Minden native Wayne Parker was honored with the Robert E. Russ Award in recently by the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.
The award is named after Robert E. Russ, who donated the land to form the city of Ruston and is the community's highest honor for leadership and outstanding contributions to local business and civic development.
Parker said he felt "blown away'" by receiving the award.
Parker was born and reared in Minden and graduated from Minden High School in 1958. He is married to his high school sweetheart Glenda Fields Parker.
"I feel very fortunate to have been raised in a city like Minden," Parker said. "I loved Minden and cherished those days."
In the fall of 1958, he went to Louisiana Tech on a football scholarship and graduated with a degree in business management.
"My role models were my dad and Coach George Doherty."
Parker is retired from Williamette Industries, Inc., where he worked from 1973 to 2002 as an Area Human Resource Manager and most recently as Vice President of the Southern Region.
Parker is currently chairman of the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors and is on the Louisiana Forestry Association.
He is also chair of Leadership Committee for Ruston Twenty-One Program (economic and community development program).
The Minden native has held positions with Louisiana Methodist Children's Home, Wild Turkey Federation, Lincoln General Hospital, Trinity United Methodist Church, Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, Louisiana Tech Football and has been a little league coach.