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

LSUS Alumni Capital One Pilots Golf Classic Set for May 3

The 21st Annual LSUS Alumni Capital One Pilots Golf Classic will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 3 (with a noon shotgun start) at The Golf Club at StoneBridge. Capital One Bank has served as Title Sponsor since 1999. LSUS coaches, student athletes and LSUS Debate Team will be on hand to greet guests.

Proceeds benefit LSUS scholarships, programs, projects and services. Since 1999, the tournament has raised profits of $297,000, with more than $197,000 having gone to scholarships.

StoneBridge features a beautifully-maintained, 18-hole championship golf course designed by PGA Tour pro Fred Couples and award-winning architect Gene Bates. It winds through a natural setting of mature oaks, small lakes and protected wetlands. The course offers five sets of tees to provide a fun and exciting layout for golfers of all levels.

Team sponsorships range from $750 to $2,500. Fairway sponsorships with course signage only are also available at $250. Team entry fee covers greens fees, electric cart, practice range, team photos, tournament gifts, mulligans, most contests and door prize tickets, box lunch, beverages, supper and the chance to win great prizes. There are only six teams left.

Tournament features include the Campus Federal Credit Union Putting Contest; Ronpak, Inc. Closest-to-the-Pin Contests; Hole-In-One Contests sponsored by Landers Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM and Courtesy Golf Cars; the Chancellor’s Challenge contest; a Silent Auction including signed sports memorabilia; and an awards ceremony. Team prizes will be awarded for both flights. The First Flight, First Place Team Prize, donated by Cypress Bend Resort, includes a two-night stay for two in a deluxe hotel room, plus two rounds of golf with carts for each member of the winning team. Cypress Bend, a member of the Audubon Golf Trail, sits on the shores of Toledo Bend Lake near Many, LA.

Meals will be provided by Texas Roadhouse (barbecue dinners) and Bistro To Go (box lunches). Beverage sponsors are Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Shreveport, Eagle Distributing of Shreveport, Inc., and Music Mountain Water. The sign sponsor is Signs At Work.

Other sponsors not mentioned include Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC and Litton Mortgage, Inc.; Barksdale Federal Credit Union; Jackson Construction & Avery Electrical Contractors; LSUS Debate; Pro Financial – In Memory of Andrew Miciotto; PT Sultans of Swing; Somdal Associates, LLC; Brown Builders; Metro Aviation; and Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers.

 For more information, call 318.797.5190 or email [email protected] Click for secure online registration and a complete list of participating sponsors. 

Harrah’s Louisiana Downs Gears Up for Live Thoroughbred Racing

Harrah’s Louisiana Downs will mark the beginning of the 2019 Live Thoroughbred Racing season on Saturday, May 4. Post time for the first race is 12:55 p.m. The fun starts early, at 11 a.m., as the kid zone and food trucks open on the racetrack apron. The entire family can experience the excitement of live thoroughbred racing; enjoy free bounce houses, free water slides, face painting for purchase and some great bites from the best food trucks in Shreveport-Bossier City.

The running of the 145th Kentucky Derby is also May 4. Post time for the race is 5:50 p.m. (CST). Watch and wager on the most anticipated race of the year from Harrah’s Louisiana Downs, all while sipping on a Mint Julep and donning your favorite derby attire.

And if you are looking for a great place to dine while watching all of the Live Racing action, Harrah’s Club has an All You Can Eat Buffet offering for just $29.99 per person ($39.99 on special race days). Harrah’s Club will be open from 12-6 p.m. on Saturdays May through September. Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made by calling 318.752.6367.

Alpha Media Shreveport Hosts Inaugural Adult Prom 

“Time of My Life” will be Shreveport-Bossier City’s first Adult Prom. Alpha Media wants to give you a second chance to have the best night of your life. Regardless of whether or not prom night was a success, Alpha Media wants to re-create one of the greatest nights of your life. A formal red-carpet affair, at Time of My Life you can experience your prom for the first time or all over again. This event will feature a red-carpet grand entrance, local DJ Hot Boy Yoshi, live music performed by local Haley Brooke, a proclamation of a prom king and queen, raffles and giveaways, a professional photographer on site to take your official prom picture, a cash bar and so much more. 

