New Orleans, Baton Rouge area People in Business for March 14, 2021

New Orleans area

Liberty Bank and Trust Co. has named Jaimmé A. Collins as general counsel and leader of its strategic initiatives division.

She is a former partner at the law firm of Adams and Reese LLP, specializing in corporate litigation and education law. She has served as law clerk to Judge Madeline Landrieu and special assistant to U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu. Collins has also served as a White House associate director of political affairs following an internship there in the early 2000s. 

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport announced the election of Kevin Dolliole, its director of aviation, and Kristina Bennett-Holmes, deputy director of aviation — commercial development, to leadership roles with the Airports Council International-North America trade association, representing commercial service airports in the United States and Canada.

Dolliole was elected to chair the organization’s board finance committee and becomes a nonvoting member of the  executive committee. Bennett-Holmes will serve as vice chair of the U.S. international air service program.

McGlinchey Stafford has appointed Eliska Plunkett as the law firm’s first chief diversity officer, partnering with former managing member Rudy Aguilar to co-chair the firm’s diversity, equity and inclusion committee.

Plunkett serves as McGlinchey’s human resources director, a role she has held for nine years prior to accepting this additional role. She completed training to earn the Diversity and Inclusion for HR Certificate from Cornell University in May 2020, a step toward becoming a Certified Diversity Professional. She was a practicing attorney who served as a partner in McGlinchey’s labor and employment practice group. She received her juris doctorate from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law and bachelor’s degree in personnel and industrial relations from the University of Cincinnati.

Roth Law Firm LLC has named Daniel J. Walter and Matthew A. Treuting as partners.

Walter represents clients in the areas of partnership and corporate tax, federal and state tax credits and incentives, executive compensation, corporate transactions and general corporate law. He received his juris doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law and LL.M. in taxation from New York University School of Law.

Treuting practices in the areas of estate planning, taxation and business law. He received his juris doctorate from LSU’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center.

Public relations executive Greg Beuerman, partner and co-owner at Beuerman Miller Fitzgerald Inc., has been named secretary of the board of directors for Liberty’s Kitchen.

The New Orleans-based nonprofit helps young people excel in the region’s hospitality industry.

Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann announced that firm member Heather Lonian will take on a new role as the firm’s chief diversity officer to provide leadership to the firm’s diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.

Lonian has been instrumental in leading Stone Pigman’s efforts by communicating the firm’s commitment to fostering diversity and inclusion in the workplace and in the legal community. Her legal practice areas are business litigation, class actions and mass litigation, and insurance. She is a graduate of Harvard Law school.

Civil engineering and consulting firm Bonton Associates has named Marcus Bonton as a managing partner, who will develop and lead the firm’s transportation service line, and Court Bradford as a senior project manager.

Bonton was associate vice president of transportation-southern region for Buchart Horn Inc. He has more than 11 years of experience planning, designing and managing transportation projects for the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development and local governments, planning organizations and parishes throughout south Louisiana. He received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Southern University in Baton Rouge.

Bradford was a project manager at ExxonMobil. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and MBA from LSU.

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