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Al Thomas awarded 2013 LAGCOE Looey

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It's hard to choose exactly what makes Louisiana tick. But, for Southwest Louisiana, there's no question the oil and gas industry reigns supreme. For decades it's organizations like the Louisiana Gulf Coast Oil Exposition that help foster the local industry. And now LAGCOE is looking towards the younger generations to keep it going.

The new developments have been our young professional organization," said Kirby Arceneaux, chairmen of LAGCOE. "That's our main addition to it and it's going very well."

But the latest development was Tuesday, where Al Thomas was crowned this year's LAGCOE "Looey." It's an honor awarded to top oil industry leaders, pioneers, and forward-thinkers. Thomas has over 50 years under his hard hat.

"It might be like the King of Mardi Gras-it's like the King of the oil and gas industry," said Thomas. "But it's a great honor to be named LAGCOE Looey."

Thomas says even while he's looking back on his long career, he's also keeping his eye on the future. And that means continuous progress.

"New tools, new inventions, a lot of them are born right here in Louisiana," said Thomas.

October 22-24th, the Cajun Dome will be the spot for the next LAGCOE expo. Over the past few years, the event has grown and proven to be a major grab for the Lafayette area. The expo connects local, national, and now international oil and gas sectors together, as a way to showcase new ideas, new technology and more importantly, new talent. And that's no small feat, according to Lafayette City-Parish President Joey Durel.

"It's a big deal," said Durel. "It's the second largest oil exposition in the country and obviously it's an industry that is Lafayette.

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