“Time of My Life” will take place from 8 p.m. to midnight May 4 at 601 Spring Event Venue. VIP tables are still available but in limited quantity. Tickets are available for purchase on a first come, first serve basis. No refunds for any reason. Advanced and at the door purchases will be available.

For more information, please reach out to Alpha Media’s Promotions Director LaTasha Douglas-Lewis. Tickets and Tables are available for purchase at

‘Engaging Aging Part 2’ Reengages Seniors & Loved Ones

Engaging Aging Part 2 seminars will begin at Saint Matthias Church in Shreveport from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the first four Wednesdays in May. These seminars are designed to stimulate necessary conversations between people approaching their elder years and their children or caregivers. Experts will offer important and timely information about planning for the elder years, including discussion about available resources within the community.  

Topics will include necessary legal documents, having the hard conversations with loved ones about aging, Medicare Health Plan options, financial matters for seniors, creating a plan for caregiving, senior living options and who pays for them, and staying informed. These seminars are suitable for seniors and for those who love them.

Light refreshments will follow.  here is free parking and handicapped access at St. Matthias Church, located at 3301 St. Matthias Drive. Please call the church office 318.635.5354 for more information.

Largest NWLA Volunteer Event to Kick Off May 10

United Way of Northwest Louisiana will host its annual Day of Caring on May 10. Day of Caring is the largest single-day, community-wide volunteer event in northwest Louisiana. The event hosts nearly 600 volunteers. The volunteers represent about 50 local businesses and nearly 40 local nonprofits are involved.

During Day of Caring, a team of 5-15 people are partnered with a nonprofit agency to complete a project that a nonprofit may not have the financial resources or manpower to hire outside help to complete. That’s where volunteers come in.

“Volunteers are the backbone to nonprofit organizations and we are thrilled to see hundreds of people in our community get excited about volunteering. We’re also proud to help foster a love for philanthropy that may not have previously existed within a local business,” said Dr. Bruce Willson, president/CEO of UWNWLA.

United Way NWLA is currently seeking businesses and organizations who are interested in building employee morale and connecting with the community. Teams will have the opportunity to visit a local nonprofit and gain an understanding of their everyday operations.

The morning of Friday, May 10 will begin with a kickoff pep-rally breakfast at the Horseshoe Bossier City Riverdome. Teams will then spread throughout Shreveport-Bossier City to begin projects at their assigned sites. Completing the day will be a wrap-up party back inside the Horseshoe.

CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier CEO Departing Health System

CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier Health System announced that CEO Isaac Palmer will be departing to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities in his hometown of Chicago. 

“We are sad to see Isaac go, but remain thankful for his many contributions to our health system and the Shreveport community,” said Chris Karam, senior vice president of Group Operations, CHRISTUS Health. “His list of accomplishments is long, but it is his clear vision and unwavering commitment to our mission that will be especially missed.”

Palmer joined CHRISTUS in Louisiana in 2014 and has served as Executive in Residence and Chief Operating Officer of CHRISTUS Health Shreveport-Bossier. In 2015, he was named CEO for the Shreveport-Bossier system. During his tenure, he has overseen the transformation of CHRISTUS Highland Medical Center, including a $43 million, 24-month expansion project called Highland 100, which was recently announced. His focused work to support associates and engage patients earned Highland national recognition by Modern Healthcare magazine as one of the 150 Best Places to Work in Health Care in 2018. Under his leadership, the team in Shreveport oversaw the creation and opening of CHRISTUS Bossier Emergency Hospital, the first micro-hospital in Louisiana, to provide the region with a lower cost of care and faster service for their emergency needs. And he was recently named the Bossier Chamber’s 2018 Business Person of the Year.

Before he joined CHRISTUS, Palmer held a number of executive positions in his 17 years with Adventist Health system, including COO at Florida Hospital – Alamonte, a 364-bed facility in Orlando, and COO for Adventist’s Heartland Division, a three-hospital system in Sebring, FL.

