LPIC Board of Directors
Michael Olivier, CEcD, FM
CEO Louisiana Committee of 100
Michael Olivier is the CEO of the Louisiana Committee of 100 for Economic
Development, Inc. The Committee of 100 is a private sector non-profit business
advocacy group intent on building coalitions and partnerships to bring business and economic development to Louisiana. The membership is comprised of the CEOs of the top private sector companies statewide as well as University Presidents in Louisiana. The Committee of 100 was formed in 1992 to provide leadership and resources for positive change in government, education and the economy to improve the quality of life for all the people of Louisiana. Michael was recruited to serve as the CEO of the Louisiana Committee of 100 in October of 2009. Olivier most recently served as Regional President for the Americas for Future Pipe Industries, Inc. where he was responsible for the management and growth of the Group’s operations in the Americas region from North to South America.
Prior to joining the Group, Mr. Olivier served as Secretary of Louisiana Economic
Development to Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco from 2004 to 2008. His
appointment won praise from Louisiana business leaders and national and international leaders in the field of economic development, who have called him aggressive, experienced and knowledgeable. Olivier’s expertise in business development, recruiting, site selection, project management and a reputation for deal-closing are hallmarks of his career.
Prior to his serving on the Cabinet of Louisiana State Government, Olivier served over 17 years as the Executive Director and Chief Executive of the Harrison County
Development Commission in the casino and industrial region of the Mississippi GulfCoast.
Involved in all aspects of regional economic development he has been recognized
locally, regionally and nationally. He won the American Economic Development
Council's Distinguished Service Award in 1995, 1996 and 1997 and was twice
appointed to the Mississippi Business Finance Corporation by Governor Kirk Fordice and Lt. Governor Amy Tuck. He has been president of the Southern Economic Development Council and a ten-year board member and officer of the American Economic Development Council to which he was named a Fellow Member. In 2001, Olivier led the effort to secure the Accredited Economic Development Organization designation from the International Economic Development Council for the Development Commission, the first in the State of Mississippi. Business Week named him Mississippi's Economic Developer of the Year in 1999, and in 2002, Southern Business and Development magazine named him one of the “Top 10 Economic Developers of the Decade”. In 2005 Olivier led Louisiana Economic Development to achieve the ISO 9001 certification and the Accredited Economic Development Organization designation, both “firsts in the nation” for a state economic development agency.
In 2006 and 2007, Olivier was named as “One of the Top 10 in the U.S. to make a
difference in Economic Development” by Southern Business and Development
magazine. His work lead Louisiana to be named “State of the Year” for the first time by Southern Business and Development magazine.
The International Economic Development Council named Olivier as the 2006 winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Economic Development. CORENET Global gave Louisiana Economic Development the 2007 Economic Development Leadership Award in Strategies and Innovation for the business recovery work accomplished after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Michael and his wife Penelope are Louisiana natives and alumni of the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. He is a Certified Economic Developer, Honorary Life Member and Fellow Member of the International Economic Development Council.