Noe Raymond Broussard, Sr. *
Inducted on January 12, 2013
Noe Raywood "N. R." Broussard, Sr. was born on July 17, 1921 in Pecan Island, LA. He served in the Navy from 1942 to 1946. Upon returning from the Navy, he and his brother purchased a wooden tug boat and started a partnership, Broussard Brothers Boat Services in Chalmette, LA. As the demand grew, they purchased more tugs. In 1959, with a vision of developing a facility to better meet the growing needs of the oil industry, he moved his business to Intracoastal City. At the time there was very little business activity in the area, but he could see the importance of Louisiana's waterways, and most importantly, the strategic worth of the Intracoastal City area to provide better service to the oilfield industry. Over the years, Broussard Brothers has progressed from occupying only six acres of low-lying marshland to over a mile of well-developed waterfront property. As a result of his commercial development, many other oil-related business moved to Intracoastal City. Broussard Brothers is now a multifaceted business that includes tugs, barges, and crew boat rentals, as well as oilfield and pipeline construction services. Broussard has also diversified his companies to service the ever-changing needs of the oil industry, including the acquisition and expansion of Acadian Contractors which specializes in marine fabrication and construction, blasting and painting, land and offshore crews and dockside services. His businesses currently provide jobs to over 500 employees.
Broussard's extensive community involvement includes support of UL with the Broussard Brothers Endowed Scholarship, support of Vermilion Catholic High School-he helped to build the current softball field, Father Glenn Meaux's Haiti Mission, Palmetto Island State Park, Abbeville's Giant Omelette Celebration, and the Vermilion Parish Chamber of Commerce.
Broussard's credentials are quite extensive: he was an officer of and driving force behind the Abbeville Harbor and Terminal District; served as a commissioner of and was instrumental in guiding the development of the Port of Vermilion; served on the Board of Louisiana Oilfield Contractors Association; served on the Louisiana Shallow-Drafts Ports and Waterways Commission, and served on the Louisiana Intracoastal Seaway Association.
Broussard was President of TIRAA (The International Relations Association of Acadiana) from 1978-1981. During his term as President, he led a Goodwill Mission to Mexico, promoting trade, travel and tourism. In 1981, he led a trade delegation to Honduras and in 1980 led a trade mission to Canada where he spearheaded the twinning of Acadian Village in Lafayette, LA with the Acadian Village in Caraquet, New Brunswick, Canada.
In 1986, he was honored by being named the Small Business Person of the Year- District IV by the Louisiana Department of Commerce. Other international interests include being highly involved in helping the community on the Honduran island of Utila where he has provided desks for schools, musical instruments for the churches and many other contributions to the people of the island.
Broussard is the father of 8, grandfather of 19 and great grandfather of 20 children.