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John Bel Edwards
56th Governor of Louisiana, in office since 2016.
Governor Edwards graduated in 1988 from the United States Military Academy at West Point. The governor served eight years as an Airborne Ranger on active duty with the United States Army and commanded a rifle company in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He went on to graduate Order of the Coif from Louisiana State University Law Center and set up a civil law practice in his home town of Amite.
In 2008, he was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives from District 72, where he served for eight years until the voters of Louisiana elected him governor in November 2015.
Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana
William Harold "Billy" Nungesser, the 54th and current Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana, since January 11, 2016. In that role he is second in command in the executive branch, and the state’s ambassador as Commissioner of the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.
Louisiana Department of Revenue - Undersecretary & Chairman of the Louisiana Tax Free Shopping Commission
Laura Lapeze joined the Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR) in February, 2022 as Undersecretary with oversight of the Office of Management and Finance. Prior to joining LDR, Laura served as the Chief Financial Officer at the Louisiana State Treasurer’s Office for 11 years. She has also served as the Budget Administrator for the Louisiana Department of Education and as a Budget Officer for the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. Laura holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Louisiana State University. Laura has been a Commissioner on the Louisiana Tax Free Shopping (LTFS) Commission since 2011. Laura was elected Chairman of the Commission in June, 2022. “I am incredibly honored to be selected as Chairman of the LTFS Commission. I will continue to promote LTFS’ mission to increase Louisiana’s share of international visitors to the United States, to increase spending by international visitors in Louisiana, and to encourage the international visitor to tour and see more of Louisiana. I am excited and humbled to make a difference in communities across Louisiana.”
John Schroder was elected Louisiana State Treasurer on November 18, 2017. As Treasurer, he oversees the state’s $6 billion investment portfolios. He also chairs the Louisiana State Bond Commission and returns millions of dollars in unclaimed property to Louisiana citizens.
Thomas P. Spiers
Commissioner, New Orleans World Trade Center
Tom Spiers has been professionally involved with healthcare administration for the past 18 years; currently, he serves as the Chief Operating Officer for a large private group practice in Jefferson Parish and has previously served as an Assistant Dean among other senior positions within a large university healthcare system.
Tom also owns a wine brokerage company, Las Pampas Wines, which he founded in 2001; importing wine from South America and Europe.
He currently maintains part ownership in a hotel acquired in 2008, along with other real estate holdings located in Jefferson Parish as well as out of state.
He has also owned and operated a restaurant franchise in the New Orleans metropolitan area and has helped start a fully operational distillery in New Orleans.
He has served as an Adjunct Instructor at LSUHSC, and volunteers instructional time at the Tulane A.B. Freeman School of Business.
He has been involved in supporting the entrepreneurship movement in the New Orleans area as an angel investor in the Biomedical and Food and Beverage sectors and has provided professional expertise to the Idea Village serving as a judge on seed money panels.
Tom holds an MBA from Tulane’s A.B. Freeman School of Business and a BBA in Finance from Loyola University. He currently serves on several boards and at present is serving a 2-year term as the Chairman of the World Trade Center of New Orleans.
Tom is married to his wife, Lacey Montgomery Spiers, who is also a native of New Orleans. The couple has two daughters and the family resides in Metairie, LA.
Louisiana Office of Tourism - Assistant Secretary
“I am honored to be selected by Lt. Governor Nungesser to serve the state in this role,” said Bourgeois. “Through my years with the state tourism office I’ve had the opportunity to travel to every part of Louisiana and I’ve experienced firsthand all the great people, places and stories that make Louisiana so special. I look forward to leading our state’s efforts in the marketing and promotion of these assets to the rest of the country and world.”
Earl J. Millet Jr.
Louisiana Department of Revenue (Retired Deputy Secretary)
Earl J. Millet Jr. is a graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Public Manager (CPM) and hold a designation as a Charter Global Management Accountant (CGMA). Mr. Millet served as a Tax Free Shopping Board Commissioner from 2008 to 2012.