“I will cherish my years at CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier and working with the wonderful people who serve this ministry,” Palmer said. “I am most proud of becoming the authentic leader the sisters of our sponsoring congregations require all of us to be. Leaving at this time was not an easy decision for me, but it was made with the best intentions for my family and taking my kids home to be closer to their aunts, uncles and cousins.”

A search for Palmer’s replacement has begun. He has agreed to remain with the system until July 1, unless a new permanent leader for the organization is identified before that time.

“We are sad to see Isaac go, but extend our deepest thanks for his service to our ministry and wish the whole Palmer family the best during this time of transition,” Karam said.

Tandy Lewis, Lee Bowen Named to Forbes List of Best-in-State Wealth Advisors

Tandy Lewis and Lee Bowen, managing directors with Raymond James & Associates, Inc., member New York Stock Exchange/SIPC, are among the Raymond James-affiliated advisors named to the Forbes list of Best-In-State Wealth Advisors. The list, which recognizes advisors from national, regional and independent firms, was released online Feb.20.

The Forbes ranking of Best-In-State Wealth Advisors, developed by SHOOK Research, is based on an algorithm of qualitative criteria, mostly gained through telephone and in-person due diligence interviews, and quantitative data. Those advisors that are considered have a minimum of seven years’ experience, and the algorithm weights factors like revenue trends, assets under management, compliance records, industry experience and those that encompass best practices in their practices and approach to working with clients. Portfolio performance is not a criteria due to varying client objectives and lack of audited data. Neither Forbes nor SHOOK receives a fee in exchange for rankings. This ranking is not indicative of advisor’s future performance, is not an endorsement, and may not be representative of individual clients’ experience. Neither Raymond James nor any of its Financial Advisors or RIA firms pay a fee in exchange for this award/rating.

The Bowen Lewis Investment Group, whose office is located at 333 Texas St., Suite 175 in Shreveport, currently manages more than $1.2 billion in client assets and specializes in wealth management for high net worth individuals, companies, not-for-profit corporations and endowments.

Centenary Piano Prep Program to Host Summer Piano Camp

The Centenary Piano Prep Program (CPPP) at the College’s Hurley School of Music will hold a four-day piano camp from 10-11 a.m. June 4 -7. The camp is open to beginner or elementary musicians ages five to 11 years old who play piano already or would like to learn. Classes will include instruction in the basics of music, piano theory, ensemble playing, and piano improvisation.

Piano Camp Topics include: musical alphabet; note and rhythm reading; sight reading (becoming better at reading music, playing simple songs on piano); improvisation and ability to express themselves musically, playing piano; basic music theory; ensemble playing on piano; basic piano playing for beginners. Tuition for the program is $152.

The CPPP has two teaching studios. Natasha Miller, a graduate of Arkhangelsk Pedagogical College in Russia and the holder of a certificate in Piano Pedagogy from Stephen F. Austin University, is the director of the program. Program instructor and Centenary alumna Cara Lamb was the holder of the Hurley School of Music’s highest honor, the Mary C. White Scholarship, and was the winner of the 2012 Monroe Symphony League Emerging Artists competition.

For more information about the CPPP piano camp or to register, contact Natasha Miller at 318.771.1909. Other camp dates and times may be available for those unable to attend the June camp.

YMCA of Northwest Louisiana Takes Another Leap Forward

The YMCA of Northwest Louisiana is proud to announce the hiring of Jeffrey Goodman as director of marketing and development. It is the first time the area YMCA has had a fully dedicated development director.

Goodman grew up in Shreveport and spent his childhood competing in YMCA sports from football to basketball to baseball and swimming. “I have vivid memories of learning to play tee ball out on the Broadmoor Y field and going to the downtown Y with my Dad on Saturdays,” Goodman said. “He was so busy when I was a kid that our time at the Y was something I always really cherished. It was some of the only one-on-one time I got to spend with him.”

A graduate of Captain Shreve, Goodman completed his studies at the prestigious Washington University in St. Louis. While attending Washington University, Goodman was a member of the NCAA Division III Tennis Team and took home 2nd team All-Conference honors at the end of his sophomore season. After college, Goodman spent a year in France as a Fulbright scholar and then the next seven years in Los Angeles to pursue his passion for film and for being a filmmaker.

