Jerry is based in New Orleans and is responsible for a sales team that supports the Treasury Management needs of large corporate, middle market and small business clients across Hancock Whitney’s six-state footprint. Jerry has 29 years of banking experience, with 25 of those years specializing in Treasury Management, working with a wide range of clients across the Gulf Coast. Jerry is a member of the National Association for Financial Professionals, the New Orleans Association for Financial Professionals, and has been active with the Louisiana Government Finance Officers Association and the LA CPA Society where he has been a frequent speaker on the topic of payments fraud. Jerry has maintained the professional certification of Certified Cash Manager since 1995.
Chief Procurement Officer – ECU Worldwide USA
Graduated with Management degree from the University of Florida, 1989
Started Career at Econocaribe Consolidators, Inc. 1990
Promoted to Operations Manager- North America 1991
Promoted to USA Sales Manager and National Accounts 1993
Became part of the Management Team, 1996
Promoted to VP – Export Operations, 1999
Acquired Econocaribe as owner, 2001 with 5 partners
Added to Carrrier Procurement in 2006 to VP of Export Operations
Sold Econocaribe to ECU Worldwide in 2013
ECU Worldwide – Promoted to Chief Procurement Officer, 2014
Cameron W. Roberts
Partner – Roberts & Kehagiaras LLP
Cameron Roberts is a partner at Roberts & Kehagiaras LLP in Long Beach, California, with more than twenty-five years of experience in international trade. His practice areas include customs law, export compliance, domestic and international transportation law, maritime law, trade, and insurance issues. He is a member of numerous trade and legal associations. He is the Chairman of the Board of the Foreign Trade Association and serves as an Advisor to the Board of the Harbor Transportation Club. Mr. Roberts is an adjunct professor at California State University, Long Beach. He is a frequent presenter and author on topics related to his practice areas. He is a licensed customs broker (1989) and former transportation executive. He earned his B.A. degree in political science and international relations from California State University, Long Beach, and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from the Seattle University School of Law. Mr. Roberts has qualified as an expert witness in Federal court, is admitted to practice in California and Washington, the Court of International Trade and before the Federal Maritime Commission.
Adrienne C. Slack
Vice President and Regional Executive of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, New Orleans Branch
Adrienne C. Slack is Vice President and Regional Executive of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, New
Orleans Branch. She is responsible for the branch’s Board of Directors and the district’s Energy Advisory
Council, oversees its economic and financial education programs, advises on regional Community and
Economic Development matters, and provides regional input into the Atlanta Fed’s monetary policy
She joined the Federal Reserve System in 1990 with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas’ Economic
Research Department. In 1993, she transferred to New Orleans, where she served in several districts and
national leadership roles during her tenure. Prior to assuming her current role in 2012, Ms. Slack was
the New Orleans branch assistant vice president and branch operations officer with responsibility for
currency services, law enforcement, and support services.
Raised in Mississippi, Ms. Slack received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with a
concentration in economics from the University of Southern Mississippi. She also completed the
Executive Development program at Dartmouth College.
Merlin A. Hymel, Jr.
Assistant Center Director (Validation and Compliance Branch) for the Base Metals Center
Mr. Merlin A. Hymel, Jr., a native of Edgard, LA, is the Assistant Center Director (Validation and Compliance Branch) for the Base Metals Center based in Chicago, IL. From 2005 to March 2016, he was the Assistant Area Port Director for Trade Operations for U.S. Customs and Border Protection in the Area Port of New Orleans, LA.
A twenty-eight year veteran of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and its predecessor, the U.S. Customs Service, Hymel managed the import specialist, entry, and vessel repair units in New Orleans along with having program oversight of cargo examination and agricultural activities. Under his leadership, the Port of New Orleans was named the 2012 recipient of the “Award of Excellence” by the International Freight Forwarders and Brokers Association of New Orleans.
Mr. Hymel, 55, obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics Education and a Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision from Nicholls State University. He resides in Luling, LA with his wife Susan.
Captain Michael T.D. Miller
President of the Associated Branch Pilots
Captain Michael T.D. Miller is President of the Associated Branch Pilots based in Metairie, LA. The Associated Branch Pilots (Bar Pilots) for the Port of New Orleans is an association of professional pilots who guide ocean-going vessels of all sizes and descriptions from the Gulf of Mexico through the narrow channels of Southwest Pass.
Captain Miller was born and raised in New Orleans. He began his professional career after spending a year as a cadet on general cargo ship working all over the world. Captain Miller then began his apprenticeship with the Bar Pilots in 1986 and was commissioned as a Louisiana State Pilot in 1991. Captain Miller has since served for 20 years on the Board of Directors of the Bar Pilots, as Vice President for 16 years and was elected President in 2016.
Captain Miller, his wife, and two children reside in Covington. In addition to his work as a Bar Pilot, Captain Miller has served on several area boards and commissions. These include the New Orleans Board of Trade, Mississippi Valley Trade and Transport Council, the Council for a Better Louisiana Leadership Class of 2009, Port Safety Council, and the Lower Mississippi River Safety Advisory Committee. Captain Miller is also a proud Eagle Scout and has received the United States Coast Guard Certificate of Merit.
Matthew C. Saurage
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD | FOURTH GENERATION OWNER of COMMUNITY COFFEE COMPANY
Matt Saurage, fourth-generation owner of Community Coffee Company, currently serves as the Chairman of the company’s Board of Directors. Matt has been involved with the family business since 1995 in a variety of roles including; coffee selection and roasting, brand marketing, coffeehouse operations, and new product development. Early in his career, he lived in Brazil to better understand the nuances of farming and trading green coffee and continues to travel abroad to visit coffee farming communities. He was elected President in 2005 and Chairman in 2012, becoming the fourth-generation Saurage to take the helm of America’s largest family-owned and operated retail coffee brand.
Matt helps guide the company’s philanthropic activities, including the Community Cash for Schools ® program benefiting education, Military Match program providing coffee for active duty troops, and environmental and sustainability platforms. He serves on the board of several local, national and international organizations focused on public education, coffee health, and sustainable agriculture; currently serving New Schools Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge Area Foundation, National Coffee Association, and World Coffee Research. He and his wife, Catherine, enjoy time together raising five children and supporting local, non-profit organizations in his hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Capt. Brett Palmer,
President, Lake Charles Pilots, Inc.
Capt. Palmer began his maritime career in 1974 while working on Sea Going tugs.
He continued in the maritime field by attending Texas A & M Maritime Academy where he received double degrees in Marine Transportation and Marine Technology.
Capt. Palmer has been employed on many types of vessels, including Tankers, Drill Ships, Tugs, and Research vessels. He has worked in some of the most inclement seas in the world, ranging from the North Sea near the Arctic Circle to Bass Straights off the coast of Australia.
Capt. Palmer has been with the Lake Charles Pilots for 27 years, and for the past 17 years has been actively involved in the operation of the Calcasieu Water Way.