Hall of Distinction Class of 2007-2008

Richard J. “Dick” Juneau was born on September 16, 1938 in Bordelonville, Louisiana, and is a graduate of Louisiana State University, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1960. Juneau also attended the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama from 1973 to 1975, taking graduate courses under the business curriculum. His industrial development includes numerous courses at plants and corporate offices in management, sales, accounting, finance, budgeting, computer, OSHA, industrial safety, supervision and industrial maintenance.

Juneau began his engineering career in June of 1960 with Crown-Zellerbach Corporation in St. Francisville, Louisiana as a Project Engineer, responsible for engineering projects at a new, small, one-machine mill. Following construction of a major pulp and paper mill expansion, he moved to be the Start-up Engineer, responsible for starting up and “de-bugging” new equipment as units were completed. In July of 1965, Juneau was promoted to Maintenance Planning and Scheduling Supervisor and directed the inauguration, development and implementation of a new plant maintenance control system. In August 1966, he became the Mechanical Maintenance Supervisor for the entire St. Francisville paper manufacturing complex. From 1970 to 1972, he served as an Area Maintenance Superintendent, which included overall responsibility for maintenance of the St. Francisville Paper Company – a joint venture of Crown-Zellerbach Corporation and Time Incorporated. He moved to Mobile, Alabama, from 1972 until 1975 as the Maintenance Manager for the Scott Paper Company pulp and paper manufacturing plant.

From 1975 to 1978, Juneau was Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Co-Owner of WYESCO, Inc. in Zachary, Louisiana. This position included responsibility for marketing, administration, engineering and procurement for an industrial equipment rebuilding, machining and fabricating shop. He specialized in larger mechanical rebuilds and machining, which were generally contracted out by the plants, due to in-plant limitations of resources. WYESCO employment increased from six to a maximum facility capacity of 25 in the first two years of ownership.

In 1978, Juneau co-founded and was owner and Chief Executive Officer of International Manufacturers Representatives, Inc. (IMR), an industrial sales, service and warehousing business in Baton Rouge. IMR was involved in sales of custom engineered and pre-engineered systems and equipment to general industry, large commercial end users and consultant engineers. The Custom Machine and Pump Repair, Inc. division of IMR served as a shop and field re-manufacturing service to the same customer base.

Over the years, Juneau has been active in supporting the University and the College of Engineering. He serves as a member of the Dean's Advisory Council and the Industrial Advisory Board Chairman for the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He is also the Mechanical Engineering Department’s Campaign Steering Committee Chairman for the Forever LSU Campaign. Juneau is a member of the LSU Foundation, 1860 Society, LSU Alumni Association, LSU Gridiron Club, and Tiger Athletic Foundation.

Juneau has been involved in numerous professional and civic organizations including LABI/Louisiana Association of Business and Industry as Small Business Council Chairman and has served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee. He was also Leadership Council Chairman for NFIB/National Federation of Independent Business and was awarded Small Business Champion for Louisiana in 2004. Juneau was a charter member of the Louisiana Chemical Industry Alliance and served as the Louisiana delegate in Washington D.C. for both the Congressional Small Business Summits (1998, 2000, 2002) and the White House Conference on Small Business as Taxation Committee Co-Chair in 1995.He served for six years on the Louisiana Workforce Commission and was on the Machine Shop Advisory Board for Louisiana Technical College. Juneau was active with the U.S. Selective Service on the Draft Board from 1989 to 1996 and the Appeal Board from 1996 to 2004. He was on the Board of Directors as Security Chairman for the Kenilworth Civic Association and was also Vice President on the Board of Directors for the Choctaw Merchants Association. Currently, he donates counseling services as a SCORE Counselor. He is a member of the Louisiana Engineering Society, Baton Rouge Area Foundation, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, St. Jude Catholic Church Knights of Columbus, Heritage Foundation, Citizens for a Sound Economy and is a Louisiana Registered Professional Engineer.

Juneau and his wife, Katherine have two daughters, Lisa Mohr and Jill Curtis, married to Jeff Mohr and Glenn Curtis. Juneau also has five grandchildren: Michael Mohr, Brittany Mohr, Meagan Curtis, Nicholas Curtis and Jacob Curtis.