Ben Berthelot, Executive Director of the Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission

In this episode of Discover Lafayette, Ben talks with host Jan Swift about the many cultural attractions for which Lafayette is known: great cuisine, rich cultural history, blockbuster festivals, and the kind-hearted people who make this a family-friendly place. Ben’s a well-respected family man and community activist who is proud to promote the culture of Lafayette and South Louisiana.

In 2019, Ben Berthelot was elected as Vice-Chair of the Louisiana Travel Association (LTA) Board of Directors at its annual meeting at the Holiday Inn Alexandria – Downtown. Ben is very active in the community and has served on numerous boards and commissions, including United Way of Acadiana, Leadership Institute of Acadiana Board of Directors and Downtown Lafayette Unlimited (DLU). He is a founding member of the705 and served as the organization’s charter President. Berthelot is a past board member of Junior Achievement, Faith House, Acadiana Regional Development District Board, the Junior League Advisory Board and the Juvenile Justice Children & Youth Planning Board.

In 2005 he was named one of Chase Bank & The Daily Advertiser’s 20 Under 40.

Berthelot is a graduate of Leadership Lafayette and Council for a Better Louisiana’s (CABL) Leadership Louisiana program, and was a charter member of the Acadiana Regional Board of CABL. He has also coached basketball at Our Lady of Fatima School since 1994.

Berthelot is a graduate of St. Thomas More Catholic High School and the University of Louisiana-Lafayette with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations. He is married to the former Ashley Bertand.

Discover Lafayette is grateful for the support of Ben Berthelot and his staff! In launching this podcast in 2017, LCVC provided much-needed grant monies that paid for web development, promotions, and ongoing costs of publishing the blog and podcast. The moral and monetary support of Mr. Berthelot and LCVC’s Board and staff will always be appreciated.

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