a strong economic job market, but that we need a community that is enjoyable and livable.
- I thoroughly enjoy the business networking events and monthly luncheons. That said, the opportunity to stay informed through BRAC on possible legislative or economic policy changes provides an investor benefit that is second to none.
What would you tell someone considering becoming a BRAC investor?
BRAC’s regional strategic plan, “Think Bigger,” is a bold plan that will benefit citizens and business – but the success of our region is predicated on businesses being invested in the growth and change. Business leaders need to come to the table and be a part of the process. Through BRAC, business leaders can get involved and impact our region. Small, medium, and large businesses will gain access to business to business networks, policy experts, and economic research that will help maintain or grow their companies. Investing in BRAC is a mutually beneficial relationship – one that goes beyond a BRAC Investor Sticker. Invest…get involved…make an impact.
What do you see for the future of Baton Rouge? How will we get there?
Baton Rouge’s future is very bright. The growth of expanding health care facilities (new healthcare corridor) and business diversification (IT, start-ups, and expanding process facilities) will attract and retain a stronger talent population. The growth of our healthcare industry will create new industries and job opportunities, which in turn will attract the next generation of Baton Rouge residents.
What’s one of the most exciting things you see happening in the Baton Rouge Area today?
It seems like yesterday that downtown was a ghost town. But now, downtown Baton Rouge is thriving and continues to grow with expanding hotels, new restaurants, residential properties, and revitalized commercial real estate. I really enjoy working downtown. It is only a matter of time that downtown will be the spot for “live, work, eat and play” in Baton Rouge.
BRAC’s Ambassador Program is designed to allow company representatives to actively build relationships with BRAC investors and business leaders while serving as advocates of BRAC’s work.
Each month, BRAC highlights one of these ambassadors in the Ambassador Spotlight. To learn more about the Ambassador Program visit the program page here.