Ed Francis elected CCA Louisiana president

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Ed Francis, a longtime Gulf Coast conservationist, is the new state president of CCA Louisiana. Francis was elected president at CCA’s state convention in Baton Rouge on Feb. 18-19, 2011. He succeeds Gus Schram III of Lake Charles.

Francis, chief commercial banking officer of Hancock Holding Company, has served as chairman of CCA Louisiana’s Governmental Affairs committee since 2008. He is a lifetime member of CCA and serves on the CCA National Board of Directors. A native of New Orleans, Francis has been active in marine conservation since childhood.

“Ed Francis has a deep commitment to marine conservation and to CCA,” said CCA Louisiana Chairman Bob Bush of Lake Charles. “His strong leadership qualities have already played an important role in CCA’s growth and effectiveness, and we are confident that we will continue to expand and win victories for marine conservation under his leadership.”

Other 2011 CCA Louisiana officers are: Bob Bush of Lake Charles, state chairman; Bill Blanchet of Lafayette, treasurer; Kevin Bankston of Baton Rouge, secretary; John Walther of Thibodaux, conservation chairman; Snoop Roth of Gonzales, STAR chairman; Gus Schram of Lake Charles, leadership development chairman; and George Huye of Baton Rouge, major gifts chairman.