March Young Professional Spotlight
Meet Stephen Potter
Occupation: Rope Access Dept. Manager
Organization: Premium Inspection & Testing Group – Capitol Division
Hometown: Zachary, LA
Tell us a little about your Baton Rouge Story. What brought you to Baton Rouge?
Work had taken me around the Gulf Coast for many years and finally landed me in Baton Rouge the summer of 2010. While in Baton Rouge I met my wonderful wife, a native to Baton Rouge, who helped me discover the hidden gems of the city.
Tell us more about how you’re involved in Baton Rouge.
My job has allowed me the opportunity to participate in multiple benefits for local charities and organizations (United Way, MDA, GBRIA and ABC). Our company has been working with local schools to create training programs and career paths outside the normal four-year programs.
What is your favorite thing about Baton Rouge?
The food. No matter what you’re in the mood for you can find it. New places open every day, so your choices are constantly growing.
What is your dream for Baton Rouge?
Massive improvements to the infrastructure. There are so many places I would like to go, but don’t want to fight the traffic or don’t have the time to fight the traffic. The city is booming with growth, but I believe people are colonized to certain areas because of the inability to get from A to B in a timely fashion.
How are young professionals like yourself shaping Baton Rouge?
We are bringing new modern ideas to our companies, which also translate into the city. As we are progressing and becoming more active in the city, the city is progressing and becoming more active to accommodate our new generation.
What would you say to someone considering a move to Baton Rouge?
Definitely visit all the areas of the city. Each area has a vibe.
What is your Baton Rouge favorite?
- Place to eat: Anthony’s Italian Deli
- Place to hang out: Tsunami’s roof top on a sunny day
- Place to capture the perfect Instagram pic: Any of the area’s golf courses
- Place to people watch: No place better than the mall
- Place to network: GBRIA events
- Way to give back: Habitat for Humanity has always held a special place in my heart. My dad ran a construction business for many years, so it was a natural fit for us. We helped build multiple homes during our involvement and seeing the families’ faces when they received the keys made all the hard work worthwhile.
- Event: Live After Five
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.