Our Team

Our team is driven. Our team is talented. Our team is family.

Chad Foster

CEO | President

chadfoster@gatormillworks.com
225-667-7758

Name a book that has inspired you professionally.

“Blink” by Malcolm Gladwell

What do you consider the greatest achievement?

The birth of both my girls.

What motivates you and gives you professional inspiration?

Being allowed to work with some of the best people I know each and every day at Gator Millworks.

Tom Choppin

Chief Growth Officer

tomchoppin@gatormillworks.com
225-667-7758

What was your major in college?

 I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from UNO

What is something unique about you?

I’ve been going to Saints home games since 1978. Also, not necessarily unique, but I try to laugh whenever possible! 

What is your favorite Gator Millworks project?

The Mercedes Benz Superdome Suite Level 400 Renovations. 

Jennifer Henry

Chief Financial Officer

jenniferhenry@gatormillworks.com
225-667-7758

What do you love about working at Gator Millworks?

Our leadership and my coworkers. There is never a dull moment. 

What do you like to do when you are not at work?

Tend to my mini farm of 3 horses, chickens, 4 dogs and a handful of fish.

Favorite Quote –

“Expect nothing, appreciate everything.” Author Unknown

Austin Shelton

Vice President of Operations

austinshelton@gatormillworks.com
225-667-7758

Do you have a nickname?

Shady

What do you love about Gator Millworks?

It is a fun and challenging workplace. 

What is your favorite Gator Millworks project so far?

Le Meridien in New Orleans

Jeff La Rosa, Architect, AIA l NCARB

Business Development Executive

Jefflarosa@gatormillworks.com
225-667-7758

What is your favorite quote?

“I don’t know why people hire architects and then tell them what to do.” – Frank Ghery

What is your greatest achievement?

My greatest personal achievement was becoming a Licensed Architect. Working and studying while raising a family will put all of your ambitions and dreams to the ultimate test. It’s not as easy as some would lead you to believe.

What do you do when you’re not at work?

When I’m not at work I enjoy traveling and spending time outdoors with my girls. Nature is the ultimate therapist for all of us and it really brings us closer each time we go.

Greg Slain

Senior Estimator

gregslain@gatormillworks.com
225-667-7758

What made you decide to work for Gator Millworks?

11 Years ago I threw a dart to pick a company to work for, and I found a company that has become my family.

What do you do when not working?

I build custom furniture.

Favorite Quote –

“The mold of your life is in your hands to break.” J. R. R. Tolken

Greg Theriot

Senior Project Manager

gregtheriot@gatormillworks.com
225-667-7758

What brought you to work at Gator Millworks?

I started at Gator right out of college and have been hooked on the millwork industry ever since. 

What is your favorite Gator Millworks project so far?

Le Meridien is the one I am most proud of due to my involvement in the project and the challenges it presented.

What do you like to do when you aren’t at work?

I like to relax, hang out with friends/family, cook for friends/family, and go fishing and hunting when I can.

Robert Leiper

Senior Engineer / Designer

robertleiper@gatormillworks.com
225-667-7758

Do you have any professional certifications?

I have a BSBA in Economics and Real Estate and also have my CSLB – C6 Contractor’s License.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I must admit, I enjoy my work so when I am “off” I am continually observing, critiquing the design I see around me, and dissecting how things are built. I will walk behind the barrier tape to look at something cool, or crawl under something to see how it is made. I am not shy about it. It is in my nature.

What has been your favorite Gator project so far?

KBIS 2013 – because It was my first opportunity to share west coast design ideas and different fabrication concepts with Gator pushing the boundary of our capabilities to know we can be a leader in bringing this type of modern high-end product to our region.

Smith Residence – because we handled the complete design package and did some nice steel detailing.

 

 

Kyle Atkinson

Plant Manager

kyleatkinson@gatormillworks.com
225-667-7758

Do you hold professional certifications?

Smart Safety Forklift Certificate. Stiles Wood Wop level 0.5 training certification.

What do you do like to do in your free time?

Church, family, and occasionally sleep.

What is your favorite project with Gator Millworks so far?

Any hospital or school. Those types of projects positively impact the most people.

Allan Ballard

Project Engineer

allanballard@gatormillworks.com
225-667-7758

Why did you choose to work at Gator Millworks?

I enjoy being challenged. 

What do you like to do in your free time?

Spend time with family and friends. 

What has been your favorite project with Gator Millworks so far?

The Miller Residence

Jamie Thibodeaux

Project Manager

jamiethibodeaux@gatormillworks.com
225-667-7758

What do you love about working at Gator Millworks?

