Experts. Cardinal Capital Partners
Chris Reid has been in banking in the Baton Rouge area since 1995 after earning his BS in finance from LSU. After several years in banking, Chris was recruited to work with national brands such as Neutrogena where he was selected as part of the cosmetic category launch team, working with national big box mass merchants and retail drug store accounts. Due to his success in launching new categories, Chris was chosen as a member of the product development team for Best Access Systems (eventually becoming Wi-Q lock). Shortly after 9/11 Chris’s entrepreneurial spirit and drive lead him to another start-up in the growing security industry where he spent 12 years building the Jackson, Mississippi based firm. Chris is the past Vice Chairman and Chairman of SeNSE, Baton Rouge’s version of Shark Tank. He is also a past MC for the Baton Rouge Chamber’s Leads for Lunch and member of the Baton Rouge Small Business Council. Chris is married 27 years to his Parkview Baptist high school sweetheart They are the proud parents of two children also attending Parkview Baptist.
Gary Anderson grew up and was educated in Baton Rouge, LA where he graduated from LSU with a BS in Finance. Upon graduation, he became a corporate officer and department head of a regional life insurance company. As an entrepreneur, Gary started his first business, a landscape contracting firm, in 1977, where he learned why Nature is called a Mother. He held sales and management positions with Jefferson Standard Life and Mutual of New York (MONY) and achieved the CLU designation. In his positions with several bank and non-bank lenders and his own loan brokerage firm, Gary has assisted with Millions of Dollars in SBA guaranteed financing, as well as USDA backed loans and Tax Free Bond financing. As an educator, he spent several years with the Kauffman Foundation’s Urban Entrepreneurship Partnership, training and advising entrepreneurs in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
In his volunteer work supporting entrepreneurship, he has been a multi-year Chairman of the Small Business Council of the local Chamber of Commerce, on the State Advisory Board of the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) and Chair of the exploratory committee on the concept of Economic Gardening for the State of Louisiana Department of Economic Development. He is presently the Immediate Past President and Board Member of the Downtown Business Association of Baton Rouge.
He is involved with his church in both liturgical and financial ministries. Gary and his wife, Grace, have two daughters and one beautiful grandson, whom they visit when they can at his home in Hawaii. He is also a gardener and a beekeeper.
Rob Powell graduated from Baton Rouge High School and went on to obtain his B.S., M.S, and MBA specializing in marketing, from LSU. Shortly thereafter, he held a marketing position in the hospitality division of The Walt Disney Company, Inc. Rob was soon recruited by a Minneapolis, Minnesota based start-up casino entertainment company, Grand Casinos, Inc. in a senior marketing leadership role where he was a part of the Initial Public Offering (IPO) team moving the company from venture capital to publicly traded company (NYSE: GND). According to Forbes, at the time, Grand Casinos, Inc. was the “Fastest Growing Company in North America”. After the sale of Grand, Rob went on to another Minnesota based start-up company, Rainforest Cafe, Inc. where he lead the building of the brand and operations of 32 restaurants, nation-wide and his second IPO process (NYSE: RAIN). During his tenure at Rainforest Cafe, Inc. Rob was recognized by the Academy of Marketing Sciences as Marketer of the Year for his expertise in the field of marketing and contributions to the marketing field. After the sale of Rainforest Cafe, Inc. to Landry’s Restaurants, Rob spent a short time with the parent company for The Second City comedy troupe out of Toronto, Ontario Canada before launching his own management and marketing consulting firm. Earning casino, hospitality, entertainment and government clients, Rob wound up in Macau China, Panama Central America and most recently the Philippines as a Director for Cagayan Economic Zone Authority where, with the government, he helped develop ‘economic development zones’ creating jobs and building international commerce throughout the Pacific rim. Rob moved back to Louisiana in 2012 to be with his ailing parents. While in Baton Rouge, he realized the economic opportunities and growth potential of the region and has begun to help companies grow through partnership and consulting arrangements.
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