From Startup to Standout
Sharing the stories of baton rouge's Business leaders and creators
About Your Host
I grew up in New Orleans, came to Baton Rouge for LSU and started my family here.
I'm a proud father of 2 beautiful little girls and have come to love the city I call home, Baton Rouge.
There are so many wonderful things that are happening in Louisiana but that isn't always what makes the highlight real.
Unfortunately, there is more negative than positive and it was my goal to share all the amazing things happening in the city.
I started FoundersBR to highlight the amazing leaders and innovators creating opportunities for others and making an amazing impact to so many.
Hope you enjoy.
President - Snow Consulting
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Landon was born and raised in and around Baton Rouge, LA and met his wife at LSU. After living for a brief time in Seattle, WA and in Northern California, he and his wife have built their home with their four daughters in Baton Rouge. Landon is the President of Snow Consulting, which grew out of his great success as Vice President of Culture at Brown Industries. He became Vice President of Culture in 2013, overseeing the success of its rapid growth while maintaining a thriving culture. Since then, Landon and his wife Stacie established the Baton Rouge-based church, Cedar House, in 2014, where they are cultivating a culture based on community, relationship, and the presence of God.
Landon's passion is to create jobs that lead people into their full potential while fostering a culture of value and significance. He desires to have a positive impact on other people's lives and considers everyday a privilege to be a part of such a great team and work environment.
His main goal is to serve leaders by creating an environment of trust and empowerment as the organization postures itself for significant growth.
His specialties are: interpersonal communication, team building, leadership development, networking, public speaking, and being a great husband and dad.
Owner - Exit Realty
Blake Fowler is the Broker and Owner of EXIT Realty Group. A native of Baton Rouge and a graduate of LSU, Blake has over 15 years of experience in residential real estate across the greater Baton Rouge area.
Blake is passionate about inspiring excellence in others. He works with EXIT Realty Group's agents to develop and refine their skills; empowering them to create meaningful change in their personal and professional lives.
- Board of Directors: Greater Baton Rouge Association of Realtors
- Vistage Worldwide
- First Presbyterian Church
- Rotary Club of Baton Rouge
- Parkview Baptist School Alumni Association
-Chairman, Board of Directors 2019-2020: Big Buddy Program
President - Genesis 360
Craig Stevens is a Louisiana native born and raised in Opelousas. Upon graduating High School, Craig immediately left for the Air Force. In his 25 year career in the military, Craig served multiple roles including Fireman, Executive Officer, Flight Commander and ultimately retiring as Captain in the 93rd Bomb Squadron.
After his service in the military, Craig served as Director of Operations for Circle K Convenience Stores where he was responsible for the Operations of 105 convenience stores throughout Louisiana and Mississippi.
Craig is currently President of Genesis 360 Construction & Maintenance. He started the business in 2011 by doing parking lot striping which has now grown to a full blown one-stop shop for any type of construction and facility/property maintenance.
In addition, Craig is a very proud supporter of the local community as he serves on the board for Baton Rouge Food Bank (former), Boys & Girls Club, Dream Teachers (former), BREC, and Home Builders Association. He is also a recent graduate of Leadership Ascension, New Orleans Emerging Leaders, additionally a Rotarian. He is married to the lovely Felicia Stevens whose a 4th grade teacher at GW Carver in Ascension Parish and they have 2 year old twin babies.
Founder- Brew Agency
Marie has 20 years of branding, design and advertising experience that ranges from developing multi-media advertising campaigns to creating high-powered designs for national brands.
Her background extends 2,500 miles across the country from Baton Rouge, LA all the way to Portland, OR.
Over the course of her career, Marie has worked her way up the creative ladder from graphic designer to art director, creative director to brand strategist and now agency owner - and most importantly wife and mom. She has received dozens of awards for her creativity from the American Advertising Federation over her career.
Brew Agency was founded in 2010 to provide clients with strategic and creative communication materials that help to identify their brands and grow their businesses. Marie is on a mission to build an inspiring work environment for family-centric people that supports flexibility, encourages mobility and ignites creativity.
Jacob is an award-winning UI/UX designer, Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder of Block, an early-stage tech company for the lawn care industry.
Previously, he was a Principal and Director of Digital Strategy at MESH, a full-service creative agency, where he led a team of designers, writers, strategists and project managers to create beautiful, engaging customer experiences across the web.
He also founded a podcast network and production company called Parachute.fm with Abraham Felix. As the host of their flagship podcast, altBR, Jacob has had over 100 conversations with Baton Rouge’s most notable change makers, celebrating their work to make Baton Rouge a better place. In 2017, the Parachute.fm team brought together the city’s movers and shakers for The altBR Summit to hear from speakers such as Mayor Sharon Broome, Metromorphesis founder, Pastor Raymond Jetson and Walls Project CEO, Casey Phillips, as they inspired and cast vision for the city.
Following in their footsteps to move the city forward, Jacob has volunteered with a variety of local organizations including CASA, Futures Fund and Junior Achievement. He’s also served on the board or advisory council of Dream Teachers, Laurel Oaks Elementary and Mid City Makers Market, bringing his expertise in human-centered design to education and community events.
As a result of his efforts in the Baton Rouge community, he was named one of 225 Magazine’s 2018 People to Watch and a Great Futures Honoree by Boy's and Girl's Club of Baton Rouge.
