Roger F. Villere, Jr.
When volunteerism is discussed in Louisiana, the name of Roger F. Villere, Jr. of Metairie must be near the top of the list. His commitment to family and community are unmatched. Villere attended the University of New Orleans, is a fellow of the Loyola Institute of Politics and the UNO Government Leadership Institute. He established Villere’s Florist in 1969 and has earned many awards and designed for a number of high profile persons. He has, and continues to play a leadership role in the local business community. He has served in community positions including the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce, the Small Business Council, the East Jefferson Council of the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, the American Academy of Florists and the Louisiana State Florist Association. Villere has been a part of and led numerous community programs and organizations. Among them are the Alliance for Good Government, Jaycees International, the LaFreniere Kiwanis Club, the East Jefferson Hospital Foundation and the Women’s New Life Center. His service extends beyond his community. Villere was elected Chairman of the Republican Party of Louisiana in 2004 and served through 2018. During his tenure as Chairman, the Republican Party of Louisiana made historic gains across the board. He has attended five Republican National Conventions and has served as an RNC Committeeman and a member of the Rules Committee. In 2011 he was elected to the RNC Executive Committee and served as Vice Chairman in 2012. Villere has received numerous awards, even a Presidential Appointment and a number of Congressional Appointments. He and his wife, Donna, have three sons, four granddaughters and three great grandchildren. He will leave a legacy of selfless service.