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CHRISTY ALLEY NAQUIN

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SOUTH CENTRAL INDUSTRIAL ASSOCIATION

TELL ME ABOUT YOUR WORK:

WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB?
Having the opportunity to work with so many people. From the CEO’s of the largest companies to students in the area interested in careers in the industry. I also get to work daily with Kathy Doiron, SCIA Assistant Director!

WHAT IS THE HARDEST?
The most challenging part is trying to stay abreast of all of the industry lingo and issues. SCIA advocates on behalf of our members, so we have to be well informed and up to date on issues that concern our members.

WHY SHOULD LOCAL BUSINESSES CONSIDER JOINING/GETTING INVOLVED WITH SCIA?
To preface this answer, I’ve only been with SCIA for two years, so I’m not trying to take credit for this, but SCIA is the most respected organization to become involved with because of the networking opportunities, the sell-out events, the dynamic speakers and the relevant workshops which are free to members.

WHAT’S ON THE AGENDA FOR SCIA FOR THE REST OF 2019?
Next up is our Bayou Region Energy Mixer at Danos on Sept 5th, our HR workshop (free for members; $100 for non-members) on September 26th and our Golf Tournament fundraising event on October 7th.

WHAT’S ONE LEADERSHIP SKILL YOU FEEL EVERYONE MUST LEARN?
There is a huge difference between managing people and leading people. A good leader listens. They listen to their peers. They listen to their employees and they listen to those around them. Leaders continue to learn, and you can learn from anyone!
Tell me about yourself:

AS A CHILD, WHAT DID YOU SEE YOURSELF DOING AS A CAREER?
I was born in San Diego as a child of a Navy sailor, raised in Houston and moved to Thibodaux at the age of 13. I went to 7 different elementary schools. I had no idea which school I was going to next, much less what I was going to be when I grew up! The one thing I was intrigued with was logos. I suppose that led me to marketing in college.

WHAT WAS YOUR VERY FIRST JOB?
Fry cook at McDonald’s. Least favorite word while working there: Bus!

AT WHAT TIME TO DO YOU WAKE UP AND HOW DO YOU START
YOUR DAY?
4:30 a.m., I hit the gym, cook breakfast for the kids then off to work. Ha! So not true! At 6 a.m., I struggle to get myself ready before getting the kids out the door.

WHAT’S ONE THING YOU COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT?
I could live without it, but I really enjoy listening to audio books on my drive from Thibodaux to Houma and back each day. I’m a self-help junkie.

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING IN YOUR FREE TIME?
I’m an unpaid Uber driver for my two boys ages 15 and 11. I also embarrass them at all of their sporting events including high school cross county meets and soccer games, travel baseball, travel soccer, biddy basketball, flag football.
FAVORITES/THIS OR THAT:

Favorite candy: Butterfinger

Favorite vacation spot: Beach

Favorite book: The 5 Love Languages

How do you take your coffee?
Lots of cream. I like a little coffee with my cream.

Cats or dogs? Dogs

Pen or pencil?
Pen, any color except black.

Early bird or night owl?
Neither, and I like naps! •

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