The forum will begin at 9:40 a.m. with a welcome from Kilcoyne and NSU President Dr. Randall J. Webb followed by presentations from Pete Abington at 9:50 a.m., Sherri Talley of at 11:05 a.m. and John Manno Jr. at 11:40 a.m. A lunch will be served in the Natchitoches Room at 12:15 p.m.
Abington has been a successful banker and businessman in central and northwest Louisiana for many years. A native of Many and graduate of Louisiana Tech University, he was chairman of People’s State Bank until its merger with MidSouth Bank and currently serves on MidSouth’s board of directors.
Over the years Abington has owned, operated or had interests in business that engaged in mortgage loans, real estate, auto dealerships, insurance, radio and other investments. He has also been active in civic and charitable endeavors.
Talley is owner of Talley Media, a marketing company in Shreveport that specializes in social media management, photography and brand-building for businesses. She is a Northwestern State graduate who had a successful career as a broadcast journalist and has held positions in marketing and public relations.
As a reporter and anchor at KBTS-TV, she also managed the station’s social media and news department’s website.
Manno, a 1978 graduate of Northwestern State, is vice president of his family-owned company, Southland Printing Company in Shreveport, America’s largest supplier of parking lot tickets. In addition to running a successful business, Manno has been active in community and philanthropic initiatives in Shreveport-Bossier, holding offices on numerous boards that support cultural, economic, educational, civic, spiritual and charitable endeavors.
The J. Walter Porter forum is an effort to translate the textbook into practice by bringing capable, successful business executives to campus to speak on selected topics in their area of expertise.
The forum is made possible by the endowment established by the family and friends of the late J. Walter Porter. Porter was interested in improving the image of business as a career field for college students.