GEORDY WATERS, WATERS & PETTIT COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE
Born and raised in Baton Rouge, Geordy attended college at Southern Methodist University where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance in 1992.
In 1994, Geordy launched his real estate career through Waters Investments, owning, managing and building personal investment properties. Geordy’s successful management of his own properties quickly attracted a client base that recognized the value he provided in real estate sales and leasing, as well as property management services.
In 2008, Geordy and his long-time college friend, Robert Pettit joined forces to form Waters & Pettit Commercial Real Estate. He has served on several local boards of directors and is a member of multiple professional organizations. Geordy and his wife, Kate, have two daughters.
JUSTIN LEMOINE, ELS LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE STUDIO
Justin is a 2006 graduate of the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture. Justin previously worked at Dana Brown Associates as studio director and principal. There, he worked on public and private projects of varying sizes ranging from residential and commercial to community planning and engagement and large municipal parks and public spaces. While at DBA, Justin also became involved with Louisiana ASLA and the MidCity Redevelopment Alliance. Justin was an active volunteer and community design lead on the 2013 Better Block demonstration
that ultimately led to the road diet currently under construction on Government Street. In 2013, Justin formed ELS Landscape Architecture Studio. Today, ELS focuses on residential, commercial, and public project design throughout the state of Louisiana. In 2016, Justin along with 3 others founded the Mid City Makers Market, a monthly event that showcases the works of talented artists from Baton Rouge and Beyond.
TASHA MICHELLE, HAIR ART & CO.
Tasha's little gem is located in front of the Capital Heights neighborhood in Baton Rouge. The Owner of Hair Art & Company, Tasha Michelle, grand-daughter to Mr. Wayne Daigle, local Master Barber for over 55+ years and owner of Wayne's Hairstyling & Barber Shop, Tasha calls herself a Professional Hair Artist. She is duel licensed in Cosmetology (mastering woman's hair), and Barbering (mastering men's grooming). Tasha has also traveled extensively while working in salons on a variety of cruise ships.
In addition to studying hair from around the world, Tasha heads the White Light Night planning committee as a Mid City Merchants Board Member.
Garrett J. Kemp, circa 1857
Garrett owns The Market at Circa 1857 (known most commonly as Circa 1857), which he purchased at 21 years-old in June of 2016. Circa 1857 has been a landmark business on the Government St. strip, originally opening in 2001. Garrett has revitalized the business by increasing its web and social media presence, as well as updating its inventory to keep up with popular trends, all while maintaining its charm. Circa 1857 is known for hosting large events such as Champarty and White Light Night, which bring thousands of people to the business. He also hosts a Maker’s Fair for University Laboratory School students, where he graduated from in 2013.
After graduating, Garrett pursued a degrees in both Graphic Design and Political Science. He has served on several committees, including the Mid City Art Hop planning group, as well as the first ever fundraising gala for the LSU Museum of Art in 2017. Garrett is committed to progressing Baton Rouge’s vibrant and rapidly growing art scene, and is eager to be an active figure in the growth of Mid City.
samuel sanders, mid city redevelopment alliance
Sanders has the honor of leading a premier non-profit organization founded in 1991, Mid City Redevelopment Alliance. Their mission is the developing and revitalizing of Mid City Baton Rouge through attracting new residents and retaining current residents and businesses. Mid City Redevelopment Alliance is a chartered member of the national network of
NeighborWorks America, an accomplishment Sanders considers one of his most significant achievements. Sanders is a 2009 graduate of Leadership Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge Business Report’s Top Forty Under 40 Class of 2009, and a 2014 John W. Barton Sr. Excellence in Non-Profit Management honoree by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation. Sanders, and his wife, Sheren, Ph.D., have two children, Khristopher, 25, and Sierra, 20. Baton Rouge has been home since 1997.
charlotte smith, pop shop records
Charlotte Smith is owner of Pop Shop Records and WordSmith Communication PR firm, both located in Mid City. She is also a journalist for the Associated Press and numerous national and international publications. Charlotte has served on many boards across Baton Rouge, Ascension Parish and London, England, and is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the Louisiana Press Association, The Public Relations Society of America, The International Society of Journalists, The International Society of Public Relations, and the International Human Rights Association. Originally from England, Charlotte moved to Baton Rouge as a child in the 1980s. She received her undergraduate degree from LSU, where she triple majored in English, History and Political Science. She returned to London upon graduation, and continued her further education studies while working in public relations for the Mayor of London’s Office and The Prince’s Trust. Charlotte returned to Louisiana in 2008, and began combining her passions for music and writing, focusing her talents on entertainment writing, and forming her own on-line newspaper which led to her being recognized as Ascension Parish Small Business Person of the Year. She enjoys the culture, music, food and traditions of the region, and considers Baton Rouge home. Her aim is to continue what so many have done before her, and to assist what so many are doing now, which is to ensure the growth and prosperity of Mid City by highlighting its unique and impressive culture. She prides Pop Shop Records on being a community space where everyone and anyone can express their creative spirit.
JEREMY BEYT, tHREESIXTYEIGHT
Jeremy, a Louisiana native, is the co-founder and Chief Strategist at ThreeSixtyEight, a strategic marketing agency that serves brands locally and globally. Jeremy participates as a voice for the Adobe User Experience leadership collective, and has worked with brands including Pepsi, Unilever, Raisin' Canes, and Wellpet. Since he spends his days behind a computer screen, Jeremy spends weekends trying (and often failing) to distance himself from his Macbook Pro to spend time outdoors with his wife and daughter.
ciara hazey, french truck
Ciara has lived and worked in Mid City for the past seven years. She is currently the General Manager of French Truck Coffee. Ciara loves the area, and hopes to help create opportunities for more art and community activities throughout Mid City. She wishes to help foster awareness and build outlets for all the creative talent coming out of the Mid City area, and hopes to assist in promoting Mid City into as the eclectic and unique cultural hub that it is.
William wells, LA culinary productions
Once heading and managing the most premier restaurants and private clubs the area has to offer, the owners of Culinary Productions branched out in 2001 to provide unsurpassed attention to detail, superior service and high end edible artwork, unlike anything the area has seen. Specializing in contemporary Creole cuisine and the incorporation of indigenous organic product, as well as being at the forefront of the culinary industry,
Chef William T. Wells, C.E.C, nationally known award winner, along with partner Jennifer Bennett Wells, catering director, have developed the most personalized catering company in the Southeast region. Expanding upon each clients vision, and adding over 40 combined years of their own expertise, Culinary Productions makes the impossible possible.
Gerri Hobdy, brcc
-BATON ROUGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE, INSTITUTIONAL ADVANCEMENT