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Panelist Bio

Noah Boudreaux
COO, Sparkhound IT Services Company

Noah Boudreaux is the Chief Operating Officer of Sparkhound, one of the nation’s fasting growing technology companies in the country.

Noah started his IT career over 14 years ago with a degree in Computer Science and a passion for solving problems. After working for Appro Systems for several years as an accomplished Systems Engineer, he moved to a position as Data Center Team Lead, and eventually Delivery Manager for Equifax, Inc. During his tenure there, he worked with some of the largest and most respected financial firms in the country such as BMW Financial, Regions Bank, Bank of America and Capital One in order to manage a variety of software delivery and implementation projects.

In 2005, Noah decided to branch into a Business Consulting role at Sparkhound, working closely with the company's enterprise-level customers with a focus on operational efficiencies. Then, in 2008, Noah accepted an offer to become Vice President of Operations (Louisiana) when Sparkhound's growth and desire to pursue a broader vision necessitated a new organizational structure. As Vice President of Operations, Noah led all of Louisiana's operational practices, focusing on quality delivery and a customer experience second to none.

After a successful tenure as VP of Operations, Noah's leadership granted him the opportunity to become Sparkhound's Chief Operating Officer (COO) in 2013. As COO, Noah oversees operation of the entire organization, helping VP's in all markets achieve their visions for success. He also has direct line of sight to Sparkhound's Support Services arm, which provides national IT support for customer's infrastructure and applications. Partnering with Sparkhound's president and chief sales officer, Noah brings his perspective of operational and customer service excellence, along with a passion for an engaged workforce to the senior leadership team.

Noah has been married to Christina for five years, and they have two daughters, Ava and Addisyn. He is a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University and is devoted to his continued growth as a leader for the organization. Additionally, Noah participates in the following organizations and programs:
• Association of Information Technology Professionals
• Louisiana Technology Council
• International Association of Microsoft Certified Partners
• Franklin Covey 4DX Evangelist/Enthusiast

Current Topic

     09/18 - Revisiting Reform

Are the criminal justice reforms working as intended?
In 2017, Louisiana’s legislature passed the Justice Reinvestment Act, which sought to reduce the state’s highest-in-the-nation incarceration rate. The bill was championed by Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards and received bipartisan support including from community and business leaders. Now, just over a year later, the legislation has become a political football. State Attorney General Jeff Landry and Senator John Kennedy, both Republicans considering a run against Edwards in 2019, suggest that the reform package is a failure. They cite murders committed by two inmates released since the Act’s implementation.

Are the criminal justice reforms working as intended? Has the legislation put more residents in harm’s way or are plea deals part of the problem?

Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Revisiting Reform” Wednesday, September 26 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.

Our panelists are:
• E. Pete Adams, Executive Director, La. District Attorneys Association
• Alanah Hebert, ACLU of Louisiana & Justice Reinvestment Task Force
• Andrew Hundley, Louisiana Parole Project
• Sec. Jimmy LeBlanc, La. Department of Corrections

The program features interviews with Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry; Rep. Terry Landry, D- New Iberia, with the Justice Reinvestment Oversight Council; Deputy Assistant Secretary Natalie Laborde, with the Louisiana Department of Corrections; and Stephanie Riegel, editor of the Baton Rouge Business Report.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and professor Robert Mann with the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication host the show.

Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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