Chuck Lapeyre Selected as 59th Sugar Bowl President park
G. Charles "Chuck" Lapeyre, a successful businessman and a native of New Orleans, has been selected as the Sugar Bowl Committee's President for the 2016-17 year. Lapeyre, who earned both his bachelor's degree and his MBA from Tulane University, also lettered in football for three years with the Green Wave. He is the 59th president of the organization and will oversee the 83rd annual playing of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Football Classic on January 2, 2017 as well as bowl's annual slate of over 50 other events throughout the year.
"I'm truly honored for the opportunity to serve as president of the Sugar Bowl Committee," Lapeyre said. "I have a great appreciation for the volunteer spirt of the organization and I look forward to working with the entire membership and our staff to enhance the strong relationships we have with local, regional and national entities and individuals. I'm 100-percent committed to ensuring that we maintain and grow our position as one of the most successful amateur sports organizations in the country."
This year's Allstate Sugar Bowl will be the second to feature top teams from the Big 12 and the SEC as the two conferences will face-off in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The champions of each league are slated to play in the game, however, if either or both of the league champions are selected for the College Football Playoff, a top replacement from the displaced league will be selected.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl will also continue its prominent position in the community by hosting and sponsoring over 50 amateur sporting events in 2016. Included in those events are all of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association's state championships; the Crescent City Classic, a nationally-recognized road race featuring over 20,000 participants; the Manning Award, which honors college football's top quarterback; three basketball tournaments; two volleyball tournaments; two soccer sponsorships; and events in baseball, golf, bowling, cross country, lacrosse, sailing and track and field.
The Sugar Bowl Committee was founded as the New Orleans Mid-Winter Sports Association in 1934 for the purpose of promoting amateur sporting events that would stimulate tourism and have a positive economic effect on the New Orleans metropolitan area. Over the last decade, the Sugar Bowl has had an economic impact of over $2.5 billion for the city and state, including an impact of over $260-million this past year.
Since being elected to the Sugar Bowl Committee in 1999, Lapeyre has served on a wide-range of committees, including a prominent role on many of the organization's business-related committees such as the investment committee and the finance committee where he served as chair for six years. Lapeyre succeeds Carey Wicker, who directed the organization through the past year, and will serve with fellow officers Stanley J. Cohn, President-Elect; Roderick K. West, Vice President; Judge Monique Morial, Treasurer; and Ralph Capitelli, Secretary. Furthermore, the Sugar Bowl's 57th President, Judge Dennis Waldron, was elected Chairman of the Executive Committee, and joining the 18-member Executive Committee for 2016-17 are Raymond J. Jeandron, III; Dorothy "Dottie" Reese; and Noel Rivers, III.
Lapeyre's strong business background began with his education at Tulane and continued as he rose through the ranks to head three prominent businesses.
Lapeyre also had a prestigious position as a Vistage Chair, serving as a mentor in the business world. Lapeyre's business career began as a national accounts representative at First National Bank of Birmingham (AmSouth). He went on to work for Laitram Machinery in 1980, rising from sales representative to general manager before becoming an executive vice president with The Laitram Corporation. In 1996, he moved to Delta Petroleum Company as an executive vice president before becoming the company's President and CEO in 1999. In 2008, he purchased St. Mary Galvanizing and Manufactured Products, where he was the owner and CEO until 2012. Currently, he is an independent investor.
Lapeyre was a first-team all-state selection in both football and basketball at Newman High School in New Orleans. He has been married for 35 years to the former Amy Miller and the couple have three children: Charles, Kathryn and Becca. He enjoys biking, history, sailing, travel, sports and business.
About the Allstate Sugar Bowl
The Allstate Sugar Bowl has established itself as one of the premier college football bowl games, having hosted 27 national champions, 86 Hall of Fame players, 47 Hall of Fame coaches and 17 Heisman Trophy winners in its 81-year history. The 82nd Allstate Sugar Bowl Football Classic, featuring Oklahoma State from the Big 12 and Ole Miss from the SEC, will be played on January 1, 2016. In addition to football, the Sugar Bowl Committee is involved with various community initiatives through hosting and sponsorships of sporting events, awards and clinics. Through these efforts, the organization supports and honors over 25,000 student-athletes each year, while injecting over $2 billion into the local economy in the last decade.