BATON ROUGE -- Gator Millworks President/CEO Chad Foster has been named to 2018’s “Forty Under 40” by the Baton Rouge Business Report.

Foster is 37.

This year's field included more than 550 nominations for 275 candidates.

Among the highlights cited about Foster was the Denham Springs business producing cabinets nine days after taking on six feet of water during the Great Flood of 2016.

Gator Millworks also was selected as the official millwork contractor for the Mercedes-Benz Superdome 400 level suite renovation and provided 20,000 square feet of wall paneling for the LSU Patrick F. Taylor Hall renovation at LSU.

Foster’s family business in Denham Springs, started by his father, is building a 76,000-square-foot facility on Florida Boulevard that will explain its storage space, offices and showroom.

As part of his profile, Foster answered 43 questions about himself and his background. Among them:

Name one book that has inspired you professionally.

”Blink” by Malcolm Gladwell.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

“The birth of my two girls—Alayna Foster (11) and Mia Foster (5).”

Favorite gift you were given as a child?


What has been the most fulfilling moment in your career so far?

“Overcoming the flood of 2016.”

What was your professional “aha” moment?

“Knowing we were ready to expand and actually purchasing a 5.35-acre tract of land in 2015, so we could build the new manufacturing plant and corporate office of Gator Millworks.”

What is your favorite movie?

“Any of the ‘Fast and Furious’ series.”

What is the best compliment you’ve ever gotten from a colleague or boss?

“I was recently told this by a staff member: ‘There are two things in my life that I am 100 percent positive about, one was marrying my husband and the other is being able to work for Gator.’ ”

Which fictional character do you most identify with?

“Jack Sparrow.”


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