Krewe of Acadiana

FACE Magazine - FEB 2012

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Lafayette General - July 19, 2011



Unique Systems' Letter to the Krewe - July 2011

I want to personally say thanks for coming
out today (you and the Krewe) and supporting us.
It means a lot to us. Rebecca, I can't say thank
you enough for your help, guidance and for
the Krewe's efforts to bring Acadiana business together.
I'm so proud to be a part of this as we grow.
Best Regards,
Jim Williamson
Unique Systems


Face Magazine-June 2011

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"Krewe of Acadiana holds ceremony" as seen in The Daily Advertiser


The Krewe of Acadiana held its inaugural ribbon cutting launching for membership to the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce and officially announcing the call for new members.  This new krewe has been formed with a different take on Mardi Gras Krewes: it will be all business.  The Krewe of Acadiana seeks to bring together in fun and family fashion business entrepreneurs with a desire for comradely communication, compassion for community and cutting edge networking opportunities.

Krewe of Acadiana hits the Acadiana Gazette!

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Mardi Gras may be one big party, but to Krewe of Acadiana, it’s strictly business.

Well, almost.

Five couples — charter members Don and Rebecca Landry, Lou and Keith Patin, Wallace and Phyllis Granger, Tina and Howard Derouen, and Blue Rolfes and Dee Stanley — have broken with tradition and formed Krewe of Acadiana. No kings, no queens, no royalty, just mixing business with pleasure.


“We just saw that something was missing,” said Rebecca Landry of Gerami Academy of Fine Arts. “Local krewes don’t permit business advertising of any kind — you can’t throw cups or anything else with your logo. There’s a need for this.”

The nontraditional group contacted the Greater Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras Association for membership after riding in the Independents’ Parade last season on a single float, but they’re thinking big.

“We’re a 22-parish area in Acadiana. It floored us when we started doing research,” said Landry.

“The barriers don’t stop at the limits of Lafayette Parish,” said founding member Stanley.

“It’s a great opportunity for the businesses of Acadiana to come together. “It’s amazing no one has thought of it before.”

Conceived as a marketing endeavor and means of contributing to the community, the krewe’s first function will be a competitive cook-off.

Structured like a talent contest, the Krewe of Acadiana will match the money raised, donating the proceeds to the winner’s charity of choice. Future events include a parade ride and headliner event with nationally-known entertainment.

The Krewe’s CEO (Chief Extreme Officer) is Lou Patin of King-Patin Enterprises. “We’ve been blown away by the response,” said Patin. “We are on a 30-day plan to get our membership information in place so we can schedule the first networking event in September or October, as well as our discount program and the business directory.” Patin also plans on 15,000 email-distributed newsletters per month.

Jim Williamson, general manager of Unique System LLC of New Iberia, has signed up for membership and is looking forward to Mardi Gras 2012.

“Honestly, the business aspect attracted me most of all,” Williamson said. “It allows us the opportunity to network within our own field as well as without. Second, there’s the contribution to Acadiana. The events look fantastic.”

But really, no royalty?

“This Krewe is not about a king and queen — it’s about hard workers, team players and a successful product or rather bottom line,” said Patin.

“We welcome all businesses and industries, large and small.”


"The Times" Article

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If you have been in a room full of business people the chances are you've met Debbey Ryan, and that she started the conversation. She is, after all, the Queen of networking. Debbey is a natural networker, a driven business woman and a lover of shoes.


Describe a typical day in your life.
My days are never typical - other than French Vanilla Coffee my sweet husband serves me every morning. After that anything can happen from arranging TV appearances on local stations for a client's Pay It Forward Campaign to designing a media plan for a small business owner who has limited resources to work with, to creating strategies for dentists nationally on an alternative sleep apnea treatment. This is what I love most about my work, I get to meet and work with some of the most amazing people.

What advice would you give the younger you?

Stop and smell the roses and enjoy the ride. Don't take life so seriously, it all works out one way or the other.

What event in your life most shaped who you are now?

There are two - the birth of my daughter and the wedding to my husband in that order.

What values do you live by?

Integrity, commitment, and honesty.

What do you most appreciate?

It's the little things that mean the most, my husband, my kids, my grandson, my Yorkie, Isabella, my friends, and the fact that I am more fortunate than many and happier than most.

What is your favorite journey?

Anywhere with my husband

What living figure most inspires you?

Lou Patin. If Lou Patin had not double dogged dared me to go in business for myself, I would still be working for someone else.Thanks, Lou.

What book would you tell everyone to read?

The one I write

What did u want to be when you grew up?

Flight Attendant - they seemed to have it all, great uniforms, got to wear high heels to work, traveled the world for free and got to date handsome pilots and meet amazing people who traveled

What is your motto?

Ask you get, don't you won't


How would you like to be remembered?


She really cared and gave 110% to everything she did in life, love and work. She loved helping people and making a difference.
What do you say to yourself when you doubt yourself?

Put on your big girl panties and get on with it, I first heard this from Erin Fitzgerald a few years ago and it just fits me.

What three things are vital to BEing YOU?

Family, Relationships (Networking / Connecting with people) and of course the latest and greatest pair of sassy high heels.

What is your favorite word?


What do you collect?

Betty Boop Paraphernalia

What food could you live on for a month?

Poupart's dobache cake

What literary, movie or cartoon character do you most identify with?

Mark Zuckerburg, Co-Founder of Facebook.

Describe yourself in five words.

Bold, motivated, professional, giving, loving

What is your favorite movie?

A Star is Born with Barbara Streisand

What music defines who you are?

A blend of pop, country, and jazz with a little swamp pop. My collection varies from Loretta Lynn to Brittany Spears and Wayne Toups

What do you most regret?

The time I used to waste on regrets

Lafayette General Medical Center-July 2011