Good to Know is a monthly roundup of news, culture and other information happening throughout Shreveport-Bossier City.

Denis Poljak Named to Century Club at Morgan Stanley

Morgan Stanley has just announced that Dr. Denis Poljak, CFP®, CIMA®, CPM®, senior vice president and wealth advisor in its Shreveport Wealth Management office, has been named to the firm’s prestigious Century Club, an elite group composed of the firm’s top financial advisors. The appointment recognizes Denis’s consistent creativity and excellence in providing a wide range of investment products and wealth management services to his clients.

Denis has been with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management since 2009 and holds a bachelor’s degree from Centenary College of Louisiana, Master’s degree from Louisiana Tech University and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Sarajevo. Denis currently lives in Shreveport with his wife Susannah and their two children.

Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, a global leader, provides access to a wide range of products and services to individuals, businesses and institutions, including brokerage and investment advisory services, financial and wealth planning, cash management and lending products and services, annuities and insurance, retirement and trust services.

Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) is a leading global financial services firm providing investment banking, securities, wealth management and investment management services. With offices in more than 42 countries, the Firm’s employees serve clients worldwide including corporations, governments, institutions and individuals. For more information about Morgan Stanley, please visit www.morganstanley.com.

Morgan Stanley Wealth Management Century Club members must meet a number of criteria including performance, conduct and compliance standards, revenue, length of experience and assets under supervision. Century Club membership is no guarantee of future performance.

Heard, McElroy & Vestal, LLC Joins Forces with Aliign, LLC

Heard, McElroy & Vestal, LLC, a top provider of business consulting, tax planning and preparation, audit and assurance, business valuation, and retirement plan services, is proud to announce that the firm has joined forces with Aliign, LLC to form a new subsidiary called Aliign Mineral Management, LLC, and oil and gas consulting firm that offers accounting and management expertise to royalty owners, working interest owners and operators. The merger, which took place in December, expands and enhances Heard, McElroy & Vestal’s ability to provide top level services to business and individuals with oil and gas holdings.

Aliign, LLC was originally formed in 2009. As the principal owner, Rex Tamplin, CPA, will continue to manage the day-to-day operations and financial aspects of Aliign Mineral Management, LLC. With his 20-plus years of accounting experience, Tamplin and his management team offer managerial, analytical consults and accounting services to royalty owners, working interest owners and operators of oil and gas properties. Tamplin states, “with this merger, we have expanded the depth of our bench, while allowing our team to continue servicing all in our area with oil and gas consulting needs.

CHRISTUS Bossier Emergency Hospital is Now Open

CHRISTUS Bossier Emergency Hospital is now open at 2531 Viking Drive in Bossier City. The new hospital includes an emergency department, six short-stay inpatient beds, and advanced imaging and diagnostic laboratory services. Outpatient imaging and lab services are also offered at this facility.

CHRISTUS Bossier Emergency Hospital is licensed by the state as a hospital and provides 24/7 access to emergency physicians, as well as short-stay inpatient beds for patients who require further monitoring, treatment, diagnostic testing, antibiotic therapy or post-operative care. The location also offers lab services and radiology testing to include X-ray, MRI, CT, ultrasound and 3D digital mammography.

Sports Commission Names Oswalt to Staff

The Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission recently named Ronald Oswalt to the position of strategic partnerships and sponsorships director. Ronald will be responsible for establishing and mentoring business partnerships and sponsorships that generate value to the hosted events and return on investment to the partners. The Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission is a division of the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau in partnership with the City of Shreveport, City of Bossier City, Caddo Parish Commission and Bossier Parish Police Jury. The overall mission of the organization is teaming up with the community to bring sporting events and festivals to Shreveport-Bossier City, Caddo and Bossier Parishes creating economic growth and quality of life.

Oswalt is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a Sports Administration/Sports Psychology Bachelor’s Degree. He has served as the director of marketing & strategic partnerships for the Heart of Texas College Bowl Game. He was also founder of Sports Marketing Experts and former chief operations officer for TexasHSFootball.com.

While serving as vice-president/general manager for the Austin Turfcats Professional Arena Football team, he was recognized by the Indoor Football Network as General Manager of the Year. He has also worked for the Katy Copperheads of the National Indoor Football League, Texas Copperheads of the Arena Football League 2, and the Beaumont Drillers of the American Professional Football League.

Oswalt has also worked as active media covering the New Orleans Saints, Houston Texans and the University of Southern Mississippi. He also has covered the Humanitarian Bowl, Liberty Bowl, Texas Bowl and Alamo Bowl for college football and has been featured on CNN, USA Today and Good Morning America just to name a few.

Kelly Wells, executive director for the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission said, “We are excited to bring Ronald on board. He brings many years of experience in sports event and media partnerships, promotions and media experience to the Commission.”

Oswalt has many years of experience in customer service/marketing and he believes that the best way to meet and exceed a customer’s needs and expectations is to take the time to familiarize himself with the customer. He feels that it is imperative that the customer feels confident and secure in the purchases they are making. He is committed to taking the time needed to earn this confidence with you and your company in order to assist you in making your marketing decisions, while supporting the local Shreveport-Bossier City area and surrounding communities.

