By Andrew L. Basden
Eric Ledoux was appointed by the board of directors as the newest chamber board member last month. Ledoux is replacing Meleah Montgomery, after she resigned from her position.
Ledoux is from Konowa, Oklahoma. He married his wife Tommi, a Bridge Creek alumnus, 11 years ago, and they moved to Newcastle shortly thereafter. They have two sons, Brayden and Jace who attend Newcastle Public Schools. Ledoux loves the outdoors and spending time with his friends and family.
He credits his great uncle as being a big influence in getting him interested in the insurance field.
“My great uncle was a very successful insurance agent for Prudential. He was named the number one agent for the company twice,” said Ledoux.
He admired his uncle dearly and was always interested in and watching the success he was having.
“I think my great uncle was meant to be in my life to help me find my true calling,” said Ledoux.
Three years ago Ledoux found his true calling when he became an agent intern for State Farm Insurance.
He is now an independent agent with State Farm and the owner of The Eric Ledoux Agency, located in Newcastle.
It was not a hard choice to make for Ledoux to decide to open his business in Newcastle.
According to Ledoux the steady growth the city is experiencing and the amazing community were big factors for him.
“For the first time in my adult life I feel connected to a community, and a growing city is a great opportunity for a business like mine to grow along with it,” he said.
Newcastle had never had a State Farm agent before, and Ledoux wanted the honor of that title.
Ledoux has been an active chamber member for two years now.
“I have been drawn to serve the city of Newcastle in some capacity,” said Ledoux.
Serving on the board of directors will be the first official position that Ledoux has held for the city of Newcastle.
“We are very excited to welcome Eric Ledoux to our board of directors. Eric has been heavily involved with the chamber and community since opening his State Farm Insurance office here in Newcastle, and even before then having a child in the NPS school system. We look forward to his leadership as our chamber continues to grow and help support and strengthen our community,” said Jeannette Lore, President/CEO of the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development.
“I would like to thank the board of directors for appointing me, I am very honored,” Ledoux said.
As a small business owner himself, Ledoux is passionate about giving every opportunity possible to other small business owners as well.
“I want to help the chamber be a tremendous resource for our local business owners,” said Ledoux.