Goodman is no stranger to entrepreneurship or development, having been one of the pioneers in the area’s film industry boom in the mid-2000s. In 2005, Goodman returned home to direct the feature-length film The Last Lullaby. In order to make the film, Goodman spent close to two years assembling a business plan and setting up meetings until he had finally raised the more than $2M from 49 area investors.

Commitment to community is in Goodman’s DNA as he watched his mom Sylvia for years work tirelessly to bring Sci-Port and the Robinson Film Center from concept to reality. Goodman himself has already received a number of honors recognizing his contribution to our community, including 40 under 40 and most recently his success in revitalizing the area’s annual City Tennis Tournament.

“We all hope for it, right?” Goodman said. “The perfect job at the right time in our lives. A workplace where you can bring all of your skills and experience with a mission that connects to those areas where you have the most passion. I am in awe of what the YMCA ‘team’ made up of its volunteers and staff have accomplished so far and I can’t wait to work alongside everyone. If the last few years are any indication, the YMCA of Northwest Louisiana is going to make an enormous impact on our area and our community in the years to come. I look forward to playing a small part in that.”

“I am excited about adding another accomplished, talented professional to our staff that is dedicated to making your YMCA and community a better place to work and live,” said Gary Lash, CEO, YMCA of Northwest Louisiana.

Swim School Announces New Ownership 

Since 2005 when Mary Catherine and Paul Oberle opened the Swim School in Shreveport, they have enjoyed every minute spent developing the award-winning curriculum and business plan, meeting families, and creating swimmers. Now it is time to pass the baton to upcoming new owner Patrick Garrett.  

Patrick Garrett spent 12 years as a U.S. Navy SEAL, leaving his career in the Navy at the rank of Chief Petty Officer. Garrett has years of experience in the water and has a passion for swimming and safety. Garrett and his wife, Dr. Elizabeth Clemons Garrett, are both Shreveport natives, raising their three young children; Mary Elizabeth (6), David (4) and Lillian (3). 

The transition will be business as usual as Garrett believes in the Oberles’ business model, their focus on family and “second to none” service.  

All prepaid lessons, parties, camps, swim team and more will be honored by Garrett. Mary Catherine will be on site over the next few weeks introducing Garrett to their valued swim families.  The sale will be effective approximately the second week of May.   

Shreveport Chamber Hires New Director of Marketing, Communications & Public Relations

The Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the hiring of Paul Savage, Jr. as director of marketing, communications, and public relations. 

Savage, a Shreveport native and Centenary College graduate, is a local marketing professional with experience supporting local businesses and regional entrepreneurs in growing their business. 

“We’re delighted to welcome Paul to the Chamber team,” said Dr. Timothy Magner, president of the Chamber. “Paul brings a breadth of experience in both online and traditional marketing, as well as a fresh perspective to the Chamber’s outreach initiatives.”

Savage will be working closely with business owners to help further the Chamber’s efforts to grow business and build community. As an advocate for businesses in the area, he will work to translate the Chamber’s current achievements, successes, and programs into greater impact on the community and even more value for Chamber members. 

“I’m eager to mesh my passion for marketing with my passion for the city I grew up in and am so pleased to call home,” said Paul Savage, Jr. “It is an honor to be an advocate for businesses in our area and to be part of an organization that is such a huge resource to this community.”

Prior to joining the Chamber, Savage supported individual clients, and served as a digital specialist and graphic designer at Advocate Advertising Group in Shreveport.

William L. Norwood, MD, Performs 5,000th da Vinci Robotic Surgery

William L. Norwood, MD, an independent laparoscopic, general and bariatric surgeon with Willis-Knighton Medical Center, performed his 5,000th da Vinci® robotic surgery on Tuesday, April 9.

 “I could not have completed this milestone without the assistance of Willis-Knighton Medical Center, its surgical team and my surgical assistant, Greg Melder,” Dr. Norwood says.

A representative of Intuitive Surgical Inc., manufacturer of the da Vinci robotic system, acknowledges Dr. Norwood as the highest volume da Vinci® robotic general surgeon in the world.

