published: November, 12th 2018
As seen in the 318 Forum Magazine, November 2018, Shreveport, Louisiana:
YOUNG PROFESSIONAL INITIATIVE
Each year for more than a decade, the Greater Shreveport Chamber’s Young Professionals Initiative has highlighted 40 of our region’s most dynamic and engaged young entrepreneurs, executives, managers and professionals in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Over that time more than 400 individuals have been recognized, and many have gone on to become local leaders in business, politics and public service. 40 Under Forty is our chance to celebrate the best of what our community is by spotlighting those who are both excelling in their profession and making an impact in our community.
Also each year, the judges select one Young Professional of the Year. This is the individual among the 40 who exemplifies the spirit of 40 Under Forty. The latest recipients have included Dr. Megan Gardner, who was featured recently in a story about her work with childhood dyslexia; Dr. Julie Mook Broadwell, who balances her breast cancer practice with traveling missionary work; Dr.
Melva Williams, who is helping to expand Southern University's footprint in Shreveport; Dr. John Chidlow, whose company, Innolyzer Labs, is pioneering one-of-a-kind, lab-on-a-chip analysis devices; Shreveport Magazine publisher, Shreveportant founder and restauranteur Pete John; and Lt. Col. Bill Fish, who leads the 11th Bomb Wing at Barksdale Airforce Base.
As the profiles in the following pages will demonstrate, this year's class once again brings together a group of highly engaged, impactful individuals. The group includes physicians, lawyers, teachers, professors, small business owners, as well as men and women from the private and nonprofit sectors. Each of them deserves our recognition for what they bring to our community. Take a look at the following pages and see who you would pick as our Young Professional of the Year. We'll find out who the judges selected on Saturday, Dec. 1!
– Tim Magner, Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce
Dany Martin, a partner and wealth advisor at Williams Financial Advisors, provides comprehensive wealth management services for clients across the United States. He is also an influential member of the Well+Fed Louisiana team. He is married to Lindsi,co-owner of Well+Fed Louisiana. Dany and Lindsi have recently become foster parents after being impacted by the great work of the Common Ground Community in the Cedar Grove neighborhood.
Dany has more than 12 years’ experience in the financial planning and investment world. After college, his career started at Capital One Bank, where he was the number one producing junior advisor in 2014. In 2015 he decided to become an independent advisor and joined the team at Williams Financial. Dany has transformed his business into a machine that values communication, education and service that exceeds client expectations. He is part of a powerful, multigenerational team of individuals with decades of experience designed to serve the financial needs of clients now and for generations to come.
Dany was raised listening to some of the greatest business minds and motivational speakers of all time. He believes that if you work smart every day, focus on the task at hand, and treat people in a trustworthy manner, good things will follow. Dany isnow inspired every day to make the people around him better, smarter, happier and to be an example of what it means to be genuine. One of his favorite quotes to teach is, “Watch the feet, not the lips.”