Our Team

TPG professional staff and consultants include

MBAs, economists, a certified sales process engineer, a customer retention expert, and military veterans. We have special expertise in Business Development, Market Strategy, Financial Services, and Hospitality Management. Our Regional Team Consultants are located in Washington DC, New York, California, Texas, and Louisiana.  

Marshall Pierite



Email: marshall@thepieritegroup.com

Marshall Pierite is the founder and owner of the Pierite Group, LLC, a Louisiana-based company which provides business advisory services. A native Louisianan, Marshall began his career by serving in the United States Marine Corps with a military occupational specialty in administration. Following his military service, he worked for the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana as a medical clerk. After receiving progressive promotions within the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana’s Health Department, he was promoted to Director of the Tunica-Biloxi Social Services Department.

While serving in the Social Services Department, Marshall also became a member of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribal Council. For more than 20 years, he held several elected positions on the Council including Secretary-Treasurer, Vice Chairman, and Chairman of the Tribe.  Over the course of his time on the Council, he worked on government operations, budgeting, infrastructure development, economic development, community development and tax policy development.  Marshall became well versed in government operations throughout Indian Country, federal regulations, government to government negotiations, and relationship building between governmental organizations and private entities.

Concurrent to Marshall’s service in tribal government, he also excelled in several leadership positions in corporate governance. He served as the Chief Executive Officer of MobiLoans, a financial services corporation.  Under Marshall’s leadership, MobiLoans grew from a small start-up company to a multi-million dollar national financial service institution. As Chief Executive Officer, he oversaw a multi-million dollar portfolio all while creating workforce development opportunities for the citizens of Louisiana.  Due to his outstanding service, Marshall was named Chairman of the Board of Directors of MobiLoans, a position he currently holds.

Marshall has also served in key positions on a number of boards and committees with private, tribal, and non-profit organizations. He has served as chairman and co-chairman of the Board of Carcieri Task Force; Board Member of the United States Chamber of Commerce/NAEI; Board Member of the United South and Eastern Tribes; Board Member of the National Online Lending Alliance Board; Liaison Officer to Tunica-Biloxi Economic Development Corporation; Mentor to Tunica-Biloxi Youth Council and Committee Member of the United South and Eastern Tribes Social Services Program. 

Pierite is an advocate for leading the initiative to help regulate tribal lending. It was through his leadership that the Tunica-Biloxi Tribal Lending Commission was formed.

Larry Andrews



Email: larry@thepieritegroup.com

Larry Andrews Jr. is one of the founders of K & L Management, LLC, a business management strategy firm, and currently serves as the Chief Operations Officer of The Pierite Group, LLC.

Originally from New Orleans, LA, Larry graduated from Boston University with a concentration in Economics and the University of Colorado’s Masters of Business Administration program. With over 12 years of experience in auditing, accounting, grant writing, budgeting, federal regulations, community planning, and financial controls, Larry’s career has lead him to work for some of the nation’s top firms including three Fortune 500 companies - State Street Corp, Capital One Bank, and SunGard.

From the private industry to government and non-profit organizations, Larry has extensive experience working with all business models. In particular, Larry has received special recognition for his work in compliance for federal programs.   Throughout his work experience, Larry has been commended for high performance, suggestions in operational improvements, and training of new employees.  

Charlotte Smith


Communications and Projects Director

Charlotte Smith is the owner and Chief Executive Officer of WordSmith Communications LLC, a Baton Rouge based marketing, communications and public relations firm. She currently serves as Communications and Projects Director for The Pierite Group LLC.

Originally from Ipswich,England, Charlotte moved to Baton Rouge as in middle school and received her undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University, having triple majored in English, History and Communications.

Charlotte has served as the Public Information Officer for London Mayor Ken Livingston, where he acted as spokesperson, constructed press releases and developed programs for at-risk youth. She was a speech writer for the United Nations, has been a freelance writer focusing on human rights and political concerns, served as Editor-in-Chief for a Louisiana newspaper and as owned two online south Louisiana publications.

Charlotte currently has an extensive list of state and municipal clients and is actively involved in Louisiana politics. She develops communications, public relations and marketing strategies for her clients, ensuing that each client's needs are met through an individual cu.

Charlotte has been an active Rotarian, is a former President and Board Member with Volunteer Ascension, Board Member for the Ascension Community Theatre, Board Member with Project Kid Kove, a member of TH Louisiana Press Association, won 2013 Ascension Chamber of Commerce Individual of the Year award, won the 2014 Ascension Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year award, and served as a founding Board Member for the Dearing Agenda for Adult Literacy.

Lonnie R. Bridges, Sr.


Workforce Development and Training Director

Lonnie R. Bridges, Sr. is an entrepreneur exploring the field of motivational speaking, training, and consulting.

Lonnie has earned a Bachelor  of Science Degree with Honors in Electronics Engineering from Southern University A&M College, is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno Executive Development Program, received an Advanced Certificate in Human Resource Management from the Council on Education in Management, is a graduate of Leadership Central Louisiana Program from Louisiana State University at Alexandria, and is a graduate of the Quantico United States Marine Corps Officer Candidate School.

