City councilman joins AEDC

Staff reports
John Cagnolatti

The Ascension Economic Development Corporation recently welcomed Gonzales Councilman John Cagnolatti as ex-officio board member to the Board of Directors.

Cagnolatti will represent the City of Gonzales on the board. 

With Gonzales Mayor Barney Arceneaux’s recommendation of Cagnolatti and city council approval, the Ascension Parish Government amended AEDC’s bylaws to allow for an appointment from the city to the board.

“John will do an excellent job on the board representing the city’s needs,” Arceneaux said. “We are very excited to be more closely involved with AEDC and to assist them in moving Ascension forward.”

Cagnolatti was elected to the City Council for Division “E” in 2008 and took office in January.

He was born in DeRidder and moved to Gonzales in 1958 when his father, Lloyd, became employed at Ormet Corporation in Burnside.

He graduated from Gonzales High School and received a scholarship to attend Southeastern Louisiana University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in marketing. 

Immediately following his graduation from college, he volunteered for the U. S. Air Force and entered Officer Training School. 

He was a distinguished graduate from OTS, receiving his commission as a Second Lieutenant and served as an Administrative Executive Officer; he was a Vietnam Era Veteran. 

Following his military service, he held management positions in the marine transportation industry for 20 years, then in the construction industry for ten years. 

His business career has included sales, marketing and business development, and he is now employed by CDI Engineering Solutions as Manager of Business Development for the Process and Industrial Division’s U.S. Gulf Coast Operations.

Cagnolatti is married to Pam Bates Cagnolatti. They have two children, Stacey A. Cagnolatti Bumpus and Darrin J. Cagnolatti. 

Stacey is married to Joe Bumpus and they have a daughter, Anna Catherine. Darrin is married to the former Emilie Yaskow and they have a daughter, Cadence Adele and a son, Chase Andrew. They all reside in Gonzales.