For more information on the new Shreveport-Bossier Corporate Partnership playbook, email Ronald Oswalt at roswalt@sbsports.org.

Tickets on Sale for ARTini 2018

The 9th annual ARTini Fundraiser is setting the scene to take you back to a nightclub in Morocco where romance and espionage are on the menu. The fundraiser will take place at 7 p.m., April 28 at Louisiana State Exhibit Building.

This Casablanca themed event will have you dancing the night away. ​ARTini is a celebration of the art of spirits featuring live music, local artists, and much more. Twenty Five area restaurants will create unique martinis and compete for the coveted titles of “Judges Choice,” “People’s Choice,” and “Most M’artisanal.”

Through funds raised, Bossier Arts Council (BAC) is able to sustain programming for the entire year. BAC’s galleries and programs provide services such as the One Stop Program that teaches the business side of art, galleries that showcase local artists, and extensive community outreach programs.

Tickets are $65 in advance $75 at the door and includes entry to Artini 2018, samplings of each signature martini, live music by Winston Hall, heavy hors d’oeuvres by John Cariere, and of course, the opportunity to take home amazing art.

This year’s featured artist for 2018 is Neil Johnson and the 2018 Mover and Shaker is Angie White.

Sponsor Tables are available by calling the Bossier Arts Council at 318.741.8310 or emailing Emerie Gentry at emerie@bossierarts.org. For more information visit www.bossierarts.org.

Michael Langiulli, MD, Joins WK Cardiology

Michael Langiulli, MD, FACC, who specializes in interventional cardiology, has joined Willis-Knighton Cardiology.

The practice includes Phillip A. Rozeman, MD, FACC; Frederick J. White, III, MD, FACC, FCCP; Ajaya K. Tummala, MD, FACC; Basel Kasabali, MD, FACC; Paul G. Cole, MD, FACC; William Britton Eaves, II, MD, FACC; Wenwu Zhang, MD, PhD, FACC; Amber M. Shah, MD, MPH, Sai Konduru, MD, MPH and Jagan Beedupalli, MD, MPH.

Dr. Langiulli is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in cardiology, interventional cardiology and cardiovascular disease.

After finishing medical school at State University of New York Health Sciences Center at Brooklyn, Dr. Langiulli completed an internal medicine residency as well as fellowships in cardiology and interventional cardiology at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, NY.

Dr. Langiulli has been in private practice since 2006 and in North Louisiana since 2010.

The 11 physicians of Willis-Knighton Cardiology offer a full array of cardiovascular services at offices in Shreveport, Bossier City, Minden, Natchitoches, Vivian, Homer and Ruston, including general cardiology, diagnostic and interventional procedures. Dr. Langiulli practices at WK Bossier Health Center as well as Willis-Knighton Cardiology clinics in Ruston. Dr. Langiulli and his partners accept new patients and most insurance plans.

LA High School All-Star Boys & Girls Basketball Teams Announced

For the sixth year in a row, the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission will host the Louisiana High School Basketball Coaches Association’s All-Star Boys and Girls Basketball Games. This year’s games will take place on Saturday, March 17, inside the gymnasium of Bossier Parish Community College.

“We are honored to be selected again to host the All-Star Boys and Girls basketball teams in our community,” said Kelly Wells, executive director of the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission. We invite our communities out to see some great basketball and support the players.”

The Girls will start things off on Saturday, March 17 with a 1 p.m. tip off, followed by the Boys at 3 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, $7 ages 6-college, and can be purchased on game day (cash only). One ticket is good for both games.

From the local areas, players to watch are: Sheniqua Coatney, Southwood; Jalen Harding, Benton; Christavious Thomas, North Caddo; Laretreavin Black, Southwood; Jalen Brooks, Woodlawn.

“It is always a pleasure to put on this event and work with the Shreveport-Bossier community in hosting it,” said Todd Martinez, first vice president of the LHSBCA. “BPCC is a gracious host and first class facility to showcase the All-Star players.” For a complete listing of all teams visit: LHSCA.org/2016_basketball

Dr. Prakash Peddi Joins Hematology/Oncology Associates

Prakash Peddi, MD, has joined Hematology/Oncology Associates in the Willis-Knighton Cancer Center in Shreveport. The clinic also includes Joyce Feagin, MD, Maxwell “Chip” McDonald, MD, Michael R. Moore, MD, Robert A. Nickelson, MD, Anil Veluvolu, MD, Nihar Patel, MD, and Tyler D. Lash, MD.

Dr. Peddi earned a Master of Science degree in molecular biology and biotechnology from East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., and a medical degree from Kakatiya Medical College in India. He moved to Shreveport for an internship and residency at LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport and completed a fellowship there.

Prior to joining Hematoalogy/Oncology Associates Dr. Peddi was professor of medicine at LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport and was director of sarcoma research at Feist-Weiller Cancer Center where he served as associated director of breast cancer research. He has co-authored more than 20 articles in peer-reviewed publications.

Dr. Peddi holds memberships in the American College of Physicians, American Society of Hematology, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and is certified in Medical Oncology by the same organization. Hematology/Oncology Associates is located at 2600 Kings Highway. Dr. Peddi and his partners welcome new patients and accept most insurance plans.