Stephen Waguespack is the President and CEO of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI). As the state's chamber of commerce and manufacturer's association, LABI is the largest business advocacy group, representing more than 2,200 business members and 324,000 employees. With over two decades of experience in federal and state politics, Stephen has earned a reputation as an active voice for reform policy in Louisiana. Before joining LABI, Stephen served as a member of the State Board of Education and as a senior advisor to former Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. Prior to that, he spent 10 years working on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Stephen is a Louisiana native and holds a bachelor's degree from Louisiana State University as well as a law degree from The Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
The Iberia Industrial Development Foundation (IDF) was established in 1984 as a Quasi-Public Foundation and serves as the primary facilitator of Economic Development Activities for the Parish of Iberia, Louisiana and the communities of New Iberia, Jeanerette, Loreauville and Delcambre, Louisiana as well as the Port of Iberia, Acadiana Regional Airport and LeMaire Memorial Airport Industrial Park Complexes. The IDF is also a member-driven organization made up of both public entities and private business members. It is governed by a 20 member Board of Directors which is made up of representatives from all local governing bodies, and local business leaders. In addition to recruitment of new business and economic development for the Iberia community, the IDF also offers business advisory services to existing local businesses in an effort to help them grow and prosper and provides a central location for dissemination of information of available resources that create business opportunities.