Francis E. "Hank" Lauricella (1930-2014)
(Former) Chairman - Lauricella Land Company
Hank Lauricella was Manager and General Partner of Lauricella Land Company from 1970 until 2006. During that span, he saw the Company through several challenging phases of its growth, transitioning from a primarily residential concern into a major commercial entity with numerous regional interests.
Working tirelessly to promote economic development through diversification of the State of Louisiana's economic base, Hank also served Louisiana as a State Representative from 1964 to 1972 and as a State Senator from 1972 to 1996. His efforts helped cultivate much of the fertile ground that now bears new businesses.
Hank contributed his knowledge and expertise to the boards and committees of many local and regional business organizations, including the Jefferson Business Council, the Jefferson Edge Task Force, the Chamber for New Orleans and the River Region, the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District, the Port of New Orleans, and the World Trade Center. Through his efforts to foster a healthy local and regional economy, Hank ensured a thriving environment for Lauricella Land Company and its clients and tenants.
Hank served his country as First Lieutenant in the Army from 1953 through 1955, including a one-year tour of duty in Korea, and he played professional football for the Dallas Texans in 1952. But Hank is especially well known for his achievements on the football field at the University of Tennessee where he lead the Volunteers to a National Championship in 1951 as its quarterback/tailback. That same year, he was a consensus All-American and runner up for the Heisman Trophy. In recognition of his accomplishments on the gridiron, Hank was inducted into the National College Football Hall of Fame, the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, the National Football Foundation’s Hall of Fame, and the Louisiana Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. Hank and his wife, the former Betty Valker, are the parents of five and grandparents of 15.