Lonnie served as the Vice President of Organizational & Executive Development for Paragon Casino Resort. His duties included the development and implementation of quality and continuous improvement processes; oversaw the Training Staff, and further developed the supervisory and leadership skills of entry, mid-level and senior management employees.

Lonnie has held the following positions within his tenure at Paragon/GCA: Director of Organizational & Executive Development, Director of Associate Services, Manager of Planning & Analysis, and Financial/Labor Analyst.   He also worked as a Supplier Quality Assurance Engineer for Rockwell Automation /Allen Bradley where he provided training to suppliers and internal personnel to facilitate the concepts of (RASMP) Rockwell Automation Supplier Management Process and (TQM) Total Quality Management Principles. Lonnie has eight years of military experience (US Marines Infantry) providing extensive development of leadership skills, traits, and characteristics. He has received honors to include accelerated promotion, Meritorious Mast Award, Combat Action Ribbon, and Kuwait Liberation Medal for service in The Persian Gulf War.

Lonnie is currently a member of the Louisiana Association on Compulsive Gambling (LACG) Board of Directors in the Executive position of Secretary;   Avoyelles Parish Community & Youth Coalition (ACYC); Louisiana Technical College Advisory Council; TEACHFORAMERICA-South LA Advisory Board; A Tri-State (LA, TX, MS) Keynote and Motivational Speaker for the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP), and Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA). He also served as Chairman of the Board for the Boys & Girls Club of Avoyelles; District Chairman for the Boy Scouts of America, Soaring Eagle District (5 Parishes). His other affiliations include Southern University Alumni Federation Hall of Fame; and recipient of the Toastmasters International Communication and Leadership Award


Amy Sampson


Project Administrator

Amy Sampson currently serves as Project Administrator for The Pierite Group LLC. She has over 20 years of experience in business administration and fundraising. Amy studied business while attending Barton County Community College in Great Bend, Kansas.

Throughout her career, Amy has managed offices in various business settings including the real estate, medical and legal fields. Amy spent the bulk of her career with the Tunica Biloxi Indian Political Action Committee (TBIPAC), coordinating fundraisers for over 10 years. She successfully produced annual events such as Washington Mardi Gras, the Ace in the Hole Golf Tournament and the TBIPAC BBQ Throwdown. Amy has also planned, organized and directed debates and government to government luncheons.

Amy has assisted numerous organizations with their inaugural fundraising events and organized donations for the CENLA Food Bank. During her tenure with TBIPAC, Amy acquired multiple sponsorships from a range of corporations, small businesses and individuals.

Shree Logan


Office Manager

Shree Logan currently serves as the Office Manager of The Pierite Group, LLC. She has over 17 years of experience in business administration with an emphasis on customer service.

Shree graduated from Executive Secretarial College in Dallas, Texas with an Associate’s Degree of Applied Science in Legal Assisting/Paralegal Studies. In 2013, she completed coursework in grant writing at LSUA.

Her career has spanned throughout multiple industries from tribal gaming, real estate, automotive lending and airline services. Dedicated and motivated, she has worked for three Fortune 500 companies – Ford Motor Credit, the financial services arm of Ford Motor Company; AMR Corporation-American Eagle Airlines and Prentiss Properties Trust, a real estate investment trust (REIT), which engaged in the acquisition, ownership, management, leasing and development of high end office properties in the United States. While at Ford Motor Credit’s Irving Service Center, Shree held various positions within several departments including accounting, credit reanalysis and repossessions. More recently, Shree held administrative positions at Paragon Casino Resort beginning in food and beverage and later excelled to executive administration.

Throughout her successful career, Shree has been continually recognized for all her hard work, integrity and commitment. She received the Gold Coin Award from Prentiss Properties Trust. Striving for success with Ford Motor Credit, she became the first employee to win the Irving Service Center’s Employee of the Month three times in one year. While employed with Paragon Casino Resort, Shree assisted in fundraising efforts for The Susan G. Komen Foundation, March of Dimes and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. She is also a member of the Tunica Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana and was recently appointed to the 2016 Election Committee as Secretary Treasurer.


Thelma Prater


Research and Development Consultant

Thelma J. Prater has over 28 years of experience as an educator.  She began serving as the Assistant Superintendent for the Avoyelles Parish School District in July 2012.  Prior to her appointment, she served in various administrative capacities such as Director and Supervisor of Federal Programs, and as both Assistant Principal and Principal of Plaucheville Elementary School. 

Before moving into the administrative part of her profession, Thelma was an elementary school teacher.  During her teaching career, she was identified as Teacher of the Year in 2000 and 2002 for her exemplary work.  Thelma’s ability to advance her students to a higher degree of academic skills has been a valuable contribution to the community.  

Thelma earned her Master’s in Administration and Supervision from Southern University of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and continued her studies at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.   Throughout her career, Thelma has come to the realization that her educational path is a never ending journey.

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