Laura Thomas 2019 SME Excellence in Sales & Marketing Award Honoree

Antares is happy to share The Advocate’s 12/17/19 announcement

SME honors

The Advocate food columnist and award-winning cookbook author Holly Clegg, who died Nov. 1, received the Nell Mitchell Doughty Lifetime Achievement Award at the Sales & Marketing Executives of Greater Baton Rouge Excellence in Sales & Marketing Awards luncheon Nov. 22 at Boudreaux’s.

Also honored for their “great vision and innovative concepts” for success in marketing and sales were Jill Rigby Garner, founding executive director of Manners of the Heart; Stuart Feigley, president of Feigley Communications; John Grubb, vice president of hotel and conference operations of The Cook Hotel at LSU/LSU Alumni Association; J.H. Martin Sr., retired sales executive with Franklin Direct Marketing and chairman of the Baton Rouge State Fair Foundation; Kenny Nguyen, CEO of ThreeSixtyEight; and Laura P. Thomas, senior vice president/chief client officer of Antares Technology Solutions.

WAFB-TV news anchor Elizabeth Vowell served as emcee for the event, which was presented by Hancock Whitney.

A few days after the event, I ran into Holly’s husband, Mike Clegg. He told me that 40 gastric cancer patients are now participating in clinical trials at MD Anderson Cancer Research Center in Houston thanks to funds from the Holly Clegg Gastric Cancer Research Fund established several months before her death. To learn more about the fund, visit

Article – Pam Bordelon at The Advocate

Photo courtesy of Teresa Alvarez Photography