Visiting CPA Society takes hard-hat tour of downtown hotel construction site


A group from the annual meeting of the Society of Louisiana CPA’s toured the construction site of the Chateau Saint Denis June 15. Chris Post and Melissa Cloutier with the Natchitoches Events Center led the group through the sheet-rocked hallways and rooms on the first and second floors.

The first floor has 11 rooms, the third floor has 38 rooms and the fourth floor has 38 rooms. The second floor is level with Second Street, with the main entrance facing the Events Center and a bricked courtyard in the back on the first level. Two suites on the third and fourth levels offer privacy with a private hallway connecting a set of rooms. The French-Creole theme will offer a comfortable atmosphere with high ceilings and Southern charm.
“Natchitoches is Louisiana’s best kept secret for special events,” says Ronald GItz, CPA, Executive Director & CEO of the Society of Louisiana CPAs. “This is the second year we have held our Leadership Workshop here, bringing in 60+ CPA members from across the state. It’s a perfect venue providing historic charm, friendly locals, expert planning staff, and not to mention delicious food (we love the meat pies). And now with the new hotel opening soon, it will pave the way for larger groups to come and enjoy what we’ve been grateful to experience. We’re glad to be back.”

The LCPA is a nonprofit professional association. While they’ve stayed at a handful of bed and breakfasts in town, they’re eager for the hotel’s opening so they can have an anchor hotel, which will offer an additional 4,000 square feet of meeting space.

The LCPA equips CPAs and future CPAs with tools to excel in careers and perform at the highest levels to benefit clients and employees. Membership is open to CPAs and future CPAs.

The group met in Natchitoches to elect leaders who will continue to move the association forward. The meeting includes election of officers, presentation of annual awards and voting on proposed bylaws amendments. Members and guests are then welcome to stay and enjoy the President’s Reception. The group also had a free period to tour the downtown area, shop and admire the architecture and 300 plus years of history.