Jacob has spoken on stages around the world from Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal to TEDx in order to teach future generations about the power and impact of design.
Though it’s often hard to distinguish his work from his play, on his “off-hours” he's authored a couple of books, backpacked across the world, written 300+ articles on simple, creative living and won awards for his family's quirky annual Christmas Cards.
Founder- Emergent Method
As founder and president of Emergent Method, Nick Speyrer is a proven, innovative professional who leads a team of more than 100 full-time, part-time, and project-based team members who work across Louisiana and beyond to provide unparalleled services to clients in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Under his leadership, Emergent Method has rapidly grown to become the leading management and strategy consulting firm in the region, with his work in particular focused around managing large-scale organizational transformations, strategic planning, and community outreach efforts for high-profile clients ranging from local and state government agencies to regional not-for-profit organizations and Fortune 1000 companies.
Nick began his professional career as a consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Atlanta, where he consulted on efforts ranging from strategic growth, mergers and acquisitions, and outsourcing and procurement efforts for Fortune 100 companies to the design and implementation of operating and business models.
Nick graduated summa cum laude from Louisiana State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance. In addition to his client involvement, Nick currently serves as a member of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation’s Board of Directors, the LSU E.J. Ourso College of Business Dean’s Advisory Council, the Committee of 100 for Economic Development, LABI’s Emerging Leaders Council, and the Ben Blanchard Memorial Foundation. Nick previously served as president of the Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge Board of Directors. Nick was recognized by the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report as a 2014 “Forty Under 40” recipient and, in 2015, he was honored by The Emerge Center as a Baton Rouge Area Volunteer Activist.
In 2016, Emergent Method was honored by the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report and Junior Achievement as Company of the Year, a recognizable benchmark of the firm’s growth and success under Nick’s leadership since its founding in 2012. Additionally, in both 2018 and 2019, Emergent Method was named one of the fastest-growing private companies in America by Inc. Magazine, one of the fastest growing consulting firms in the world by Consulting Magazine, and was ranked in the LSU 100, which celebrates the 100 fastest growing Tiger-owned or Tiger-led businesses in the world. Emergent Method has also been recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in Baton Rouge in 2017 and 2018, and in 2019 was named Company of the Year by the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI).
Rob Wise is a self-proclaimed entrepreneur since his early days of washing cars, cutting grass, recycling cans, and setting prices or selling items at garage sales. As a boy, Rob enjoyed doing hard work, leaving something better than he found it, and helping people. As an adult, he manages to find the same fulfillment in business by impacting and inspiring those around him at ITinspired where he is the CEO and co-owner.
In seven years, ITinspired has grown to a staff of twenty people and hit several milestones along the way. Notable achievements include ranking 2,584th on the Inc5000 list in 2018 as one of the nation’s fastest-growing companies, Inc.'s Best Places to Work in 2018 and 2019, the 2019 and 2020 Louisiana Growth Leader Award, and LSU's Top 100 Tiger Led Businesses of 2019.
Rob serves on non-profit boards for Junior League of Baton Rouge, Leadership Baton Rouge Alumni, Manfulness Living, and the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge. He's been honored as a member of the LSU L-Club, Baton Rouge Business Report's 2018 Forty Under 40, 2017 Leadership Baton Rouge class, 2019 Leadership Louisiana class, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses graduate & alumni ambassador, and the Young Entrepreneur Academy of BR mentor ambassador.
He enjoys working on his self-development and business leadership skills in programs such as the LED CEO and SEBD Roundtables, Economic Gardening, Leadership Baton Rouge, Leadership Louisiana, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, American Academy of Entrepreneurs Mentor program, and the Louisiana Growth Leader Network. Rob is also a volunteer for Junior Achievement of Greater Baton Rouge & Acadiana, Nepris Inc., and Red Cross.
He is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a bachelor's in ISDS and a minor in Electronic Media. Rob is a former LSU Cheerleader and Mike the Tiger mascot. He met his wife Michelle, a former LSU Tiger Girl, on a bus ride to a collegiate dance and cheer camp in San Marcos, TX. Rob and Michelle are happy parents of two beautiful children and are proud to call Baton Rouge home.
President - Success Labs
Devin is president and owner of Success Labs, a strategic organizational and leadership
development firm that designs and delivers training, coaching, tools and technology to
help companies grow leaders, build teams and drive results through great people
Devin was the 2013 GBRSHRM Professional of the Year; a Business Report 2016
Influential Women in Business recipient; a 2016 LSU “100” recipient; and a 2018
Goldman Sachs Fellow.
She speaks locally and nationally on the topics of talent management and career
development including the 2017 National SHRM Annual Conference Lamp & Exposition and
for Johnson & Johnson’s Finance Women's Leadership Initiative in 2018.
Founder - Meredith Eicher & Associates, LLC
As a Vistage Chair and CEO of Meredith Eicher and Associates, Meredith provides coaching and facilitation of CEO round tables on a monthly basis.
She provides an exclusive and trusted environment where issues, opportunities and concerns are addressed. Professional development in the areas of leadership, emotional intelligence, soft skills, effective communication, trust, productive conflict and listening skills are a sampling of the skills that are addressed.
She has gone on to make meaningful impacts among so many organizations across Louisiana but also is committed to serving the community as she has served in numerous leadership positions in several non-profits.