Thibodaux man heads sugar league

Thibodaux man heads sugar league

LAFAYETTE, La. — Mike Daigle of Thibodaux was elected president of the American Sugar Cane League at the group’s Feb. 5 annual meeting.

The American Sugar Cane League is comprised of Louisiana sugarcane growers and millers from the 23-parish Sugar Belt. In 2011, the value of the sugarcane crop was $1.1 billion.

Daigle, who can trace his Louisiana sugarcane industry heritage back six generations to the 1860s, has served on the ASCL board of directors and key ASCL committees since 1995. He is also a member of the ASCL Foundation Board and served as board chairman for Louisiana Sugar Cane Products Inc. from 2001-07. He is also a past board chairman of Sugar Growers and Refiners Inc. and continues to serve on that board.

“I am looking forward to continuing the promotion of our core mission of research, governmental and public relations,” Daigle said. “The League will continue to strive for maintenance of the national ‘no cost to the taxpayer’ sugar policy.”

Daigle began his career in 1972 at J. Ray McDermott & Co. in Amelia. He moved to Raymond Offshore Constructors Inc. in Houma, and later moved to Savoie Industries Inc. Daigle became the CEO of Lula-Westfield LLC when the Lula Sugar Factory and Westfield Sugar Factory merged in 1997.

Daigle holds degrees in business administration (1971) and accounting (1982) from Nicholls State University.

In addition to his business background, Daigle also serves his community and is a former board member of the E.D. White Catholic High School Advisory Council and past president and board member of St. Genevieve Catholic School Advisory Council. He participates in many ministries at St. Genevieve Catholic Church in Thibodaux.

Daigle believes in a balanced approach to business and family.

“I read a business rule in the Wall Street Journal and try to practice its message at all times,” Daigle said. “Both the business and the family will survive and do well only if the family serves the business. Neither will do well if the business is run to serve the family.”

Daigle and his wife, Celeste, reside in Thibodaux. They have three sons, Michael, Christopher and Sam.

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