Leonard “Lenny” Lemoine, President and CEO for The Lemoine Company, will deliver the keynote address to graduates during South Louisiana Community College’s Spring 2017 graduation.
Graduation will be held Thursday, May 11, 2017 in the Cajundome Convention Center starting at 6 p.m. More than 400 students are candidates for graduation.
Lemoine has served as both an executive and principal with construction management and contracting companies over the last 35 years. He has varied hands-on experience in both the private and public sectors of commercial, industrial and healthcare construction.
The company is also dedicated to making education attainable in Acadiana. Company leaders most recently invested $30,000 to support student scholarships through an endowment at SLCC. The endowment will support SLCC’s College to Church effort, which brings educational opportunities to underserved populations through religious congregations. The $30,000 Lemoine investment will be matched with $20,000 from the Louisiana Board of Regents, for a $50,000 total endowment.
Lemoine graduated from Cottonport High School in 1973 and received a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Business from Louisiana State University in 1979. He began his career in Cottonport, Louisiana as Administrative and Financial Manager of Cottonport Lumber Company, Incorporated. The retail lumber yard assets were sold in late 1979 at which time Lemoine and his brother, Tim, founded The Cottonport Company, Incorporated.
In 1983, Lemoine assumed the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. The firm relocated from Cottonport to Lafayette, Louisiana in late 1983 and the name of the company was changed to The Lemoine Company, Incorporated.
He was responsible for developing operational control systems to manage consistent growth and geographic diversification. In January 2001, he assumed his current role as President and Chief Executive Officer of The Lemoine Company.
He places paramount focus on relationships and believes they are the foundation on which successful projects are built. Through this relationship-focus model, The Lemoine Company has garnered an 85% repeat customer base, a testament that projects built on solid relationships lay the framework for future success.
An advocate of improving employees’ lives and organizational performance, he is an avid promoter of company sponsored leadership training and strategic planning initiatives which generate individual empowerment and opportunities for growth.
The Lemoine Company has been a part of industry leading giant Engineering News Record’s “Top 400” Contractors list consecutively since 2011 and is recent recipient of ENR’s prestigious Excellence in Safety Award. Associated Builders & Contractors has awarded the organization 2 dozen Chapter Awards of Excellence; 6 National Awards of Excellence; and deemed Lemoine an Accredited Quality Contractor for continued commitments to Quality, Safety, Employee Benefits, Training, Community Relations and Diversity.
The company is also ranked one of the top healthcare contractors in the nation by Modern Healthcare Magazine. Locally, The Lemoine Company has been ranked as a Top 50 Business in The Independent Media Group’s publication of ABiz consecutively since 2010, and in 2013, named Lemoine was honored as ABiz’s “Entrepreneur of the Year”. The firm provides philanthropic outreach through it’s Built to Serve initiative, distributing over $100K annually, primarily supporting the company’s 3 key initiatives of those fighting and surviving cancer, disadvantaged youth and deployed members of U.S. Armed Forces, among others.
Lemoine is an active member of the Acadiana community. He has served the Associated Builders and Contractors organization in several facets, including regional and national Boards of Directors and Pelican Chapter President. He currently serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for Lafayette Central Park, University of Louisiana at Lafayette Foundation and One Acadiana.
He has been married to his wife, Christine, for over 30 years. They reside in Lafayette and have two children, Ryan and Caroline.