It’s a great company! The willingness of leadership to invest in and challenge their employees.

As a project manager I enjoy working with each individual residential client on the millwork for their new home or remodel. Watching clients visions come to from design, engineering, building, and installation of the final product.

What has is your favorite Gator Millworks project so far?

Residential – Guillot Residence / Commercial: Walk On’s

Favorite Quote –

“If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” Marc Anthony

Randall Foster

Field Coordinator

randyfoster@gatormillworks.com
225-667-7758

Do you hold any professional certifications?

I am AWI certified. 

Why do you work at Gator Millworks?

I love being involved with the best millwork company in Louisiana.

Favorite Quote –

If its made from wood we can build it!” – Randy Foster

Nicholas Amidon

CAD Technician

nicholasamidon@gatormillworks.com
225-667-7758

Do you have any professional certifications?

I’m a certified user of AutoCad, Revit Architecture, Inventer, and Autodesk Bulding Performance Analysis.

Why do you work for Gator Millworks?

Gator provides great opportunities for a new graduate to gain knowledge and enhance your skills.

What do you do in your free time?

I do part time house flipping, and I go to church on Sunday.

Erin Fourroux

Controller

erinfourroux@gatormillworks.com
225-667-7758

What do you like to do when you are not at work?

Cook, read, spend time with family & friends, love on Bruiser my Chihuahua, and binge watch Christmas in July on the Hallmark Channel.

Why do you work for Gator Millworks?

It’s a great company to work for with opportunities to learn and advance.

Favorite Quote –

“Use your head. It’s the little things that count.” My Mom

Daniel Gill

Field Technician

danielgill@gatormillworks.com
225-667-7758

TJ Parkerson

Field Technician

tjparkerson@gatormillworks.com
225-667-7758

Samantha Kline

Receptionist

samanthakline@gatormillworks.com

225-667-7758

Why do you work for Gator Millworks?

It is a great company to work for, and everyone is friendly.

What do you like to do in your free time?

Spend time with my family and friends. 

What is your favorite Gator Millworks project so far?

The Emonet Residence

Chris Kelton

Project Estimator

chriskelton@gatormillworks.com
225-667-7758

Do you have a degree or certification?

I have a degree in emergency medicine and am a certified EMT. 

What do you like to do in your free time?

Fish, Hunt, Rock Climb, Solo Backpacking Trips, Camping, Kayaking and Anything That Produces Adrenaline!

Favorite Quote –

“Do what you can, where you are, with what you’ve got!” Theodore Roosevelt

Matt Bear

Project Manager

mattbear@gatormillworks.com
225-667-7758

Why do you work for Gator Millworks?

I have an affinity for wood working. Working for Gator Millworks is a marriage between my personal interests bridging into my professional background in commercial construction. It’s a good home with a foundation made from solid professional team work in an efficient and productive environment.

What is your favorite project Gator Millworks has completed?

Patrick F. Taylor Hall at LSU

Favorite Quote –

“Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.” Charles Mingus

Kort McDonough

Business Process Manager

kortmcdonough@gatormillworks.com
225-667-7758

Why did you choose to work for Gator Millworks?

I work for Gator Millworks because this company challenges me to be constantly evaluating and creating innovative ways to support not only my fellow coworkers but clients as well, while being able to stand behind an excellent product and service from our team.

What is your favorite Gator project so far?

The one we will be completing in 2019, Gator Millworks new facility

Favorite Quote –

Everything around you that you call life was made up by people no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use. Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again!” Steve Jobs

Christopher Madden

Residential Millwork Engineer

Christophermadden@gatormillworks.com
225-667-7758

What is your favorite project Gator Millworks has completed?

My favorite project is/was Vial Residence because it pushed me to the best of my abilities.

Why did you choose to work here?

And the reason for choosing gator is because my position at gator pushes me to do better than I ever though I could, and I learn so much everyday.

Grant Conrad

Millworks Engineer

grantconrad@gatormillworks.com

225-667-7758

Why do you do what you do?

I really enjoy challenging work. Being complacent is a quick way to become unsatisfied, and I see no issue of that at Gator.

Are there any personal values you try to tie into your work?

I’ve always been told growing up that if there is ever a job worth doing, it’s worth doing right the first time. I always try to exude that in my everyday life and work.

Why did you choose to work here? 

I drove past Gator Millworks every day when I was attending school, and I always knew I wanted to work here. I’m excited Gator has given me the opportunity to show what I can do!

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