January Ambassador Spotlight

Meet Maryanna Broussard Haynes

Occupation: Attorney

Organization: Legacy Title, LLC

Hometown: Slidell, LA

When and why did you get involved with BRAC?

I got involved with BRAC in early 2019. My personal friend Jayson Newell is the Regional Director of Business Development at BRAC and he had shared information on some of BRAC’s initiatives with me. Once I found out more about BRAC from Jayson, I couldn’t help but notice BRAC at the forefront of what I consider to be some of the most important issues facing this area. I was easily drawn in. 

Tell us more about how you are involved in Baton Rouge?

I am a real estate attorney at Legacy Title, LLC and I am involved with various organizations pertaining to my profession, such as the Baton Rouge Bar Association and LAILTA (Louisiana Association of Independent Land Title Agents). I have continued to maintain my connection with the Phi Mu Alumnae of Baton Rouge, and I am an active member at First United Methodist Church. 

Why do you stay involved with BRAC?

I am an individual investor and I have found tremendous value in joining the Ambassadors to make the organization not feel so big. As an Ambassador, I get the opportunity to connect with businesses I would not typically deal with on a regular basis and my absolute favorite thing is the grand openings. I love to be in the “know” with the new things happening in the area. 

What would you tell someone considering becoming a BRAC investor?

I cannot answer this fully in one paragraph, but I would 100 percent encourage them to join if they care about the growth and unity of Baton Rouge and the surrounding area. Not only do the individuals who work for BRAC make it easy for anyone to find a place within the organization, they also provide a ton of resources and opportunities for business and individuals. A lot of the initiatives that BRAC is taking on are things that we ALL have cared about for a long time (i.e. traffic, workforce development, public education, quality of life, etc.). BRAC is the perfect conduit to make a difference, small or big, in being a part of the change we want to see. 

What do you see for the future of Baton Rouge? How will we get there?

I see transformation into a unique, modern city through a talented and diverse population.  I have already seen the ability of the people of Baton Rouge to capitalize on some of the special things Baton Rouge has to offer. I think the best way to keep moving forward is by keeping the public discourse productive and positive and by putting most of our focus on those things that unify us and not divide us. 

What’s one of the most exciting things you see happening in the Baton Rouge Area today?

I am energized by the recent roll out of Plank Road Master Plan. I think we have a tendency to operate in our own silos and forget about communities, industries, etc. outside of our own, but the folks who live around Plank Road are my neighbors and fellow members of the community. The better off this community is, the better off we all are. I can’t help but get excited at the thought of this area of town getting a new chance at revitalization and connectivity to the rest of 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.

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