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Ronnie L. Bryant, CEcD, FM

Ronnie Bryant

What I do now:
Executive coaching, Team building, Board of Director training and development, Organizational management

My work/job consists of:
Working with organizational leadership to develop focus and personal effectiveness.

Path to my current career position (how I got from the past to the present):
After "retiring" December 31, 2018, developing a consulting practice was a natural utilization of my over thirty years experience. My first book, Driving from the Backseat - Tips for surviving as a not-for-profit CEO was launched in April 2019!

How I got to LSUS (or why I chose LSUS):
Being a native of Shreveport, LSUS was the best option to advance my education.

Fond memories of LSUS:
I met many friends and professors with whom I am in contact even today.

LSUS faculty who helped me:
Dr. Donna Mitchell, management professor (now Dr. Donna M. Austin, Dean, Continuing Ed); Dr. Larry Clark, former Dean-College of Business; Dr. Douglas Bible, real estate professor; and Janey Slusher, assistant to the Dean.

How LSUS helped me succeed:
Provided me with a foundation of business management, which has helped me become a well-rounded business professional.

Advice to college-bound students:
Seek a broad range of educational experiences, versus narrowly focusing on a particular area.

Advice to someone who wants to enter my field:
Pursue educational opportunities now available in various universities around the country. Become involved in local chambers and economic development organizations.

Tips on choosing a major or career:
Let your experiences lead toward a career you will truly enjoy.

My toughest professional challenge:
Currently, I am transitioning from being CEO of a major economic development organization to Principal of a small consulting practice. A new challenge and realization everyday.

My toughest personal challenge:
Losing my father at the age of 19. It would have been nice to have been able to lean on his shoulders and ask for advice.

Successes (honors, awards, etc.) in my life:
Earning certification as a certified economic developer (CEcD) and a Fellow Member (FM) designation with the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). I was honored to serve as chairman of the IEDC in 2007. I also serve on the Economic Development Institute's (EDI) board of directors and faculty and lecture on issues related to economic development marketing, professional development and organizational management.

I've learned this from life:
"There is a destiny that makes us brothers. No one goes his way alone. All that we send into the lives of others comes back into our own."
Edwin Markham

What I'd be doing if I had all the time in the world:
Spend more time on leisure travel

Additional Comments: I have no regrets. Everything that has happened in my life was the result of being blessed, having patience and determination.  If I had it all to do over again, there is little I would change.

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