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PROVIDING INNOVATIVE RESOURCES FOR HIGH TECH START-UP COMPANIES

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Nexus Louisiana’s mission is to accelerate the growth of high-potential technology-enabled companies by providing them with coaching, capital and connections. Our programs leverage regional collaboration to foster mentorship, investment, and opportunity for local entrepreneurs to grow their ideas and transform the technology industry in Louisiana.

Our Impact

Nexus Louisiana exists to connect local entrepreneurs to the coaching, capital and connections they need to grow and succeed. Through our mentorship, programming and connections to capital investors, we are helping to create a better, brighter future for the tech industry in Louisiana.

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Leadership & Staff

  • Calvin Mills
    Administrative Management Consultant
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    Calvin Mills Jr. is a nationally award-winning serial tech entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in IT, software and application development, and help desk support. He is the Founder, CEO and president of CMC Technology Solutions, SLT Technology, Inc., and his newest venture HelpIT, Inc., a software and application development company that he plans to take public on the NASDAQ stock exchange. 

    Calvin is recognized as a dynamic speaker, mentor, philanthropist, small business advocate, and author. He is vested in helping people within the tech sector, especially the next generation of entrepreneurs. Calvin launched a nonprofit called CLIMB (Changing Lives Is My Business) to help give access to technology and its resources to under deserved youth. 

    Through his companies, Calvin is changing the dynamics of the technology workforce in Louisiana by helping to create Louisiana's first IT apprenticeship program with a focus on cybersecurity and custom training for individuals looking to find employment in the technology field. SLT Technology, Inc. is the only company in Louisiana backed by the global company Oracle for workforce development.

    Calvin shares his story of struggle and perseverance in his book "No Secrets to Elevation: An Entrepreneur's Story of Persistence." An accomplished entrepreneur, Calvin is the recipient of the following awards and recognitions: 

    • U.S. Department of Homeland Security Small Business Achievement Award (2006)
    • U.S. Small Business Administration Louisiana Minority Small Business Statewide Champion of the Year (2008)
    • U.S. Small Business Administration Louisiana Minority Small Business Statewide Champion of the Year (2008)
    • 1 of 50 Business Leaders Invited to the White House Business Summit (2016)
    • Southern University Excellence in Leadership Award (2017)
    • Black Enterprise Magazine BE 100 Modern Man (2018)
    • National Small Business Association Board of Trustees Appointment (2019)
    • Lew Shattuck Small Business Advocate of the Year recipient (2019)
    • Certificate of Commendation, Mayor-President Sharon Weston-Broome, City of Baton Rouge (2019)
    • National Small Business Administration Small Business Advocate of the Year (2019)
    • NOLA Tech 30 Honoree 

    Calvin is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, and holds a Bachelor's degree in computer science from Southern University A&M College. 

  • Stephen Loy
    Executive Director

    Stephen Loy is an experienced communications and legislative relations professional. He started with Nexus Louisiana as the director of communication in 2004, and was promoted to Executive Director in 2011. Stephen manages the day-to-day operations, developing strategies to attract early-stage companies, and managing one of Nexus Louisiana’s signature programs, Tech Park Academy. Prior to joining the Tech Park, Stephen managed public relations and legislative initiatives for the Louisiana Retired Teachers Association. He began his career with LSU’s Office of Public Relations. Stephen is accredited in Public Relations and is a past President of The Public Relations Association of Louisiana—Baton Rouge Chapter (PRAL-BR). He served as Treasurer of the Southern Public Relations Federation Board of Directors and is a past President of the Louisiana Business Incubation Association. Stephen currently serves on the board of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC).

  • Kasey Frioux
    Director of Operations

    Kasey Frioux is the longest tenured employee Nexus Louisiana and has been with the organization since it was founded in 2001. As the Facilities Director, she manages the 40,000 square foot Tech Park, serves as the liaison for the board of directors, and assists with all entrepreneurial initiatives. Before joining Nexus Louisiana, Kasey had a career in the automotive industry spanning more than a decade and worked for some of the South’s largest dealership networks.

  • Sylvia Alaniz
    Accountant & HR Manager

    Sylvia Alaniz is an experienced accountant and human resources professional. Committed to serving the community through her work, she takes pride in providing the best customer services possible to our members, partners, and colleagues. As the Accountant and Human Resources Manager, Sylvia’s role includes, but is not limited to grant management, donor tracking, and employee relations. She has an accounting degree from Southeastern Louisiana University.

  • Todd Lowery
    Director of Investment Readiness

    Todd Lowery worked in the petrochemical industry for 30 years, gaining experience in business development, finance, operations, acquisitions and divestitures, and negotiations. As the Director of Investment Readiness, he leverages that skill set to help businesses raise capital, manage their finances, and grow their business. Todd holds a mechanical engineering degree from Oklahoma State University and an MBA with a concentration in finance from Rice University’s Jesse H. Jones School of Business.

  • Na'Tisha Natt
    Director of Community Engagement

    She is passionate about advancing entrepreneurship and helping communities thrive. As the Director of Marketing and Communications she develops comprehensive marketing strategies to drive growth for Nexus Louisiana while creating collaborative relationships with entrepreneurs, business leaders, and community officials. Before joining NexusLA, Na’Tisha was the director of public affairs for Louisiana Housing Corporation, the state’s housing agency dedicated to creating affordable housing solutions for Louisiana residents, and the director of marketing and communications for the Louisiana Small Business Development Center – State Office. A native of Monroe, La., she holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in marketing and mass communication from Southern University and A&M College and received executive training at the University of Notre Dame. She is a 2020 Leadership Baton Rouge alumna, was named a Northeast Louisiana Top 40 Under 40 Young Professional and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

  • Madeleine Naquin
    Analyst & Business Consultant

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Our Board

  • Anita Tillman, Chair

    CEO, AMcorp International, LLC

  • Anita Byrne, Vice Chair

    Partner, SSA Consultants

  • Barbra Barnett, JD, MA PhD

    Associate, Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, LLC

  • Samuel J. Bentley, PhD

    Vice President of Research & Economic Development, Louisiana State University; Designee of Louisiana State University

  • Stephanie Cargile

    Public & Government Affairs Manager, ExxonMobil Baton Rouge

  • Brace "Trey" Godfrey III

    Senior VP of Policy, Baton Rouge Area Chamber

  • Ross Reilly

    Vice President of Business Development, Lamar Advertising

  • Michael Stubblefield, PhD

    Vice-Chancellor of Research & Strategic Initiatives, Southern University and A&M College

  • Tedra Cheatham

    Executive Director of State Economic Competitiveness (SEC), Louisiana Economic Development (LED); Designee of Louisiana Economic Development

  • Terry Landry, Jr.

    Policy Director, Southern Poverty Law Center; Designee of Mayor the Mayor-President of the City of Baton Rouge and the Parish of East Baton Rouge

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