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Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner

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2016 Southeast Louisiana Council ~ Boy Scouts of America
Distinguished Citizen Award – Honoring Jose' Suquet
Date – Wednesday, November 16th - 6:30 p.m. Reception Begins – 7:30 p.m. Dinner and Program
Location – WWII Museum Freedom Pavilion
Honoree and Purpose - The Boy Scouts of America is proud to recognize the noteworthy and extraordinary leadership of distinguished citizens in our community. Their lives serve to inspire our youth to lead, accept responsibility and care about principles and causes beyond self interest. Honoring distinguished citizenship delivers a message that character counts and puts into place guideposts to lead young men and women into adulthood.

José S. Suquet is chairman of the board, president and CEO of Pan-American Life Insurance Group, a leading provider of insurance and financial services throughout the Americas. The Group’s flagship member is New Orleans-based Pan-American Life Insurance Company, which has been delivering trusted financial security since 1911.

Since his arrival, Mr. Suquet’s leadership, commitment and foundation of change have paved the way for growth and success. Shortly after joining the company in November 2004 as President and CEO, he led Pan-American Life through the devastation and survival of Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, with an emergency recovery plan that would later become an industry case study in disaster recovery.  Mr. Suquet began to strengthen the senior management team, adding international industry experience, while restructuring the Group’s operations and heightening the focus on core areas of business growth opportunity in life and health insurance.

In 2015, Mr. Suquet was elected to The American Council of Life Insurers' (ACLI) Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta where he serves as Chairman of Retail Payments Office Oversight Committee. Previously, he was on the Board of Directors for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, New Orleans Branch. He is past chairman on the board of trustees of the United Way of the Greater New Orleans Area and was the chairman of the United Way campaign for 2008. Mr. Suquet is a board member of the Ochsner Health System and serves on their Compensation Committee and Audit and Oversight Committee. Mr. Suquet was born in Cuba and graduated from Fordham University (New York) with a Bachelor of Science and holds an M.B.A. from the University of Miami.                                                   
Previous Recipients:
1982 John G. Phillips, LL&E
1983 Martin C. Miller, Hibernia National Bank
1984 James R. Moffett, Freeport-McMoRan
1985 H.D. ‘Von’ Graham, Jr., Arthur Andersen
1986 Tom Benson, New Orleans Saints
1987 E.L. “Chick” Williamson, LL&E
1988 R. Thomas Fetters, Jr., CNG
1989 Frank B. Stewart, Jr., Stewart Enterprises
1990 L. Ronald Forman, Audubon Institute
1995 John P. Laborde, Tidewater
1996 H. Leighton Steward, LL&E
1997 Governor M.J. “Mike” Foster, Jr., State of Louisiana
1998 Herschel L. Abbott, Jr., BellSouth
1999 John J. Cordaro, Entergy Corporation
2000 Donald “Boysie” Bollinger, Bollinger Shipyards, Inc.
2001 Waldemar S. Nelson, Waldemar S. Nelson and Company, Inc.
2002 James E. Fitzmorris, Jr., Fitzmorris & Associates
2003 Senator John Breaux, United States Senator
2004 Corinne “Lindy” Claiborne Boggs
2006 Lt. General Russel L. Honore’, United States Army
2007 Sheriff Harry Lee, Jefferson Parish Sheriff*
2008 Governor Bobby Jindal, State of Louisiana
2009 William A. Oliver, AT&T
2010 Jim Letten, U.S. Attorney
2011 Mrs. Phyllis Taylor
2012 Ashton Ryan – First NBC Bank
2013 John Georges – Georges Enterprises
2014 Robert W. Merrick – Latter and Blum
2015 William Hines
*Posthumous award
Event Chair: Joe Exnicios
Joe Exnicios, is President of Whitney Bank and oug Downing, Joe Exnicios, Jimmy Fitzmorris, Jim Letten, Cynthia Molyneux, Ken Pickering, Chad Saltzman, Frank Stewart, Jackie Sullivan

Organization Facts - The Southeast Louisiana Council, Boy Scouts of America will provide youth development and leadership programs to approximately 9,000 young people in 11 parishes through Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Venturing, Exploring and Learning for Life programs during 2016.
Funds raised from this event will provide:
  • Direct service to Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops, Venture Crews, Explorer Posts and Learning for Life Groups – Unit Organization, Youth Recruitment, Volunteer Training, Service to Volunteers, Staff Assistance
  • Program Services – Camping, Activities, Training, Insurance
  • Support Services – Office Support, Equipment, Salmen Scout Reservation
  • Funds to help youth in need experience the wonderful opportunity Scouting provides

Sponsorship Levels for Distinguished Citizen Award - named for Ranks earned by Boy Scouts

  • $25,000: (Eagle Scout Level) 20 seats at Dinner or two tables, company logo on slide show during program, signage at door, listing in program and table, 5 minutes at podium if requested
  • $15,000:  (Reception Sponsor) 15 seats at dinner, signage during the reception and recognition at the podicum during the program.
  • $10,000: (Life Scout Level) – 10 seats at dinner or 1 table, company logo on slide show during program, signage at door, listing in program and at table
  • $5,000: (Star Scout Level) – 10 seats at dinner, signage at the door, listing in the program and at table
  • $2,500: (First Class Scout Level) – 6 seats at dinner, and a listing in the program and table
  • $1,000: (Tenderfoot Scout Level) – 2 seats at dinner and a listing in the program

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