The da Vinci surgery system enables surgeons to perform minimally invasive surgery with enhanced surgical precision, control, stability and 3D high definition visualization. Benefits to patients include smaller incisions, shorter hospital stays, less pain, reduced risk of infection and faster recovery times.

Dr. Norwood first used the da Vinci technology in November 2009. Since that time, he has averaged 16 to 17 robotic bariatric surgeries per week.

Local Romance Authors Needed for 2019 SML Author Fair May 20

Shreve Memorial Library is making plans now for the annual Author Fair to take place Monday, May 20. This year’s event will highlight romance and will feature a self-publishing workshop in addition to the annual Author Fair panel. Shreve Memorial Library is encouraging local romance authors to be a part of this year’s event.

The event will take place on Monday, May 20 at the Broadmoor Branch, located at 1212 Captain Shreve Drive. A Romance Self-Publishing Workshop will take place prior to the main event from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The workshop is open to all writers interested in learning more about the self-publishing process. The Romance Author Fair forum will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and will feature several local romance novelists.

Shreve Memorial Library is currently accepting submissions from local authors for consideration in this year’s Author Fair. Submissions may be completed online on the Shreve Memorial Library website or by filling out the Author Fair submission form at any Shreve Memorial Library branch location. The deadline for submission is Monday, May 6, 2019.

Each year, Shreve Memorial Library hosts the Author Fair at one of the 21 Shreve Memorial Library branches. Themes have included romance, comics, history and memoirs. Author Fairs are free and open to the public and feature local authors and illustrators, discussions and a book fair.

For more information and to complete a submission for the Author Fair, please visit

CHRISTUS Cancer Treatment Center Hosts Free Annual Skin Cancer Screening Event

CHRISTUS Cancer Treatment Center is hosting its annual skin cancer screening event in partnership with Dermatology & Skin Surgery. This is the 29th consecutive year that the cancer center has hosted the community event.

The early evening screening event offers a chance for people, of all skin tones and ages, to speak with a physician about any areas of concern or to get a full-body skin screening. People considered higher risk for skin cancer — such as those with moles, freckles, fair skin or a family history of skin cancer — are urged to attend.

The free skin screening is scheduled from 5:30-7 p.m.  on May 13 at CHRISTUS Cancer Treatment Center, 1453 E. Bert Kouns Ind. Loop, Shreveport. The community is asked to register for the event by calling 1.844.CHRISTUS. Attendees under 18-years-old must be accompanied by adult.

“Work schedules and other day-time commitments can make it difficult for people to find time for this important preventive health screening,” said Dr. Anne Bryan, dermatologist at Dermatology & Skin Surgery. “By scheduling this screening when it’s most convenient, we hope people will find time to take part. This screening is quick, easy and free! The best way to fight skin cancer is to find it early, and the best way to find it early is having annual skin checks.”

Skin cancer is by far the most common – and the deadliest – cancer in the U.S. An estimated one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.

“It is no exaggeration to say that the annual CHRISTUS Cancer Treatment Center Skin Cancer Screening event saves lives,” said Dr. Scott Boniol, medical director, CHRISTUS Cancer Treatment Center. “Skin cancer concerns can come with some scary sounding diagnoses like basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and malignant melanoma, but we are willing and able to offer support from diagnosis to treatment and long-term follow up. We are truly there to be on our patient’s side to prevent and, when necessary, to fight alongside them, and that’s why we are offering this free screening. So many people don’t take the time to make a doctor’s appointment to ease their mind about a sun spot or mole.”

Finding it early, when it’s small and has not spread, makes skin cancer much easier to treat. “Skin cancers found and removed early are almost always curable. However, it is crucial that each of us take an active role to prevent skin cancer by protecting our skin outdoors and avoiding unnecessary exposure to UV rays and the sun,” said Dr. Donald Posner, dermatologist at Dermatology and Skin Screening. “Protecting yourself from harmful UV rays reduces not only the risk of skin cancer, but also sunburn, premature wrinkles and eye damage. But, if you think that you may be at risk, it is even more important that you visit a dermatologist and get screened.”