The McNeese State University Alumni
Association will present its 2017 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year awards during
halftime ceremonies at the Cowboys vs. the Southeastern Lions football game Saturday,
The three McNeese alumni who have been
named recipients are: Butch Alsandor, an award-winning sportscaster who has
covered sports in Houston, Texas, for more than 20 years; Kendall "Ken” A.
Broussard, a certified public accountant and co-founder of The Broussard Group,
LLC in Lake Charles; and Paul W. Rainwater, a former local
and state government official in Louisiana and an expert in natural disaster
management and recovery through
his bi-partisan work with the Louisiana Recovery Authority.
native of Opelousas, Alsandor graduated from
McNeese in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in radio and television. He attended
McNeese on a football scholarship, where he lettered three years, and after
graduation, he started his broadcast career at KPLC in Lake Charles.
He then moved on to WBAL in Baltimore,
Md., before finding a home in Houston. From 2009 to 2013, he was sports director
at KHOU (CBS), where his career gave him the opportunity to meet three U.S.
Presidents and secure one-on-one interviews with Pres. George W. Bush and First
Lady Michelle Obama. During the interview with the First Lady, he carried a
McNeese clipboard that was prominently displayed throughout the interview.
He has more than 35 years of experience
covering major sporting events that have included Super Bowls, the NBA Finals
and the World Series games. The veteran broadcaster has won numerous AP awards
for the Best Sportscast and Best Sports feature and was host for the
award-winning Houston Chronicle High School Sports Show.
Today, he is owner of Butch Alsandor
Media, which provides media consulting, motivational speaking and emceeing
events in and around the Houston area. He is also a college football color
analyst and play-by-play man, broadcasting games for the Southland Conference
and Texas Southern University. Alsandor
is on the executive committee for the Lighthouse of Houston and is a board
member for the HITS Theatre.
Broussard, who lives in Sulphur,
received his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from McNeese in 1986 and
his Master of Professional Accounting degree from the University of Texas at
Austin in 1987. He also was a track and field student-athlete at McNeese.
He is co-founder of The Broussard Group
- a team of specialized health care companies, accounting services and
technology management solutions providing comprehensive services for businesses
managing senior care. The group is comprised of 14 companies providing health
care services in nine states with over 1,000 employees.
Broussard previously worked with Ernst
& Young in Houston as a senior tax accountant and then began his 25-year career
as an accountant with Broussard & Company, a full service accounting firm
where he has also served as tax manager, tax director and partner.
has served as chairman, treasurer and a member of the Chamber Southwest and the
Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance, Louisiana Society of CPAs
board member and local chapter president, a board member of the Louisiana
Health Care Self Insurance Fund, West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital Foundation and
Calcasieu Parish Public Trust Authority, and a gubernatorial appointee to the
Louisiana Tobacco Settlement Financing Corp.
Rainwater, a native of DeQuincy, received
his Bachelor of Arts degree in government in 1985 from McNeese and a
Master of Arts degree in international relations from Salve Regina University
in Rhode Island.
Currently, he is a consultant for
Cornerstone Government Affairs, a vice president with the Sisung Securities
Corp. and a partner with the disaster response/recovery firm Plexos Group. Rainwater
has recently lobbied on behalf of the state of Louisiana after the floods of 2016
and is doing work in Texasand Puerto Rico.
He served as chief of staff, commissioner of administration
and executive director of theLouisiana
Recovery Authority - the state agency charged with allocating
federal recovery funds in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita - to Gov.Bobby Jindal from
2008-2014. Rainwater left the Jindal
administration in 2014 to open his lobbying firm in Baton Rouge - Rainwater Consulting, LLC.
Additionally, Rainwater served a couple of years in a senior
position under Gov. Kathleen Blanco in the LRA, which was created after Katrina
and Rita, and as chief of operations in the Washington, D.C., office for then
U.S. Sen.Mary Landrieu.
He also worked as chief administrative officer for the city ofLake Charles.
Additionally, Rainwater had a dual career as an Army officer in the
Army National Guard, retiring in 2015 as an Army Colonel.
military role, Rainwater served in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation
Iraq Freedom as a finance officer, civil affairs plans officer and as the
deputy adjutant general for the theater of operations during Operation Iraqi
Freedom. He received numerous awards and medals including the Bronze Star.