E. J. Ourso College Announces 2014 Hall of Distinction Inductees
BATON ROUGE – The LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business has announced the members of its 2014 Hall of Distinction class are Gregory Hamer Sr., Rose Hudson and John Landon. This year’s class will be inducted at the Hall of Distinction Banquet, which the college will host at the Business Education Complex on Friday, March 28.
“These alumni have distinguished themselves and are truly deserving of this honor,” said E. J. Ourso College Dean Richard D. White Jr. “Rose, Greg and John have exceeded the criteria we use to determine our Hall of Distinction members, and we are very much looking forward to their special evening.”
Hamer, chief executive officer of B&G Food Enterprises, is a 1968 general business administration graduate of the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business. B&G Food Enterprises operates more than 80 YUM! Brands’ Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and Long John Silver’s fast food restaurants and employs more than 2,000 workers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. B&G Food Enterprises is Louisiana’s largest Taco Bell franchisee and also operates Teriyaki Experience restaurants. He and his wife, Brenda, created B&G in 1982.
Among his many awards and achievements in the restaurant industry, Hamer has served as the emeritus director of the National Restaurant Association. The NRA is the largest foodservice trade association in the world, supporting nearly 500,000 restaurant businesses. Additionally, Hamer served as president of the Louisiana Restaurant Association in 2000, and is a member of the LRA Hall of Fame. Hamer also serves as a member of the E. J. Ourso College of Business Dean’s Advisory Council.
Hudson, president and chief executive officer of the Louisiana Lottery Corporation, is a 1989 public administration graduate of the LSU E. J. Ourso College. With nearly 150 employees in offices across the state of Louisiana, the Louisiana Lottery Corporation was established in 1991, after the Louisiana Legislature proposed a government-run lottery as a way to generate revenue without increasing taxes. The corporation ranks first among U.S. lotteries in the percentage of revenue transferred to its government.
Hudson is an active member of the community and, in 2007, she was honored with three major distinctions. That year, Sales and Marketing Executives International’s Baton Rouge chapter named her its Marketer of the Year, the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report named her one of its Influential Women in Business and the LSU Public Administration Institute named her its MPA Alumna of the Year. In addition to being elected secretary for the board of the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries, she has also been elected to the same post for the Multi-State Lottery Association.
Landon, president and owner of Landon Development Company, is a 1980 accounting graduate of the LSU E. J. Ourso College. He established the Landon Development Company in 2006, drawing upon his vast previous experience in land acquisition and development operations for a large homebuilder, sales and land development experience for the Trammel Crow Residential Group and his time as a public accountant with Ernst & Whinney.
In 1987, Landon founded Legacy Homes and served as CEO. That company merged with Meritage Homes in 1997, turning it into the 13th largest homebuilder in the United States. Under Landon’s leadership, Meritage Homes became one of the premier residential home builders in the United States and was named to the Fortune 1000 in 2005. Additionally that year, Forbes named Meritage Homes to its Platinum 400 list of America’s best big companies for a third consecutive year. One year earlier, in 2004, Landon was part of the ownership group that purchased the National Basketball Association’s Phoenix Suns.
Established in 1996, the E. J. Ourso College of Business Hall of Distinction recognizes individuals who make significant contributions in the areas of business, academia, government or the community. The Hall of Distinction is not strictly limited to LSU alumni, but nominees should have some connection with the college.