Hall of Distinction Class of 2000-2001

A.J.M “Bubba” Oustalet, Jr., a 1947 graduate in mechanical engineering and chairman of the Bubba Oustalet Automotive Group, is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, and graduate of Holy Cross High School. Oustalet works with franchises for seven automobile lines and owns real estate companies in both Jennings, Louisiana, and Gulfport, Mississippi. He is also chairman of the Zigler Foundation in Jennings, which is responsible for funding over 600 scholarships to state universities, including a professorship in the College of Engineering and another in the E.J. Ourso College of Business.

Prior to completing his senior year in the LSU College of Engineering, Oustalet was called to serve in the Naval Air Force during WWII as a flight engineer. During this time, he graduated from the Pan American Airline Flight Engineering School in New York and from the Navy School in Memphis, Tennessee in Aircraft Engineering and Mechanical Structure. Upon his return to LSU to complete his engineering education, Oustalet worked as a student instructor in the mechanical engineering engine lab before attaining his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1947.

Oustalet served as general manager of Capitol City Ford in Baton Rouge from 1948-1952 and as president of the Ford Dealer’s Training School in Dearborn, Michigan from 1951-1958. He served as director of Best Western Hotel of Gulfport, Mississippi, Whitney Band of Mississippi, and American Bank Group of Jennings. From 1965-1975 Oustalet held the position of president and director of the Zigler Hotel Board of Jennings, Louisiana.

In 1955, Oustalet was elected to the 12-member National Ford Dealer Council of America and later elected president of the National Ford Dealers Council Board in 1960. In 1971, Oustalet became a member of the Louisiana Governor’s Consumer Protection Board. He is the past president and director of the Louisiana Auto Dealer’s Association. Oustalet served as president and director of Ford Advertising Board for 35 years and as director of Lincoln-Mercury Dealers Advisory Board for 30 years. In 1975, he was voted Louisiana’s Outstanding Dealer, chosen by Louisiana Auto Dealers Association. One year later, Time Magazine named him a National Quality Dealer. This recognition is given to only six dealers out of the total of 24,000. Oustalet has also received Ford Motor Company’s highest honor - “Distinguished Achievement Award.” He was the only dealer in America for 38 years to receive this.

Oustalet is a member of the LSU College of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Board and the LSU Foundation. He was inducted into the LSU Alumni Association Hall of Distinction and received the LSU Alumni Association Purple and Gold Award. He was named LSU Alumnus of the Year and was a member of the Lod Cook Alumni Center Hall of Honor at the Guarantor Level.
He has also received the LSU Foundation President’s Award for Lifetime Support at the Grand Benefactor level.

Oustalet is married to the former Lena Mae Easley of Shreveport, Louisiana. They are parents of ten children; nine of which have LSU degrees.